AGM, Boat Naming 2014 and a special award
The Annual General Meeting, held on the last Sunday of October each year, saw the usual ceremony of electing a new committee for the next year. With twelve positions and twelve nominations, voting in the new committee was somewhat of a formality.
However, in something of a change to the script, four boats were named after the meeting. The new boats were named: –
- Charlotte Taylor – Charlie, who now rows in the GB Squad, never ceases to amaze us with her performances
- Peter Rossi – Whilst Peter is perhaps less well known for his performances, he has made a great contribution to the club through captaining the men’s squad, sitting on committee and contributing the the ramp building campaign.
- Anthony Cake II – After the sale of Anthony Cake, a boat was renamed after Anthony who played a great role in the club as captain as well as helping to fill the gossip column of the Town Crier
- Mike Thorne – named after a fondly regarded former member who sadly passed away recently.
A special award
The highlight of the day was being present to see our long serving chairman, Geoff Adams, receive the British Rowing Medal of Merit for exceptional service to the sport of rowing. British Rowing Chairman, Annamarie Phelps, visited the club to present the award.
Geoff has been a member for over 40 years and Chaiman for over 20 years, and was instrumental in the club relocating from Putney to Mortlake in the 1980s, in the rebuilding of the club following a fire in the 1990s and then in the club building a new ramp for river access, which opened in 2012 and massively improved our access and visibility. Over this time the club has grown from 30 members to around 300.
Geoff’s contribution to rowing was first identified when he was nominated for volunteer of the year, but so impressed were British Rowing that they felt he deserved greater recognition than this.
A club photo was also taken at the AGM and can be seen on this page. Annamarie Phelps joined the rest of the outgoing committee on the front row of the photograph.