This organisation only exists because people are interested enough to put themselves out and make it happen. You may have heard me mention before how important this is. I am not looking for compliments here, for myself I wouldn't do the Chairmans role if I didn't enjoy it, meeting up with the other committee members gives me quite a lift, particulary in these difficult times in the day job. The meetings are not long and boring, and we usually have a laugh in amongst the discussion and food.
So where is this going? Yes, we need some more help. Nobody should feel chained to a voluntary role supporting our organisation, so before people get to feel like that, I want more people involved, so we can break jobs down and share the work. To tempt you in, we have thought about the roles we have on offer so you can be clear about what it is about and exactly what you are committing yourself to.
All people who support the committee are offered travel expenses, currently at 40p per mile to attend meetings, or public transport costs. You will also be covered for other expenses for things needed by your role. We meet four times a year, one being the Bodgers Ball. We will be experimenting with a central meeting point probably in Oxford district and these will be on a Saturday. ( the next being the 3rd March ). Not all roles need to attend all our meetings. Mick McHugh our archivist only sees us at the Ball. There is no need to be an expert on Greenwood work, we have plenty of those in the organisation who we can ask when we get stuck, we want people who will help out with other things.
We are always looking for people to help with gazette content: cartoons, jokes, articles, photographs, profiles of famous members, etc. We are also hoping to put more content online, we have a fantastic opportunity with our popular site.
For all these opportunities get in touch with me, email is best, if you get the answermachine, I will ring back, or one of the committee. Don't be shy. I will ensure that you are not signing up for life, just taking a share of the load for a while. If no one comes forward we may have to stop providing these services.