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LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD MR RUSSELL MURPHY T he AGM saw Mr Russell Murphy elected as a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club as of 25 July, 2017. Russell’s extensive commitment to the Club began when he joined as a member in 1988. In 1997 he commenced a long and ongoing list of significant Committee roles including: • Finance Committee 1997 – overview financing for replacement Marinas and clearance of associated debt; • Director 2001-2004/ Chairman 2003/04; • Vice Commodore House 2005; • Vice Commodore Yacht Racing 2006/07; • Commodore 2008/09/10; • Board/Flag Roles; • Coffs Organising Committee Liaison; • Discipline Committee Chair; • Human Resources Committee (Chair); • Membership Board Liaison; 96 YACHTSMAN • Archives Committee; and • Training Committee. Currently Russell still serves the Clubs interests on: • Membership/Election Committee + Yacht Race liaison; • Go Sailing Promotion – instigated this promotion; and • Sail Expo Coordinator of Volunteers. Russell has been instrumental in promoting Youth in the sport including two crews to World Championship campaigns in his Etchells and was at the forefront of the constitutional change to adopt family membership, which continues to yield positive benefits to the Club. Russell has always been a strong promoter of the value of Club membership and taking measures he thought best to promote and protect the Club’s interests, notwithstanding the personal cost.