Chairman’s Chat – June 2013

Hi everyone,

I’m writing this after a great committee meeting, where I think we managed to achieve something despite the repeated fits of giggles!

The highlight of the month for me was the beer festival, mainly as there was such a good turnout from members new and longstanding; it was great to catch up with so many people. Also I particularly enjoyed the coach trip back to Chester, where two Scouse girls were lambasting a sheepish looking young man about his poor performance downing the yard of ale. If only it was on YouTube.

We’ve made some steps forward with events in terms of keeping you all up to date so I just want to summarise these for you here. The current bulletin will be e-mailed out as normal at the start of each month but can also now be found in the members area of the website. There is also a calendar feature in the members area where you can view Forthcoming Events (further into the future than just the current bulletin). Hover over the dates on the calendar and you can see what is on. This might be useful if you’re wondering which dates are free to put on an event, or planning your own diary around what’s on. However you can always speak to Hilary or Jenni on the events e-mail address to find out everything you need to know if you’d like to host something and are wondering how it fits in with our existing plans.

We have also developed our “shop windows” for prospective members – a public facebook page, and on the website a calendar showcasing past events so people can get a flavour of who we are and what we do. Do take a look, “like” the facebook page, and speak to Leanne, Aidan, or myself for more info on these.

We welcome this month new member Hannah Edwards – if you haven’t met her yet, do say hello to her on a club night soon!

Chairman’s Chat – January 2013

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all!

I sit writing this with Mary Poppins on in the background and a box of Christmas chocolates by my side; reflecting on a fabulous festive season! It seems a long time ago now but I had a brilliant night at our Christmas Party at the Racecourse and it was wonderful to wake up on the Sunday to see so many texts, Facebook comments and e-mails about how much everyone else had enjoyed it too.

So what will 2013 bring? We have a few good things in the diary to kick it off, and hopefully it will be another excellent year for us. Remember you can help do your bit in the following ways:

Host an event. Send us details of your event, or talk to Alison B and Andy C for any help and advice on this.

Give feedback! Let any of the committee know your thoughts on how things are going and give us your own suggestions on anything and everything.
If you’ve been to an IVC event and enjoyed it, send me a quick text, e-mail or facebook message so I can tweet about it (or tweet about it yourselves @cnw_ivc); it all helps raise our profile in Cheshire and North Wales and attract new members.

More impromptu events or things that need booking in well in advance can be arranged by e-mailing the whole group: send your message to the Google group, and as soon as one of the committee has chance to approve and release your message (don’t panic if there is a bit of a delay!) it will be sent out to everyone.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year to you all,