One of the things that, as a club, we are keen to do is further develop a strong identity and a sense of Devon Orienteering Club. How do we go about it?
Well, we are far from starting from scratch, of course. We have nearly two hundred members, many of whom take part regularly in a wide range of club events and activities. A lot of people also give a great deal of time as volunteers and officials to make those events and activities happen.
But is that enough? No it isn’t; being part of a club is more than that. So, what else should we do? Here are a few suggestions to think about over the next year or so:
Take part in one of the club team events during the year. There was a great club atmosphere at the Compass Sport Cup final in the West Midlands on 21stOctober, made all the better by Devon leading the field at one stage! Ruth Chesters, Club Captain, has asked all club members to put the dates for next year’s qualifying round and final in calendars now. (March 17th2019, probably in the Quantock Hills, and October 20th 2019 in Pippingford Park, Surrey).
Similarly, but for juniors only, the Yvette Baker qualifier in the south-west is likely to be at Savernake Forest, Wiltshire on Sunday 7th April 2019. We have a great record in the Yvette Baker competition and it has really helped put Devon on the map. Contact Steve Perrelle or Ruth Chesters if you are interested, transport and supervision permitting.
Make good use of the tea tent before or after an event to catch up with people, discuss your run, talk about whatever. Tim Gent has done a great job in setting this up. The tea, biscuits and cake are generally paid for by the club and everyone is welcome.
Wear your Devon top with pride! Vivian Maxwell has been researching a replacement top, in Devon colours. More news in the near future about how you might buy a new top, if you are interested.
Form a team (of three) for the Devon relays. Tom McMurtrie, Fixtures Secretary, tells me that the date for 2019 is likely to be Sunday 16th June. There will also be other relays in the south-west area in the April to July period. We don’t have a good track record of relay participation; let us see if we can improve in 2019.
Get along to one of the club nights which Alan Simpson is organising. Details will be on the website, but one to think about is “Post Race Analysis” which Rob Parkinson will lead on. Provisional details are Wednesday 5th December, in Ilsington Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Check the website for confirmation.
Offer an hour or so of your time as a volunteer at a forthcoming event. (Ring or email the Organiser; no special skills required!) One of the characteristics of the club is that everyone is dependent on other volunteers; the bigger the pool of volunteers, the more we can all be confident of maintaining an attractive programme of events and activities.
Write a short report about an event you have recently taken part in. A lot of people like to read event reports; it is something we would like to resurrect, particularly through the monthly Mailchimp bulletins which Matt Atkins is now putting together. You do not need to be a particularly proficient orienteer; just tell it like it is – or was – for you.
- and whilst I am hesitant to mention Christmas, the Novelty event on Sunday 30th December is always a good fun way of getting out and meeting other club members at this festive time of the year. Helen and Adrian Taylor and family are leading on the organisation and planning. The event will be at Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter. Again, check the website for final details.
Bryan Smith, Club Chairman
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