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Commodores Conference

Series of webinars to replace commodores conference

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Yachting New Zealand will host a series of webinars in August for commodores and committee members rather than the biennial commodores conference.

The Bucklands Beach Yacht Club were due to host this year's commodores conference but Covid-19 threw these plans into disarray and it was felt it would be both more cost effective and financially prudent to opt for a series of webinars instead. 

Yachting New Zealand hosted a handful of webinars on Zoom during lockdown which proved popular and convenient.

"Covid-19 has put an enormous amount of pressure on national sports organisations and clubs and we would like to reach a greater audience than normal," Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie said. "There are financial restrictions on the number of people we could have at a commodores conference so we see this as an opportunity to do things differently and have a greater reach than we've ever had before.

"This is an opportunity for not just commodores but also committee members to be a part of the conversation and be more informed. We also think it will be a lot more convenient for most."

Three webinars will be held covering a range of topics on three different evenings in August (6pm-7pm) and will draw on Yachting New Zealand staff and industry experts.

August 12 - Yachting New Zealand update and volunteer retention

  • Using Yachting New Zealand tools or club skills to convert parents into club volunteers
  • Helping volunteers to feel valued and engaged

August 19 - The value of your club

  • How is your club seen by your community?
  • Do you know who your members are and the value proposition you offer?
  • Communication tools and ideas to help promote your club

August 26 - Sustainability

  • Fiscal - what funders are looking for, how to present to funders and what funding is available post-Covid
  • Environmental - making more sustainable behaviours and decision making the norm at your club

Details on how commodores and committee members can register their interest for the webinars will be sent out at a later date and we also invite clubs to let us know if there are any other topics they'd like to talk about. Yachting New Zealand also encourage clubs to nominate a young leader (under-25) to join the sessions.