2011 AGM report

A brief summary of the AGM and message from the GGBC chairman

Over 40 members were able to attend, and many took the opportunity to share their views on the main agenda points. Thank you to everyone who did so. It is clear that opinions are diverse and strongly held, particularly those relating to the location of the club. The minutes of an AGM cannot be finalised until they have been voted on at the subsequent AGM, but the new Committee will endeavor to make preliminary minutes of the 2011 AGM available as soon as possible.

In advance of these minutes, I can confirm the following decisions –

1/. Membership fees will be held at the current level.

2/. The Boathouse Proposal was passed, and provides a clear direction for the new Committee regarding the long term future of the club.

3/. Richard, Karen, Tim, Stuart, Karl, Hedley and Geoff stood down from the Committee. These individuals have all given a great deal of their time to the club over many years for the benefit of us all. This was rightly recognised at the AGM, and I am sure that those members who could not attend would also like to add their own thanks.

4/. A new Committee was elected as follows –

Chairman – Hugh Baker-Smith

Secretary – Simone Larche

Treasurer – Lorraine Slade

Membership Secretary – Sue Hughes

Captain of Boats – Andy McKenzie

Regatta Chairman – Ros Crowder

Social Secretary – Neil Derbyshire

Committee Member – Brian Barnes

Committee Member – Matthew Crowder

Committee Member – Roger Moore

Committee Member – Kay Walker

Committee Member – Sally Lightfoot

The post of Captain of Rowing will remain vacant for the time being.

I was elected Chairman on the basis that I would endeavour to make the process of securing the long term future of the club more transparent, more balanced, and less pressured. I will be writing to you next week to outline some of the initial actions aimed at achieving this.

In the meantime, I hope that as many of you as possible will take advantage of the relatively mild weather and come along to the club session on Sunday.

With best regards