Welcome to the latest edition of our Club Magazine
Firstly, I would like to welcome each of our new members so far this year, Rob Charman, Tim Cheetham, John Glover, Deborah Crockaert, Stephen Mills, Tony Martin and Euan Campbell. If I have missed anybody out then I will buy you a drink at the AGM to apologise.
Since our last newsletter just before Christmas, we have had just one Advanced Test pass (Congratulations to Trevor Catt) and one Observer Test pass. So now that the clocks have been moved forward and the warmer weather is upon us, may I encourage all of our Associates and Trainee Observers to get out there and get on with it!!
As we enter the traditional biking season (even though most of us ride all year round!) our programme of events grows dramatically so there should be plenty going on for all of us to get involved with something.
Claire and Paul will be re-starting their monthly Unallocated Associates rides in April. And under the guidance of our new Chief Observer, Dave Orvin, some of the observer team will be organising MRC's , OAR's and MRSA's. If you want to know what each of these acronyms actually mean, don't ask me - ask Dave.
Whilst you're at it, why not ask the Chief Observer about the First Register, and how you may be able to earn yourself a place on it? As far as I know only one BWAM member has his name on the First register so far - so the gauntlet has been laid down for the rest of you!
Our social runs for members and approved associates shall obviously continue throughout the year, and from 4th April onwards there will be a ride out from Wimborne EVERY Wednesday evening during the summer!
The April Club Night, on Monday 16th April, will of course be our AGM, where you get to have your say on how your club is run, and by who. All committee posts, with the exception of the Chief Observer are up for re-election each year.
Currently, all of the existing committee members have indicated that they are willing to carry on in their present posts for the coming year (provided you still want them to of course) with the exception of the Vice Chairman and the Events co-ordinator.
We have received one nomination for the role of Events Co-ordinator, but unfortunately none for the role of Vice Chairman. However, there is still time and Tony has kindly included a link below to the Nomination Form.
Finally, I would like to record the thanks and gratitude of the club to the three committee members who are retiring from their official positions at the forthcoming AGM, none of whom are leaving the club and each of whom will continue to be very much involved in the smooth running of BWAM.
Justine Brett, Chris Green and Mark Bezzant have served on the committee of BWAM for a combined total of over fourteen years. Justine has done an excellent job over the last two years in improving the quality of our Club Nights, as well as organising Treasure Hunts, Photo competitions and much more besides.
Chris Green has held the positions of Events Co-ordinator and Vice Chairman, as well as serving as our Chairman for three years. Chris will continue to serve the club well in his role as Senior Observer, and it is because of his desire to spend more time doing this that he has decided to stand down from the committee.
Mark Bezzant, I believe has served on the committee for even longer than Chris, certainly longer than I have been a BWAM member, the last three years of which he has undertaken the role of Chief Observer. Mark will also be continuing in his role as Senior Observer, adding a valuable contribution to our Observing team.