2012 AGM summary and minutes


On Wednesday 19 December a gaggle of pilots descended on Les Graham's house in Ellerslie for our club AGM and a chance to get together and catch-up over a BBQ and beer before Christmas.

Aside from the social aspect a number of current committee members were standing down from their positions, including Brett Disley as President, Paddy Monro as HG Safety Officer, Graham Surrey as Secretary and Nick Stead as a committee member, so there were a few more positions to elect than normal.

Brett’s resignation as President was due to the fact that he and his family have now relocated to Australia. Over the last year Brett has put in a significant amount of time and effort in dealing with various issues on behalf of the AHGPC, showing his commitment to the club by joining in committee meetings via Skype from Melbourne on a number of occasions.

The somewhat fractious debate around the future of Airborn magazine has been one issue which has occupied a lot of Brett’s time during 2012 and which he has dealt with diplomatically. He also wrote a very comprehensive submission to Auckland Council on behalf of the club in response to a concept plan for Glover Park that unwisely proposed sticking a picnic table in the centre of our launch/landing area. It’s this sort of work that can be time-consuming and which may go un-noticed but which ultimately benefits all members of the AHGPC.

During the AGM Evan Lamberton made a point of mentioning that Brett represented the AHGPC extremely well at the recent NZHGPA AGM in Queenstown. This was an important meeting in terms of determining the future direction of the Association and Brett’s willingness to fly from Australia to represent our interests is much appreciated.

Best wishes to Brett and his family on their move to Melbourne and hopefully he’ll still get the chance to go flying at Bright on the odd weekend!

Paddy Monro’s resignation as HG Safety Officer comes after a number of years of service to the club in this position and his efforts in overseeing the safety aspects for our hang gliding fraternity are appreciated.

Nick Stead has stood down from his committee post for family reasons. Nick has put a lot of work into maintaining our weather stations for the benefit of all members over the last few years and his expertise in this area has been a real benefit to the club.

Graham Surrey also indicated that he would stand down as Secretary after two years in this position.

The results of the elections are in the attached AGM minutes, but in summary the new President is now Graham Surrey, with Alex Daley joining the committee as Secretary and Michell Jagersma taking over the HG Safety Officer position.

Aside from the elections, the other formal part of the evening consisted of our annual awards.

Flying Spirit awardGeorge Stead

George received the annual Flying Spirit award for best embodying the spirit of free-flight over the past year. Exclusively a coastal pilot, George may not be racking up the XC kilometres over summer like some other pilots within the club, but he would definitely be up there for the sheer number of hours logged and the amount of fun he’s having. Most club members will have encountered George at the top of North Head at some point, where he’s always happy to have a chat and, more often than not, try to sell you a square frying pan.

As they say “the best pilot is the one having the most fun” and in this regard George is a worthy recipient of the Flying Spirit award for 2012.

Duck awardAndy Spierer

Less prestigious, but arguably more entertaining, than the Flying Spirit award is the Duck award for the pilot making the biggest (or most noticeable) stuff-up of the year.

Based solely upon publicity it was hard to match Andy Spierer’s mention in the Herald after having the Fire Service dispatched to help after he got a little too intimate with a pohutukawa while flying at Kennedy Park. Fortunately there were no injuries apart from Andy’s pride, with an attendant lesson to be careful when scratching low close to trees at our coastal sites.

Site Explorer prizeTony Seaman/Jeff Ripley

The award for the 2011/12 season was a tie between Tony Seaman and Jeff Ripley, who each received a bottle of wine for their intrepid efforts in flying as many different sites as possible over the course of a season.

Thanks to everyone who was able to come along to the AGM and a special thanks to Les Graham for allowing his house to be invaded for the evening.

As always, the committee is keen to hear member’s ideas on what events they would like the club to hold each year and projects that would be beneficial to the club as a whole. Feel free to get in touch with myself or any of the committee members if you have ideas to put forward or concerns you want to raise.

Happy flying!


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