Let me start with a big Thank you, to all the committee members and paddlers for making my first year in this position not so daunting. Without our hard-working committee and club members we wouldn’t be here. Everyone’s input into this club big or small is appreciated. To Trudy as Secretary, thank you, for all your hard work during your term, as with Glenda our Treasurer, thank you for keeping our accounts in order. To the committee members, thank you for all your support.
Thank you to all our coaches, Kelly, Paul, coach in training Shelley who all keep us paddling in the right direction on and off water, and our sweeps, for getting us on the water when possible. To all portfolio holders and members, without you our job would be much harder as the work load is spread!
Our summer paddling program saw us offer up three sessions per week. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Over winter, the Saturday morning session was a bit hit and miss due to the lack of usable pontoon due to past flood damage and recent replacement/upgrade. Due to this, paddling had a relocated starting point at the tailrace.
Thanks to all the paddlers/car pooler’s whom embraced this alternate location, and for those paddlers that have committed to the early paddle that has also been offered every second Saturday morning. Thanks to LCC, North Esk Rowing club and Errol Stewart for all their hard work in getting the pontoon back up and operational.
Our club participated in numerous competitions, paddling activities and promotions over the past year. In November, some of our ladies travelled north to compete in the Pan Pac’s, having fun and making new friends in the process. We also had a good contingent attend the two Lake Barrington regattas this year, of which we were lucky enough to get another certified sweep. (Yeah Me)
Once again, our primary fund-raising activity has been the Record selling at Aurora I University stadium for the AFL games. The enthusiasm and dedication from our members to this event is great and makes it quite successful.
Runnings Barbecues was also popular and well attended.
Our Movember paddle saw us don moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health, as with our Christmas themed paddle saw funds donated to the Examiner Empty Stocking Fund.
Our members have also enjoyed social events together. The main one this year being the Danti reunion paddle and morning tea. Thanks again to all involved and especially John and Linda for opening their home and catering.
Our Tuesday walking group continue to walk during the winter months, and gym sessions on the Thursday evenings. Many dinners to celebrate birthdays, Christmas etc. We combined again with North Esk rowing club for an annual awards presentation and use this event to celebrate and acknowledge our many group and individual achievements.
And we are still waiting on those dammed boats.
It has been a privilege to have survived my first year as president and hope that my next will be more fruitful for our club.
Craig J Binns.