Thanks to everyone who attended DFW's first AGM. All matters that were raised should be referenced and discussed on the forum, so log on and pop over to see what the latest news is.
As far as a committee is concerned, the following members volunteered to assume the following roles:
- Dan Lavery - Chairman
- Adam Drake - Vice-Chair
- Tracy Hill - Fundraising Secretary
- Pete Lambourn - Bike Manager
- Mike Rowley - Maintenance Manager
Not an enormous committee, but enough to get started!
We also checked the credentials of all members wanting to be authorised to ride (Malcolm, Pete L, Mike, Pete MP) and three others signed up with DAM to begin their IAM training (Steve, Mark and Jeremy).
There are a couple of fundraising events coming up, so please sign-up to attend in the forum, and we'll be getting the bikes out to riders over the next couple of weeks for aclimatisation. See the forum for more details.
Finally, a huge thanks to Robin Foster, the Publicity Officer for DAM (Devon Advanced Motorcyclists) for coming along and explaining about their group and how IAM training works. Thanks also to DAM for offering to reduce their fees for all DFW riders. We are very grateful for your support!
The first Annual General Meeting for Devon Freewheelers will be held on Wednesday, 10th November 2010, at The Gissons Inn in Kennford, starting at 7pm.
Now that the site has been operational for a few days, we're getting a reasonable amount of visitors, mainly from Dan emailing everyone he knows! This has resulted in a number of registrations on the site, plus a couple of blog postings.
Please allow me to explain in detail how this works, so there is no frustration or confusion:
I'd just finished my delicious Sunday lunch (lamb, if you're interested) and the bat-phone rang. There was an emergency pick-up from Bristol Royal to be delivered ASAP to RD&E. We liaised with Weston Freewheelers to collect the drugs from Bristol and meet at JN25 for the change-over.
Got the call for a job around 5:30pm on Saturday. The community hospital in Okehampton needed some urgent medication for a patient on one of their wards. Nothing odd there, it appears, until I discovered the details:
The evening started well - I'd just got home from work when the "bat phone" rang. I put on my best DFW phone-voice and answered.
Today I completed my first live ride! The mission (that I chose to accept!) was to collect 36 units of breast-milk from Southampton hospital Neo-Natal unit and deliver them to the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital.
If you want to be a good rider, read this book. It is absolutely brilliant. It's precise, descriptive, and jam-packed full of advice you'd be foolish to ignore.
Today I took B3 out for my last ride before I give her back for a while. What a bike!
A lovely ride was had today, even though it was pouring with rain and windy most of the way there any back.