Club Members and visitors enjoyed the best Start of Season Open Day of recent years, boosted in no small way by the outstanding weather.
In addition to our normal activities, we also held the New Members' reception
and the unveiling of the new picture on the main staircase which was generously
donated by Sheelagh Cohen in recognition of her husband Dr Lennard Cohen's 90th
Thanks also went to Mercator Media for printing and installation of the
photograph, taken by Rick Tomlinson.
Sheelagh Cohen and Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams with the new picture on
the main stairway
Recent applicants for membership were being interviewed, while 35 visitors on
the day were so impressed by what they saw that they applied for membership on
In total, over 150 active sailors including many younger families, have applied
to join the Club since our membership drive started in January; far more than we
dared hope for back in December and exceeding all our expectations.
But the day did not happen on its own. My Vice Commodore Graham Nixon and I
would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us to make
the day happen; especially Flag Officers and Members who encouraged friends and
neighbours to come along and proposed or seconded their applications; Tim
Robinson for helping with the membership drive and interviewing potential
candidates along with Flag Officers, Executive members and some Past Commodores.
Yes, we called in all the favours and it added to the atmosphere of the day.
Huge thanks go to the committee chairmen and members who prepared and manned the
stands; Brian Curtis who designed all the pop-up banners; Phil Riley and Peta
Stuart- Hunt for running the social media and our Ladies Committee who had
donated the new furniture on the lower deck and re-planted all the flower beds;
and many, many more volunteers.
A very special thank you goes to our staff who have worked tirelessly over the
past week to get the Club looking magnificent; especially Stephanie, Gloria,
Dawn, Michelle and Rob who worked so late the evening before that they had to
spend the night in the Club bedrooms; Laurence and our kitchen staff who kept
everyone fed from the barbeque; Cherie and our housekeepers who made sure
everything was spotless; our waiting staff who worked non-stop to keep
everyone's glass topped up; and not least our Club Secretary Chris Hogan who
pulled it all together and kept everything running like clockwork.
Oh yes - and whoever it was who arranged the glorious weather.
Thank you all. It certainly made a day to remember and I look forward to seeing
everyone enjoying the club in the weeks to come.
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