Hi all, 

Just wanted to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who either turned up or contributed to the mob future discussion held last Wednesday. It just shows how much people think of the club and are interested in its future direction.

Please see below for an overview of the points discussed, including proposals for actions going forward. If I have missed anything, or people want to comment on any of the points discussed, please feel free. The more feedback the better!

Website and social media – there was some concern raised that the hosting costs for the present website are to be increasing in the near future, and that there was a very serious chance that on top of this, due to new alterations to ‘ning’, the website would need re-designing. In light of this the following is proposed;

 

  • That alternative options for hosting the website be considered, including considering the costs and work involved in migrating to any new website;
  • Consider options for being involved with Twitter;

 

N.B. Please note that we have no one as yet has volunteering to complete this task, so any members who could help us at all in supporting this would be great!!

 

Meetings – there was concern raised that the meetings have lost some degree of structure and this detracts from the appeal of attending. Further concerns were raised that the regularity of the meetings was also detracting from attendance. In light of this the following was proposed;

 

  • Formal structured meetings at a fixed venue to be hosted one Wednesday a month with an emphasis on club business and forthcoming events;
  • The alternative Wednesday (2 weeks thereafter) would be a flexible meeting with a focus on talks, films and getting out (during the summer months). This venue would be flexible;

 

Venue – there was some discussion that the venue of the meetings was detracting from attendance at the meetings. In light of this, the following was proposed;

 

  • To consider alternative hosting venues for the club meetings;

 

Committee Roles – there was some discussion that the committee roles were too centralised and this resulted in too much, and too varied roles being asked of committee members. In light of this, the following was proposed;

 

  • The Chairman’s role to oversee the organisation of scheduled events and to delegate these to other members;
  • The Vice-Chairman to have responsibility for maintaining the website;
  • A new role of member liason be created to make contact with new members and oversee their involvement in the club;
  • The Secretary’s role to remain the same;
  • Kit secretary to remain the same;
  • The treasurer’s role to stay the same;

 

Subscriptions – this is an ever present issue and given that subs are due there was some discussion surrounding how we can encourage members to pays their subs when due. The following was proposed;

 

  • A direct debit option to be included so to increase the ease of people paying their subs promptly;
  • Displaying a paid up members list of to clarify who has paid and who has not;
  • Encouraging new members to pay subs when they join (apportioned appropriately through the year) so as to ensure that they have the benefits of the third party insurance that being a members of a BMC affiliated club offers;

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Thanks Jim, this article is really interesting and will benefit us going forward.

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