ANNUAL CHARITY CRUISE 2014
Saturday 22 November 2014 was a day of giving for members of Republic of Singapore Yacht Club – as we collaborated with West Coast Garden Neighbourhood Committee, West Coast Family Life Champion, West Coast Community Development & Welfare Fund Committee and West Coast Citizens’ Consultative Committee – to bring beneficiaries from 32 low-income families on yacht rides to Pulau Hantu for a day of fun and family bonding.
Gracing the event was RSYC’s newest Honorary Member Mr S Iswaran (Adviser To West Coast GROs, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister For Home Affairs And Trade And Industry), who was welcomed by Commodore Wee Keng Hwee, Committee Member Charlie Chan and General Manager Trevor De Silva.
Whilst waiting for the skippers and their boats, beneficiaries received prizes in a lucky draw and played fun games, which set the spirit and energy for the outing.
After the requisite group photo, beneficiaries were assigned to their respective boats and skippers at 9am and promptly set off to Pulau Hantu right after the customary flag-off by Mr Iswaran.
At Pulau Hantu, beneficiaries – young and old – let their hair down and participated in a variety of fun games and activities that encouraged teamwork, coordination and more importantly family bonding. The games were so much fun that even our boating members couldn’t resist but join in!
The jetski rides were doubtlessly very popular with the children, many of whom went for more than one ride!
Shortly after, buffet lunch was served, where everyone tucked into yummy treats and ice-cream while enjoying the breeze and idyllic surroundings.
Arriving back at the Club at approximately 2.30pm, the tired but contented beneficiaries were served with some refreshments at The Wharf before bidding goodbyes and giving thanks to their respective skippers and other participating members.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL
The Club would like to thank all members, boating members, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who contributed to making RSYC Annual Charity Cruise 2014 possible for the beneficiaries. We look forward to your continued support for next year’s Charity Cruise.
RSYC’S INAUGURAL ANNUAL DINNER
Friday 21 November 2014 marked a celebratory occasion at the Club as over 150 members and guests came together to celebrate RSYC’s achievements over the years and reminisce the bittersweet memories of the days when RSYC had to irrefutably move from its former clubhouse in Jalan Buroh to its current location here at 52 West Coast Ferry Road.
Members and guests who arrived early, mingled over small bites and cocktails; and some even took the rare opportunity to visit the rooftop of the Marina Lodge for a spectacular view of the evening skies over the marina.
Commodore Wee Keng Hwee commenced the evening with a rousing welcome speech, highlighting RSYC’s facilities and encouraging members to utilize the Club as a venue for their social activities and entertainment. Commodore Wee aptly ended his speech, lauding the “old hands” of the Club – Honorary Member Dr Tan Cheng Bok, RSYC’s first Singaporean Commodore Mr Francis Lee, Life Member Dr Harry Ho, Life Member Mr Frank Schulz, Life Member Mr Gordon Maxted and Life Member Mr Edward Wong – each of whom played an instrumental role towards RSYC’s development and progress.
For dinner, members and guests had a chance to sample specially prepared creations by Chef Seak Wai; while vocalists Joanna Dong and Rob Williams delivered exceptional entertainment accompanied by a 4-piece jazz ensemble. More fun was provided by MC Colin Seet, who got members and guests on their feet with light-hearted games and quizzes.
Members and guests also had the pleasure of having Rear Commodore Tan Kay Toh, Former Commodore Francis Lee and Honorary Member Dr Tan Cheng Bok on stage; all of whom shared humorous anecdotes from the past and reminded us to keep our spirits up as we face inevitable challenges ahead of us.
All in all, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and left with good memories plus a special souvenir to take home.
The RSYC Committee and management wishes to thank all who came and supported the event; and we look forward to organising the event again in 2015.
DEMONSTRATION & INTRODUCTION TO UKELELE
On Saturday 13 September 2014, participants at the Demonstration & Introduction to Ukulele were introduced to the 4-stringed musical instrument by instructor Mr Peter Sng.
Participants had a chance to try the ukulele and learn the basics such as strumming, beats and rhythm.
On Friday 19 September 2014, over 150 members and their guests at the Oktoberfest 2014 had a fun-filled evening with games, a delicious spread of German delicacies and of course... beer and more beer!
The event was held outdoors at the Foreshore Deck where members and guests were treated to authentic entertainment from the Swiss Alpine Lions – with games and quizzes providing extra entertainment for the attendees, many of whom sportingly took up the “challenges”!
Many thanks to all members and guests who came and supported the event. Special thanks to Club member and emcee for the evening Mr Nigel Ho for livening up the event!
The event was kindly sponsored by Tiger Beer (Asia Pacific Brewery Pte Ltd) and Spa Infinity.
89TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 89th Annual General Meeting held in the Quarterdeck on Friday 20 June 2014 was called to order after Honorary Secretary Ms Inez Wei confirmed a quorum of 57 registered members at 7.30pm.
One of the main highlights of the meeting was the presentation of the Breakwater Project Masterplan by incoming Commodore and immediate past chairman of the Development Sub-Committee Mr Wee Keng Hwee, who also presented the breakdown of expected costs and return of investment for the Breakwater Project against a timeline leading to the lease expiration.
Concerned members – who had asked the Committee to carefully consider the financial obligations of the Club and the expiring lease in 2027 – gave an “in-principle approval” for the incoming RSYC Committee to proceed with more preliminary work on the Breakwater Project.
Commended for taking a “consultative” approach, Mr Wee and the Committee assured members that a separate meeting – a dialogue session or Special General Meeting – will be held to finalize the details of the project.
Outgoing Commodore Mr Low Teo Ping began his "non-traditional" address to the members present – firstly thanking all those who came, members of the RSYC Committee and members of the various Sub-Committees.Reviewing the Club’s progress in the past year, he noted that the Club is experiencing a "tremendous learning curve" and may have "bitten off more than it can chew", particularly in reference to maximizing the occupancy rate of the accommodation rooms and the operational efficiency of the marina.
With regards to the aging Clubhouse and pontoon, Mr Low pointed out that the incoming RSYC Committee would work closely with the Management to tackle any unresolved issues.
Along with the policy of MembersFirst, Mr Low further emphasized on three driving factors – PASSION... without which there’s no interest, LOVE... for what you do, CARE... for fellow members and colleagues – which he believes will help bring the Club forward.
Mr Low ended his address on a positive note and encourages fellow members to step forward and contribute to building the Club; and engage in active dialogues with the Management and the RSYC Committee.
ELECTED RSYC COMMITTEE
Members accepted the elected incoming RSYC Committee, proposed by Mr Kelvin Khoo and seconded by Mr Tan Kay Hum. The five Exco positions were uncontested, and the new term sees five new faces coming onboard to serve – Mr Albert Fong, Mr Jeremy Cher, Mr Jeyendran Naidu, Mr Wong Teck Foo and Mr Yong Teck Yi. The 2014/2015 RSYC Committee members are as follows:
• Commodore: Wee Keng Hwee
• Vice Commodore: John McGugan
• Rear Commodore: Tan Kay Toh
• Honorary Secretary: Inez Wei
• Treasurer: Albert Fong
• Committee Members:
– Balakrishnan B
– Jeremy Cher
– Low Teo Ping
– Jeyendran Naidu
– Wong Teck Foo
– Yong Teck Yi
Four nominations were disqualified due to invalid forms, leading several members, including those who were ineligible, to express their dissatisfaction from the "inflexibility" of the nomination process.
However, outgoing Commodore Mr Low Teo Ping explained that the RSYC Committee had to "draw the line" so as to be fair to those who fulfilled the requirements of the nomination form; and that the Committee will look into a vetting process for future nominations. Mr Low reassured all members that there are plenty of opportunities available for them to serve on the various Sub-Committees of the Club.
Member Mr Wayne Wong inquired with regards to plans of Gym expansion and upgrading; to which the Committee explained that at present, the rate of utilization does not justify the high cost of the expansion. Other matters concerning operational issues were deemed “not germane” by the Committee and were not discussed.
The Committee informed members that the Club had engaged an F&B operator to takeover and run the existing Bridge Restaurant. The new upmarket restaurant will be opened to the public and will add to the “lifestyle” attraction for members and guests. Members will be able to utilize their Minimum Spending Limit at the restaurant and will be accorded special privileges such as 15% discounts and free corkage.
Affected by the recent breakdown of the Club’s forklifts, Member Mr Raymond Ho inquired on the issue; to which Vice Commodore John McGugan apologized and explained that the Club had not anticipated the breakdown. Due to the complexities and the specialized nature of the machinery, neither the Committee nor the Management could gauge the duration of the repair. He added that with the new Marina Manager onboard, both the Marine Dept and the servicing agent would put a proper maintenance and inspection regime in place.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Member Mr Jimmy Khoo shared his views about the survival and unity of the Club, particularly in view of the impending lease expiry. However, much to the delight and appreciation of everyone in the room, Mr Khoo ended his piece with a positive tone stating that he’s confident the Club’s lease will be extended taking into consideration factors such as the government’s plans of shifting port activities to Tuas and developing the Club’s surroundings into residential areas. Please turn to page 5 of this magazine to read a cleverly written poem by Mr Khoo.
The 89th Annual General Meeting ended at 10.55pm and members adjourned to the Nautica Room for a sumptuous dinner, refreshments and a chance to meet the new incoming Committee.