Chairman’s Chat, April 2014: We’ve had some big events, and the AGM’s coming soon

Hi everyone,

I’ve really enjoyed March, starting the month with a trip to the Bridge End Inn in Ruabon with a huge group of IVC’ers. It was just the sort of event I think we do so well as a group; a trip to somewhere you’ve heard about but never got a round to going to, or for some people a day out you’d have never come up with on your own, go along with an open mind and find it’s actually much more enjoyable than you ever expected! The Istanbul BBQ on Brook Street in Chester was also excellent so I’d recommend checking that out if you haven’t yet. I also had a lovely night at Bollicini with Helen and Alex and a big bunch last weekend; again, a group offer you’d have struggled to arrange with just a couple of mates.

Huge thanks to Aidan and Hilary for all the work they put in to the York weekend. A city break was something new for us (in recent years at least) and while it can be difficult to tick everyone’s boxes for what they might want from a trip like that regarding accommodation, cost and activities, the group had a fab time and we’ll hopefully be able to run something similar in the future if there is interest and someone to spearhead as well as these two managed.

We’re round to AGM time again! Please arrive promptly by 8pm to claim your free drink and we’ll get down to business of reviewing 2013-14 and electing a new committee. While as always all members will be standing down from their post, there is a large percentage of the current committee not seeking re-election, and so we really do need you all to give some thought to getting involved to keep the club moving. Our numbers are thriving and club nights have rarely been so consistently busy, so hopefully we’ll have plenty of fresh keen blood and maybe some longer-standing members stepping up, to move us onwards and upwards.

I’ll save my own committee sign-off for the AGM and next month’s handover “Chairman’s Chat”!

Kay

Chairman’s Chat, February 2014 – Get ready for our trip to York, coming soon

Hi everyone,

2014 has begun very well with two great first events hosted by a couple of our new members and a packed-out party at Jo’s; thanks all! This month I’m going to try our book club for the first time and try not to let all the nights out we have in the diary get in the way of training for my first 10k race later this month!

We’re still planning a city break in York, this will now be in March to avoid the school holidays and the worst of the winter weather, hopefully! More info to follow. Yes, it will take a bit of planning and booking accommodation in advance but it will be worth it, we promise you!

We’ve also set the date for the AGM: put 23rd April 2014 in your diaries please!

This month we’re welcoming two new members Rhian and Claire. We’ve had ten new members join in the last six months who have all been women! The club mix is almost exactly 50/50 right now but this will change if we carry on at this rate! Surely there are some men out there in Cheshire and North Wales whose social lives could do with a boost?

Kay

Chairman’s Chat – March 2013

Hi everyone,

Well I’m back from my hols and down to business! February was great, with some big IVC nights out in Chester and some great films. As spring begins to show itself, do all get thinking of some new event ideas for the new season! It’s getting to the time where we’re keener to get out for the day and explore, rather than just stick to evening events inside in the warm! If you’re unsure about any ideas or how to go about hosting or organising them, chat to any of the committee for advice or pointers!

It will be the AGM next month and as ever I ask as many of you as possible to attend; it’s important you take the chance to have your say and give feedback on the year and the direction of the club!

This month I’m looking forward to Christine’s trip to Theatre Clwyd to see “Love Crime”, as the trailer we saw in Feb looked great! Also we have some birthday nights out, some outdoors stuff in Tarporley, Delamere and Ironbridge, and there’s an Easter pub crawl in the planning of epic proportions! Thanks as always to those contributing items to the programme; without you there’s no IVC!

Special mention for Leanne Salisbury who after months of planning and hard work, finally smashed her fundraising target with her fantastic Burlesque Evening last Friday. She now heads off to trek the Great Wall of China in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust later this month.

Kay

Chairmans’s Chat – March

Hello all! It’s that time of year, when the daffodils are coming out, new lambs are being born, and the old committee starts looking for recruits for next year’s club positions…

Yes, we’ve now got a date for the AGM, which will be on Wednesday April 13th, before club night, and all committee positions will be open for some new blood. If you think you’ve got something to give to this club, and you’d like to consider a committee position, speak to myself or any of the other committee members, and we’ll be able to tell you about the different posts, and how you might be able to fill them. Remember, IVC is a club run by its members for its members, and we need people to step up to make sure the club runs as well as we’d all like.

In other news, congratulations of course to Will and Amanda, who should by now be heading off on their honeymoon. By all accounts they had a great day, though I still think it would have been even better at Club Night.

But well done for making an honest man/woman of him/her! As for this month, I’m particularly looking forward to Christine’s pancake party, and am wondering whether to do my last year’s trick of eating loads of pancakes, then going to play badminton. Hey, it worked last year 🙂

But whichever I do, I hope I’ll see lots of you there – and indeed, at lots of other events through the month. See you at the March events!