Big thanks to Rocket!

20 DEC 2018 | BY WESTELL

After 7 years as club president, Rod Stuart, as previously advised, has stepped down. It is with enormous appreciation that we thank Rod for his tireless efforts, promoting the cause of our club.

Rod took over the Presidency following a difficult period as fierce competition in the local area from neighboring clubs made recruitment very difficult and fundraising even harder. Additionally, increased expectations of the club to meet tighter regulatory requirements meant the club needed a new plan if there was going to be a future for it at all.

Rod came to the role after coordinating the junior program for a number of years as son Nick progressed to the senior ranks. Already a life member in appreciation of those efforts, Rocket set about creating a new committee with a new direction, setting priorities in sponsorship, communication, corporate governance and due diligence.

His first year as President (2012) also saw the first A Grade flag in 20 years delivered as the Jets beat Scotch in the Div 4 Grand Final that year, along with the overall Club Championship as our Reserves and C Grade also got the premierships. He cites this as the best memory of his Presidency.

He oversaw as President the affiliation process with MOSA, also finalised in 2012, a step which has brought enormous benefits on so many levels. He has also embraced the need to encourage female participation in the club.

Under Rocket’s leadership the club has risen from obscurity to become one of the best regarded clubs in the SA Amateur League and SANFL Juniors League, continuing to set the bar for other clubs in terms of it’s professional ethos and approach.

“Whilst not my achievement at all, the Club reaching Div 1 just showed how far we had come and what we were capable of”, Rod says. His parting message is to “get involved. I have never met anyone that did not enjoy being involved (the odd few frustrations aside) and would all say how much more they received in return than any personal effort they gave. You get to know so many good people”.

There is no doubt that Rod has been a passionate Jet and will continue to make his presence felt around the club. Rod will continue to be involved in the redevelopment project as we seek the required resources to build The Jets a suitable home for the next 50 years.

Once again, we thank him for his outstanding service – full details of which are:
- U16 Team Manager 2005
- Junior Committee 2006
- Junior Coordinator 2007 – 2010
- Life Member 2010
- President 2012- 2018

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