can anyone explain to me what happened with the display that was proposed to happen at stafford ? I travelled to stafford in great anticipation of the scott display & searched all the main floor before finding it upstairs on the balcony & compared to the other Marquee stands it was pityful & pushed into a corner.
I just happened to be there when a foreign visitor asked john Rose about joining the SOC, as the conversation progressed it turned out that he was dutch & dutch people do not now use cheque books (they are not issued) & it makes it virtually impossible for him to join the SOC which in my opinion could have been made very simple if someone had been there to take his money & let him join the club (how many others were missed).
I also overheard two guys (obviously scott owners)discussing how they were disgusted that they could not buy anything scott related on the stand (badges, t-shirts,pens, transfers……) Please do not get me wrong John rose I found to be a gentleman, very helpful & a good ambassador for the marquee but he did the best he could with limited resources.
is it not in the best interest of the club to try & promote the Marquee ? could Roger not display his championship winning bike ?
could a few scott owners local to the show not display their prize possessions ?
is there something I am missing here……. internal politics ? no guidance ? lack of volunteers ?
I would gladly give my time to it but for me to organise it would mean taking a week off work to organise it properly as I would need to be there on friday morning which would mean leaving on wed & I would not be home until monday evening but I will offer to help man the stand if someone more local could set it up ?
on a better note I stumbled across a stand at stafford (dutch I think) selling t-shirts with the scott Shipley logo (available in white & grey), I have misplaced their website details but I will post it on the site when I find it if anyone is interested
Well Trevor, you’ve got a good point there. The dutch guy wanting to become a member was my mate Frank. He was put off a bit because he could not pay at the stand. When I became a member I paypalled the money to Gill with a first parts order. That worked out perfectly fine.
Being a (Dutch) member of more than one British Club I always notice how difficult it is to pay for membership, parts, books etc. In fact, I payed my membership fee for the Maico Owners Club (next to the SOC stand..) on the scene as they too seem to rely on cheques.
Maybe it’s an idea to make a Paypall account just for payment of membership by foreign members? (Paypalling is paying to an emailadress with your creditcard).
At Stafford I was on the lookout for a cast Squirrel figure (for the radiatorcap). Having read in Yowl that the club sells them I thought that it would be possible to buy it on the stand… alas…
On the other hand, I know from years experience (in Holland) how difficult it can be to put together a good showstand and man it. But with the number of members the SOC has, I’m sure it must be possible.
SOC member 931
Unfortunately the person who had agreed to organise the Club stand at Stafford let us down. I was made aware of the problem after the AGM on 8 April leaving little time to make alternative arrangements as by this time it was too late to be listed in the programme. We were lucky enough to have two members take over at short notice and they, together with other help, put together what I understand was a reasonable showing.
I agree that it is in the best interest of the Club to try & promote the Marquee and discussions have already been put in hand for a more concerted effort next year.
I am happy to take membership payment from overseas via Paypal please email me for details.
I am sure that the Scott stand at Stafford could have been better, but I was so happy to find it there, and it was a very friendly atmosphere. Meeting the man who makes leather toolbags for late ’30s Scotts undoubtedly added to my pleasure. I had a great day at Stafford, finding a lot of useful items and contacts, and meeting good friends.
I cannot find that I have received any copies of YOWL since December. What have I done wrong? Have I forgot to pay my subscription? Could you find out for me?
Carl, member no. 809.
Having been elected as the Overseas Liaison Officer at the AGM, Richard Tann (Membership Sec) provided me with a list of overseas members. This included fully paid up in 2006 and those that had joined in previous years but had not renewed for 2006. Your name was in the list of not renewed in 2006.
Being overseas, probably the easiest way to re-join is to go to the spares site and this gives an option of purchasing membership and you can pay via paypal.
If there are any other overseas members reading this and you want to pay your 2006 membership, you can use the same method.
Re Stafford, I will only thank the organisers of the Club stand for their efforts as I did not even get there as a visitor. let alone as a helper on the Club stand.
All the very best,
Thanks Colin, I have been looking at the Spares site, but I can’t find any PayPal information. To pay by PayPal, I need an e-mail adress to the person on the receiving end. As you surely know, this person should be a registered PayPal user. Could you provide this information? I presume that Gill is the person in question. Am I right in presuming that £16 is the right amount for one year’s subscription? Lastly, can I pay for more than one year?
I trust that the missing Yowls for 2006 will be sent to me as soon as the subscription has been paid.
Carl, member no. 809
You can use my email address firstname.lastname@example.org to make the payment for your subscription using Paypal and I will transfer to the Membership Secretary. You may pay for more than one year and the current rate is £16 per year. You will receive the back issues of Yowl for this year.
I would like to highlight how appreciate are the efforts of Colin Hough and Gill Swan to make it more practical and helpful for members and willing-to-be members this club. I have not had contact with Colin, but I think it has been a great idea to create a figure to help overseas members. As well, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Gill for her helpful attitude in the past.
People like you make life easier! 😉