New Executive Committee Elected at AGM

A motion was moved unanimously to thank outgoing President Matthew Ponsford as the club reflected on yet another successful season at the 72nd Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 4 August. Serving since 2015, Matthew’s achievements include increasing the number of women in leadership positions, the roll-out of the successful Summer Pop-up restaurants and achieving fundraising targets to be on the verge of beginning work on our new Clubhouse Project.

Club Secretary Steve Woodfull also did not stand for re-election after a successful four years in what is a particularly thankless but extremely important position.

We thank and commend both Matthew and Steve for their great work over the past four seasons. They have both worked tirelessly to put the club in a position to begin construction of a new clubhouse.

There were a number of reshuffles on the Executive Committee with former Club Captain Charlie Pitney elected the club’s youngest ever President and former Vice President James Coutie moving to become Club Secretary. Former Vice-Club Captain Tom Pearson will head up the Life Saving Services Team as Club Captain while Sue Doman became Vice President.

We have a very energetic team full of ideas and ready to hit the ground running! We know there will be some challenges and a steep learning curve ahead of us this season operating without a clubhouse, however we are looking forward to taking them on.

- Charlie Pitney - President

The full list of Executive Committee positions:

  • President - Charlie Pitney

  • Vice President - Sue Doman

  • Secretary - James Coutie

  • Treasurer - Catherine ‘Bunny’ Carrigan (mid-term)

  • Club Captain - Tom Pearson (Jess Robinson & Andrew Taylor - Vice Club Captains)

  • Director of Property - Andrew MacLeod (re-elected)

  • Director of Marketing - Will Doman

  • Director of Training & Assessment - Charlie Bidgood

  • Director of Junior Programs - Rich Howden (re-elected)

  • Director of Aquatic Sports - Gus Birrell (mid-term)

  • Director New Clubhouse Project - Kirsten MacLeod

Highlights of the AGM included:

  • Treasurer Bunny Carrigan reporting an overall profit of $912,498 for Financial Year 18/19;

  • Life Member Rick Aitchison speaking to the motion thanking Matthew Ponsford praising his hard work, professionalism and resilience throughout his term as President; and

  • an engaging discussion with members about rolling out more training for local residents and expanding the club Nippers program.

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be uploaded to the Member’s Area in the coming days.

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