ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ofTHE MERCHANT NAVY ASSOCIATION BOAT CLUBheld at THE ROYAL DORSET YACHT CLUB, 11 CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, WEYMOUTH DT4 8Bon Thursday 26th July 20181.MeetingThe meeting opened at 14.30 hours. The Commodore welcomed members to the eighth MNABC Annual General Meeting especially new member Ray McKillen 2.PresentMembers: C Edwards (Commodore & Chairman), D Hearn (Membership Secretary & Webmaster), Captain P Compton, S Donnelly and Ray McKillen3.Apologies for AbsenceApologies were received from:J Sail (Rear Commodore and MNA National Chairman ), Chris Woods (Vice Commodore) and Tim Brant (Secretary).4.Minutes of the last Annual General MeetingApproval of the Minutes were proposed by P.Compton and seconded by D.Hearn.5.Matters arising from the last Annual General MeetingNone were raised.6.Commodore’s ReportCommodore’s report – see below. The report was accepted. 7.Elections: According to the constitution the Club was due to hold elections for Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodores and other officers for a three year period. However, due to the poor attendance, Paul Compton proposed that the Committee and Officers be re-elected en-bloc for a ONE year period while the future of the Club is reviewed. NB In view of the revised future AGM arrangements, as below, these appointments will in effect be until the next AGM in October 2019.This proposal was seconded by D.Hearn and agreed unanimously. Ray McKillen expressed an interest in assisting with the role of webmaster and David Hearn offered to help him get started.Everyone present expressed their sadness about Rear Commodore Rodney Anderton (Rodders)having crossed the bar last autumn and the Commodore proposed that Captain Paul Compton be elected as a Rear Commodore in place of Rodders for the next year. This was seconded by D.Hearn and agreed unanimously8.Date of the next MNABC AGMPaul Compton proposed that, in view of the poor attendance at the past few AGMs, future Boat Club AGM should be held in Birmingham immediately following the main MNA AGM. This proposal was seconded by C.Edwards and agreed unanimously9.AGM ClosureThe AGM itself closed at 14.50 hoursOPEN FORUMThe future of the MNA Boat ClubGeneral concern was expressed that, apart from having a nice burgee, the Club is going no-where, and that a overall review of our aims and objectives is required, along with some proposals as regards whether it’s worth continuing with and if so how best it should be constituted in the future.It was mentioned that SeaVue is a very good idea but apart from the Commodore and Vice Commodore no-one has submitted an incident report for over a year! Paul Compton reminded us that whilst SeaVue is a good scheme so far as reporting and assisting with incidents is concerned all seafarers have an obligation under SOLAS to respond to incdents at sea irrespective of whether they are part of SeaVue or not; Clive commented that whilst that is true of course a good many of our members operate their boats on inland waterways where they are not subject to SOLAS obligations.Various ideas were floated and discussed briefly as regards the Club becoming a Forum, perhaps using social media, but there was opposition expressed about the lack of security with most if not all social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter so this idea didn’t engender much support..On a more positive note Clive mentioned that recently the RNLI had re-focused on the sea safety and inland waterways safety aspects of its Respect the Water campaign run by the RNLI Community Safety division – essentially this is the RNLI’s “Casualty Prevention” arm where they are looking to develop co-operation and collaboration with organisations such as the NCI, MVS etc. and perhaps that might offer some potential for active participation by SeaVue members as “maritime safety advisers” This might perhaps have a potential to re-vitalise the Club in an advisory capacity.as a maritime safety forumThe Commodore will explore this idea with the national chairman with a view perhaps to an approach to the RNLI for a properly recognised collaboration and participation as a partner in their Community Safety “Respect the Water” initiative to reduce the (sadly still steadily increasing!) number of deaths by drowning each year. Open Forum ClosureThe Forum closed at 15.15 hours.
Commodore’s Report August 2019The past eight months have seen the original notion of the Boat Club establishing a link to the RNLI’s Community Safety arm to promote their Respect the Water campaign actually come to fruition in the form of a formal collaborative project between the MNA Boat Club and the RNLI. Subsequently this has now been opened up to all members of the MNA, not just those who are currently members of the Boat Club.Essentially the project involves the RNLI acknowledging the skills, knowledge and experience of MNA members by offering to register any member of the MNA as an RNLI-MNA AMBASSADOR who would thereby enjoy much the same benefits as formally enrolled RNLI Community Safety Advisers.For the RNLI the benefit is in terms of their having access to a potential resource of a significant number of knowledgeable and experienced seafarers and former seafarers who are ideally placed to offer advice to individuals and organisations involved in boating, watersports and waterside activities particularly on inland waterways (Rivers, Canals, The Broads, The Lakes etc.) where there are no RNLI Lifeboat Stations with a team of Community Safety Advisers on hand.The scheme really got underway just before Christmas with the formal approval of one of the RNLI’s Community Safety Partners, Steve Instance and their Area Lifesaving Manager for the South West Region Nigel Jones “I am delighted to be working alongside the MNA with this initiative. We have a variety of ways of promoting our safety messages, but nothing beats a face to face conversation with a knowledgeable person. MNA members acting as RNLI MNA Ambassadors will be able to pass on their experience and knowledge to others in order to save more lives around our coasts and waterways.”Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner.Also most welcome was the following note of support from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston which arrived on my desk just as I was writing this report:“I am really pleased to see the Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Boat Club join forces with the RNLI to reach inland waterway users with safety messaging, helping to raise awareness of the Respect the Water campaign. MNA Boat Club members are former professional seafarers with a wealth of maritime experience and expertise so they are perfectly placed to support the RNLI’s prevention work in non-coastal waters. As a former Merchant Seaman and a Vice President of the RNLI, it’s great to see these two organisationsworking together to reduce accidental drowning in the UK.”Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD*Full details of the scheme are given in the RNLI’s leaflet (see Annex A below), and I hope this will encourage many of our Boat Club members to sign up with the RNLI’s National Community Safety Partner Katie Beney and thereby become official RNLI-MNA AmbassadorsI’m pleased to report that I’ve already received a number of calls and emails from members of the Boat Club wishing to be involved as RNLI–MNA Ambassadors. These have come from a variety of locations including from Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as from England (no-one from Wales yet though!) I’m also very pleased to report that our collaboration with the RNLI is receiving very positive reports in the local press in different parts of the country, and in other media such as the Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association’s 2019 Green Book (The Broads equivalent of Reeds Almanac), Towpath Talk Magazine and the Honourable Company of Master Mariners journal!I hope this initiative, coupled with our SeaVue Maritime Surveillance Scheme and our Boating Basics DVD, will really raise the profile of the MNA Boat Club and encourage more members to get actively involved. With that in mind, MNA National Councillor and Boat Club member Gareth Peaston proposed splitting the membership of the Boat Club into five regions, thereby hopefully encouraging members to get together a couple of times a year at a venue which does not involve travelling a vast distance.Taking Gareth’s idea on-board, the regions I’ve proposed will each have about forty members and are as follows:Thames (London and the south-east).Avon & Severn (the south and south-west).Wales & Mersey.Scotland & the North East Anglia. Each of these regions has a significant number of inland waterways where the RNLI could best benefit from our members enrolling as MNA Ambassadors.Many of you will I’m sure have read, or heard in the news, about the tragedy which occurred off the west coast of France in June when a fishing boat got into difficulties during storm Miguel requiring the assistance of the SNSM (French equivalent of our RNLI) Les Sables d’Olonne Lifeboat “Jack Morisseau”. Tragically during this “shout” the lifeboat capsized about 800m off the shore and, although four of the crew of seven managed to swim ashore, three others lost their lives. Why the All Weather lifeboat didn’t self-right as it should have done is still being investigated, and why a lone fisherman, who was also drowned, was out at sea in spite of a well forecast storm is also a mystery My local lifeboat Station, Weymouth, not only sent a message of condolence to the Sables d’Olonne Lifeboat Station our crew also made a donation of several hundred Euros for the bereaved families... Subsequently, bearing in mind our new partnership with the RNLI to promote the Respect the Water campaign especially for inland waterways, I’ve been talking to an independent French Boat Hire company operating on the main inland waterways of France, including the beautiful World Heritage “Canal du Midi”, with the idea of negotiating a special MNA discount for our members for next year. I have a meeting in France at the end of this month and hope to have some good news to report about this during the autumn Whilst we’ve made good progress during the past few months there’s more to do and I must pay tribute to our vice-commodore Chris Woods who is pushing our project with the RNLI hard in respect to the Norfolk Broads and to my fellow Boat Club officers John Sail, Tim Brant, Dave Hearn and Paul Compton, as well as to Malcolm Matheson, Nigel Whittaker, Gareth Peaston and the late Willie MacFarlane all of whom have been hugely supportiveClive Edwards, August 2019
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Yardley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 328 Yardley Road BIRMINGHAM B25 8LT 14.30 HOURS SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2019 (see Note B below) The doors open at AGENDA1.Commodore’s Welcome. 2.Apologies for Absence.3.Introductions.4.Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting.5.Matters arising from the last Annual General Meeting.6.Presentation and Adoption of the Commodore’s Report.7.Election of Officers. – see note A below8.Partnership with the RNLI9.Future of the MNA Boat Club.- Regionalisation10.Next Annual General Meeting. (Date and venue to be advised).Note ANominations are invited for the posts of: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Up to 3 Rear Commodores, Secretary and Membership Secretary.The following have agreed to stand fore re-election:•Commodore - Clive Edwards•Vice Commodore - Chris Woods•Rear Commodores - John Sail and Paul Compton•Secretary - Tim Brant •Membership Secretary - A nomination for has been received on behalf of David CornesNote BDoors will already be open for the main MNA AGM in connection with which there will be a free buffet, but no drinks or food are allowed to be brought in to the club, but food and drink can be purchased in the club" There is ample car parking at the back of the club.