Join The Omokoroa Boat Club
Some club history highlights
by Terry Edwards, Commodore 1984-86.
Prior to me joining the Omokoroa Boat Club in 1974, it had been in recess for eight years. They had over $800 in the club kitty, held by Warren Harrison, so a decision had to be made whether the club closed, or carried on. Alan Crapp and Murray Harrison (no relation to Warren) dropped off a newsletter to every home in Omokoroa, asking who wanted to join, and support the club. Thanks to them, the decision was made to restart the club.
We were then holding our meetings and social gatherings in the old smoko shed by the slipway. Then we held meetings and social activities at the old Omokoroa Fire Station. Members were talking then, thirty years ago, of having their own clubhouse. When I joined I met some of the older generation "club identities" and I enjoyed soaking up the knowledge they had of the harbour and areas.
Later we moved to Jim and Bev McGregor's house on the Esplanade, which conveniently had a bar and basement. This was a very comfortable clubhouse.
Many times the club came close to calling it a day, as it was hard to hold members together without clubrooms, though we were able to use the Settlers Hall far any large function e.g. the annual cabaret.
After we decided to go for our very own clubhouse, many of us spent hundreds of hours with the Western bay District Council, harbour Board and the local Iwi, and then things began to gel. Many sites were discussed, one was the Omokoroa hall, then the Domain and when the foreshore was suggested we expected to be shot down in flames.
The fundraising began: full on with galas in the car park, formal dinners by our own Omokoroa chef John Houghton, raffles, fishing contests, cabarets etc. In between all these, we still managed to muster ten to twenty boats and travel to Kawera, mayor, and up the Wairoa River before the dam burst, and also the Bowentown Boat Club, who always made us welcome (sometimes too welcome to 3 am, and we would spend the night there.. Water skiing was very popular in the 70s and 80s and we would moor off Matuhoa, Matakana, and up Hunters Creek and finish the day with a barbeque on the beach.
With the help of many local and Tauranga businessmen and donations of money and products and thousands of hours of labour from members, wives, and locals, the boat club was built. During Stan Hoskins and also my term as Commodore we became debt free. This was after three years. What a great moment for the club.
Thirty years later I still see the strong community support and obviously I see tremendous improvement in the facilities. The on going commitment of the club is a credit to the past and present committee members.
It is a pleasure to be a member of the Omokoroa Boat Club.
Benefits of Club membership
- A friendly and relaxed sociable Club to meet up with friends and make new ones.
- A large and spacious deck situated over the water and looking out on the beautiful Omokoroa harbour to relax and enjoy a drink or a meal.
- Regular social evenings and functions.
- Pool competitions.
- Play darts and join in the darts team competitions.
- Sailing competitions and junior sailing instruction, along with safe sailing and boating instruction.
- Weekly Thursday evening members draw and raffles.
- Annual adult and junior fishing competitions.
- A monthly newsletter with all the latest information on the Club.
- Competitively priced drinks and last but not least tasty food provided by our resident caterers.
A reasonable standard of dress is required.
This is a family Club and it is asked that all members behave accordingly.
We encourage members to bring children to the Club but do ask that they are properly supervised at all times.
Members' Guests (Not applicable to short term members)
Members are responsible for guests that they bring in to the Clubrooms. A member may invite guests, but all guests must be signed into the Visitors book, which is located inside the Clubroom. Any one guest will be permitted to visit the Clubrooms a maximum of three times only in one year before being invited to become a member.
A copy of the constitution is available from the secretary on request or can be viewed on the website.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm. Other times as advertised.
Closing times at bar manager's discretion.
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Please note that the Club's financial year runs from 1 July to June 30 and subscriptions need to be paid prior to
the 31 July to gain a $10 discount. Any subscriptions that remain unpaid after the 31
August will be regarded as lapsed. To rejoin after this date members will become subject to the nomination fee in addition to the annual subscription fee. Renewal subscriptions may be paid via the internet to Account no. 03 0435 0535936 00. Westpac Please quote your membership number.
The Club does its best to make sure that all members receive a reminder that their subscriptions are due. This is in the form of newsflashes via e-mail and in the monthly newsletter. For this purpose it is important that you notify the Secretary of any change in your address, e-mail address or telephone number.
If you are interested in joining the Omokoroa Boat Club please
download a pdf of our membership form
This form must be printed, filled in and presented by the applicant personally
at the Boat Club for the nomination process to be completed. If you are unable to
print this form there are forms at the Club for your convenience.
For renewal of your membership please
download this membership renewal form
To download a copy of the above
Benefits of Club membership
please click here