Administrative and Policy:
Some of our committees have not had formal terms of reference or a clear reporting structure. The Rear Commodore has been working with each committee to generate these. Murray McCutcheon reported on progress with a number of key policy documents, including the Member Protection Policy, and on negotiations with the State government on the reducing the potential impacts on yacht clubs of the proposed changes to the Marine Safety Act.
The Squadron’s finances remain strong but the Treasurer and the GM noted that, while most members pay their accounts on time, a proportion have been slow to pay. This places an unnecessary cashflow burden on the Squadron, and a range of options for encouraging prompt payment were discussed.
The Vice Commodore reported on the progress of the roof repairs which are now well progressed and completed at the northern end. The roof works have revealed that the existing air conditioning system for the Harbour Room is partly non-functional and will need to be replaced. The scope of works required is being assessed and quotes will be obtained. Initial estimates indicate that the cost, while significant, will be within our financial capability. In addition, cost sharing under the f&d contract will help defray the cost to RMYS.
The Commodore presented a discussion paper on the pros and cons of encouraging increased short-term berthing in our marina (overnight local boats and longer stay visiting cruisers). GC agreed that a detailed assessment of costs and benefits should be undertaken.
Other facilities issues discussed were the marina lockers (soon to be installed), final design and costing for toilet and shower facilities on the marina, and marina and attenuator maintenance.
Membership and Activities:
The Rear Commodore made a presentation on the need to improve member engagement with the Squadron and how we might achieve this. Preparations and format for Opening Day were also reviewed. And the annual vote on Club Member of the Year was taken – as always, it was a difficult decision given the high quality of the nominations, but also a positive reminder of the commitment of our members!
The Joe White School Sailing initiative has been funded for a further season by the Joe White Foundation and the Immediate Past Commodore submitted a written report on the plans for this season. Invitations were sent to schools last week.