May I say on behalf of the new committee: "Thank you for putting your trust in us. We will try hard not to let you down." Claygate is a thriving club, and the five of us want to prove that it can continue to flourish as a volunteer-run organisation.
Several of us are new to our roles, and until we have had a handover from our predecessors, we won't know what has to be done. What we can say is that we will endeavour to act according to three simple principles:
- We will aim to run each Monday evening as smoothly as possible.
- We will listen to any advice you have to offer.
- We will report back to you on what we are doing.
We are bound to make mistakes, and we ask in advance for your patience and understanding. We also ask for your help, and not just in terms of moral support. Whether you voted for us or not, now is the time to get behind this committee. There are many tasks to be done, and we will gladly parcel up each task to suit your skills and energies.
I also want to thank (in advance) our director team led by Julie Gardiner, and our scorer team led by Carol Wildig. Not to mention our new honorary auditor, John McKimmie.
Many thanks also to the previous committee, who have guided this club out of difficult circumstances. I particularly want to pay tribute to Jaime. I'm not aware of the evolution of the club in the 17 years before I joined, but my belief is that no-one did more for the club, particularly on the technical side, than Jaime.
His name first appeared on the Club's Roll of Honour in 1985 as a Tournament Director. It was there a year later as winner of the Club Championships, with Alan Jones. And as we now know, his name is also on the 2017 Roll of Honour, not just as chairman but also as winner of the Club Championships. A quite remarkable record.
He did so much in terms of directing, scoring, devising and running club competitions, introducing computer-based scoring, and creating the club's BridgeWebs site.
We are indebted to him, and we will miss him greatly.
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