All members are invited to join us in Dunblane in March 2017 for an exciting weekend of talks, votes, workshops and socialising at Ramblers Scotland’s 2017 conference.
Scottish Council is the annual opportunity to formally review our work over the last year, hear about inspiring new initiatives, meet fellow Ramblers from our 55 groups across Scotland and stand for election to get involved in the running of the organisation.
Any Ramblers Scotland member who has been a member since 11 March 2016 or earlier, can stand for election this year to the Scottish Council Executive Committee.
Learn about our work:
Meet Vanessa Griffiths, new Chief Executive of Ramblers GB
There will be an update on Ramblers Scotland’s work and group activities from the last year
You can ask questions of the Scottish Council Executive Committee members (SCEC)
And we’ll run a range of speed workshops on topics including attracting young members, using social media, managing groups’ money, getting involved in decision making, communicating with your members, dealing with conflicts and leading high quality walks, amongst others.
Plenty to enjoy:
Will Copestake, Scottish and UK 2015 Adventurer of the year, will give an illustrated lecture
You can help judge our 2016/17 Walking Pals photography competition
Enjoy a meal with fellow members from across Scotland.
And we’ll announce the group with the most new members, as winner of our 2016 Scottish Council Challenge!
We urge every Area and Group to send delegates. All members are welcome to attend, but only people representing their Area, Group, or Affiliated organisation along with Honorary Officers, members of SCEC and Agenda Committee will be able to vote at the conference.
Each Group can send one voting delegate.
Each Area can send two voting delegates.
Honorary Officers and members of SCEC and the Agenda Committee, as well as 3 members of the Board of Trustees can attend.
Affiliated organisations can send one voting delegate.
There is no cost to attend Scottish Council if you are the official representative from your Area, Group, Affiliated Group or are an Honorary Officer, member of SCEC or the Agenda Committee.
Accommodation is free if you share a room. If you'd like a room on your own, there is a single room supplement of £35, this applies to all official delegates. (This includes Area and Group representatives, Honorary Officers, SCEC and the Agenda Committee)
We encourage non voting members and guests to attend but please note your transport and overnight costs must be paid for by yourself or out of Group funds, if agreed beforehand by your group.
If you are paying your own accommodation, the cost is £48 for a shared room and £83 for a single room (normal tariff £139.00)
Payment for accommodation should be sent to Ramblers Scotland no later than the 9 February 2017. Cheques should be made payable to Ramblers' Association Scotland and sent to Faye Henderson, Ramblers Scotland,Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh. EH12 9DQ
Expenses - Whilst we cover expenses for each official Area and Group delegate who attends, it is expected that, where possible, official delegates will share transport to minimise costs to RS. We do not pay expenses for other members, representatives from Affiliated Groups or additional persons attending the conference. Your transport costs should be covered either by yourself or by the Area or Group, if agreed in advance. Lunch and dinner are provided.
Registration on Saturday 11 March and will be open from 11.00am in the foyer of the conference suite in the hotel followed by a buffet lunch at 12noon - 1pm.
If there's enough interest there will be a walk before Scottish Council starting at 9am from the hotel. (Bags can be dropped with the concierge in the hotel).
The formal business of Scottish Council will commence at 1pm.
Dick Balharry Memorial Talk and Dinner, Saturday 11 March
For interested members, who are not planning to attend Scottish Council, there are a limited number of tickets available for the dinner and talk by Will Copestake. The talk is free but the cost of dinner is £30 per head.
(Please note members attending Scottish Council do not need to book separately for the Dick Balharry talk and dinner, your ticket already includes this event)
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