Fly On The Wall - Update On What The Committee Is Up To

Reporter: Ian Harford

Spurred on by the AGM discussion to reach out to expand the club, members of the Committee have been hard at it over the Christmas period organising the programme and new activities for the coming year - most of which you will see reflected in items in this newsletter.

Word of mouth is always the best way of recruiting so we've re-designed and up-dated the card with details about SCoM for anyone who is interested in joining. Don't forget to keep the cards with you as it's a great way of everyone doing their bit in the new members' recruitment drive. Cards will be available for the Sauze d'Oulx holiday this month.

We've been looking also to work more closely with partners. The Chairman and Secretary had a meeting with the CEO and Operations Manager at Chill Factore (CFe) to discuss both our general plans and our ideas for bringing younger members in to club activities.

Another plus for the New Year - Barry Lewis has finalised with the support of CFe a second series of 8 training courses. These will be run in September by his son Giles Lewis from the Development Centre. Last year they were a great success and this year will be open also to SCGB members. Dave Shepherd and John Weatherell have been hard at work too on holiday arrangements for this year and plans for 2011.

There has been a useful meeting in Rochdale with a Council supported body, Link4Life about a pilot project to offer a ski beginners' course for 10 young British Asian women who will act as ski ambassadors within their communities. Already the WEA our partner body on this project has got a grant towards the costs and we are hoping to receive a further grant shortly to support the initiative.

The last newsletter enclosed a Skills questionnaire and a number of people have responded. Names were put in to the hat for a 1½ hour ski pass at Chill Factore and a selection made in Seattle by ski mountaineer Chloe Harford on 22 December at 11.30 pm Pacific Time. We're pleased to announce that the winner was Mike Brett. Further copies of the questionnaire will be available on the Sauze d'Oulx holiday if you haven't brought your own copy or you can complete the on-line version here. Yes we really do need your skills & help as the programme of activities is growing!

A Happy New Year to you all - let's hope today’s snow blanket in the UK is a harbinger of alpine conditions for the coming season.