Greetings from the Chair of the CBC.
I am pleased and privileged to serve as your new Chair of the Cheltenham Bridge Club (CBC) Management Committee, having recently taken over from Hugh Wilkinson. Hugh has seen us through the conversion from an association to a Charitable Incorporated Organization (CIO). Not an easy task and he certainly deserves a large thank you. I’m pleased to tell you that Hugh will stay on the committee and take on the responsibilities of Members Services.
What a wonderful challenge! Before my husband John and I relocated to Cheltenham from Canada nearly 5 years ago, one key criteria was finding a community with a thriving Bridge Club.
We learned then that the CBC was rated as one of the top bridge clubs in the country. We now understand that the Club’s success in membership development, player satisfaction, house and business management, and teaching/learning bridge, results from the work of a broad, committed base of volunteers that by and large works tirelessly behind the scenes.
One challenge that looms before us is the need to recruit and train more volunteers to compliment the work done on behalf of the club. As the club and its success has grown, so have the duties undertaken by our volunteers. It is important that we try and lighten that load that has been borne by a core group in order to ensure our continued success. Over the coming months, we will be evaluating the help we will need and reaching out to the larger membership. If you have time and interest in helping, we do hope you will step forward.
We are currently passing through an extended period of stress and change within the organization: our face-to-face bridge program is about to re-open after being closed for 16 months; we are still managing the transition from our former association into the more formal entity of a CIO. I ask for your understanding, patience, and cooperation.
These challenges are manageable, and our core business, the promotion, enhancement and delivery of the game of bridge to our community, remains healthy.
So, I look forward to the challenge. I bring to it a considerable history of not-for-profit association management and hope and trust that this background and experience will be helpful to the task ahead.
Comment and suggestions are always very welcome, and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
And remember…….bridge players do it with finesse……….