Murray McCutcheon AM
I joined RMYS in 1986 after Michael Morse and I purchased Holland 25 Woodstock.
A couple years after joining the club I started assisting the Squadron’s management with various legal matters after the previous honorary solicitor Egils Stokens relinquished the position. I subsequently became the Squadron’s honorary solicitor and remained in that position until I retired from legal practise in June 2015. I was elected an Honorary Life member in the 2002/3 sailing season and was awarded Club Member of the Year three times. I was elected a member of the General Committee in July 2016.
Professionally, I followed my grandfather and father’s careers in the law, specializing mainly in commercial property law but including planning, local government, Crown land and native title law. My work in reform of property and commercial laws, and in computerization of title lodging and financial settlement of property transactions, resulted in me being invested as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015.
The Squadron’s future looks as rosy as it has been for half a century. It is financially secure, it has a great vibe and it is doing good and innovative things and I believe it is the friendliest club on the Bay. It is time to invest and innovate to make the Squadrons operations more efficient and professional while maintaining the Squadrons values of friendliness and sociability, while providing improved services to the members and better engagement with the community. The challenges include:
- Retention and renewal of membership numbers and participation in a declining generational involvement in physical team sports
- More efficient utilization of our physical assets to maintain financial viability and to reduce the cost of memberships
- Innovation of membership services to maintain the interest and involvement of existing and potential new members who share common values.