Aquarius is an organisation that exists because of a few people who are prepared to pay more than their annual subscription, they pay with their energy and time.
Much of the work is done in the background, from managing the basic administration to organising racing and social events. In between there is everything that goes with managing a successful small business, licences, insurance, health and safety, cleaning and maintenance of the premises and equipment.
Many of the people who carry out these roles have done so for years, some for 20 or more. We rightly recognise the efforts of the front people but without the silent majority none of the sailing or social events would ever take place. So here I ask you take a minute to think about what it takes to run Aquarius and give a quiet thank you for those who do and lend a hand when you can.
Last year we lost some of the stalwarts of Aquarius not the least George and Joan Bray who have been involved in the running of the club since the beginning in 1948 but who have now decided to hang up their oilies.
Temporally (we hope) we have lost the wonderful contribution Mike Baker made to our club and sadly Dave Jennings moved from this life so in one fell swoop forty percent of our Club Officials have been lost to us.
With George's retirement Rodger has accepted the post of President, but we are left without a Commodore.
With me filling at least part of the role played by Mike Baker and Jean taking over from Joan Bray we appear to have enough bodies to fill the Committee jobs and with Liz Archer as a Member Without Portfolio we will be able to mange to keep the club alive. However, the message is: YOUR SAILING CLUB NEEDS YOU so please put up your hand if you care enough to help.