Anyway, it was such a good read that I thought that even though the committee for the next twelve months is now in place, it would still be worth publishing.
THE ELECTION OF A NEW COMMITTEE
Well it is that time of year again (I seem to say that a lot) where the committee will be sending out nomination and proxy voting forms for the election of the new committee. The AGM, where the new committee will be elected, is being held at the Australian National Classic Rally to be held in Phillip Island this year, which is a first, but you know it makes sense.
To the best of my knowledge filling the roles on the committee has always been something of a challenge, where the Club is usually struggling to fill the roles, and the membership need to be aware that “no committee, no club”. My better half frequently asks why I do it, as so often it gives me the shits, and it’s because, I get so much from the scene, I want to give something back, (well that’s what I tell myself) which is also the case for the rest of the committee I’m sure, and there are of course, many members, state reps, etc. who feel the same and contribute without being on the committee and we salute each and every one of them.
By and large there are a few specific responsibilities for individual committee members to be responsible for, particularly Secretary and Treasurer, but the rest is all about working together to forward the Club’s outcomes, there are quite a few tasks which need to be managed, by no specific role as such, but still have to be done, “Can someone sort out that F**ken Website!”
The committee meets through Skype every couple of months on average.
Anyway, something of an overview of the roles.
THE VICE PRESIDENT
Hmmm, this one seems familiar as well, OK the main reason for having a VP is to take over from the Pres. in the case of resignation or assassination, (ring any bells Ed?). Otherwise it’s all about helping out the team. (Ian Brill took on the role of VP after I stepped up to Pres. on the proviso that I didn’t resign or get shot.)
OK let’s not beat about the bush, this is the mother of the roles, it is not rocket science, however it is considerably time consuming, in a stuffing envelopes, record keeping kind of way-Agendas, Minutes, membership database. The committee recognises the need for the Secretary to have extra help in this regard. The Secretary is also the main point of contact for Consumer Affairs Victoria, Association of Motoring Clubs, our insurers, etc.
Hey, if you manage a family budget, and use online banking you can do this. The committee has a policy that dictates a majority of the committee has to agree to any expenditure. Oh and we need a simple profit/loss statement at the end of the financial year.
I can’t say for sure which current committee members are prepared to nominate again, some maybe, but not all. I will say that I am prepared to do another year in a senior role (Pres. again or maybe Sec.) So if you think we are doing well and want to help, jump on board or, if you and your mates feel like the current committee is doing a lousy job, then maybe you should stump up and nominate yourselves, we’re not here for the prestige. The bottom line is if everyone sits back and waits for someone else to do the job you won’t have a club.