Andrew Molnar was the deserving winner of the 2017 Club Person of the Year Award, presented at the Annual Ball on Saturday 22 July.
Commodore Rob Davis’ preamble prior to the announcement was:
“By way of background, this person first became actively involved with the Club throughout the construction of the new clubhouse where his company was involved in some of the building works.
Subsequent to this, he has continued to assist the club with all sorts of projects and building improvements, often giving freely of both his personal time, expertise, and skills, as well as that of his company’s.
Unbeknown to most members, he has had a part to play in many of the surrounds we enjoy around the clubhouse today; including the makeover of the Port Phillip Room, our honour boards and much of the furniture and fixtures around the club.
He also helps every year with the Challenge, supporting kids with cancer Annual Sail Day here at the club, quietly going well beyond the standard call of duty.
On a lighter note…he is humorous and much loved by the crew of his yacht, and known to throw exceptionally good parties.
This is further reflected in the way he always fully embraces the Club spirit and theme of Opening Day, with his boat always being one of the best dressed…
He goes all out in whatever he does, but never out of control, and always with consideration for others first and foremost.
I’m told he’s a perfectionist with excellent organisational skills, although his performance in the Mercedes-Benz Brighton Port Phillip Challenge this year suggests otherwise, when he sailed the wrong course with all of the most important VIP’s on board… Suffice to say, all with the best of intentions, and I think our sponsorship arrangements all remain intact!”
Andrew, a quiet achiever who doesn’t enjoy the limelight, was modest in his acceptance speech and honoured with the accolade of Club Person of the Year.