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Motorcycle Talk => Motorcycle Safety => Topic started by: Ranger Jim on July 31, 2013, 04:19:50 pm

Title: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on July 31, 2013, 04:19:50 pm
It is my intent to step down from this position effective 31 DEC 13.  Anyone interested in taking on the job should contact their Area Director. 

                                                          WHAT DOES THE SAFETY OFFICER DO ANYWAY?

That was the first question to cross my mind upon being approached by Executive Director Ken Ford about my filling the vacant post. The first place I looked for definitive answers was the Member’s Handbook. I knew that the handbook contained a copy of COG Constitution which outlines the duties/responsibilities of the COG officers.  The Article 14 of the COG Constitution told me that the Concours Owners Group Safety Officer is a secondary position within the Concours Owners Group. He/she is appointed by the Executive Director and serves at the pleasure of same. He/she is available to provide assistance as required to Area Director(s) as needed.

It also defined 3 specific tasks:
1.   To keep abreast of information relating to safe riding practices.
2.   To respond where possible to member queries on motorcycle safety.
3.   To write a safety column for the club newsletter/magazine the CONCOURIER.

A “secondary position” means that the position is NOT voted on by the Executive Board or the membership at large but rather is appointed by the Executive Director. As such, “secondary position” officers do not officially vote on club matters. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY DON’T MATTER! Our opinions are sought and considered just like the opinions of the members of the Executive Board. 
Okay, that sounds simple enough.  As a MSF Rider Coach and serving as the Chapter Educator for my local GoldWing Road Rider Association (GWRRA) I was already doing those things (just not for COG).  So I accepted.

Shortly after that, I was asked by the IT Director to also serve as the Moderator for the Motorcycle Safety section of the COG forum.  Since I perused the forum fairly frequently and it fell within the scope of the other duties (see task 2 above), taking it on was a “no-brainer.”

It’s actually a pretty simple job.  I’ve moderated a few posts on the forum, answered some questions from members and stepped in the assist the SC region with some safety related activities at their National Rally in Eureka Springs, AR. Of course I’ve also written a few columns for the CONCOURIER.  Hopefully, you’ve read them and found them to be of some benefit.

I feel like I’ve made my contributions as the Safety Officer and I’m ready to give this position to someone else. I’ve been neglecting my duties/responsibilities as an Assistant Area Director for too long and would like to turn my full attention to that task now.  The job of Safety Officer isn’t hard (heck, if it was hard a goofball like me could never do it). 
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on September 08, 2013, 10:44:04 am
Hmmm. NO views, no replies. BUMP!
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: kawcon14rider on September 08, 2013, 11:29:48 am
Jim I thank you have done a great job as Sarety Director.  :great: Also glad to see you staying on as AAD for S.C, where you also doing a great job.  :c017: :You_Rock_Emoticon:
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: connie_rider on September 08, 2013, 02:30:44 pm
Now Jim,,,,, you know you don't wanna do this.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on September 08, 2013, 10:23:44 pm
Au contraire, mon frere.  I have snatched the pebble from the hand of the master. It's time for me to go.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on October 07, 2013, 06:47:56 pm
BUMP. C'mon someone needs to step up.  :great:
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Brian on October 08, 2013, 12:45:58 pm
I have nowhere near the experience as you, and due to financial troubles beyond my control am not a paid member this year (had to let it lapse), so I am not even sure I qualify. My experience riding is only about 5 years total, but have ridden all weather and types of roads. Bikes included Suzuki GS650, C10; and Ninja 500.

Visability is life.

My masters degree is in safety and I have no problems writing our moderating, but the time is a concern. With work, school board, dad of 3, and more, how much time do you put in on a regular basis?  I have interest as safety is always on my mind, but have to look at volunteer opportunities with caution because I don't want to ove commit.

More info please.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on October 08, 2013, 05:41:39 pm
The job is not terribly time intensive. I check the forum daily if I have ready access to the internet, if not then I check it when I can.  Writing the column is the most "demanding" aspect. Sometimes the column virtually writes itself, other times I struggle to put it together.  I try to have a couple "in the works" all the time.

The desired "qualifications" are:
   10 years of riding experience mostly on road. Off road experience is desireable but the Concours is a road bike.
    MSF RiderCoach (or equivalent from some other motorcycle training agency.
    Have sufficient education and background in the English language and grammatical construction so as to be capable of writing
         a coherent column or response to an inquiry from a member.
    Possess sufficient computer skills to permit communication in electronic media.

Any or all of these qualifications are waiverable by the Executive Director. There are two other "unwritten" qualifications that are absolutely mandatory:
1.  MUST BE A COG MEMBER.
2.  MUST WANT THE JOB.

If you think you may have what it takes (even if you don't meet the desirable qualifications), contact Ken Ford.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: connie_rider on October 09, 2013, 12:59:35 pm
Brian, if you have a Masters in Safety, you would be ideal for this position.
You have Training and Knowledge that most of us don't have.
Go for it!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on October 26, 2013, 12:45:57 am
Still no takers?
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on October 26, 2013, 02:34:03 am
Brian, if you have a Masters in Safety, you would be ideal for this position.
You have Training and Knowledge that most of us don't have.
Go for it!!

Ride safe, Ted
You can do this Brian. 2/3 hrs a week. Jim, This correct? Plus what Jim doesn't mention is the support of the COG community for help. Now myself I can give you many ideas on how to fall off! :)) The SW area will support you. :great: :beerchug:
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Brian on October 26, 2013, 07:23:20 am
Just for clarification, I can't. Sure to financial reasons I am neither a paid COG member at this point nor am NMA member. My mind is always available to someone for picking, but some else needs to step up.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on October 26, 2013, 11:00:19 am
I put in maybe 2-3 hours per week but most of that is Forum time.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on December 03, 2013, 12:50:45 am
Still no one? HELLO? Is this thing on? HELLO?
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: smithr1 on December 05, 2013, 07:44:15 pm
It is on Jim.   I thought for a second about stepping in but I have no cred.  I ride safe and took basic and advanced course once but that is it.   I am also enjoying my break from COG duties.  I felt like I put in my 6 years let someone else have a go.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on December 05, 2013, 08:46:17 pm
Most, if not all, the qualifications are waiverable by the executive director. Then main criteria is the desire to do the job.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Ranger Jim on December 23, 2013, 03:20:57 pm
The date draws ever nearer as "...time and tides wait for no man ... " yet there is still no hero willing to pick up the sword.  Is there truly no one out there willing to take on this task? 
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: WillyP on December 26, 2013, 03:45:53 pm
Perhaps someone would be willing to take on part of the duties, or share the workload with another? If you are qualified to write an article, but would rather not participate in the forum, or vice versa, I think that could be accommodated, at least as a temporary solution.

Or perhaps several qualified members could rotate duties? ie, each would write the article every other month?

What do you think, Jim, would that work?
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Steve in Sunny Fla on December 29, 2013, 04:30:07 pm
Perhaps a non - authorized person could make an announcement as to any possibility of potential but currently undetermined future personnel changes to be expected to be considered by the BOD for possible consideration for implimentation pending consideration of the validity of said possible potential undetermined personnel changes ;)  Steve
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: WillyP on January 01, 2014, 02:07:42 am
True, but I was assuming, based on Jim's last post, that nobody had volunteered. Perhaps said non-authorized person could be convinced to volunteer?
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: S Smith on January 01, 2014, 12:46:39 pm
Does it matter who solicits for the position, as long as volunteers candidates come forward?

Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: WillyP on January 01, 2014, 04:41:39 pm
I don't think so, but I think Steve was making a reference to another, unrelated, thread.

Anyway, I'm going to sticky this to make for better visibility for the future benefit of any potential but currently undetermined future personnel candidates.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Brian on January 02, 2014, 12:11:07 am
Sorry to see this opening... come on, someone has to be interested beside me?  (See page 1)
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on January 02, 2014, 12:15:00 am
Sorry to see this opening... come on, someone has to be interested beside me?  (See page 1)
I told ya you could do this! :beerchug: :great:
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: IronButtAl on January 02, 2014, 02:12:07 pm
We have a new Safety Officer, but the process requires candidates to be approved by the BoD's, and announced by the Exe. Dir. Ken Ford. This will happen at our next meeting on 1/15/2014, and an announcement made shortly after our meeting.        Al
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: JeffP on January 02, 2014, 02:22:54 pm
I'd be willing to step up, but "qualifications" may be an issue. I've been riding (mostly off road) for probably 10-12 years. I have about 5 years of on-road experience 2 (and counting) of which are aboard my C14. I think I am an excellent writer with a good grasp of the English language.

I plan to take the MSF Advanced Riding course and would love to find out about what it takes to be a rider coach.

So, if you'll have me, throw my name in the hat.
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: Sport Rider on January 02, 2014, 02:49:55 pm
And I can vouch that he's good at pointing out other's mistakes too!   :nananana:
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: JeffP on January 02, 2014, 03:23:57 pm
I can "supervise" with the best of 'em!  :))
Title: Re: COG Safety Director Position to be open effective 1 Jan 2014
Post by: jaycw521 on January 08, 2014, 01:49:02 am
As a new member, I might like to be considered for the position. I am a 14 year Rider Coach with the Vt. Rider Education Program and I have been riding on the street for 40 years and I have accumulated almost a million miles in the process. A lot of those miles have been on a series of ZX-11's. I feel that everything a rider can do to improve their ability to handle their motorcycles in a competent manner is good for not only the rider, but the community as a whole. Please feel free to e-mail me for references, etc. and any other info I can or might be able to provide. Thanks,
Jay