AGM 17th November, 7.45pm at Goring Social Club

Just a quick reminder that the GGBC AGM will take place on Thursday next week. It will be held at the Goring Social Club on the High Street, and starts at 7-45pm.
The Club is collectively owned by its members, and the AGM is your formal opportunity to update yourself on activity, development, and finances over the last year, and to influence our plans and priorities for the next 12 months. The agenda of the meeting is attached, together with the provisional minutes of last year’s AGM. If you are coming, it would be helpful if you could bring your own copy of the agenda with you (if you require one).
At the end of the meeting, we will elect a new Committee to run the Club on our behalf for the next year. Under GGBC rules, Committee Members can only serve for a maximum of five consecutive years and, as a result, several of the current Committee will be stepping down next week. There are still a couple of Committee vacancies to fill and, with a record level of membership, it will be very disappointing if we cannot achieve this. In my view, it is always beneficial to bring newer members with fresh ideas on to the Committee, and none of the vacant roles are overly onerous, so do not be too shy or humble to put yourself forward. The Committee usually meets on a weekday evening every 5-6 weeks. Whether or not you can attend the AGM next week, please contact Hugh or Lorraine if you might be interested in standing for the Committee, or speak to any current Committee Member.

Capsize drill done!

So a large crowd of us practised our capsize technique in a single scull in a large hot swimming pool near Henley. Our lovely trainer showed us what to do, how to be safe, how to get out of the water and on to the boat.  For those of you who would like to learn more, watch this video: For those of you who think it might be scary, it’s actually ok!

If you would like to sign up for our next session, please contact the membership secretary, Pamela Birch.  Give it a go!

Try kayaking/rowing this Saturday!

The Adventure Dolphin  Club will be with us at the club session on Saturday 24th September.  Come down for 9am.

Members from Adventure Dolphin will paddle down to us in their kayaks for 9:30 and we will give them instruction and an opportunity to have a go in our boats.

At the same time GGBC members can have a go – with instruction from Adventure Dolphin –  in one of the many kayaks they paddle down to us.

Between times on the water, we will have coffee, snacks and chat !

No rowing on Sunday

There will be no 10:00 session this Sunday 11 September due to the Pangbourne Canoe Marathon which is talking place on our reach, between Mapledurham and Whitchurch locks.

The Explore Rowing session at 08:00 is also cancelled because we need to be off the water by 08:30.
However, if you are on the tow path in Reading on Sunday afternoon, look out for and give a shout out to the GGBC crew who will be taking part for the first time in the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League splash and dash races, hosted by Reading Rowing Club.