Two new management committee members
John Towns and Warwick King have been elected onto the management committee of our club.
Both men bring extensive business and managerial/governance experience to the role, which will be vital as we move forward.
John had a long career in insurance and investment and has continued to be very active in the volunteer and social service sectors. He was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for community service in 2012. He has been a stalwart of the Special Olympics organisation in Nelson and nationally, as well as being involved with the Fifeshire Foundation, Nelson Multiple Sclerosis Society, Nelson Arts Council, Nelson College Old Boys Association and College Trust Foundation. He is also a Justice of the Peace.
Warwick, our new club captain, is a local dairy farmer who recently started a fresh milk business. He is also a highly successful coach and manager of NZ underwater hockey teams which have performed outstandingly well on the international stage.
John and Warwick join president Pat Melville, vice president Richard Pearson and committee members John Shaw and Rod Thomason, who were all elected unopposed at our annual general meeting on Saturday (November 24), which attracted a good turnout. Kelvin Barkman was re-elected patron.
Our accountant Ross Alvey also attended the meeting to answer questions about the club’s financial report, which showed we made a nett surplus of $9,242.30 for the year to March 31, 2018, which was a big improvement on a series of losses suffered in previous years. He confirmed that we are on track to do even better this year, largely due to the income generated by the golf shop which we took over in July last year. He said we were in a sound financial position and doing much better than many other sports clubs.
The AGM also endorsed a recommended increase in subscriptions for 2018-19 – the first for three years, with the 18-hole sub rising from $500 to $550 and the 9-hole sub rising from $410 to $460. Both Pat and our secretary/manager Gordon Davidson said a rise was required because our clubrooms needed significant maintenance work and other costs of running the club had also increased.
The AGM was the first held under our new constitution which was registered the previous week after being approved at a special general meeting earlier this month.