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December 2017 News

Above – Men’s B crew dominate their division at Head of the Yarra

 

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News covered below:

  • Simon Gadsden heads to VIS
  • Special General Meeting results
  • Images from Trial
  • Special General Meeting
  • The impact of the rain

 

 

Simon Gadsden heads to VIS

Published 22nd December 2017

Our Head Coach Simon Gadsden has accepted the position of VIS Head Coach replacing Bill Tait.

Above Simon and Bill in younger days winning 1996 U23 pairs at Nationals

Simon has been our Head Coach for 3 years and has done an outstanding job leading and developing our athlete and coaching group. Simon will continue as our Head Coach until the conclusion of the National Championship Regatta, so for the remainder of season 2017/18 it will be business as usual.

Under Simon’s guidance our athletes and coaches have enjoyed a very successful period. The Club has been the most successful at the State Championships and in the top 3 clubs at the National Championships every year. For the last 2 seasons Mercantilians have made up the majority of the Victorian Team and driven its success. In 2015 Simon coached our own Addy Dunkley-Smith and Kat Werry to a Bronze medal at the Under 23 World Championships and the following year coached the U23 Mens Eight that contained 4 members – Angus Widdecombe, Tom Hunt, Callum Nott and Liam Donald. Simon’s has strongly exhibited and reinforced our values within the athlete group and always been respectful of the wider membership of the Club.

We congratulate Simon on his appointment, he is taking his new job with our best wishes and encouragement. He is keen to make this season the best yet and handover the role with the Club in the strongest possible position. We also thank the VIS for their communication and cooperation during the process of their job search.

The Club will launch a recruitment process in early January. We are confident of finding a suitable replacement, having a successful season and a smooth transition.
A new chapter begins.

 

Sadly we will be seeing the back of Simon at season end

 

Special General Meeting Results

Published 22nd December 2017

All the motions put up by the Committee were passed unanimously by those present last night although there was some dissension expressed about the disruption to the usual Thursday night social activities!! It was an efficiently and well run meeting by the President and Captain.

The Clubhouse emblem

 

Images from December Time Trials at Penrith

Published 22nd December 2017

Photos courtesy of our Captain who was officiating at this regatta.

JDS on the Nepean

Tom Hunt giving it hell

Red Matthews off the start

Kat Wherry awaiting the start

Addy off the start

Men’s four with JDS in the two seat

Gus cranking it out in the bow seat

Red in the lightweight four

Tom Hunt in the three seat

Kat Wherry in the two seat

ADS in the bow seat

Amanda Bateman on the Nepean

Amanda in the double at SIRC

 

 

Special General Meeting

Published 4th December 2017

Notice is given by the Committee of a Special General Meeting to be held on Thursday 21st December at 8pm to consider, and if thought fit, pass the following special resolutions:

1. Appointment of auditor
That Smart Audit Australia be elected Auditor, effective immediately.

This change was foreshadowed at the annual general meeting and provides better value for members.

2. Constitutional changes
That Members approve the following changes to the Constitution:
Clause 6.2
Currently says:
Subscriptions are payable in advance on the 1st day of May in each year.
Proposed:
Subscriptions are payable in advance on the 1st day of July in each year.

Clause 12.2
Currently says:
The Annual General Meeting shall be held on a day no later than that prescribed by the Act for the holding of the Annual General Meeting and ideally prior to the 30th of June in each year as the Committee determines.
Proposed:
The Annual General Meeting shall be held on a day no later than that prescribed by the Act for the holding of the Annual General Meeting and ideally prior to the 31st of October in each year as the Committee determines.

Clause 25.2
Currently says:
The persons elected to the offices of the President, Vice Presidents, Honorary Solicitor and Honorary Auditor need not be members of the Club.
Proposed:
The persons elected to the offices of the Honorary Solicitor and Honorary Auditor need not be members of the Club.

Clause 28.a
Currently says:
For the purpose of these rules the Office of an Officer of the Club or of any Ordinary Member of the Committee becomes vacant if the Officer or Member:

  1.    with the exception of the President, Vice Presidents, Honorary Solicitor and Honorary Auditor ceases to be a member of the Club.

Proposed:
For the purpose of these rules the Office of an Officer of the Club or of any Ordinary Member of the Committee becomes vacant if the Officer or Member:

  1.    with the exception of the Honorary Solicitor and Honorary Auditor ceases to be a member of the Club.

Clause 38.3
Currently says:
All payments shall be made by cheque or as part of a cheque drawn on the Club’s account.
Proposed:
Wherever possible, all payments shall be made by electronic fund transfer from the Club’s account.

Clause 38.4
Currently says:
No account shall be paid unless first passed by the Committee.
Proposed:
No account shall be paid unless authorised in accordance with Clause 40.

No explanatory memorandum is provided for these changes as they are self explanatory.

Refreshments will be available.

By order of the Committee,
Hannah Lewis
Hon Secretary

 

The impact of the recent rain

Published 4th December 2017

 

The recent deluge has played havoc with rowing. The Carrum Regatta at Nagambie and the schools regatta at Geelong, both cancelled. Training on the Yarra also cancelled and has only now being resumed.

Above: A Parks Victoria workboat collecting debris struggles against the fast stream

 

Tuesday night masters ergo night

Republished 1st November 2017

 

With the masters now doing ergos on Tuesday nights, the gym is getting crowded after 6pm. Every ergo was used on 1st August and there was not even a need for an ambulance.

 

Tuesday night is ergo night

 

Thursday Masters Nights

Republished 1st November 2017

Reminder that all masters rowers are welcome for a row on Thursday nights followed by a sausage sizzle and refreshments. Row at 6pm and sausage sizzle at 7.30pm. All welcome. Please call Andrew Guerin on 0417 554799 to get put on the weekly email.

 

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Thursday nights after the row

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