Placeholder – A co-leader walks into a tree branch

Date(s) - 24 Sep 2022


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“Any blood’ the Leader asks? “No” the co-leader replies, “touch wood”. No incident report was required as the co-leader had no other symptoms (other than a minor headache).

[per the June newsletter]

Lead with me

I’ve had numerous people observe to me (as activities coordinator) recently that there ‘isn’t much on the program at the moment’. My response has been along the lines of ‘yeah but many of our regular leaders are catching up on travel delayed due to COVID’.

But the hard truth is that all our leaders are volunteers, as are the committee, and we all have other things in our lives. Also, there isn’t a secret leadership initiation ritual, and you don’t need to have been a teacher, manager, or whatever to be ‘qualified’ to lead a walk.

We keep writing in the president’s reports, activities reports etc. to contact me if you might be interested in leading and we’ll support you through the process (with a couple of ‘successes’), but I thought we might try something different, and a little bribery.

I have added five placeholders to the program (for a start). I won’t lead these – you will. Instead I will co-lead, or be a silent observer – whatever you want.

  • 13 August
  • 3 September
  • 24 September
  • 15 October
  • 29 October

I will work with you before, during and after the activity, to go through and explain all the steps involved, provide any assistance, feedback etc., – whatever you need to feel comfortable.

If you think one walk is enough, then great. If you need more then that’s fine too. If the spots book up, I’m sure there will be other experienced leaders who would be happy to help out.

So if there’s a walk you’ve been thinking about, then great our starting point will be the description and uploading it. If you don’t have any ideas, that’s fine too – we can discuss what kind of walks you like and know, and then decide on what to go with. Then it’ll be a case of working (together) through the planning process, uploading, taking bookings, what leaders should do and think about during activities, and then any post-activity follow up if needed (e.g. hopefully not, but maybe an incident report). Again, I will hold your hand all through the process.

I’m happy to go with easy walks, hard walks, or in-between (although I don’t ski – so I’d need to bring in another leader for that!).

Oh yeah – the bribery. I will bring a cake to each for the group for morning tea/lunch. Cake not pavlova. I was going to say not a packet mix either, although some of the packet mixes nowadays look quite impressive so it’ll be a good one if it is. I’m clearly not up to Nigella’s standard, and no guarantees (we’ll blame the oven…), but you may be surprised.

If the spots aren’t taken, I might substitute in another walk or bike ride. But there wouldn’t be cake.

I’m away over June, but in the mean-time have a think if you would like to give it a go, and then contact me over July/August (0432 632 142 after 7pm, [email protected] ).

David – Activities coordinator