Talk about filling a dead mans shoes .. must admit I thought it would take a little longer than this ...
And for your info .. I liked jills meets .. even though it was only food and pub meets ..
In fact .. we had one Thursday .. jolly good turn out actually ..
I'm sure Jills meets were fine. However, I believe things need to be made on a wider scale, rather than centred on just one area of the region, and therefore making events more accessible to all.(I believe, rightly or wrongly that this may attract folk who may reserve just food and drink outings for their family and close friends).
I wasn't around when Jilly & gtv73 were maximising their efforts which I am sure were sterling efforts and efforts which we all know go relatively unrewarded but, involve one hell of alot of hard work.
Paul R has also offered to help us out and I have had PM's from Folk who would be valuable contributors.
Maybe that we don't actually need a rep at all? but could all look out for/arrange events in our own areas and form a co-operative.
I personally am very much into the technical/mechanical/tuning/showing/learning about my car/discussing ideas in a meet up at shows/ race events type of camp.
My wife and I went out to lunch yesterday, we didn't need other folk there.
As for the "filling dead mans shoes"....People come, People go and the success of any club depends largely on a continuous input and as soon as someone who may hold a key part to that success (albeit small) decides to throw in the towel due to other committments/interests, their place needs to be discussed and implemented to carry on that success that they created, and as we are just entering a very busy period in the poss. events calendar...... needs to be implemented relatively quickly.
I am also aware that "cliques" form in many clubs, and when you get cosy little "get togethers" in one particular area with the same folk every time attending due to it's location, it doesn't bring the club (and for the purpose of this, I'll call it a club, although it has no set members) to other sectors of the area nor satisfy the needs of members whose interests span wider than a parochial drink & meal.