As this club year draws to a close it is time for an appraisal of the last twelve months.
Firstly, I would like to express gratitude for the unstinting efforts of the Executive, whose efforts have resulted in a very successful season. Gary Edmund has proven a very capable trip convenor, while Mark Pearson and Jim Croft have worked tirelessly to produce and dispatch some very substantial magazines. Arunas Pilka has also proven to be an extremely efficient Secretary/Treasurer, and I congratulate him for his quiet dedication to the successful administration of the club’s everyday affairs. Arunas’s report in this issue shows the club to be in a very healthy financial position, with membership now at record levels and still growing. Enclosed with this magazine are membership renewal forms and stamped self addressed envelopes.
I would also like to mention Chris Soutter’s (and his employer, Deloitte, Touche, Tomatsu) generous donation of photocopying services, which is also much appreciated, and has helped us keep membership fees at the 1992 level. Thanks also to Vice President David ‘the Pillar’ Winkworth for his efforts, particularly with the organisation of the two highly successful Rock’n’Roll weekends this year.
I am glad to report that club trips throughout the year were well attended. I would stress that all members are encouraged to conceive and organise an event. Not only does this relieve some of the organisational burden from the Trip Convenor and Executive, it also results in a greater variety of paddles and locations – which may tempt more of our busy Sydney members to come along more regularly.
And finally, after three very rewarding years on the executive, I have decided to step down from the Executive – I hope for a well attended AGM at the upcoming Rock ‘n Roll weekend at Jervis Bay, with a new generation of members coming forward to fill mine and any other vacant positions.