This is new…. let’s see how it goes!
Some people may be interested to read about how things run and work behind the scenes in Bunkers Golf Society. Others may think “I get enough crap sent through on emails as it is thanks” – whatever camp you are in, the point of this is so the Chairman and committee can think out loud and share with you what’s going on and what we do.
So here goes…this is from Roper.
I’ve said it before. Bunkers is like a 2nd job. There’s no two ways about it, running this thing can be consuming on all sorts of levels. Different parts of the season bring different types of ‘work’. The close season between October and February for example is made up of contacting clubs, having meetings, bombarding people and clubs with requests and working towards the next season – as well as the “labour of love” that is, the upkeep of the website.
Once the season starts, the direction can change a little and it all becomes about the members then and how we can make this as professional as possible. Doing accounts, chasing up payments, contacting clubs to check things will be spot on for our visits and generally trying to keep on top of the tens of thousands of pounds that pass through the accounts become the order of the day. Each day, I also end up having a text conversation with one or more members about all manner of things. It’s nice that members like to chat, share ideas and just generally contact me regarding stuff going on in their own lives, it suggests to me that we are doing things right.
All work involved with Bunkers couldn’t be done without a dedicated team of lads and the committee all work together to make sure than things run as seamlessly as possible. As with anything, we will get things wrong, we will miss things out and we will oversee bits and bobs – but we are all doing this as a hobby and after all, we would like to rock up and enjoy the golf on the day as well. But at Bunkers, I am lucky that I have a committee that not only work superbly together and know their roles, but also want the very best. That means, if something looks like it’s going to fall below expected standards – then someone’s there to bite them on the arse and make sure its sorted.
On average I work on Bunkers related things for between 12-15 hours per week. Some weeks it may be less, or other weeks it could be considerably more. It all depends on what we are doing at that particular time and how it can fit into my own work/life balance. I’m lucky that I work shifts and therefore have a bit of availability to commit to organising things, but it can also mean I am doing work at times of day when I’d rather be [and should be] sleeping or resting. This applies to Phil, Holmsey and Craig on the committee too.
As a Chairman, I am probably quite demanding of things – in fact, I know I am. But thankfully, they are probably quite similar deep down and like things to be done properly. [Even if they could do without me peppering them for something every other day].
As seems to be the way these days, we have a WhatsApp group that we use to organise basics quickly and easily. We also have a staff section on the society chat forums that we use to organise the events and payments. We use Dropbox to share documents and make sure that things are checked, verified and double checked before we put them out there on the website. No decision is ever taken lightly or without consultation – from the largest to the smallest.
Every couple of months we will meet for a committee meeting. Same place, same seats, same drinks. But in all seriousness, these are vital for making sure we are still all pulling in the same direction. Ideas get battered around and any issues get discussed and ironed out. A list of questions asked by members, ideas and suggestions or even just comments overheard during the last few weeks may be discussed to make sure that we at least consider everything our members are asking about. These meetings may last 3 hours or so and will be at the end of a long day for most of us, but their importance cannot be underestimated.
A second job? Maybe it’s more like a full time job!
Roper - May 2016 ©
Just wanted to give you a quick insight into things and I will continue to do that with this blog. It may just be snippets about what I/we have done recently, or it could be a big speech [like this one] to let you know what we’re doing and how it’s all done.
Its be keen to hear from anyone with suggestions about what they’d like to read about or any ideas.