Activity Coordinator’s Report

Activity Coordinator: Steve Schramm  
sschramm01@gmail.com

 ACTIVITIES REPORT

Welcome to the great outdoors!  Our weather has definitely improved and it is time to join SIRs for an outdoor adventure.
 
You have heard me speak about our 51 activities and 3 events.  At least 19 of them are all or mostly outdoor activities.  From bocce ball to hiking to golf to fishing, we have a wide variety of activities that will get you off of the sofa.  Geocaching, a new activity, is one that will encourage you to explore the trails and paths of our local area.  Birding will also take you to get a little closer to nature.  Pickleball will challenge your skills with a paddle.
 
I encourage you to check out the Activities Calendar on our Branch 8 website.  The calendar can be found along the top toolbar on the right hand side.  You will find the date and time of all outdoor activities on the calendar.
 
Whether you bring your hiking boots, binoculars, sunscreen, or other items, please give our outdoor activities a try.  Your body will thank you for the exercise, and you will enjoy the opportunity to socialize with your fellow SIRs.
 
Whether indoor or outdoor, you have lots of fun activities available to you.  This summer, I hope to see you in the parks, on the links, over the hills, in the water, and at the games.
 

updated 5/27/2017 dls

 

2016 – 2018 Activities Action Plan

PLAN FOR QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY

  • Engage activity leadership in the planning process
  • Continue to build our spirit of Activities  “volunteerism”
  • Actively participate in the development of Branch 8’s annual action plan

MEET THE ACTIVITIES NEEDS OF THE MEMBERSHIP

  • Seek out membership feedback, listen and act upon it
  • Encourage and support new activities

SUPPORT THE ACTIVITY CHAIRMEN

  • Be effective advocates for activity needs
  • Promote activity participation
  • Encourage and welcome spouse/partner participation
  • Ensure effective integration of new members into Branch Activities
  • Provide useful tools to make activity leadership easier
  • Assist with leadership successions

We met for breakfast at 8:00, followed by a series of presentations from 8:45 – 11:30 by ACC members Tom Kerns, Dave Davis and Dan Weller and one by Derek Southern.  We had a lot of interaction during the presentations with the chairmen, leading to a series of agreements for the coming year:

  • Training for new activity chairmen and assistant chairmen
  • Providing support to activity chairmen for web posting
  • Keeping our internal branch communications current and informative
  • Encouraging activity participation by members and their spouse/partners

We are looking forward to an excellent year for activities in 2016.

 

Phillip R. Trapp
Activity Coordinator
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Phil Trapp Branch 8 Activity Coordinator @ annual Activity Chairman’s Breakfast – 2015


SIR Branch 8 Activity Chairman’s Breakfast 2015


SIR Branch 8 Activity Chairman’s Breakfast 2015


SIR Branch 8 Activity Chairmen 2015

2015 History Report

Branch 8 Activities Report – 2015

Phil Trapp, Activities Coordinator

 

How Did We Do?

2015 was a busy year for activities:

  • We had 46 activities at year-end 2014
  • During 2015, we had:
    • 7 additions,
    • 3 new activity deletions,
    • 1 existing deletion,
    • A year-end total of 49 activities, plus the BBQ and Ladies Day Luncheon events

 

We don’t want to get fixated on having bigger numbers of activities than any other branch (well, we in fact do). Our focus has to be on having a strong mix of quality activities that support the needs of our members. All new activities are not successful and we expect that to continue. The good news is that most of the new ones become healthy, on-going activities. We always want to try new ideas for activities that meet the needs of the Branch members.

 

Four of the new activities continuing into 2016 are chaired by new members. It’s encouraging to see new members bringing all their energy and enthusiasm. Hat’s off to:

  • Chick Lowery: Car Enthusiasts
  • John Sewell: Mexican Train Dominoes
  • Dan Smith: Genealogy
  • Tom Trice: Pickle Ball

 

Formation of the Activities Coordinating Committee (ACC)

We all know that SIR branches with a strong activities program are the ones that are vigorous and growing.  The fundamental role of the ACC is to be the advocate for activities to the BEC. The ACC works for the activity chairmen.

 

Why have a committee? There are several reasons:

  • It takes more than one person to support activities
  • It’s a good idea to have back-up for the activity coordinator,
  • More resources are available for our activities
  • The ACC plays a key role in the activity planning process

 

Phil Trapp chairs the ACC and has a capable team of five Assistant Activity Coordinators, all of whom are experienced activity chairmen:

  • Don Atwater
  • Dave Davis
  • Tom Kerns
  • Steve Schramm
  • Dan Weller

 

2015 Annual Chairman’s Breakfast

We hold an Activity Chairman’s Breakfast meeting annually in early December. There was an excellent turnout this year’s meeting, with representation from 48 of our 51 activities/events. Our meeting theme was “Keeping Activities Strong and Healthy”.  The purpose of the meeting was to reach agreement on activities goals and actions for 2016.

 

Here’s a summary of the Activities Coordinating Committee’s (ACC) three-year thinking that guided the morning’s planning for 2016:

2016 – 2018 Activities Action Plan

 

PLAN FOR QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY

  • Engage activity leadership in the planning process
  • Continue to build our spirit of Activities  “volunteerism”
  • Actively participate in the development of Branch 8’s annual action plan

 

MEET THE ACTIVITIES NEEDS OF THE MEMBERSHIP

  • Seek out membership feedback, listen and act upon it
  • Encourage and support new activities

 

SUPPORT THE ACTIVITY CHAIRMEN

  • Be effective advocates for activity needs
  • Promote activity participation
  • Encourage and welcome spouse/partner participation
  • Ensure effective integration of new members into Branch Activities
  • Provide useful tools to make activity leadership easier
  • Assist with leadership successions

 

We met for breakfast at 8:00, followed by a series of presentations from 8:45 – 11:30 by ACC members Tom Kerns, Dave Davis and Dan Weller and one by Derek Southern.  We had a lot of interaction during the presentations with the chairmen, leading to a series of agreements and actions for the coming year:

  • Training for new activity chairmen and assistant chairmen
  • Providing support to activity chairmen for web posting
  • Keeping our internal branch communications current and informative
  • Encouraging activity participation by members and their spouse/partners

 

We are looking forward to another excellent year for activities in 2016.

 Update 1.18.16

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