Chairman's Update - Jan 2008

Here we are with practically a third of the Rowing year gone!

But what an amazing first third it has been  , we have almost 200 people in training from Junior to Elite level , we now have  2 professional coaches , Richard Ayling for the Juniors and Ian South  for the senior group. We have secured a £12,000 sponsorship deal with the help of Nigel Wilson-Dykes. We have built a new relationship with Tiffin School Boat Club which will enable us to work together to move forward with works required at the Boathouse and for the opportunity to share equipment.  We have also just entered into a new agreement with Kingston University Boat Club, which  means we will take over the training and coaching of their crews, have access to their Boats and launches and most importantly have the membership of about 30 students who will be able to race for KRC and Kingston University.

On Health and safety matters we have just completed a Fire alarm and emergency lighting system and our water supply is not going to spread legionnaire's disease!

James Masters our treasurer confirms that we now have funds available to carry out an up-grade to our fleet of boats across the board  , I'm sure that you will agree we are moving into our 150th year in very good shape indeed !

Apart from all the work going on in the gym and on the river the clubhouse is also looking a little less tired , the bar has just been redecorated and cleaned by Richard Nelson and Matt Christie and is now open regularly selling good beer at club prices and we are looking forward to a decent income stream from it . Much work is still to be done particularly to the changing rooms, showers and lavatories.  Money has been set aside towards these works but we are also applying for grants to help with the costs and to this end I must thank Marcus Hoskin who relishes filling in large and complicated grant application forms on our behalf.  Until we know whether or not we are successful we cannot start any work as the money we are applying for is not available for anything carried out retrospectively.

Finally if you have not yet sent off your application for tickets for the 150th Dinner at Ravens Ait please do so now or you may well be disappointed, I understand a whole group of the active members have organised a mass measure up by our Blazer suppliers just after Christmas so that the new Blazers will be ready for delivery before the 15th February.

I hope you all have a splendid Christmas and New Year.

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