I'm a serial committee offender. I'm not quite sure how or why, but I keep ending up organising stuff. (I have to be careful that I don't over do it, as my health is a bit dodgy and that can result in letting people down if you aren't sensible)
Here's a flavour of them:Anonymous Morris
- I'm bagman -that means I'm the event organiser. Today, I've arranged for one of our annual paid performances - we perform morris and organise maypole on Poole Quay as part of one of Poole Tourism's events on the Quay. It's a venue we very much enjoy dancing at. Poole Tourism sponsored us when the side first started, so we always like to support their events.
I've arranged for us to dance with Dorset Buttons (another local morris team) on a Wednesday evening during the summer at a local pub.
And I've contacted Brownsea Island where we have a tradition of dancing one Sunday in the summer. (I've just got a reply saying that my contact no longer works for the National Trust, so I'll have to follow up, find out who his replacement is and talk to them instead.)Corfe Mullen Allotment Association
-I'm secretary. Our allotments have planning permission for houses and we're in a complicated situation where we don't know for certain when the building will start. Possibly this September, but the builders haven't made a decision yet. They have promised that our new allotment site will be ready before we have to leave the current one, but we're not sure how far we can trust this.
Members are understandably reluctant to start planing when they don't know if they will see the harvest.
Today, wrote agenda for committee meeting on Friday.Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
- I'm dance director. All this last month, I've been following up on invitations to dance groups. We've had a good response, I'm expecting around 50 traditional dance groups this year. Mostly morris, but also some rapper/longsword/French/Slovakian/
Polish/Bulgarian/Appalachian (most of those are UK based) to vary the mix. My current task, today, is trying to find transport for a set of dance boards that we've been offered (and that we need). Soon, we'll start on the mammoth task of programming.Southern Star Longsword
- I'm pretty much the entire committee here. We're a small group and only one other person has offered to help so far. Today's jobs: add this weeks subs to the accounts. Write up notes for a new four-man dance we're choreographing. Continue research into Lingdale - the traditional six-man dance that is our main learning project.
I have back up on two of those jobs. My husband, Richard is also on the Folk Festival and Allotment committees and could pick up a fair bit of the work if I fall ill (that's important as folk festivals really cannot afford to lose key committee members - they're large budget events run by volunteers and that means it can be hard to replace people at short notice)
Anonymous would survive without me - which is good, as I couldn't' have said that a few years ago. I used to be bagman and and publicity treasurer and band leader, but as the side has grown, I've been able to pass on these jobs to competent people.
Southern Star couldn't survive without me - not yet. I'm the only one who can teach the dances. I've been teaching longsword for several years now and I can visualise figures and timings in my head. None of the others can do that yet.
So, now you know what I spend most of my spare time doing when I'm not learning German, knitting, playing with Oswin, board gaming, Role Playing, gardening, walking, etc.