OURCs Committee 2012-13

Date of Email1st Jun 2012Sent By:OURCs Secretary <secretary@ourcs[dot]org.uk>
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Dear all,

*OURCs Committee 2012-13*

The OURCs Committee are responsible for running four main regattas on the
Isis - Autumn Fours, IWL, Torpids, and Summer Eights. With the exception of
the Rowing Sabbatical officer, the committee consists entirely of student
volunteers. We are people that immensely enjoy the sport, and want to give
back to the rowing community by running the events.

A new committee is elected every year to take on this job, ensuring that
rowing remains a rewarding and safe sport to take up at Oxford. We are
looking for enthusiastic people who want to take up the challenge, as many
of us are leaving this year.

*SECRETARY*
Phil's role. The OURCs Secretary is the person tasked with keeping the
organisation running on a day-to-day basis. They do not do this alone -
they have an entire committee to delegate to as they see fit. They are the
person that liaises with the various groups of people that come together to
run racing such as the college committees and the Senior Umpires. They
should have a genuine enthusiasm for wanting to improve the standards of
the organisation. The secretary spends their time answering emails before
regattas, but is more focussed on manning and coordinating race desk. A
good working relationship with the RowSab is essential. While it is
sometimes a thankless job, the satisfaction of seeing 15,000 spectators on
the river to watch a regatta that you have coordinated is second to none.

*TREASURER*
Jonny's role. The Treasurer controls the balance sheets of OURCs,
maintaining the fines system during training and during events.

*CAPTAIN OF COXES*
Matt's role. The Captain of Coxes assists Rachel Quarrell with the
coxswain's society. They are a very experienced cox who performs coxing
upgrades, holds coxing briefings, and advises the secretary on
coxing-related matters.

*INTERNET SECRETARY*
Chris Cooper's role (assisted by Tony). The webmaster is responsible for
managing the web site, entries system, databases, mailing lists and other
internet systems which back-end the OURCs website.

The workload for all 'named' roles is normally a few hours a week outside
of regattas (more for the Secretary) but obviously increases during the
actual events.

OURCs also require a number of *ORDINARY MEMBERS*, who are invaluable on
race days. Ordinary Members help out with swim tests, captains' meetings,
briefing of marshals/umpires, and helping to resolve appeals. Those that
want to involve themselves more in the organisation have ample opportunity,
though.

As we are always in need of launch drivers, members of the OURCs Committee
are entitled to take the RYA2 qualification for free provided that they
help out during racing. OURCs Committee members also earn a discount for
their college in terms of marshalling and umpiring slots.

***

With the official description out of the way, I'd like to voice my own
views.

OURCs depends heavily on its volunteers, especially those who have been
college captains. I am immensely grateful to my committee for the support
they provide - while I do send out lots of emails, this is by no means a
committee composed of myself and Sahil. Anyone who sees ways in which we
can improve the system at Oxford should volunteer for a position and help
us to make it happen. There is real responsibility on the committee, and
the skills and anecdotes required through running regattas tick a large
number of boxes for graduate recruiters, making it a perfect role for
experienced people in their penultimate or final years of their degree.

Anyone who would like more information should contact myself or the
incumbent for more information - there's a free pint in it. Elections will
take place during the Captains' Meeting in 8th Week. Our emails can be
found here: http://www.ourcs.org.uk/ourcs/contacts

Phil McCullough
OURCs Secretary

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Dear all,

OURCs Committee 2012-13<= br>
The OURCs Committee are responsible for running four main regattas o= n the Isis - Autumn Fours, IWL, Torpids, and Summer Eights. With the except= ion of the Rowing Sabbatical officer, the committee consists entirely of st= udent volunteers. We are people that immensely enjoy the sport, and want to= give back to the rowing community by running the events.

A new committee is elected every year to take on this job, ensuring tha= t rowing remains a rewarding and safe sport to take up at Oxford. We are lo= oking for enthusiastic people who want to take up the challenge, as many of= us are leaving this year.

SECRETARY
Phil's role. The OURCs Secretary is the person = tasked with keeping the organisation running on a day-to-day basis. They do= not do this alone - they have an entire committee to delegate to as they s= ee fit. They are the person that liaises with the various groups of people = that come together to run racing such as the college committees and the Sen= ior Umpires. They should have a genuine enthusiasm for wanting to improve t= he standards of the organisation. The secretary spends their time answering= emails before regattas, but is more focussed on manning and coordinating r= ace desk. A good working relationship with the RowSab is essential. While i= t is sometimes a thankless job, the satisfaction of seeing 15,000 spectator= s on the river to watch a regatta that you have coordinated is second to no= ne.

TREASURER
Jonny's role. The Treasurer controls the balanc= e sheets of OURCs, maintaining the fines system during training and during = events.

CAPTAIN OF COXES
Matt's role. The Captain of C= oxes assists Rachel Quarrell with the coxswain's society. They are a ve= ry experienced cox who performs coxing upgrades, holds coxing briefings, an= d advises the secretary on coxing-related matters.

INTERNET SECRETARY
Chris Cooper's role (assisted by Tony)= . The webmaster is responsible for managing the web site, entries system, d= atabases, mailing lists and other internet systems which back-end the OURCs= website.

The workload for all 'named' roles is normally a few hours a we= ek outside of regattas (more for the Secretary) but obviously increases dur= ing the actual events.

OURCs also require a number of ORDINARY ME= MBERS, who are invaluable on race days. Ordinary Members help out with = swim tests, captains' meetings, briefing of marshals/umpires, and helpi= ng to resolve appeals. Those that want to involve themselves more in the or= ganisation have ample opportunity, though.

As we are always in need of launch drivers, members of the OURCs Commit= tee are entitled to take the RYA2 qualification for free provided that they= help out during racing. OURCs Committee members also earn a discount for t= heir college in terms of marshalling and umpiring slots.

***

With the official description out of the way, I'd like t= o voice my own views.

OURCs depends heavily on its volunteers, espec= ially those who have been college captains. I am immensely grateful to my c= ommittee for the support they provide - while I do send out lots of emails,= this is by no means a committee composed of myself and Sahil. Anyone who s= ees ways in which we can improve the system at Oxford should volunteer for = a position and help us to make it happen. There is real responsibility on t= he committee, and the skills and anecdotes required through running regatta= s tick a large number of boxes for graduate recruiters, making it a perfect= role for experienced people in their penultimate or final years of their d= egree.

Anyone who would like more information should contact myself or the inc= umbent for more information - there's a free pint in it. Elections will= take place during the Captains' Meeting in 8th Week. Our emails can be= found here: http://www.= ourcs.org.uk/ourcs/contacts

Phil McCullough
OURCs Secretary


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