Dear Squash Member
I am sorry to tell you that Martin Barber-Redmore has recently resigned as the Chairman of the Main Sports Club Committee. We thank him very much for his contributions to the club during his time as Chairman and we hope that he continues to work with the Club to develop the ideas that he was instrumental in generating, including the possible future developments to the Club's building and facilities.
Martin's departure leaves another gap in the Sports Club Committee that urgently needs to be filled. Martin had indicated his intention that he was going to stand down at the AGM in February 2021. John Hutcheson resigned as Treasurer at the AGM this year, but agreed to continue until September while a replacement is found. Since the AGM, Anne McPhie has very kindly agreed to take on the role of Secretary on a trial basis.
All this means that we are currently looking for people to fill the following roles:
This was meant to be a very exciting time for the Club because of the plans we were starting to work on to develop the facilities around the bar and the hall. However, events have overtaken us because of the current Covid-19 problems. If we can re-open the hall and start playing our sports again in the near future, the current closure will just be a sad 'blip' in the Club's operation. Hopefully our members and their families will not be affected by the virus, but our thoughts are with anyone who is affected. However if it continues for a longer time, it could have a significant impact on our financial position. Therefore, it is an important time to have a fully functioning Club committee to help steer the Main Club and co-ordinate the activities of the Sections through this period.
I would ask every member to very seriously consider if they could offer some of their time to take on one of these roles, even on a trial basis, to help maintain the viability and vitality of the Club.
There are job descriptions for all these roles and these can be forwarded to anyone who is interested. However, rather than worry about the detail of the things that might be involved in the long run, we would like people to focus on how they might help now to help with keeping the Club running in the short term. What involvement anyone has with the Committee in the middle/ long term can be discussed and modified to suit. It might be that an outcome of the Coronavirus is that we find a more flexible way of organising the Club's Main Committee to fit in with people's demanding personal and work lives.
I look forward to hearing from anybody that can assist.
Tony Hindley, Squash Chairman