Well my first year as president of the MWRS has flown by, and I am still humbled by your approval and trust in me taking on the role.
I have always loved technology, tinkering with gadgetry and socialising and this club represents and promotes all 3 of these things to the wider community. Sure we are primarily an Amateur Radio club, but as our member base welcomes younger members we are seeing a brilliant knowledge exchange of electronic wizardry being handed down to the next generation while at the same time we are seeing the wonders of computer being demonstrated the other way. My goal is to continue to promote this and our membership continues to welcome in experimenters of all ages into the future.
It’s been a full year of events, with the usual lighthouse weekend, bbqs, training weekends, camping trips, JOTA and working bees continuing to be a huge success. I cant thank you enough for making these possible.
I was also hugely excited (as you will no doubt have seen during our meetings) to see new events like the pirate / flagpole weekend (arrr) and the Maker Faire pop up in the calendar. Good fun stuff!
This AGM we will see a few of our longest serving volunteers retire their roles, and I think we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Some of them have been diligently handling their areas of responsibility for longer than I have graced the planet! I would ask you all take some time to reflect on their long work and thank them for helping us keep the show running. I would also like to take the time to encourage new players to step up into those roles, we may joke around that non-attendance will get you a role but in all seriousness contributing to the club through a formal role is a highly rewarding thing to do and and the perks are great (Apparently we have a private presidential jet, but its been out of order this year. Weird).
I have had a blast this year, and certainly hope you all agree that this club just keeps on getting better.