President’s Opening Report

Dear members,

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in regional Victoria progressing to the Third Step from 11:59 pm tonight, I welcome you to the Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club’s 2020/2021 fishing competition, which will commence this weekend!

The Third Step of Victoria’s roadmap for reopening allows outdoor non-contact sport, with outdoor gathering and density limits for up to 10 people.  COVIDSafe Principles still apply and the clubroom and bar will remain closed.  The fishing competitions will all be about the fishing 🎣, so if you choose to participate, the club expects the following:

Wear a face mask (e.g. at weigh-in, around the clubroom, and during launch/retrieve activities)Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
Good hand hygieneDo not participate if you are unwell

With the restrictions on the size of public gatherings, currently limited to 10 people outdoors, participants are asked to weigh their fish and then leave the premises.  Where a participant does not follow the COVIDSafe Principles, their conduct will be considered prejudicial to the angling club, and, they will not be eligible to compete.

The competition rules are available on our website and participants should make themselves familiar with the requirements concerning eligible fish and the fishing area boundaries.

This year, the Weigh-in Masters, Norm Trickey and Gerry Gibb, will coordinate weigh-in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on each day of the competition weekends.  Steve Bland will continue with the role of Club Captain and will manage any anomalies as required.  Remember that each eligible fish must be weighed-in by the person who caught the fish, and if you a fishing with others, please make sure that you can identify your catch (e.g. by clipping or snipping the tail or a fin).

At our recent Annual General Meeting the committee for this year was elected. The committee comprises:

President:  Albert Abram Treasurer:  David FusinatoVice Presidents:  Norm Trickey and Sam Orr Secretary:  Jill Trickey
Committee Members: Gerry Gibb, Daniel McCausland, Len Petch, Anne-Marie Richards, Peter Rowan, Ron Soolsma, and Michael Toovey  

Unfortunately, our previous Vice President, and barman, Len Bates and Committee Member Peter Kirwan have resigned from the committee, and, on behalf of all members I thank them for their many years of devotion and proactive service to the club.  I would like to thank Jill Trickey, and announce that she is the recipient of the 2019/2020 President’s award, for her outstanding contributions and the time dedicated to promoting the club’s interests.

Finally, many thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, members, and the committee for all the support, enthusiasm and hard work over the last year.  Everyone’s involvement continues to make the club a fantastic venue and I look forward to the company of members and friends in the coming year.

Have fun, stay safe and I wish you good fishing!

President: Albert Abram

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