Whilst the weather put an end to a bit of training in March it was still a busy month as we start to prepare for the start of the riding season. We welcomed one new member in the month and we look forward to meeting Tom along and wish him all the best with his training. Geoff Hale organised a social rideout in March which was enjoyed by all who attended. Two of the groups Advanced Tutors; Simon Wilson and Phill Bates also passed their tri-annual assessments and we offer our congratulations to them both.
The ARNY AGM took place on March 14th and involved a review of 2022 and a focus on the plans for 2023. We are delighted to welcome four new Ordinary Members to the committee with Denise Noha, Bev Green, Andy Hildred and Paul Crane joining the committee. We are also pleased to have Phill Bates back on the committee as an Ordinary Member and Dave Atkinson is also to continue as an Ordinary Member.
There were some changes to the committee roles with Geoff Hale taking on the role of Social Secretary, in addition to his role as Treasurer. Pete Sturney is taking on the Marketing role which will be handed over by Dave Reeve over time. Simon Wilson has taken on the role of Training Coordinator for the group and Dave Reeve and Steve Potts retained the roles of Secretary and Chair. We now have a great committee of ten people which will help spread the load of activities and tasks we do.
We had a committee meeting on March 30th where the new team met for the first time and discussions focussed on the forthcoming year with many topics under review including the Open Day on April 22nd, the training plans, activities and requirements, the other marketing events planned for the year and the various social events on the agenda throughout the year as well. We are all looking forward to another active and successful year in 2023.
The social calendar has been set up for the new year and it is now being combined with the training attendance spreadsheet so that all are aware of what is planned for the year and can indicate their intention to attend. The spreadsheet will continue to be used, as before, with everybody able to simply indicate their intention to attend an event by entering YES in the appropriate cell. Some details, for example planned destinations, are yet to be completed and these will be added as and when event leads are detailed and decisions are made.
The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have again offered us the opportunity to continue to be present at their Biker Down courses throughout 2023 to outline what ARNY is and what we do. Many of their volunteers will continue to train with us throughout the year too. The dates for their 2023 courses are included on the plan. Many ARNY members have already booked with NYFRS and are planning to attend a course this year. Anybody else interested must book directly with NYFRS. We will try to have somebody attend each event, just to explain a bit about ARNY.
The major focus for April, as well as the usual increase in training at this time of year, will be the ARNY Open Day on April 22nd, information shown above. This was a very successful event last year and we are hoping to do the same this year. This is a great opportunity for people to get an understanding of what we do and have a taster ride (with a free bacon sarnie for those that do) if they so wish. All ARNY members are also very welcome to come along and catch up with the team. We are very grateful for the support of the Strawberry Fields Café in hosting the event and we are all obviously hoping for a bit of sunshine on the day.
So a very busy month for ARNY with lots of going on in preparation for the new riding season. We look
forward to seeing some new, and old, faces at the Open Day on Sat April 22nd.