By Adrian Clayton
Welcome to the following people who have joined the Club since the last edition of NSW Seakayaker went to press: Richard and Linn Kriedemann; Eva Schonstein; Michael Whitehead; Karen and Tony Murphy; Graham Smith; Catherine and John Hatfield; John Giibson and Tracy Garner; Ross Steele; Terrance Casey.
A warm welcome to all. It was nice to meet some of you and some other new members at the latest Newbies night at Blue Earth late in June. We look forward to seeing more of you participating in Club trips and training programs.
The Newbies night was well attended — about forty people came along despite it being a very cold night. The mix was approximately 50/50 new members/existing members. Thanks again to Julie and Roger for making the Blue Earth premises available for the night. Also, thanks to Dee Ratcliffe for taking on the catering duties, Tony Hystek for supplying audio/visual equipment, and all those keen photographers out there who provided some great images for the slide show.
New stocks of the Club’s log book have arrived and were available at the AGM at Bundeena on 26 August. If you couldn’t make the AGM and need a log book you can get a copy posted to you if you email your request to either the Club’s Training Coordinator or Trips Convenor. A well-documented log book is a great aid in assisting Trip Leaders establish an unknown paddler’s suitability for a particular trip.
This is my final report as Vice President. I’d like to thank my fellow committee members for making my stint as VP an enjoyable one. Also, I’d like to take the liberty to congratulate, on behalf of all Club members, our outgoing President, Elizabeth Thomson on the way she guided the Club through the interesting and contentious challenges that were served up during her two years in the job. ET, you’re a class act and your influence will be sorely missed.