I am honoured to once again represent the Dyfed Centre as Chairman for the coming year and to present the rally programme for 2022
We did see more of a normal 2021 unfold eventually, which allowed us to spend more time doing what we all enjoy - rallying.
We are grateful for the support and commitment of those who put themselves forward as rally officers and rally assistants and we extend a big thank you to them for their ongoing support in these difficult times. However, we are seeing a worrying trend where many members are happy to attend a rally, but are reluctant to run a rally, which means we see the same people running multiple rallies each season. Please watch out for the Rally Programme in early September and if you can, please volunteer to run one.
We would once again like to thank the site owners who kindly allow us to rally on their land and the sponsors and advertisers who support us each year.
In 2020, most of our rallies were cancelled, but last season, we were still unfortunately forced to cancel some rallies for various reasons, and this has once again led to some issues for Chris, our Rally Secretary when booking venues, as landowners have once again been reluctant to commit. However, we have presented a relatively full programme of rallies for the forthcoming year for you to enjoy.
Many thanks to Ashleigh for standing for Committee and many thanks to Phil and Caroline Smith who both retired from Committee. Thanks also to the existing Officers and Committee for making themselves available once again and for their continued support and hard work.
As a Centre, our membership is strong and we are financially secure, but I feel I must draw attention to the dwindling numbers of members willing to stand as either Officers or Committee.
If you take a look at the previous years’ handbooks, you will see the same names standing as Officers and Committee over and over again.
Myself and my fellow Committee do it so that the centre does not fail but would gladly stand aside if we were to get a rush of new blood willing to take up the reins.
Unless centre members begin to realise the reality of the situation and start to take an active part in the running of the Centre, it is seriously in doubt that we will be able to continue functioning successfully as a Centre and that at some point in the future, we may eventually be forced into hibernation in exactly the same way as South Glamorgan and North Wales Centres.
So please, spread the word to fellow members, discuss it between yourselves when sitting down together on the rally field and think about putting your name down for Committee this year. It takes just a few hours of commitment a month, with all our meeting held virtually, which means you do not even have to leave your home. Please act now, before it is too late!
Finally, Christine and I look forward to seeing you out on the rally field and we hope that you have an enjoyable and safe caravanning year.