A word from your President

by Roger Goddard — 8th March 2011.

Thanks to all of you who supported me to become the new club President, especially Gareth for stepping into the Treasurer’s role.

I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the terrific job that Gary has done for the last 6 years, and how he thoroughly deserved to receive the Jim Heardman trophy for services to the club. Over those last 6 years, Gary has successfully led the Club Committee in a very collaborative way, personally stepping in on numerous occasions to ensure FVO have put on quality events. He has also ensured that the club is in a strong financial position while always looking for opportunities to invest in the club and its members. Gary's are big (o) shoes for anyone to fill.

As you will have seen, there are other changes to the committee. I would like to welcome Gareth and Rupert and say a big thank you to Brad, who has stepped down as Vice President, for his fantastic contribution. FVO is managed by committee who look to reflect and makes decision on behalf of its members, so it is great we have a good range of views and experience to represent the club.

I would like to share my own personal thoughts on what FVO should focused on:

  • Encouraging good club representation and winning positions at competitions;
  • Organising quality events, with great maps, planning and organisation which are really good value for money;
  • Ensuring there are regular training and local events for club members;
  • Looking for opportunities to promote the club and attract new members;
  • Investing any income back into the Club for long term success; and
  • Asking for regular feedback on what members want;

... and the aim for FVO to be generally recognised as being an outstanding club.

We had the first committee meeting since the AGM last week, and I am excited by the activities planned for the coming year and beyond.

Highlights include:

  • Aim to map 2 new local areas
  • Continue to put on frequent training and local events including the WEE series kicking off in April
  • Organising, day 1 of the 6 days, the Scottish Score Champs in the autumn and a Day 2 of the JK next year
  • Club Champs and Dinner Dance
  • Christmas Meal

... and we are of course hosting the second Scottish Orienteering League event of the year on a brand new map, and I am sure we will put on a cracking event. This will only happen with help from club members, and I am sure Janine will be welcoming offers for help.

I’m really looking forward to the events coming up and wish everybody success in the coming orienteering season.


Roger Goddard

Roger Goddard

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