August Update

23 August 2020

Dear members,

On behalf of the Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club (RPIAC), I have a few important updates for your information.

Firstly, with sadness, I advise that Brenda Bates passed away on Monday, 17 August.  Brenda’s friendly smile, heart-warming conversation and dedication to the angling club will be missed.  We extend our deepest sympathies to Len, family and friends.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, regional Victoria is in a restricted activity period and the angling club is closed.  With the current Stay at Home and Restricted Activity Directions ending at 11:59:00 pm on 13 September 2020 we have a plan to start the RPIAC Angling Competitions for the 2020 / 2021 season.  To resume competitions, it is likely that restrictions to small gatherings, use of outdoor space and physical distancing will remain.  The competition dates are attached, and the details will be confirmed when appropriate.

To start a new angling season, we must close-out the 2019 / 2020 season by announcing the club champions and 365 competition award recipients.  Thanks to all who participated and contributed to the season’s success.  Congratulations to all award winners!  Our club champions and runners up are summarised below, and all 365 award recipients appear in the “365 Competition Awards” attachment.  Note that trophies will be awarded after the COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Squidgie Club ChampionSquidgie Runner Up
Denver Firth                                            410 PointsKate McCausland                                     90 Points  
Junior Club ChampionJunior Runner Up
Heath Womersley                                4,407 UnitsDaisy Fusinato                                      2,909 Units
Senior Female Club ChampionSenior Female 2nd PlaceSenior Female 3rd Place
Debra Orr              15,619 UnitsLeah Valente        11,001 UnitsJill Trickey             10,276 Units  
Senior Male Club ChampionSenior Male 2nd PlaceSenior Male 3rd Place
Chris Leonardos   20,992 UnitsSam Orr                 16,837 UnitsPat Gleeson          16,174 Units

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been postponed due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.  As restrictions ease, we will announce the AGM date and advise how this will be conducted.  In the meantime, the current committee will continue to oversee the angling club’s responsibilities.

Finally, RPIAC has been advised that the Rhyll Boat Ramp Upgrade project is progressing, and a Project Manager has been appointed by Bass Coast Shire Council.  We have been invited to join a Project Community Reference Group, as a stakeholder, to provide feedback and input.  We will provide more information as it become available.

With best regards,

Albert Abram – President

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