Bill Smith EAST President

At the EAST Annual General Meeting which was held on Thursday 22 February 2018 Bill Smith retired after 25 years as a founding Trustee. I am pleased to report that Bill has accepted the office of President.
Bill was thanked by Geoff Dreher, Chairman, for his dedicated service and gave the following tribute:
Bill went EAST in 1993. Bill and Mike Spear were invited by the former RYA Seamanship Foundation, now RYA Sailability, to provide an Annual East Coast cruise for visually impaired sailors. This has developed each year since then and also includes weekend taster events. Last year EAST celebrated its 25th Annual Cruise for the visually impaired. In 1996, Kevin Curtis, a sailing gold medal winner at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, who sailed a National Squib at Haven Ports Yacht Club, persuaded Bill and Mike to extend the blind sailing activities to include other disabilities. This led to EAST being established as a separate charity offering sailing opportunities for adults with a wide range of disabilities. In 2009 with help from Suffolk County Council’s Activity Unlimited programme the Trust started regular sailing sessions for children with disabilities. By 2010 it was apparent that EAST had outgrown its premises. Bill with his wealth of contacts and an ability to extract funds from unsuspecting donors together with a team secured a grant of £50,000 from the National Lottery Peoples Millions programme to enable us to create the EAST Waterside Community Centre. We will miss Bill but I know that he will not be far away.
Bill was presented with four engraved crystal cider glasses.

VI cruising for all. Dot Marsden

10/06/2016
VI cruising for all. Dot Marsden

Another donation from Ipswich Golf Club

08/06/2016
Ipswich Golf Club continue to support EAST

Sunday 15th May 2016 - St Elizabeth Hospice

16/05/2016
Sunday 15th May -
St Elizabeth Hospice had a great time - see the email from Danny

Saturday 14th May- Penny Meadow

14/05/2016
Saturday 14th May- Penny Meadow

Friday the 13th was a good day for EAST

13/05/2016
Friday the 13th was a good day for EAST

Curry Night and a donation from Global Inkjet Systems

30/04/2016
Saturday 30th April was an excellent social night with chicken, lamb and vegetarian curries (+all the trimmings) prepared by Geoff, Pat and Linda. Andrew finished off a successful evening with a quiz which was won by the Maxwell family.

Jim Brotton (left) of Global Inkjet Systems kindly presented a donation to EAST, which was gratefully received by Andrew Renton.

April Boat Launch - East fleet

02/04/2016
Saturday 9th April was wet and windy. The bosuns, John Maxwell and Mike Peacey organised the volunteers to launch the EAST fleet. Geoff and Linda kept morale up with tea, coffee and lunches. The photos were taken on the following day.

Ipswich East Rotary Club donate life jackets

07/03/2016
On Saturday 5th March 2016, the President of the Ipswich East Rotary Club, Michelle Bevan-Margetts, presented EAST Chairman Geoff Dreher with five lifejackets. She was accompanied by Ross Lunney, fellow Rotarian and an EAST member. We are very grateful for the generous support of the Ipswich East Rotary Club.

2016 AGM

25/02/2016
Thursday 25th of February saw the EAST Annual General Meeting. 2015 had been a successful season and 2016 promises to be even better.

Granta Lodge Donation

31/12/2015
EAST was nominated by Gill Rowe, Grand Master of Granta Lodge, Cambridge, as her charity. The photograph shows Gill presenting a cheque for £856 to Chairman, Geoff Dreher, at a maintenance session which was held on 8th December 2015 at the EAST Waterside Community Centre. We are very grateful to the ladies of Granta Lodge for their generous donation.

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