Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM elections herald new beginnings as the first lady Commodore for ten years takes over the helm
L-R: Robert Vose, Karen Henderson-Williams, Graham Nixon & John Rutherford.
Photo: Phil Riley
At Saturday's Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM (26th November), the following Flag
Officers were elected:
Commodore - Karen Henderson-Williams
Vice Commodore - Graham Nixon
Rear Commodore Sailing - Robert Vose
Rear Commodore House - John Rutherford
Follows an excerpt from the speech given by the newly elected Commodore, Karen
Henderson-Williams to members:
"I would like to thank you for electing me as your new Commodore. It is a great
honour and privilege and I will do my very best to represent all the members in
the year ahead. I was particularly delighted to be proposed for this role by our
first Lady Commodore, Mrs Annette Newton, and seconded by the leader of Youth,
Dr Mark Tomson. I am following Annette as the Club's second female Commodore,
ten years on from Annette's tenure. It is a milestone for yacht clubs to have
female Flag officers even in the present day and I am pleased to have been
chosen to take on that role.
"Looking forward as your Commodore, I intend to be open and transparent and
I am confident I will be fully supported by the team around me, as well as my
husband David, who has continued to support me throughout my time as a member
and a Flag.
Most importantly, members must enjoy our club, enjoy supporting our staff and
enjoy volunteering. Sometimes it is hard work and volunteers will only do this
if we bring back the fun side of the role.
"The sailing programme for next year is very full and exciting and I am sure
will offer members and guests a full year of activities that will promote our
Club on the water and ashore and give enjoyment for all of us.
"We must ensure the Club continues to thrive and build its reputation for the
future generation. I will do my utmost to help that happen. I strongly believe
in our Club and I wish it to be a happy Club that runs events for all sections
and is inclusive for all members, whatever interests you have.
"I look forward to supporting all areas of the Club whether it be racing, race
management, cruising, motor boating, Splash, Academy, the sub-committees and the
good work of our Ladies Committee. Our special thanks go to the Ladies Committee
for all their hard work raising money for their chosen charities and for the
funds they have raised for the Club. I will do my best to support you all."
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