From President Mina Ward:
Welcome back everyone and a happy 2016!
There was a fantastic crowd at this week’s meeting. I am not sure if everyone was there to listen to Senior Constable Geoff Capper, or just excited to be back at Rotary, either way it was a fun meeting.
Geoff ran through some important safety issues relevant for our traffic marshalling ahead of the Tour Down Under (TDU). He told us that we can direct traffic, but have no authority to enforce it, although the Police could report someone for a flagrant breach of our directives. Safety should be our number one concern. There are many hazards on the road, not only cars, but over excited cyclists, sun/glare, undulating surfaces, weather, judging the speed of cars and pedestrians.
If you have not been a road marshal at the TDU, before it is a bustling day of ensuring VIPs get to where they need to and spectators are directed. Wearing a high visibility jacket and standing in an appropriate spot makes the job of marshalling a lot easier. The Campbelltown City Council are very good at supplying vests, and ensuring everyone is hydrated and happy.
The advice given when signalling traffic to stop, is to place your hand out in a stop sign above shoulder height and with all your fingers pointing towards the ceiling. Be assertive with your signals so the driver has no doubt what you are signalling. If the driver is ignoring your advice, you cannot stop them, but note down their details and report them to the police. In the case of the TDU, it is unlikely we will need to stop traffic.
Positions for marshalling on Thursday will be emailed out to volunteers over the weekend – please let Mina know if the times do not suit you ASAP so we can finalise the roster.
Some other notices….
- Last week, Gary and Marie Lockwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary…..big congratulations guys!!
- If you wish to order a new club t-shirt or hat please let Ian Coat know.
- Pauline is taking charge of the club’s 20th birthday celebrations in May – please let her know if you would like to help out.