Work Party Postponement due to Bad Weather
Work Party Information for Probationary Members
Do I have to do work parties?
Yes, every voting and probationary member must participate in work parties each
year unless he/she provides personal service to the club in some other way. This
would be an activity that is clearly identifiable and can be verified by the General
Committee or a subcommittee e.g. doing bar shifts. Currently (2018), members will
be asked to attend at least two work parties per year
Is anyone exempt from doing work parties for their personal service?
Yes, members who have reached the age of 70 can claim age exemption although many continue to offer to do work parties, for which we are most grateful. Members suffering ongoing ill-health or injury may also be exempted with the agreement of the Maintenance Committee. If you believe that you should be excused from work parties, please let me know as soon as possible
Are there any other options?
Yes. You can opt to pay the waiver fee of £200.001 per member
(2 x £2001 for 2
adults in a family membership) in lieu of contributing work parties (or other personal
service), which allows the club to buy in appropriate expertise and resource to replace
that your physical contribution. However, unless exempt, failure to complete your work
party duty (or other service) or to pay the waiver fee, will render you liable to a fine
per member - and yes, this does happen
1. Charges current
in 2018 but subject to change
I’m in a family membership, so how many work parties does that mean?
Currently four. All voting members, which means both adults in a family
membership, are required to provide personal service to the club. If neither adult
contributes personal service in any other way, then each will be required to do two
work parties; if one adult already contributes other personal service (e.g. does bar
shifts) but the other doesn’t, then the first adult would be exempt, however the
second adult will still expected to do work parties as requested
We have child (or elder) care responsibilities so how do we manage that?
In this situation, either the two adults can do their work parties on different dates, or one adult in a family membership can do work parties on behalf of their partner - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this applies to you
I have already done one work party so why am I being called up again?
There is no minimum or maximum limit set on how much personal service a member
should render to the club during each year, so you may be called up to do more,
depending on the number and scale of jobs to be done
Will I get a reminder about doing my work party?
The names of members called-up for each work party will be published at least one month in advance in the Pennant, on the Clubroom noticeboard, on the Maintenance\Work Party Duties page of the MYC Xtra website and also on each member's My Account page of MYC Xtra. It is each member's responsibility to note the date and create his/her own reminder to attend. Email reminders are usually sent on the Monday before the work party, with phone calls/texts for those members without email
What type of work will I be asked to do?
The jobs are many and varied - fortunately we don't do concreting every week! There will be scheduled and one-off jobs, however plans do change at short notice due to weather or urgent situations that arise Work party leaders do try to match the jobs for the week to the members on the work party, so do not worry that you will be asked to do something that is beyond your strength or skill set. You can read the list of jobs assigned to your work party on the Maintenance\Work Party Duties page of the MYC Xtra website. If you see a job you can tackle, please volunteer your services to your work party leader and feel free to bring appropriate tools.
What do I need to wear and bring?
Please wear old clothes and stout boots - absolutely not trainers because of sharp objects in the yard! Do bring old waterproofs if it looks damp: work parties still go ahead in the rain (and snow). Big gardening gloves are often useful too. It isn't usually necessary to bring tools, unless you have been contacted specifically because you have expertise in a job to be tackled
What if the weather is really bad?
In the event of extreme weather, the work party leader may decide to postpone the work party because either he is not able to travel himself or conditions at the club are unsuitable for a work party to go ahead. If this happens, either he or Work Party Admin (Denise Fenwick) will endeavour to phone you about the postponement - obviously, this is likely to be late on during the week. All members remain responsible for their own safety and no member should put themselves at risk to get to the club. For more details, please click the link for the item called Work Party Postponement Due to Bad Weather on this page at the top of the F.A.Q's.
What if I can't come on the date you have assigned to me?
Please contact me as soon as you realise you cannot attend on the date specified so that we can arrange another date. I do try to be as accommodating as possible and I take requests so, if you know you are going to be in New Zealand from December to February, please contact me now to arrange a convenient date before you go! Please don't just not turn up on the day: it is discourteous to the leader and other members in the work party and makes it very hard for the work party leader to complete the jobs for which s/he has planned and bought materials
What time does a work party start and where do I go?
Work parties start at 09:00 sharp, so please arrive by 08:55 so that you are ready for the briefing. Come to the Maintenance Store which is in the Receiving Room - go right through Magazine A to the big green doors at the back. There will be a coffee break around 11:00 and the work party will be finished by 14:00.
Please remember to sign the attendance sheet when you arrive and leave - this is the record of your contribution of personal service
How do I contact you with a query?
Phone: Denise Fenwick on 07769-317858 or click here to send me an email
Many thanks to Denise Fenwick for the contents of this page.