Come and share the adventure with the Bowline Climbing Club! Rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, cycling, walking; based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information contact: Zoe Pickering on 07709 337976 orvia email.
E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 @ 2:32pm
Welcome to this week's "What's on", letting you know what's happening over the next 7 days, plus any announcements from the club. Bookings are now open for the Chairman's walk on Sunday 2nd December. You can join us for the walk and lunch, or just the walk or just the lunch. Hope we see you there!
Social Climbing - After our trial period of alternating between The Climbing Station and Social Climbing for our Tuesday bouldering we've decided that we will be sticking with The Climbing Station going forward. However this doesn't mean we're abandoning Social Climbing, we'll be there on Thursday 6th December and probably on a monthly basis after that.
Monday night callisthenics - Liz Morrison is going to a Monday callisthenics class 6-7pm at Ape Index, there are 3 other adults that go weekly; 2 climbers and a novice gymnast. All are welcome to join!
Children in Need at The Pinnacle - The Pinnacle climbing wall in Northampton are running a fundraising day for BBC Children in Need this Friday, a number of club members are going, more details on The Pinnacle website.
E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Thursday, 1st November 2018 @ 7:13am
At the Bowline AGM in March 2018 there was a lengthy discussion, details of which can be found in the AGM minutes, which resulted in a motion being proposed to review the clubs affiliation to The BMC (British Mountaineering Council). As the club is not constitutionally required to affiliate to the BMC it is not unreasonable to review this from time to time.
The committee were tasked with creating a 'terms of reference' setting out way in which the review would be conducted. This terms of reference was approved by the committee at the April committee meeting. However it was agreed to delay any further action on the matter until after The BMC AGM so that better clarity could be obtained on the organisation's possible future direction, and to allow engagement with The BMC at a time when the matter could be considered properly.
For more details please see the 'terms of reference' document which is available in the members area of the club website and also attached to this email.
What progress has been made so far?
After the BMC AGM we began the process of engaging with The BMC via the clubs committee and the area meetings. Both routes have progressed well with the clubs committee recently discussing the matter and agreeing that The BMC should produce materials to assist clubs like ours with understanding the benefits of affiliation, both for the club as an organisation and for club members. This includes updated website materials and a video.
The BMC Midlands area meeting also discussed, at our request, assistance from the BMC with reviewing our affiliation. The matter was voted to be sent to the BMC National Council, who duly discussed the matter at the recent council meeting. During the discussion it was noted that other clubs are reviewing their affiliation and that the BMC should do more to support clubs via information about the benefits of affiliation. Again the website is to be updated and a video produced. In addition the CEO of the BMC, Dave Turnbull, has offered to come to a meeting with the club to discuss our affiliation with club members.
In addition to support for clubs with affiliation reviews the subject of tiered membership was included in the discussions as it was part of the background to our affiliation review. The BMC is already looking into the possibility of different membership tiers as part of the implementation of the Organisational Review Report recommendations. It was noted that this proposal has been discussed before, however it was noted that this issue has been raised by several clubs recently and it was agreed that it should be considered further. There are possible options for the club to implement this without needing the BMC to change its membership schemes.
What happens next?
The terms of reference have a number of objectives to fulfil in order to get to the point where a proposal can be made for club members to vote on at our AGM in March. Some of these have already been achieved as noted above. Others are in progress such as assessing possible alternative providers for some of the services the club currently receives via the BMC to better understand the impact on the club if we had to obtain these services ourselves (e.g. insurance), reviewing the clubs future direction and how that aligns with the BMC and approaching club members for their views on our affiliation to the BMC.
Engaging with the club members is a key part of the affiliation review and now that we are nearing the point where we can start to draft some proposals we'd like to get some input from club members via the attached survey. We have chosen to use the survey format to enable you to respond anonymously if you so choose.
Please note that it is the affiliation of the Bowline Climbing Club to the BMC that we are requesting input on not the BMC itself, except, of course, in so far as it is necessary to clarify any comments you wish to make.
A rough timeline for the remainder of the affiliation review looks like this:
October - Survey club members for their input on the clubs affiliation to the BMC.
November - Committee review club member input and updated information from the BMC and investigations into alternative service providers.
December - Draft proposal(s) created and refined.
January - Draft proposal(s) circulated to members and a forum held for all club members to attend to discuss the proposal(s) with the committee and Dave Turnbull (CEO of the BMC).
February - Proposal refined following club member feedback and submitted as a formal motion to be voted upon at the club AGM.
March - club AGM and vote on the final proposal.
It is important to understand that at this stage we are gathering input from the membership to inform the process, you will be able to ask further questions and give further comment at the forum meeting and to vote on the final proposals at the 2019 AGM.