AGM: New president elected

Chewton Pool Inc held its annual AGM on Sunday, September 14, when new committee members were elected and current President Fritz Hammersley stepped down.

Nominations for vacant positions were accepted as follows:

President:     Rose Darling
Treasurer:    Bronwyn Dawson
Secretary:     Kerry Bourke

Helen McGeachin, Harry South, Jenny Jarman, Gloria Meltzer, Sarah Myles and Isabel Kelly nominated and were elected as committee members.

Outgoing president Fritz Hammersley reflected on his journey with the Chewton Pool Management Committee, first as alternating chair with Tony Shaw during the campaign to save the pool from closure and its re-opening in 2011 after a long fight.  Declaring the Chewton community pool a “runaway success”, Fritz noted the great strides made, in particular increased patronage and funds raised by volunteers.

In thanking the committee and supporters, Fritz also indicated the need for new blood and encouraged the parents of growing student numbers at Chewton Primary School to get involved. He thanked James Darling for maintaining water quality “that is the envy of the shire”; Rose Darling for political insight and strategy; Sarah Miles for her efficient pool management; Damian Mason, outgoing Secretary, for his contribution; Bronwyn Dawson, the Treasurer who is a “treasure” and her professionalism; the “amazing” fundraising team, and the overall committee and supporters.  He also thanked Harry South who brought an enduring partnership with the Lions Club.

Incoming President Rose Darling reiterated the need to encourage more engagement from parents to renew the energy levels of those involved. She later thanked Fritz for his wisdom, ambassadorial style and persistence over the years, and said “I’m sure we will still see the lairy shirts presiding over the BBQ in the season!”

 Attendance highest in 10 years

Attendance at Chewton Pool skyrocketed in the 2013-14 summer, as the graph shows.
Attendance Figures 2004-2014_GraphUnder previous shire management, attendance reached a peak of 3690 in 2005-06 and sank to 1282 in 2008-09.

In the first summer after the pool reopened under community management in 2011-12, attendance leapt to 4500 and kept rising. Last summer attendance hit 8,100 – the pool’s highest attendance in 10 years.

Call for volunteers

Do you want to get more involved in your local Chewton community and make new friends? Do you want to help keep one of Chewton’s most valuable assets going?

If so, we want to hear from you.

Chewton Pool relies heavily on volunteers to run the kiosk and help look after the grounds, and we need more people to keep the pool running smoothly.

No experience necessary – just a desire to get involved and help keep the pool running for everyone in this wonderful, diverse community to enjoy.

Call the Pool Manager Dash Cook on 0498 637 534 or email chewtonpool@hotmail.com for more information.

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