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.

Vote for EAST with Lloyds Community Fund

05/10/2013
Vote for EAST with Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Bill Smith wins RYA's Francis Elkin award

31/07/2013
Bill Smith wins RYA's Francis Elkin award for contribution to disabled sailing.

EAST member wins Gold Medal

05/06/2013
EAST member wins Gold Medal at the IFDS Blind Sailing World & International Championships 2013

Suffolk Adult Learners Awards 'Volunteer of the Year' Allistair Renton

26/05/2013
Suffolk Adult Learners Awards 'Volunteer of the Year' Allistair Renton

Mike Hickey, 1957-2013

19/05/2013
Mike Hickey, 1957-2013

EAST wins Suffolk High Sheriff's Award

07/03/2013
EAST wins Suffolk High Sheriff's Award

Volunteers night

24/11/2012
An evening for the Volunteers of EAST.

EAST awarded RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence Status

01/09/2012
EAST awarded RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence Status

EAST's summer cruise

15/07/2012
EAST's Summer Cruise Sailing Seven Rivers of Suffolk

Orwell Walk raises funds for EAST

25/06/2012
Lynette raises money for EAST on Orwell walk.

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