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Message for LDBWS members

Posted by petecook 
Message for LDBWS members
March 15, 2018 10:32AM
This message has been emailed to LDBWS members by Jean Roberts on behalf of the committee. If you have nor received it please inform us of any changes in your email address.

Just a reminder that the next meeting is on 26th March at Leighton Moss at 19:30hrs featuring a very interesting presentation on riverine birds by Dr Stuart Sharp from Lancaster University.

It is also our AGM. We have a bit of a crisis this year in that a number of the committee are no longer able to continue. Unless other members of the Society come forward to help we face the very real prospect of there being no Lancaster & District Birdwatching Society. This would be a great shame as the Society has been going for over 50 years and is one of the longest running bird societies in the country.

How you can help
We need people to join the committee to do specific jobs as listed below. If you can spare some time to do one or more of these jobs we would be very grateful. The jobs are set out below in terms of frequency with which they need doing.
If we can spread the work out rather than one or two people having to do everything it will really help.

Once a month jobs:
1. Person or persons to do the teas and coffees at the general meetings (and/or to organise a rota of people to do this)
2. Someone to help with the publicity for these meetings. This is mainly either putting up posters in various places or contacting various people to check that posters have been put up (eg in big supermarkets, in libraries, at tea rooms and anywhere else you think people will see a notice). Posters can be obtained from Rosie Briggs or at the general bird meetings.
3. Helping to do the newsletter e.g. Helping to obtain articles or news, helping to print the newsletter, sending reminders out to people etc

Up to four evenings a year
4. Taking minutes at committee meetings.

Once a year jobs:
5. Someone to book the venues for the talks. We have used the same venues for a while and, therefore, the contact details can be passed on to the new person by Jean Roberts. All it involves is contacting the venue by email or a phone call to book and to find out how much the fee is for the current year. The latter information needs to be given to the Treasurer i.e. Robin Horner.
6. One or two people to organise the talks for this winter. This involves contacting likely people by email. The committee members will help with suggestions of some potential speakers. Jean Roberts will give help on how to go about this job.
7. People to help write species accounts for the annual report. Help will be given on how to go about this and you could start with just a small number of species to see what is involved.
8. Someone to edit the annual report. Help will be given by the current editor.

New jobs
1. Website -- does anyone have the expertise to design and manage a revised website for us, or knows someone who could do so?
2. Outings organiser -- would someone or a small group of people like to organise outings for the Society in conjunction with the RSPB local group?
3. Survey organiser -- Is there anyone who would like to organise a survey for the Society, collate and present the results, or has anyone got suggestions of what surveys we could do as a Society?

Please help: contact our Secretary, Peter Cook, by email at or phone him on 07880 541798 or write to him at 21, Threshfield Ave. Heysham LA3 2DU preferably in the next two weeks.
Thank you very much in anticipation
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