This report is not about our athletic achievements but about the way the club has been run over the past year.
First and foremost I must say the club has moved forward once again, and maintained its reputation as the friendly running club.
The administration of the club has as ever been handled very well by the outgoing committee. I must thank them all on behalf of the members for their tireless efforts and passion for our running club. Also thank you to the new officers not on the committee but serving the club with great enthusiasm.
During the year the biggest problem has been managing the U.K.A. levy put on all competing members. Without going into detail this increased the work load of our secretary to an unacceptable degree. She alone tried to chase membership fees and lapsed members ultimately to save the club paying undue levy. To avoid losing our secretary the committee felt it was appropriate to appoint another officer to help with this work load. The title of this position is Membership Secretary and I am most grateful to Sue Cooper who has willingly taken on this roll. The U.K.A. in their wisdom and position of complete control has informed all clubs that they are to increase the levy on clubs to £10 per competing member and possibly to £15 in the future. We have absolutely no control of this and further more we have to collect this levy for them. This has already had an impact on the club finances as will be reported in the up coming treasurers report. The committee have decided to split the club fees into two. First the Club membership fee and then the U.K.A. levy. This should make members aware of exactly where their subs are going and also in the future who is responsible for any increase. Members will have the opportunity to discuss this issue later in the meeting.
Finally I must say I am most encouraged by the way that the members in general are getting involved organising and helping at all our club events and even introducing new ones. This bodes well for our future.
Thank you Hailsham Harriers.