The Annual General Meeting of Mandurah Masters Swimming Inc. was held at 7:00pm on 27 February 2019 at MARC Club Rooms. It was a very productive and successful evening with a healthy turn out members, including: founding member Kathy McLeod; Club Life Members Gerry Green and Wayne Cable; and Masters Swimming Australia Life Member Ivan Wingate.
Reports were presented by the President, Treasurer, Coaching Director, and Recorder. This was followed by voting on Special Resolutions to adopt new Rules of Association and updated By-laws. Both passed unanimously. Next the Club Committee for 2019 was elected as follows:
President Deb Bloor 0437 167 823 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Joel Lewis 0419 913 475 email@example.com
Secretary Ann Ferguson 0400 224 680 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Steve Ferguson 0414 359 402 email@example.com
Coaching Director Des Seery 0417 954 173 firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Captain Jennifer Rollin-Busby 0452 204 087 email@example.com
Recorder Helen Cahill 0466 439 008 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Hazel Cockram 0438 880 243 email@example.com
Public Relations Deb Brown 0448 535 755 firstname.lastname@example.org
OWS Coordinator Steve Ferguson 0414 359 402 email@example.com
Social Officer Glenda Hurtado 0413 124 568 firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety Officer To be confirmed
Club Photographer Ivan Wingate 9586 1485 email@example.com
A warm welcome to new committee members: Ann, Des & Deb. A very big thank you to the outgoing committee members for all their hard work, namely: Mike and Marta. Well done for signing on for another year to: Deborah, Joel, Steve, Jen, Helen, Hazel, Glenda, and Ivan.
The highlight of the evening was endorsing two new honorary life members, namely: Pauline and Ivan Wingate. Honorary Life Membership is bestowed sparingly and only to candidates who have contributed outstanding service of lasting importance to the club. In that regard, Pauline and Ivan were excellent nominations. After reading their citations, President Deb presented them with life member pins and certificates. Pauline and Ivan's names have also been added to the Club Honor Board, joining club life members: Gerry, Graeme, Ken (dec) and Wayne.
Then it was time to present the Club Awards for 2018. The awards and the winners were:
Kathy McLeod Best Club Person: Ken & Cathy Isbister (citation)
Presented to the Club member who has shown the most commitment to their swimming and is a dedicated role model for our Club. The trophy was donated by, named after and presented by Kathy McLeod who was one of the founding members in 1993.
Club Challenge Swim Award: Gerda Williams & Mike Bennett
The award is made to the two swimmers with the highest aggregate of swim points attained at Club Challenge swim events.
Coaching Director's Award: Anna Gstaettner
This award is made at the sole discretion of the current Coaching Director and not without some difficulty.
FINA Swim Excellence Award: Gerda Williams
The award was made to the member with the highest FINA point score for an individual swim, as per the MSA Result Portal score. This award is intended to recognise the best individual swim of the year across all age groups. For 2018, in the 75 to 79 year Age Group, Gerda swam 200m Long Course Backstroke in a time of 3:46.36, which scored an amazing 751 points.
Open Water Swim Award: 1st: Jen Rollin-Busby & 2nd: Rebekah Weller
The award is made to the two swimmers with the highest aggregate of swim points attained in MSWA accredited open water swim events. In the 2017/2018 MSWA Open Water Season, Jen won her Age Group with score of 96 points and Rebekah won her Age Group with 62 points.
Fitness, Friendship & Fun Award: Steve Crake (citation)
The award is made to the member who most embodies the values of Masters Swimming Australia of Fitness, Friendship and Fun. As determined by a sub-committee of the President and two co-opted members. This is becoming a family affair, with Jenny winning last year and Steve this year.
Service Award: Steve Ferguson (citation)
The award was created in the memory of club stalwart Ken Phillips who passed away in 2017. The award is made to the member who has given outstanding service to the Club and is presented at the discretion of the committee.
Congratulations to all the winners. The night concluded with convivial discussion, as well as the consumption of copious amounts of Pizza and Wine.
Let's all look forward to another great year in 2019!