At last!…the Kingston and Elmbridge Annual General Meeting, held every November, could once again be held in the flesh, so to speak!
Although last year’s online AGM was a great success, it was brilliant to be back in the club house with 31 live human beings who were able to make it on Thursday night.
Our AGM allows club members to hear officers reports on various aspects of running the club, such as club finances (income/expenditure), memberships, diving reports, new initiatives, awards, plans 2022 and of course election of officers and committee members.
Some exciting news from our Membership Secretary, David Nicholson, who confirmed that our numbers this year had increased from 65 to 88 members! This is fantastic news.
This year we see the departure of two members of the committee that have given a lot of their time and effort into building and developing the club over years.
We say goodbye at least from sitting on the committee, Paul Eyden, our former club Secretary, who has served as Secretary since 2015. Paul has previoulsy served as club Secretary between 2003-2009 and even as an equipment officer between 2000-2003. Paul’s keen eye for detail and procedures kept the committee in line according to our constitunion and made sure everyone in the club was involved, informed and had opportunity speak. Thank you Paul for your service and continued membership with the club.
We also say goodbye to Jim Molyneux our former Buildings Officer, who joined the committee in 2014, and for the last seven years has done so much to improve the club house facilities and surrounding compound area. Jim has also been the point of contact for our regular weekly and weekend hirers and on site as soon as any problems or issues arise. Jim has invested a lot of time in developing the training room facilities, putting in new LED lighting throughout the building, new heating, new water boilers, insulation of the roof, the annual painting of the floor, waste and utility contracts, the list goes on! Thank you Jim for all you have put into the club allowing our current and future members to enjoy such great and unique scuba club facilities.
Although these two members are taking a step back, both Paul and Jim will continue to work in the background to help support the running of the facilities as and when needed.
New Committee Members and Changes
Each year Committee members are either elected or re-elected into their roles. All existing committee members remain the same this year, except for Jonathan Markwell who moves from Treasurer to take over Paul’s former role as Club Secretary. Jason Stark moves from Compressor Officer to Treasurer and we welcome onboard the committee Mark East as our new Compressor Officer. And finally, but not least we welcome back Ian Angus to the committee who served for a number of year as bar manager before stepping down last…this time he rejoins the committee as Building Officer taking over from Jim.
For a full list of committee members and their roles please check out our committee page.
Every year the AGM is place where awards are given out recognising members successes and mild mishaps while diving during the previous year (November 2020-2021).
Our club Chairman, Len Hards, in the weeks prior to the AGM goes around as many club members who come on club night and asks for nominees and votes for each category, while our club President Brian Deluce holds Best Find on a Dive and Photo competitions. Unfortunately this year there were no photos put forward by club members but there were a few finds.
So without much more ado….Congratulations to:
- Nick Sims who wins the Marian Trophy. A trophy voted on by members that recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to develop the club over the last year. Nick is our Training Officer and with membership increasing as mentioned above there has been 17 new or progressing student divers requiring training. This has meant Nick needing to coordinate both instructors and students for their theory and practical lessons at a time when COVID and swimming pool closures have made it all much harder than it should have been!
- Jim Molyneux and Paul Eyden win the Chairman’s Trophy. This special trophy is decided upon and presented by the club Chairman himself to members he feels has done so much for the club. A worthy award to be shared by both Jim and Paul as they leave the committee.
- Dave Tresidder wins Jeff Betts trophy for the best find on a dive.
- Shirley Deluce wins John Parker trophy for the best presentation of a find from a dive.
- And finally – the infamous Wooden Spoon for when things don’t go as planned during a diving trip. That person will remain anonymous on the website, however here is the award winning or damming photo: