Well myself and several other committee are going have to eat some humble pie, after the Rough-Stuff Fellowship team manning the RSF stand at the York Cycle Show manage to sign up eight new members over the two days of the show and also three other members renewal their membership another year, as gather from the team leader Pat Lloyd (For those up dont know she is my mother) there quite a lot interest in the stand with folk looking at the photos on the stand which are mainly of photos taken in the north, also with folk buying Rough-Stuff Journal to look at later so there maybe a few people dipping into piggy banks to join the club after looking up about it on the web.
Okay I am the first to admit that I did not think it was worth doing, as done my bash at being the RSF Stand Manager at Show for five years in the past before handing the baton over to Peter Kenner who manage the stand for three years before Pat and Fred Lloyd took over the job. After success of this weekend which also put quite a bit cash into the Fellowships Piggy Bank, both Fred and Pat would like hand the baton on to a lot younger member to manage RSF stand for next years York Cycle Show, its quite a easy job to do you just after talk about your favourite club and hobby for two days, then pay in any cash taken into the club piggy bank and inform the new membership of any new members. The storing and the putting up of the stand is done my another member up live near York. If interest in taking on the baton and managing stand at next years York Cycle Show which is usually at the end of June have chat with one of the national committee members.
Now getting on the clubs piggy bank, a lot of members over past 57 years that the RSF as been going have donate a lot cash, as well members paying a membership fee each year, these funds are there to meet the Fellowships running costs and not be give away or wasted or donate to good cause, so please do not ask the club for donation as someone who should know better did in past few weeks my position on this is the answer every time should be no and you may get a letter of support which happen with request from the Elenydd Wildness Hostel Trust for funds to buy Tyn Cornel Hostel in Central Wales, if you stay at this hostel in the past may wish to donate to fund buy the hostel, they need about another £25,000 by end of July before they can buy the hostel, there more information about the appeal on the Elenydd Wildness Hostel Trust Home Page at this link.
Yes it was interesting to read in this month journal that Frank the President of the RSF gave a call to increase the membership up to 1,000 members by next year at the Clubs Annual Dinner at Kington, yes newer members may not believe this but the membership did get pass the thousand members mark in the late 1990s but due to few cock ups in past with the Rough-Stuff Journal coming out on time pre internet and one of reasons why the South Lakes Group does have its own website, the membership did fall to 500 members before increasing back up to 600 members in the past year, yes I think its possible to increase the membership back up 1,000 members mark again, this can done with local RSF groups having their own websites to show what they are doing, using social media to spread the word about RSF rides, more local RSF groups being set up, each new local group can generate about 20 new members in the first year.