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A FEW WORDS FROM THE CHAIRMAN ... ...
The last one!
You will all no doubt be relieved to hear that this is the last time that I will be writing the front cover of your Newsletter as Chairman!!
Thank you to all of you for your support over the last three years, they have passed incredibly quickly and I hope that you will all give the next victim the same level of cheery support too!
Don’t forget that the April Club Night is our AGM, and at risk of repeating myself from the last Newsletter, all of the posts (except Chief Observer) are up for grabs as always, and not all of the current post holders will be standing for re-election. We will also be awarding the Observer of the Year award and the Steve Strong Trophy, so get your nominations to the secretary.
We have had two test passes so far this year, so congratulations to both Jason Franks (and Gary) and Gerald Alderton (and Steve R). Now that we are into March already no doubt the test passes shall start flowing thick and fast?
The winter months being more wet than cold has meant we have have had the opportunity to ride our bikes more. Also meaning we have got a bit damp in the process!
On the 1st March, 14 observers and Martin Sheppard attended an observer training day. The day was hosted by Mark Bezzant and held at his place of work, Dorset Green Technology Park, Winfrith.
The focus of the day was based on the recently announced IAM track days. Also, there is a document called 'Full Control' that explains the benefits of positive steering, the physics behind the principle and how to use positive steering to the rider's advantage.
The day involved using an empty car park with 4 different riding scenarios marked out. Then using positive steering to help the rider and bike negotiate the hazards with greater effect and safety.
The outcome from the day was that with more conscious use of positive steering, when needed, it would help improve our motorcycle riding.
Other news, Andy Watson's motorcycle test saw a first register pass. Observed by Martin Saunders and tested by Chris Smith.
All the associates currently under training and not allocated to an observer are being invited to attend the OARs and ACHS events. As a result, those willing put up with the weather, are benefiting from the training given by our observers.
So a reminder to all unallocated associates, you have the opportunity to attend 2 observed rides a month. The OAR and ACHS are there for you to take advantage of and will help prepare you for test.
Steve Sargent achieved a test pass using the OAR and ACHS only, not allocated to an observer and he has now taken up the role of trainee observer!
All quiet on the Website front! Just a useful addition of a weather widget so you can keep an eye on the weather up to the next club ride. Not that a little bit of water should make you stop going out on your bike! The forum ticks over at a slow pace, you do know you all can post things like photos of ride outs and the like? If you haven't got a username then email me - email@example.com - and I will set one up for you. Keep and eye on the events calendar and also your inbox as social rides and club nights now get preceded by an email invite. If you are not getting your BWAM emails, check your spam folder and drop me an email and I will make sure you are on the list for the next one!
Members continue to support many of the different events that are on offer which range from the monthly club nights to the monthly rides around the county and country.
From the ride calendar we have seen trips heading east and west which have all seemed to experience wet weather for all or some of the ride. Luckily there have been no ride postponements due to icy roads as temperatures probably haven’t dropped below freezing all winter so far! Thanks to the ride leaders Tim Cheetham, Andrew Carr and Jon Dunn for their help since Christmas.
The club nights continue to be well supported with a wide variety of events since the last newsletter. In November there was an excellent presentation made by Cliff Beard on Collision Investigation which was very relevant as it related to a serious local accident that took some great research to achieve the right and proper outcome. December saw the Christmas club night at Verwood with a free buffet and quiz for those attending whilst January saw a visit from Mark Trimmer of the IAM giving an update to members on all initiatives and statistics coming from head office. After a 2 year gap we then had the return of Smart Riders in February with Chris Lippett and his team introducing new kit for 2014 which was a very technically informative even for those not interested in purchasing at the moment.
The next club night features Dorset Fire and Rescue and their driver training unit and then it is the AGM in April when anyone wishing to help can stand for election having previously given notice of their intention.
As the main part of the biking season approaches we look forward to nights on Poole Quay where the club will have representation each month and also the commencement of the Wednesday Evening Club Rides each week for those who either fancy an extra ride or those who can’t find the time for a complete day for the Sunday rides. These will start on 9 April and leave from the Co-Op car park in Wimborne at 6.30pm until the days get longer when the time will revert to 7pm later in the summer.
As ever suggestions are always appreciated for speakers and presentations at club night and although we have had an excellent year to date there are evenings to fill in 2014. The speakers are only as good as the suggestions coming from members and I thank those of you who have provided me with contacts in the past to make the programme so varied and entertaining.
If you wish to get in touch about any of the above or anything else please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy your riding until next time
BWAM annual membership renewal for 2014 is now due. If you pay by Cheque or Electronically to our Bank Acount it is £15 if you pay before the end of March. After 1 April membership is £18. Cash payments are £20.
All members will have received an email requesting your membership payments. if you have not received this it is probably because the email address we hold for you is out of date or was not provided in the past.
The majority of you have already paid either by cheque or BACs so thank you for doing so promptly.
If you are in any doubt you can email me at email@example.com or use the email link on the people page of our website.
Efforts to publicise BWAM have continued throughout the winter months and the BWAM Logo should soon start to appear on a number of Dealer and Equipment outlet sites. Business cards have been developed and will be used at various events to help promote the advanced skills and safer riding initiatives that the club delivers.
We have been invited back to the J.P. Morgan Transportation Festival in April whereby we will have a display stand at their Castle Lane site during the day. Various other transport providers and outlets will also attend which, will make for a good exhibition and enable J.P. Morgan employees to gain a greater understanding of what BWAM do from a safer riding skills perspective.
During the peak summer months, BWAM will again support the Road Safety Evenings at Poole Quay. Last year we attracted a good deal of interest with quite a few riders visiting us, with a number signing up to the IAM Skills for Life Package on the night.
Next month sees the start of a new financial year so rest assured, I will be making early contact with organisations seeking opportunities both to increase our funding stream and promote the club at every opportunity.