At a virtual meeting of the Committee held earlier this month (while Auckland is in Lockdown level 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic) two well-known identities in the club were awarded Life Memberships.
With immediate effect, both Chris Ryan and Bryan Jackson have been recognised for their dedication over the years and their exceptional contributions to AJC.
Bryan Jackson, from Taupaki, joined the club as a member in 2002 and subsequently put himself forward for a Steward’s position (four seasons) and was elected to Committee in 2007. As a Committee member who always attended Avondale’s Trials and racedays, Bryan has put in huge hours of invaluable effort as a volunteer, doing many jobs at the club others were not always available to undertake. He served on the Committee continuously for eight years through to late 2015 when he stepped down. From 2015 through to today Bryan has been back as a Steward of the club, and in that role Bryan keeps up his dedication to official duties at our local races.
Chris Ryan, from Point Chevalier, became an AJC member in 1999 and stood for the Committee soon after (2000) at the invitation of the late Ivan Sapich. From his election in 2000 Chris Ryan remained on Committee for the next 21 years and quickly established his reputation in the club as a very “safe” pair of hands, who knew operational matters to the full as well as the workings of the industry and the club itself. In recognising Chris Ryan’s award the Committee noted he has worked tirelessly over an extended period and made a particular contribution in the infrastructure area.
In accepting his life membership Chris Ryan noted he is intending to stand again for Committee in November 2021, and both he and Bryan Jackson aim to keep up their work rates for AJC!
AJC President, Tracey Berkahn, said: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Chris and Bryan. Avondale’s Committee created a precedent over a decade ago, when the Committee awarded Life Memberships to serving Committee members. With that in mind, we wanted to acknowledge these two prominent members and their outstanding contributions to the organisation, right now: while they are still serving in official capacities and fully engaged.”