The 44th Annual Meeting was held at Newtons Hotel with the President Lieut.Colonel A.W.Bennett in the chair. He reported that the club had again done well in all spheres of operation. Particularly pleasing was the increase in the building fund to 330 pounds. The lady supporters of the club had contributed this year by running the Afternoon Tea tent at Ballarat Regatta. He was hopeful of in the next year starting the new boatshed that would be the equal of the Wendouree and Ballarat boatsheds. Mr. Fred Luke had again overhauled and repaired the fleet so that all the boats were in good condition. He impressed on the members the importance of looking after the club’s property and especially the care of boats and oars so that they were maintained in good condition for all members to use. Obviously the proper care of equipment by members is an age old problem! In the last two years 2018 and 2019 the club has sent more boats down to Geelong for repair than at any time in our 150 year history. The lack of care and concern by current members is monumental!
On the regatta front we did reasonable well and managed to boat both a Maiden and Senior eight for a couple of regattas. At the Novice Regatta for the first year in several we did not win a race. However T.Luke in a hard fought race scored a second placing in the Novice sculls. At Colac Regatta the club was represented by a Maiden four and a Lightweight four and all though they rowed well, neither crew had a win. The Maiden eight and Senior eight went down to Upper Yarra Regatta and then Albert Park Regatta. It was great to see the club with a Senior eight again but it was a very hard task to win a race on the Yarra, it being the home course for most Melbourne clubs.
Once again the club was out in force at Ballarat Regatta in maiden sculls, fours and eight and also Junior sculls, Senior sculls and pair. William Commons won the Senior sculls in a rowover. At the Barwon Regatta William again teamed up with Robert Commons to win the Senior pair event. We also had a successful Maiden four who won their event twice. They raced in the final and dead-heated with Hawthorne and then won the re-row. The President praised this crew for its “pluck” saying it was their big hearts that won the race as they were such a small light crew. Their coach was William Commons and he would have been very proud of their effort as that was their fourth race that afternoon. The boys of the Ballarat Agricultural High School who were rowing from Ballarat City ‘s shed and using our boats were also praised for their effort of coming first and second in the Schools Race at this years Ballarat Regatta.