What a fantastic turnout for our 2016 Open Show last weekend and there were some truly stunning ferrets competing for those coveted class wins and ultimately the Supreme Champion title. As head steward I had the privilege of watching our hard working judges as they scrutinised and deliberated over every ferret. I really didn’t envy them their job I can tell you. So, given the outstanding quality of ferrets on show I think everyone who was placed or won a class can be justifiably proud.
Special congratulations are in order for Ziggy and his young owner Jack Brimson on winning the Supreme Champion title and to Basil and his owner Neil Brant who was Reserve Champion. Well done too to Theodore, the winner of the day’s racing, and his proud owners Sue Riley and Alan Spencer.
Finally a big thank you to everyone from HBFC who worked so hard to make the whole day such a great success.
With the Annual General Meeting of 2015 just around the corner (24 March 2015), it might be useful for members wishing to apply for committee positions to have some information about what each position involves.
The chairpersons role is to be a figure head of the club. They will be responsible for leading committee meetings, leading the Annual General Meeting (AGM), informing members of committee decisions. The role carries no vote at most meetings unless there is an even split where they will cast the deciding vote.
Show co-ordinator (previously Show Organiser)
This will be the person who is the first point of contact for show enquiries. They will pass the enquiry to committee and show managers (asking if anyone would like to manage the show). They will be responsible for taking bookings, sending out invoices and copies of our insurance and informing the event organiser who will be the point of contact on the day.
Responsible for providing an agenda and taking the minutes at committee meetings and at the AGM.
Sending out any relevant notifications to members (for example the notification of the AGM).
Sending any club correspondence to relevant parties.
Assists the committee by filling in for the secretary if the secretary is unavailable.
Maintain accurate records of all club members (records currently kept on Microsoft Excel **).
Deal with all membership applications promptly.
Ensure all committee members have up to date membership lists.
Attend all monthly committee meetings and keep the committee up to date with membership news.
Prepare a short report for the AGM in March
Organise the annual membership renewals due each April.
Pay all monies received into the bank promptly and keep clear records of amounts received and pass to the treasurer.
Try and think of new ways to increase our membership.
Ensure trailer(s) are kept supplied with membership application packs.
The job involves about an hour each month, plus attending a monthly committee meeting, but obviously more time in March/April when memberships are due.
** Access to a computer with Microsoft Excel and also a printer would be an advantage.
The Welfare position is our members point of contact if they have any queries about ferret welfare.
They can also be a point of contact to ferret rescues.
Public Relations Officer
Although this position has the title of public relations officer it is actually just a member position steered towards the public relations area of business.
Examples of tasks to be carried out with this role are:
Organising club get togethers such as skittles evening.
Speaking to local press.
Creating flyers to advertise the club.
Creating advertisements for corporate events.
Writing pieces to go on the website, e.g. to advertise events.
Helping to organise corporate events.
Getting permission to use photographs taken of the public at events.