MYC Commodore Flag Officers and Committee,
It is with much pleasure I write on behalf, of the ‘70th Anniversary History Committee’ to thank you most sincerely for the magnificent honour bestowed on each member of the History Committee.
The ‘Person of the Year’ trophy, was presented at the MYC ‘Change Over’ on Sunday. I speak for all of our members, when I say, it was a great surprise and most appreciated.
The Historical Committee came together with a blank canvas, in February 2015, it was difficult to sort out where to begin, as the 70th birthday of the MYC presented us with a huge mountain to climb, and in fact, to make sense of. However we were lucky to have some very knowledgeable members, and slowly organised ourselves under the wise guidance of our chairperson, John Lynch. It was a shock to learn John had taken ill in the early months, and was put on ‘light duties’ the committee had a rocky time for some weeks.
However, we remained positive and spent many enjoyable hours, selecting and finding photos and other memorabilia. “What were we to do with this emerging stack of information?” We did not know. However armed with all the interest and information, a plan slowly developed.
It was member Stuart Gooley with assistance of Rod Harvey and many MYC members who were responsible for the collection of Yachts displayed on the ‘Open Weekend’ Rigging the old yachts brought back many, a sailing story and many, laughs. David Campbell our DVD photographer also played an enormous part in putting together a most creative Historical Film, using parts of old 16 mm, and 8 mm film and many historical photos supplied by members, and the Mornington Shire Historical Society. The DVD can still be purchased from the MYC Office. We must also mentioned the assistance given to the History Committee from the MPSC, we were given access to some rare information regarding the very early commencement of MYC. Also the Music provided featuring a foundation member Jack Bean.
On behalf of the History committee I wish to thank all the MYC members, and friends, who responded to the requests for photos, yachts, film, videos, Information Volunteers, members serving morning and afternoon tea, and the power point shown on the MYC TVs. Also we could not have managed to stage this event without the continued assistants and support of Rod and Sarah, in the office. Encouraged by this amazing response and interest, the ‘70th ‘Open Weekend’ came alive.
If the committee needed any reward for their work, it was given in plenty on the ‘Open Weekend’ We were excited and energised to see so many people, drifting around the displays, hearing their many stories about their days sailing as children, and adults at the wonderful MYC. We wished we had thought to record them.
What a wonderful, and enlightened weekend we all enjoyed together.
For and on behalf of the, History Committee,
John Lynch, Diana Lynch, Barb Nash, Stuart Gooley, Rod Harvey, Ken Bilham and David Campbell.