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I was sorry to hear about the resignation of Jonny Bastin as president of the Harbour City Bears.
Bastin has done much to make the club more professional and profitable but his true gift was spotting talent and encouraging it. As a result I’ve witnessed a greater level of engagement and involvement from members than I’ve seen before in the club’s history.
For my part it has been a real pleasure working with the club as an independent promoter and it has been one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had in 30 years of community involvement. I’ve been impressed by the club’s willingness to try out new ideas beyond the diet of dance parties that are seen as the only acceptable form of gay entertainment.
Mind you, under Bastin’s presidency, the club has done dance parties better than anyone, producing world class events that surpass the efforts of any other social club in the city.
As Bastin leaves to become an independent promoter in his own right with the fledgling Honey Productions, I hope he enjoys the level of support he has earned as president of Harbour City Bears. One thing is sure, his legacy will loom large over the club for years to come.
- Kerry Bashford