The Committee 10/11
A brief description of all the committee positions and who fills them for the current year.
Currently filled by: Kat Griffiths
Essentially the person in charge and responsible to the Uni for the smooth running of the club. In reality this means that you are the first point of contact for anyone approaching the club. You also have to deal with a lot of the e-mail traffic. Obviously you are in charge of chairing any club meetings and should be aware of what is going on in the club at any one time. You need to attend the SA general meetings that take place about once every 2 months (1 hour). You sometimes need to countersign or approve spending issues etc.
Currently filled by: Chris Jones
Why do we need a treasurer?
Were it not for the students union, students wishing to dive would have to buy their own diving kit, arrange their own transport and get pool time somewhere expensive. We have to justify our spending every year to the SU who believe it is a good use of their money if people get to go scuba diving that otherwise might not, and yet also need to balance their books.
Every year we spend a lot more SU money than we take in from membership, trips and socials - BUSAC spends over £5000 per year (this is why they ask for a relatively big membership fee compared to most other Bath SU clubs.) We need a treasurer to oversee spending and fundraising so that we can ensure the money we have will go as far as possible (and try and screw the SU for as much money as we can!)
- Collecting money for all trips and socials and supervising it going into the club account
- Ensuring that divers know what expenses they can and can't get out of the union
- Filling in SU paperwork when we need money from the club account
- Ensuring that when people spend money they get receipts/invoices
- Going to Sports Association meetings when the Chair cannot
- Completing a budget for the next year so the SU know how much money we are expecting to generate and spend. You cannot forget things or people will miss out next year, but you can't just copy the budget from the year before either as things do change.
Being the treasurer does not involve regular weekly duties like instructing, but from time to time you may find yourself with lots to do all at once, and have to juggle it with whatever else you're doing, so it is a challenge.
Secretary & Membership Sec
A combined role this year, currently filled by: Steve Barnsley
Job Description: Secretary is one the most diverse committee members. You have a dabble in everything: Dealing with pool and room bookings, Helping to organise things, and help all the rest of the committee with their jobs. If people want help with something they generally come to you first. It is vital that you regularly check your mail as often as possible cause emails can come in thick and fast. It is also useful but not vital to be able to write minutes. Something I can't do but then I get help from other people. You are supposedly the first point of contact with the club which generally does not happen but there you are.
The Membership Secretary co-ordinates BSAC and BUSAC membership. If you would like to join BSAC or have any questions about your membership, this is your point of contact within the club
Currently filled by: Dave Mlynski
Job Description: Organizes social events, including pub nights, fun days out, Christmas party. Should also double up as unofficial club photographer, responsible for taking embarrassing photo's of club members whilst inebriated. Events organized recently include, brewery trips, late night curry sessions, various nights out drinking and having fun, etc.
Equipment and Boats Officer
Currently filled by: David James
Job Description: Look after club kit, making sure it is in working order and serviced when needed. Only basic knowledge of the kit is needed, as anything complicate should be done by a qualified person. The main jobs are keeping a record of when cylinders need testing, which is through out the year, and taking regulators to be serviced every Christmas. If any bit of kit breaks the equipment officer is responsible for getting it back into working order, which may mean taking it to be repaired. Helps if you have a car or can drive uni vehicles to take equipment for testing. The Equipment Officer also arranges training on the club compressor so you can fill your own tanks for training or trips. They are also the person you need to talk to with regard to borrowing items of club kit.
Diving & Training Officer
Currently filled by: Max Smith
Job Description: The DO is the first point of contact for anyone who wishes to organise a diving trip. Any trip should be checked and authorised by the DO, as they are responsible for, and help co-ordinate all the diving in the club.
They are also responsible for all levels of training within the club. It is the job of the Training Officer to organise all the new diver training, both in the pool and in an open water environment. This means making sure instructors/assistant instructors are available for the pool and booking the dive school for open water training.
Currently filled by: Any BSAC Dive Leader within the club
Job Description: Organise trips for the club. More than this you should be a resource for others who want to organise trips. You should be inspiring others to share the trip organisation workload. It is a timeconsuming job that may be shared with others of a lower qualification, but it should be remembered that if the position is filled by someone of a lower qualification than advanced diver, you will always have someone (like DO) looking over your shoulder.
Web page and e-mail person
Currently filled by: Olly Simmonds