Classic Boat Article

Classic Boat magazine have an article on the Osprey. Alan Henderson & Oscar Chess helped them with the article.

Meet your Hon Treasurer & Membership Secretary
 
Hello everyone. For those that don’t know me, my name is Kevin Francis and I am the current class treasurer and membership secretary, I am the one wiggling the stick on our beloved Osprey ‘Whitestar’ sail number 1296.

When we reach the 2020 Nationals I will have been in post for 7 years, so will be looking to hand these rolls onto someone new with fresh ideas. My role involves handling the money that comes into and out of the class accounts and justifying this each year at the AGM, suggesting ways in which to use these funds and also making sure that the money is spent wisely whilst protecting the fund for future years. I work closely with the Chairman and other committee members.

The role of membership secretary dove tails into the treasurer role as a large proportion of the membership pays by standing order; therefore I need to see the accounts to keep the membership up to date. We have an average of just over 100 members at any one time so the job is not too demanding.

Another roll that I carry out is the issuing of Class Measurement Certificates for new owners, this is a free service to class members. I also arrange the distribution of newsletter’s and other correspondence by post.

Finally I also attend regular committee meetings either in person or via a group telephone call.

I started sailing when I was 13 years old at my local reservoir Sutton Bingham just outside of Yeovil, my first ride was on a Marauder dinghy and from that moment I was hooked. I began like many on a Mirror Dinghy then a Topper and then a Laser, I crewed a 420 then helmed a 505 for a few years and also had a mad moment and bought a low rider International Moth, I teamed up with Phil Male in his 505 before discovering the Osprey where we have stayed ever since. A truly great boat.