In October 2015 about a dozen men and women gathered at Cowley to decide 2 things; should the Rover 800 have an Owners Club, and who would run it.
Back then with so few of us just about everyone left Cowley with a committee role of some sort, a lot of enthusiasm and little else, many would fall by the wayside for one reason or another.
By this time last year the Club had some serious issues, too few people trying to run it and as a result a dwindling membership of around 80 members, a figure going downwards, not up.
Something had to be done and done quickly if the Club was going to survive.
At last years AGM the few committee members that remained faced no challenge for their positions and no one coming forward to fill the increasing vacancies we had.
I took the decision to start co-opting members to fill various crucial committee roles, the website, our front window, had to change and be more involving for members with greater content. Regalia would bring a new and much needed source of income, as would Parts re-manufacture, and crucially someone to get on top of shows and Events.
That's only 4 roles out of the many others that it takes to run a car Club, but with those new people doing their jobs, the rest of the remaining committee could get on and concentrate on their roles with renewed enthusiasm, impetus had been added.
Today, happily, we can ask members if they would now like to add their enthusiasm to our committee, our Club, we are asking you to vote at our AGM.
Our membership has grown over the year to some 160+ and continues to grow, all the elements are now in place to take this Club to new levels, with new people.
I have always said that we The Rover 800 Owners Club will never be the biggest, but we can be the best, and that is what we should aim for. Think Executive, think prestige, it is after all what the Rover 800 was all about.
Chairman Nominee, Rover 800 Owners Club, AGM 2018