Bathurst Aero Club welcomes three new board members who were recently elected at the clubs Annual General Meeting.
Lenka Melville, Jock Crossing and Steve Ruttley have now joined the board and will contribute to the management and running of the club. We wish Lenka, Jock and Steve all the best in their new roles. Congratulations Steve, Lenka and Jock.
It was a very special AGM as a number of longstanding board members retired, most notably Jerry Trevor-Jones who after 60 odd years handed the Treasurer’s role over to Kingsley Picker. Many thanks to Jerry for your commitment to the club and congratulations to Kingsley.
Also Ian Johnson was elected President, David Druitt was elected Vice President and Jock Crossing was elected club Secretary.
Other elected and returning board members include Hugo Wansey, Trevor Hill, Michelle O’Hare and John Marston, congratulations to each of you. I look forward to taking up the role of President for the coming year and working with the board to deliver ongoing services to the club’s members.
A great evening with over fifty members and guests making the event a really positive contrast to the restrictions and uncertainties of 2021. A major highlight was the excellent presentation from guest speaker Owen Zupp describing the epic story of his father’s life – one lived to the full but without fanfare.
It was not possible to make any of the usual awards due to the lack of flying activity in 2021. However the President exercised his prerogative to make awards recognising the efforts of members who have “gone above and beyond …”. So two Presidents Awards were made –
One to Michelle O’Hare for her efforts to promote aviation to youth, publish our monthly safety bulletin and trying to organise fly aways, Pilot Development Days, and seminars, and the other to Hugo Wansey for mammoth task of reviewing the Club’s insurance cover and hire agreement.
Another special “award” was made to Spencer Ferrier for his invaluable legal advice assisting Hugo.
The President made special acknowledgment of the service of retiring Board members Jerry Trevor Jones and Frank Wells. After decades of dedicated service to the Club, Jerry is stepping away from any official roles but won’t be going very far away!
The meeting opened with a minute’s silence in remembrance of Club life member John Honeyman RIP. (Pictured (centre) below cutting the Bathurst Aero Club’s 80th Birthday cake)
o The recent edition of the Bathurst Aero Club Safety Spotlight has been well received. David congratulated Michelle on such a professional education initiative for the Club.
o Fuel sales were up on last month.
o Trevor and David will be having a working bee on the 31st of October to install cable trays under the eaves of the club to restrain the electrical conduits.
o Frank and David installed the replacement main entrance doors last week. Key access remains as before.
o The Board agreed to a request by L2F that they paint the upstairs area.
o The new interactive hire agreement is with the web designers to build the template. This is one of the most important initiatives taken in recent times by the Club. David congratulated Hugo for his tireless work on this,
o BAC insurance is due next month and cover details are being reviewed
o The Australian Women’s Pilot Association will be holding a fundraiser in the Clubhouse on the 6th November. The Club’s will support for the event by waiving charges for hiring the Clubhouse and assistance with the BBQ.
o The recently reframed historic photos have been hung in the Clubhouse by Greg and David
o Ian is pushing for the new signage at the Clubhouse entrance to be installed in time for the Annual Dinner.
o The defibrillator will be mounted on the inside wall to the left of the main entrance doors.
o A guest speaker for the dinner has been tentatively arranged.
o The Bathurst Aero Club will be included in the Bathurst Community Directory for 2022