It was an important event, setting the tone for the next year of operation. We now have an expanded group of 11 Trustees. They meet quarterly, primarily to oversee the overall direction of the club (though they are ultimately in charge of all the club's activities and assets). A strategic plan is to be prepared in consultation with members.
The Officers and Committee also saw a major shake-up, with a new Chair - Phil Robinson - and new Captain - Jerry Barker. The commiittee deals with the day-to-day (even month-to-month) management of the the club's activities, focussed of course on rowing. The committee meets monthly.
Names of Trustees, Officers and Committee members for 2016-17 can be found below.
Tyne Amateur Rowing Club was founded in 1852 and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in the country. We have well over 200 members, perhaps 140 of whom row more or less actively.
How we are governed
The club is democratically governed by and for its members under its constitution (see below for download). The club is a Registered Charity and is affiliated to British Rowing. The club gained Clubmark reaccreditation in 2014.
Honorary officers and trustees
The club has a number of honorary officers - President and Vice Presidents - who can and do provide advice but do not have any specific powers or responsibilities. The club also has up to 12 trustees, who are the legal guardians of the club's premises and other property and take an overview of the club's operation as a charity.
The club is run on a day-to-day basis by its committee members, who are elected each year at the AGM in the autumn. The committee consists of the Chairman, Captain, two or three Vice-Captains, Secretary and Treasurer plus up to seven ordinary members. The last AGM was on 9 December 2016. Extraordinary General Meetings can be called 'as and when' to discuss urgent business.
The Trustees take responsibility for the strategic direction of the club. The Chairman of the Committee coordinates the running of the club. The Captain and Vice-Captains are responsible for 'rowing' matters including looking after the equipment, managing the squads (with the help of coaches and squad coordinators) and running events. The Secretary and Treasurer run the administrative side of the club affairs, including membership.
The committee can also appoints a range of advisers, which under the constitution must include at least a Water Safety Adviser and a Club Welfare Officer. The committee meets monthly (usually on the first Tuesday at 8.30pm) and agenda papers and minutes are available on request from the Secretary.
You can help too
All members of the club are encouraged to play an active role in helping out around the club, whether it be assisting us to run junior or learn to row sessions, launch driving, catering, cleaning and repair of buildings, maintaining boats, ......... the list is endless. Contact a committee member to volunteer.