Finance & the move to Bellfield
- Two recent successful funding bids have brought in over £2k to support our move to Bellfield (more details below). Thanks again to Fiona for help on these applications.
- Membership fees in 2019 will increase slightly for standard adult (£90) but our concession (£60) & youth rates will stay the same (£20 if a parent/guardian is a member or £40 if not).
- Negotiations around our move to Bellfield have come to fruition and work will start soon on widening the access gate. More details will follow once we know the timeline for the move, so that all members know what is involved. This will include:
- clearing out the current shed
- helping with temporary storage of some equipment which we don’t want to move to Bellfield
- becoming familiar with the new process of safely manoeuvring and storing the boats and storing our equipment in accordance with our lease agreement.
New members & training
- Thanks to all members who helped get our 15 trial members out on the water over the last couple of months, and welcome to all of those who have already progressed to being fully fledged members.
- We’re keen to ensure that the club always has a good age distribution to make sure that we can develop sustainably over the coming years. We have reviewed this for 2019 membership in light of our potential new members. Everyone’s age is shown in the figure below for female (left) and male (right) members in 2 year age increments.
- Some training options are planned for over winter / early spring. The first will be video feedback from Ailsa & Alex on Sunday 25th Nov – see Teamer for details. More information will follow on the others including an away day trip, some coxes training and ideas for training using both boats.
- The resources shared by the EACRC training committee have been warmly welcomed by several clubs – you might see some visitors showing up on the rota occasionally to see how we put our training plans into action.
- A quick reminder to submit your baseline 12-minute erg distance to the spreadsheet soon if you haven’t already (see link in Gareth’s post from a few weeks ago). Your progress over winter will be one of the factors used to select teams next year (for the others check the crew selection guide on Teamer/docs). If you can’t do erg tests, feel free to get in touch with the training committee to discuss how you can best share your progress.
Committee & club tasks
- In order to keep the committee fresh, we’re aiming to rotate membership every few years. Anyone who is interested in putting themselves forward for 2019 is welcome to do so – if you have any questions get in touch with anyone currently on the committee.
- Similarly, the regular tasks which keep the club going would benefit from a few more hands on deck. If you’re willing to take on a share of rotamaking or assisting with youth crews please let us know.
- Our Christmas do begins at 19.30 on Wed 12th December. We have a good turnout already – our numbers are on the cusp of needing to move to a larger venue (Skylark -> Bellfield), so anyone who hasn’t yet bought their ticket(s), please do so as soon as possible (deadline 2nd of December) so that the organisers can make arrangements. As usual we’re planning a slide show, a quiz, awards for rower of the year and other special categories (please send nominations to Alison) and some good food, everyone (including friends/partners) are welcome.
- AGM proposed date is 20th February 2019.
Members Update – Aug 2018
- Discussed options & decided to continue with one intake of new members annually to ensure we can offer good induction to new members and minimise disruption to existing members’ training.
- Decided to offer trial memberships rather than run a Come & Try Day, with the format to include four rows over two months (Oct & Nov). During October, novices will be asked to sign up for Sunday rota only, to better facilitate focussed induction sessions.
- Suggest that coxes work more closely with specific crews and commit to races with the rowers.
- Shared positive reflections on racing season – especially linking of regatta crews and benefits of asking for feedback. Some preference for one row per person at big regattas.
- Other clubs have asked for information on how we train. The training committee have shared some resources invited them to get in touch if they wish more information.
- Committee membership of three years to be adopted as policy, rather than written into constitution, alongside trustee policy for roles: membership, training, secretary, bosun, treasurer, general committee.
- Training committee will also consider optimal changeover cycles and long term structure.
- Various members are taking forward plans for a Mental Health initiative by developing a sustainable model and seeking advice from expert groups. More information will follow in due course.
- Many members took part in the Parkrun takeover on 22nd September, wearing club gear to raise awareness of the club and coastal rowing in general.
- Trevor hosted a BBQ to celebrate the end of the racing season. All of this year’s trophies, many medals and one or two bottles of wine were brought together.
- Discussed club policy on sharing photos of children (e.g. from regattas) on Facebook and other platforms with respect to GDPR – followed up with advice to members on Teamer post.