* 98 wins (+10 composite wins) for the last year - see the club results;
* Naomi Riches wins World Championship gold in the LTA 4+ for the sixth time;
* The clubhouse is (mostly) cleared ready for building works;
* Asbestos Works and Archeology Investigations;
* Appointment of the builder - a commitment of a little over £1.5 million (ex VAT);
* The coaching team for the next year and appointment of a Junior Chief Coach;
* The new HQ building and how to access it
* Fundraising progress
* Dates for your diary: The Club Supper 22nd November at the Compleat Angler
....a very busy August!
Fundraising: The good news is that the funding team have raised around £200,000 of the £400,000 target they started with, and the bad news of course is that £200,000 still needs to be found to fully fund the project (although to be clear we are not committed to spend any money not yet raised). There have been a number of events recently: the President's Pre-Demolition BBQ was a great success both as a social occasion and a fundraiser with around £1,400 raised.
London to Windsor bike ride, so thanks to them.
We have a Corporate Breakfast event coming up on the 16th October, where local businesses are invited to a breakfast to hear from Sir Steve about the project.
There will be a fundraising dinner later in the year (similar to the previous one) and separately the club supper will be on 22nd November at the Compleat Angler.
Membership and Racking for the coming year: With the move of the membership year to be 1st Oct - 30th September the time for membership renewals has come around again. The committee looked at running direct debit or standing order monthly rates but for the time being it is not practical as we do not have enought volunteer administration resources to manage it. We will keep it under review.
On a similar note, the Junior Development Squad will be moved back to the same administration system as everyone else, with an annual membership of £180. If a JDS member moves up to the junior squads, their membership will be transferred to the junior category (B) without further charge for that year.
Generally membership rates have been increased by modest amounts broadly in line with inflation (and bearing in mind that they are still well behind where they would have been if we had applied inflation every year, and still do not cover the costs of running the club). Junior rates have been increased more substantially, in recognition of both the appointment of the junior chief coach and to more fairly reflect their useage of the club. See the membership page and renew now.
Racking fees for this year are all based on the old outdoor rate, as there is little or no covered racking this year for member's boats. Again, for simplicity, we are moving to a single racking fee from which we will pay the environment agency licence fee rather than adult/junior rates.
Finally, remember that the club does not want to exclude anyone on the basis of their ability to pay. If you are suffering financial hardship which might prevent you from rowing, we have discretion to rebate membership fees where that is the case. Please contact the secretary if that applies to you. Also, if you are a member who maintains a rowing membership even though you do not row, please consider moving to a supporter membership (previously called "social membership") and make a donation. The donation will be eligable for gift aid, which memberships are not.
In the other squads: Simon Napier-Munn continues to lead the JDS, now with help from Peter Damer. Russell Peacock continues with the junior boys, and Brett, supported by Colin Picton with the junior girls. For the senior squads Russell Haley will continue to oversee the womens squad and Paul Franklin with the men. Ray Swordy will continue with Bucks New University and the Development Squad.
August is traditionally a quiet time for rowing clubs - not this year. The coming year will be challening as we operate from multiple sites, and the financial challenges are still considerable, but progress has been huge and we are now moving to the demolition/building phase so change from here on should be more tangible.