As we all know, the Rambler’s committee does a great job organising our program, dealing with insurance and taking care of all the other things that are part of an organisation such as ours. Over the years we have had many dedicated members give up their time to ensure the club runs smoothly.
Last year I decided that it was time I gave back to the club that has given me so much joy and I volunteered to do the newsletter. At first I was nervous about the task as I was not good with computers. However, Penny took me through the process the first time and has been there for me when I wasn’t sure how to proceed. Volunteering has helped me to understand how the committee works together so that we are able to walk, ride and kayak within the safety of a club. I now feel so much more part of the club as I get to meet and learn more about our members.
I realise everyone is busy, especially those of us who still work. Also, some people may feel that they are not qualified enough. However, there are many people happy to help teach the skills needed and to mentor new committee members.
If we are all to continue enjoying being part of the Ramblers, we need volunteers to step forward to take over from members who have already given many years of service.
Below are descriptions of committee positions for you to consider.
All positions on the committee will be declared vacant at the upcoming AGM and we are appealing to members to consider nominating for a role.
The committee positions are:
President – Provides leadership to ensure club operations run smoothly, ideally someone who has already spent time on a committee and is familiar with meeting procedure.
Treasurer – Manages the club’s finances, has custody of the club’s bank accounts, tracks income and expenses in a spreadsheet and monitors online payments.
Secretary – Handles club correspondence, organises meetings, takes minutes and is the contact person for Bushwalking NSW.
Program Manager – Co-ordinates activities, keeps in touch with leaders, checks and edits submitted activities online and publishes them on the website. Sends out notices online about changes to the program.
Newsletter Editor – Seeks news and information items of interest, writes articles, compiles and distributes the online and printed versions, sends out interim notices online.
Website Manager – Oversees website operations, makes changes to website, handles problems and queries, monitors website expenses. Is the single point of contact for the service provider.
Membership Secretary – Manages the online member database and email list. Handles enquiries about the club and deals with queries from members.
Activities Recorder – Sends out and receives Activity Registers. Monitors activities undertaken and records the number of activities and participants in a spreadsheet.
Publicity Officer – Arranges the display of posters on community noticeboards and in shop windows. Seeks opportunities to promote the club using traditional or social media channels. Posts photos and other information in Facebook.
Training Officer – Identifies opportunities to develop or enhance skills across all activities. Co-ordinates training sessions, liaises with leaders and other training providers.
There are two meetings each quarter at the City Diggers Club in Wollongong. In addition, there is the AGM which is usually held at an outdoor venue.
If you are interested in having a role in the management of the club and would like further information please contact one of the committee members. Full position descriptions are available on request.