Members update Sept/Oct 2017

Dates for your diaries: 

  • EACRC’s Christmas Social will be on Tuesday 12th December with similar format as last year subject to booking.
  • Next year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 7th February at the Dalriada.
  • There will also be another informal end of season social in the Skylark at the end of October incorporating a session on feedback from this year’s rowing– date TBC.

EACRC is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO): This is a form of charitable organisation, regulated by the the Scottish charity regulator OSCR. The main driver for this was that being an SCIO will allow us to access some sources of potential grant funding which we could not have done as an unincorporated association.

Members of a SCIO have some limited duties – to act in the interests of the SCIO, and to seek to ensure that the SCIO acts in a manner consistent with its charitable purposes. OSCR recognises that members may not be involved in the day to day management of the SCIO (in our case, this is undertaken by the EACRC committee), and at a practical level the members are most likely to be involved when considering changes to the constitution or electing charity trustees (in our case, the EACRC committee elected at the AGM).

Members of a SCIO are not liable for the debts of the SCIO if it is wound up. So registering as a SCIO has had the effect of excluding any liability for members in the event that the club incurred any financial liability which could not be met from club funds.

OSCR has produced a guide to SCIO’s which is available here: https://www.oscr.org.uk/media/1038/cscios_a_guide.pdf 

Funding for 2nd boat: With the help of Fiona (many thanks) we have put an application in to Awards for All to cover the costs of buying a second boat (plus everything that goes with it). We hope to hear in early December if we have been successful. We hope to have a second boat on the water next spring.

Policy: lifejackets for non-swimmers – please make sure you are aware of the rules around Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) in particular for anyone who cannot swim. The rules can be found on the Health and Safety page. Please note that lifejackets (as opposed to buoyancy aids) are available for non-swimmers in the shed, but anyone who cannot swim is responsible for making sure that there is a lifejacket in the boat every time they go out.

There will also be some small amendments made to the Captains Assessment Checklist shortly – further information to follow.

Coastal course for rowers: as per previous members update – watch this space for further information and dates.

Fresh Water Sprints and SCRA AGM: to be held at Loch Tummel on 28th October – watch this space for further information.

Youth – Laura has been working very hard to keep the youth afloat. Unfortunately, the Youth Regatta was cancelled due to conditions but it will be re-run in the spring. Laura is keen to expand the pool of coxes and helpers to run the youth arm of our club – please consider helping out if you can.

Come and try session: this will be re-run on 7th Look out for posts about this and again, please sign up to help out if you can.

Finance update: Over £2000 in the bank, no concerns in this respect. New fees for towing the boat to regattas agreed. (<25 miles – £0; 25–100 miles – £15 e/w; 100 miles + £25 e/w).

Bosun: NJ to organise additional storage in shed then post on Teamer about generally keeping shed tidier. Tiller and keel Strip have been fixed.

Training Sub-Committee: a short survey will be posted soon for feedback on the years events and training programme. Please give us your feedback to help shape the club’s future. A plan for the winter will then be devised. Note that the ERG sessions start again on Thursday 5th, 8pm – please see post on Teamer.

Membership: The club is open for an intake of new members from now until the end of October 2017. See the joining page (https://eacrc.wordpress.com/join/) for information about categories in which we have space to take on new members and our principles which lead us to these decisions (it’s not as straight forward as you might think!)

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