The draw was made at the December Committee meeting. Winners are as follows:

November winners

1st – John Phillips

2nd – P Rodden

3rd – Andy Taylor

Folks,

Just a quick update on events and activity at the Club. Have added the links to appropriate pages on the website where you can get more information.

1. Club opening hours during the festive season
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/festive-opening-hours-3/
(Hogmanay should be a blast again)

2. Boat Club gifts for Christmas
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/boat-club-regalia-ideal-christmas-gifts/

3. “Old Clyde Pullers” by our own Tom Mackay
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/old-clyde-pullers-by-tom-mackay-update/
Copies available in the bar for £ 9.99. All profits going to the club.

4. December Boat Club Session this Friday
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/about/boat-club-sessions-2015/
Always and good night of live music and this week should be especially festive.

5. Planning & organizing for the 150th Anniversary events in June next year are well underway.
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/150-years/
Please remember to return the forms posted out a few weeks ago if you wish to participate in the events on the water and/or attend the ball on 18th June. Have attached a copy of the form in case you have misplaced it.

6. Upgrading work on the clubhouse well underway.
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/new-entrance-bridge-front-door-surround/
a. Front door surround and bridge have been replaced. Final snagging going on at the moment.
b. Heating boiler being replaced today and tomorrow, hot water boiler on Wednesday & Thursday.
c. New coloured pelmet lighting being installed in the hall to replace the coloured down lighters.
d. Audio visual equipment should be fully function this weekend. This will allow us to run better presentations and watch major televised events on the big screen in the hall.

7. Club website has a webcam now that allows you to check the river conditions before you come down to the Club.
http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/live-beach-cam/

8. The clubhouse has been decorated for the festive season

Trust the above gives you a flavour of what is going on at the Club.

Merry Christmas

Adam Graham
Honorary Secretary
Royal West of Scotland ABC

When shopping for interesting Christmas gifts this year, don’t forget the exciting range of Boat Club Regalia.

There are the new range of 150th Anniversary items, some of them pictured above. Details and prices will be posted this weekend.

Old Clyde Pullers by Tom Mackay was launched last night and copies are available in the clubhouse.

There is also the existing stock.

Rugby tops (M, L & XL) £ 36.00
Lamb’s wool sweaters (M, L & XL) £ 36.00
Lamb’s wool sweaters (36” & 38” old stock) £ 15.00
Polo shirts (M, L & XL) £ 18.00
Flag ties £ 12.00
Striped ties (silk) £ 25.00
Blazer badges £ 18.00
Track suit badges £ 15.00
Blazer Buttons £ 1.50

Don’t forget the Club mugs, pictured above. They are only £5 each

All of the above available in the Clubhouse

Tom has spent the last couple of years trawling various archives to compile a history of Rowing Clubs in Inverclyde stretching back to the 1850′s. This has also spawned information on Burgh Regattas as well as the merging of amateur and professional rowing in Scotland. The book has a foreword by Provost Robert Moran and contributions from multiple sources throughout the district and beyond. It is a social history of this area told from the perspective of a community who not only depended on the Clyde for work but also for recreation.

We took delivery of the book today from the printers. The launch event is planned for 19:30hrs on Friday 11th December in the clubhouse. Tom will also be in the Tesco Greenock on 14th December and Port Glasgow on 15th December selling copies to the general public.

New range of Club active sportswear should be launched on Friday 11th December as well. A small stock will be available for inspection and sale on that night. Order taken that night should be ready pre-Christmas.

Tom and the various parties who have contributed time and effort to getting the book to this stage have done so for free. All profits from the sale of the book will go directly to the Club’s development fund, intended to improve the sporting & changing facilities of the clubhouse. The cost of the book will be £9.99. If you need it posted there will be a £2.50 charge for this to UK addresses.

Anyone who has not already done so can register their interest in reserving a copy of the book by dropping me an email at secretary@rwsabc.com . Please title the email “Old Clyde Pullers”. We will then set aside a copy for you to collect and pay for from the clubhouse. We may even ask the author to sign the copies that are reserved.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

Below is the content of an email received today from the centre where our Subs Convener Rose Sloan has been volunteering in Kenya. It is thanking us for the donation sent out with Rose following the fundraising event she organized in the clubhouse.

Rose will be back in the first few weeks of the New Year

Dear Adam,

Greetings from Kericho. Rose passed on your very generous donation from you and all her other friends at the boat club. When I got it changed to Kenya shillings it was Ksh.194,310. That was so very good of you. I will make sure it is put to good use help the very needy children we work with. I am sure Rose will fill you in on all her adventures. She has been an absolute godsend to us – particularly to me! We will all miss her very much when she returns to Scotland.

So, Adam, on behalf of all of us at Live With Hope Centre, I assure you of our prayers for you and your families. God bless you abundantly.

All the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Sr. Placida (Jane)

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