The following were lucky enough to win the 100 Club draw for November::
1. Helen Okell £30
2. Dr Neil Gavin £20
3. Bernice Ashworth £10
It was great to see so many members, old and new, turn out on a cold and windy night for a pre-Christmas get together at the Cat with No Tail, Governor's Hill. Organised by Midge Dunn the idea was to get to know our new members and introduce them to our skippers and mates to encourage them to sail.
Nearly 40 people packed the conservatory with the noise level rising higher and higher, even through the very good buffet the pub provided (especially the chips). It is hoped another social can be arranged for the New Year to keep everyone in touch during the winter months.
Sailing continues as long as the weather is fine, so watch the sailing programme for availability, or contact the crewmaster direct on 471222.
Several members joined with the Island's sailing fraternity to hear first-hand about the advertures of Sir Robin-Knox Johnston. The first man to circumnavigate the world related tales from his epic journey as well as from his general sea-going career and areas in which he was now involved.
On the Island as guest of Thomas Miller Investments, Sir Robin accompanied members along the Tongue to pay a visit to Pride of Mann II and learn a little about the work of our charity.
For anyone looking for an usual Christmas gift, author Derek Winterbottom has donated some of his books about the history of Milntown and the Christian and Edwards families. They cost £10 each with all proceeds going to SFTD.
If you would like a copy, contact Monica on 425895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry Kokke has become the first lady to complete her training with Rodger Clague and be passed competent as a local mate. Well done, Gerry!! You are the first lady to achieve this and hopefully what you've done will encourage other ladies to come forward and take that first step.
We are pleased that Gerry Feeney, a new member of the Executive Committee, has taken over the role of Membership Secretary. Any enquiries regarding your membership renewal or anyone wishing to apply for membership should contact him on 471666 or email email@example.com
The newsletter you have just received has been compiled and distributed by Linda McCauley and our congratulations go to her for tackling thisquite complex job. If you have any interesting items of news, or photographs taken when you have been sailing, please let her know either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly very few members attended this years AGM on the 17th September, but those who did together with postal votes, elected the following to represent members during this coming year.
Ian McCauley (Chairman)
Rodger Clague (Vice Chairman)
Paul Atkinson (Treasurer)
Monica Clark (Secretary)
Further updates to the website will be made after the first meeting of the Committee on 26th September.
If you are one of the millions of people who use Facebook, you will be pleased to know that SFTD now has a Facebook page. Look us up and become our friend!!
Stuart Brierley, the collecting box co-ordinator, would like me to thank Paula Benson, Shaun & Pauline Budd, Arne Dahn, Chris Daine, Gerry Kokke, Peter Lowe, Enid Quayle and Tony Skillen who came forward in response to his urgent appeal for helpers. They join the existing team of Marion B, Monica C, Rodger C, Eunice E, Kevin F, Brian K, Roy M, Linda Moore, Adie S and Mike T.
As always, if you can find any locations where our collecting boxes could be placed, please contact Stuart on 832212 or by email email@example.com
Why not make a New Year's resolution to join the 100 Club and help fund your Charity. We are looking to increase the membership of the Club as the value of the prizes could increase with a full complement of 100 to a 1st prize of £50, 2nd prize of £30 and 3rd prize of £20, as well as providing more funds to maintain Pride of Mann II.
With our current membership the prizes are 1st £30, 2nd £18 and 3rd £12. Still worth winning, so if you would like to take part in this monthly draw, please contact Liz on 627057 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org