NEW PRESIDENT, COMMITTEE
At the Club AGM on Saturday 22 February 2014, the following were elected unopposed as the new Management Committee:
President: Steve Murray
Vice-President: Kerry Minchin
Secretary: Phil Keenihan
Treasurer: Cheryl Chard
Committee members: Graeme Long, Andrew Webber, Scott Hann, Micah Hann, John Townsend and David Tavian
Two new Life Members were also nominated and elected. They were the past President Peter Roberts, and Norwood League Co-ordinator Kerry Minchin.
As these positions are entirely voluntary in nature, the Club thanks the previous Committee members for their generous service and welcomes the election of the new Management Committee.
MESSAGE FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT
I am honoured to have been elected as the Club’s new President, and thank those on the previous committee for their service. I also congratulate Peter and Kerry as our newest Life Members, and thank them for their years of service to the Club and its members.
Your new Management Committee has a unique blend of youth and experience. We have five previous Committee members, whose work on the Club’s behalf in the past is probably best demonstrated by the fact that they have ALL at some stage in the last 10 years also been honoured by the Club as winners of the annual Bryan Hennig award (previously the Volunteer of the Year award). We also have five new faces who are already veterans of service to the Club, one of whom is already a Life Member, and two of whom are graduates of the Club’s Junior program. Together we look forward to an exciting new era in which the Club will finally be able to make a home at the Campbelltown Leisure Centre.
There is much work on a number of fronts awaiting us, but I note the following areas as urgent priorities:
- Recruitment of a new Junior Coaching Director and the Rejuvenation of our Junior District program;
- Negotiation of a long-term lease with the Campbelltown Council for the Club’s use of the Leisure Centre; and
- The continued development of our Norwood League competitions.
These are exciting times for the Club, but we must not only seize our new opportunities, but also ensure that we preserve what we already have. Accordingly, a further priority I have is to further grow, engage and develop our volunteer base, so that we not only have more people engaged in the running of the club, but that we also plan and manage the necessary generational and succession changes at Volunteer and Committee level.
It is worth noting that since I first joined the Committee in 2008, that the Club has doubled in both player numbers (now 800+ including Norwood League) and financial turnover, but the number of volunteers, and in particular the structures for their participation, have not kept pace. Amongst other things, execution of this volunteer engagement priority will include the re-establishment of the Junior Committee to help run the District part of the Club, along with a group to run the Norwood League, and a further informal “experts panel” to provide the best possible and most objective basketball advice to the Management Committee.
Other priorities include addressing the pathway and coaching/skill issues arising from the recent changes announced by BSA to their elite programs, and the continuation of the Club’s leadership role and active participation in the affairs of the broader Adelaide and State basketball communities.
I am passionate about the Club, its history and its culture, and like all of us I am desperate to ensure that for the first time since our inception in 1946 that we finally have somewhere to call home, and that we continue to not just survive, but to prosper. I look forward to working with all of you to make this a reality.
President, Norwood Basketball Club Inc
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