We hope that a start will be made early in 2017 on the road junction to enable access to the site. This is the first step towards the building of the boathouse and will hopefully be complete by the end of February. This will enable access to the site and the commencement of the building work.
We have enough funds, from the club account, grants and fundraising activities, to enable construction of the building but not to complete the building or to carry out the necessary excavations before we can use the site. This will need a further £40 to £50,000.
We need to make a real effort to raise more funds if we are to be in a position to complete the building and make it and the site usable. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to generate matched funding which means that for every £1 we raise ourselves this will be matched so that we can get £2 for each £1.
If every club member could help to generate £100 for the boathouse we could easily raise over £1,000 which would then be doubled to £2,000. Think what we could achieve if every member raised £5,000 (over £100,000 if maths is not your strong point!)
A meeting has been arranged for Thursday 26 January to explore fundraising activities and make plans for this year. We welcome input and offers of support from anyone – club members, friends or family. Do come along to the Going Social club at 7.30pm on 26 January and help us achieve our ambition of the boathouse.
We are also keen to hear from any club members who have relevant skills to offer, such as anyone with a construction background/experience, or anyone with project management skills, or with relevant legal qualifications – as would anyone with a digger, or access to cheap building materials, or with a tractor and trailer, or landscaping experience.
Joint Club Chairwoman
Just a quick reminder that the GGBC AGM will take place on Thursday next week. It will be held at the Goring Social Club on the High Street, and starts at 7-45pm.
The Club is collectively owned by its members, and the AGM is your formal opportunity to update yourself on activity, development, and finances over the last year, and to influence our plans and priorities for the next 12 months. The agenda of the meeting is attached, together with the provisional minutes of last year’s AGM. If you are coming, it would be helpful if you could bring your own copy of the agenda with you (if you require one).
At the end of the meeting, we will elect a new Committee to run the Club on our behalf for the next year. Under GGBC rules, Committee Members can only serve for a maximum of five consecutive years and, as a result, several of the current Committee will be stepping down next week. There are still a couple of Committee vacancies to fill and, with a record level of membership, it will be very disappointing if we cannot achieve this. In my view, it is always beneficial to bring newer members with fresh ideas on to the Committee, and none of the vacant roles are overly onerous, so do not be too shy or humble to put yourself forward. The Committee usually meets on a weekday evening every 5-6 weeks. Whether or not you can attend the AGM next week, please contact Hugh or Lorraine if you might be interested in standing for the Committee, or speak to any current Committee Member.
So a large crowd of us practised our capsize technique in a single scull in a large hot swimming pool near Henley. Our lovely trainer showed us what to do, how to be safe, how to get out of the water and on to the boat. For those of you who would like to learn more, watch this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DcPE8-gENLo. For those of you who think it might be scary, it’s actually ok!
If you would like to sign up for our next session, please contact the membership secretary, Pamela Birch. Give it a go!