The AGM reflected on an encouraging financial performance and a strong rebuild post the initial impact of COVID-19, as RRRLSC Treasurer Graeme Atmore announced a $23,000 profit.
Atmore said, “We are in a great financial position following a minor loss ($1,800) in 2020 largely due to COVID-19 disruptions. In 2019 we reported a profit of $18,000 which was a vast improvement from when the club was in dire straits in 2010 and 2011 when Gus (Chairman) and I helped to raise funds to pay all debts totalling $46,000 in 2012 and reporting a $30,000 profit turn around in our 2013 100th year Richmond club Centennial.
“The growth of our Foundation Club membership currently at 68 members and goal to have 100 members in 2022 has improved our financial sustainability and will support increased investment into our club facilities including our new club gym and club room upgrades. This is a substantial improvement our loyal club members deserve after we worked tirelessly with the Auckland City Council and Waitemata Local Board to attain our new changing room block in 2020.”
The 2022 AGM also saw Graeme Atmore retire from his role as Treasurer with former Kiwi International centre and Richmond junior and current Masters player Nigel Vagana voted in as the new chair of RRRLSC. Newly elected Treasurer, Patrick Tia, brings significant financial experience coupled with a dedication to rugby league and an admiration for its impact.
Junior Convenor Tala Tuisila said, “Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Graeme and Gus on the huge contribution and leadership they have provided during their time as Treasurer and Chairman”.
“Their leadership and outstanding service and dedication over the last ten years have seen them guide and lead the Richmond club successfully through some trying times. It’s an honour to have worked with them and with Nigel and Pat on board it is exciting to have some new and exciting blood to help. As a Board we will wish them well with a farewell dinner in coming weeks and no doubt will see them supporting Richmond throughout the year”.
Fepuleai adds, “In my ten years as Chairman, I have learnt so much about what a difference rugby league can make. The Richmond rugby league community has inspired me with the passion and heart that they bring to the game and the good the game does for all.
“I’m grateful to have played an ongoing part in the direction and growth of rugby league for Richmond but also in growing our game in New Zealand, as collectively, we look to achieve great things for our game, communities and people. It was my privilege to have been appointed as Chairman and I wish Nigel and the Board the very best success.”
Tuisila said: “Nigel is well respected in the rugby league community, and his experience, passion and connection to our game make him a valuable addition to our club and sport. We are very fortunate to have two candidates of this calibre join our Richmond club Board.”
Secretary Anna Lundon, Junior Convenor Tala Tuisila, and Senior Convenor Tony Taylor return in their respective Board elected roles.