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We made a loss and ended up in a significantly poorer position than in 07/08 and 08/09, based on a poor Lord Mayor’s Cup outcome, decrease in membership, declining function room activity, and an increase in our wage outlay.
Noteworthy financial stuff:
- WARC-hosted pennant regatta was cancelled due to water contamination at Champ Lakes
- We held an unexpectedly lucrative Gambling night fundraiser
These aren't noted in the reports but on reflection must had had an impact.
How we did:
- 21 athletes went to Nationals
- We were also represented at World Masters and Australian Masters, Nationals, Youth Cup, World Youth Champs, Youth Olympics, Fisa World Masters and the Intervarsity regatta.
- We won six State Championships
- We won 10 Masters championships
- The men sank three times in the Perth to Freo
- We had very few novices for 2010, attributed to the fact there was no continuing squad for LTR graduates and a comparatively small LMC contingent (21 crews.)
What we did new:
- Ensured all boats were derigged before loading (this also happened in 2008, may have dropped off in 2009)
- Allocated jobs for busy-bees on a schedule
- We arrived on time for all regattas – a big improvement on 2009
- Went to Moore River for a weekend
- Bought a dinghy (only new boat purchase)
- Hannah Vermeersch was the guest speaker at the annual dinner.
Stuff we thought about but didn't do:
- Fill in the ceiling of the gym for storage. We had the ability and the funds, however feedback from heritage (documents not on record) was that it wasn’t possible.
- Kidney Australia specialised program. Looks like a lot of pressure was put on the committee to get a program for organ transplant recipients off the ground, however confounding factors were lack of space, and lack of volunteers.
- Replacing the private scull racks to fit six rather than four was discussed and funded but never actioned on.
- Running the LMC at Champion Lakes. A great deal of consultation went in to the decision not to move, not least feedback from other clubs that this is largely a bad idea when they had tried it first.
- A nationals breakfast send-off. This was done in 2009 and recommended for 2010, however it interfered with training and there was no one to organise it.
- Proper archiving of papers. It looks like a letter was supposed to be sent to members asking them to return any documents, and then a safe and appropriate place found for them. Report with quite good recommendations was provided.
President: Warren Anderson; Vice Presidents: Trent Leach and Simon Johnson (unconfirmed); Captain: David Winch; Vice Captains; Michael Jones; Secretary: Leanne Youngs; Treasurer: Nick Reid; Committee members: Carolyn Murdoch, Rita Campbell, Zak Campbell, Deb Mason
Warren noted in his Presidents' report: "The 2009 regatta season success is mostly attributed to decisions made by previous committees."
What we did:
- Won the season pennant, and came second in all pennant flags, first time since 1959.
- Raised $2800 at a quiz night
- Hosted both days of States, a huge effort
- Generated $65K net income
- Built storage areas in the gym
- Installed blinds in the function room
- Had another bumper LMC year of more than 40 crews
- Paid an organiser for the LMC
- Held a club breakfast for 90 people
- Increased the captain's discretionary spend to $500
- Celebrated 60 years of Alan Salisbury and Bill Irvine
- Inducted Rob McKenzie as a life member
What we thought about but didn't do
- Considered implementing some recommendations from Stuart Payne's 2006 seminal work on the deck replacement
- Considered moving the function room office upstairs to use the current office as storage only
President: Warren Anderson; Vice Presidents Caine Holdsworth and Steve Parks; Captain Peta Rule; Vice Captain: Peter Tomic; Secretary: Marie Limb; BMC Clem Williams; committee members Tenille Scott, Janelle Austin, Phil Colby, Kim Scully and for a portion of the year Amy Walters.
How we did:
- 2008 was a bit of a bumper year
- Came second overall, won the B and C pennants
- Won 67 races during the year, including 15 state Championships (although down on the estimated 18 due to States being cancelled)
- Briefly topped the pennant table, ending a drought which started in 1966
- Had 44 crews for the Lord Mayor’s Cup
- Recorded 469 per cent increase in profit from the previous year, with net income of ~$55K.
- Purchased the Zinga, Somerset, Moose*, Turps, Kaardar, Rufus, Williams, Banana*, speedboat, five ergos and 16 sweep oars.
- 74 competitive athletes.
Points of interest:
- Second season of ROMS.
- Concerns athletes were being “stuck” in grades were unfounded – tended to be complaints from athletes who neither rowed nor trained sufficiently to warrant grade change.
- E-grade was introduced
- Sweep blade storage moved from wall to between bays
- Intention to paint oars red overturned
- Andrew Taylor and Mike Lane bought the Moose, Warren donated the banana boat
- City of Perth mooted plans to cease sponsorship of LMC
- States was called off twice, resulting in WARC missing out on a likely additional three championships
- First time we rented the gym for commercial purposes. This was roundly hated by rowers – though first mention of ergs being stored upright.
New stuff we did:
- Put in audio system to the function room
- Introduced agenda items to the committee
- Bought 48 lockers (half donated by the Campbells)
- Derigged prior to loading, and washed boats after regattas (this stopped after John Ciccerelli cut his hand on a fin and ended up in hospital)
- Introduced “Squad X” (now Development)
- Introduced casual summer rowing (but not called that at the time)
- Introduced HTML-capable monthly membership emails
- Started using the ASF fund for nationals travel and equipment donations
Stuff we thought about but didn't do:
- Build lockable alcohol storage
- Put cupboards under the sink in the women’s changeroom