The very first thing to remember is that the committee are just ordinary model boat
racers like you and I.
They do not have big offices with plush furniture, they mostly work at home in their
spare time, which they are willing to give to the Society.
The members decide what happens and are given every opportunity and encouragement
to put forward those ideas. The committee then work towards making good ideas happen.
No single person takes the decisions or does all the work, each does his or her bit
for the good of all.
The committee members will also be around at races to answer any questions you have
(obviously not while they are actually racing) or to put forward anything you think
may improve the Society.
I’m sure most of you already know what the voluntary jobs involve, but just to sum
The Chairman(the name being a role description and not a gender indication).
Looks after the main meetings and makes sure everyone has their say. He/she ensures
everyone is clear about what is being discussed and, if a vote is required, makes
sure that it is carried out fairly and the results accurately recorded.
Deals with most of the paperwork to do with the Society. Keeps records of what goes
on at meetings and deals with general enquiries.
Keeps accurate records of the Society’s finances. Looks after the bank account(s)
and makes sure the finances are properly audited. Maintains appropriate insurance
cover for Society members.
The Membership Secretary
Receives applications and forwards them to the rest of the committee for approval.
Issues membership cards and keeps members records. Forwards lists of current members
to race organisers before meetings
The Public Relations Officer
Produces the best publicity possible for the Society. Deals with all PR questions
and helps clubs to show themselves at their best.
Keeps the Society website up to date, accurate and interesting. Publishes results
and photos as soon as possible after events. Works closely with the PRO to ensure
the Society is portrayed at its best.
The Child and Vulnerable Person Protection Officer
The C and VP Protection Officer ensures the Society complies with all current C &
VP legislation. Ensures systems are in place for reporting any incidents and that
appropriate paperwork is kept available.
The H & S Co-ordinator
Advises both the Society and individual clubs on current Health and Safety laws and
practice. Produces appropriate forms and papers required by law or common sense.
He/she is not an ogre to be avoided, but we should all be aware of any potential
risks in what we do, so these can be managed properly. It will not stop us racing,
but MAY help prevent any danger from how we go about it.
The Junior Member Representative
We actively encourage young members as they are the future of the Society. They
are invited to participate in both the racing and the running of the Society. The
Junior member representative is an elected position with full committee member responsibilities.
They take an equal role in the decision making process and look after the interests
of all junior members.
The Club Representatives
They will be the first point of contact for members. The reps can put forward your
suggestions or concerns to the regular meetings for discussion. They will also be
responsible for communicating information, decisions and future plans to you from
these meetings. It does not prevent you from dealing with the Society’s officers
directly, but it is always reassuring if you have your club’s support for anything
you wish to propose.
Remember, these people are not gods. They are ordinary racers like you and I, who
give their time for the hobby they love.
All members should consider what they put back into the hobby and should be willing
to help out in some way, at some level.
Whether its putting buoys out, lap counting, OOD, rescue crew or Chairman, all are
equally important to the success of our Society and the enjoyment of our hobby.