Hi Dave. So, you're settling into your first month of being a TRF Director. How's it going?
Dave:I expected a challenge and it certainly has proven to be this way, with 9 directors we have made a great start and formed a framework to work as a team with regard to the new articles and bylaws.
TRF:This year has seen a real surge of interest in members stepping up to help lead the TRF. Why do you think that is?
Dave:There has been a lot of negativity and confusion over the last 2 years and the forums are evidence of this, my view was that this cannot continue and to help the TRF move forward along with the request from the 2014 AGM for more directors I decided to stand for election.
TRF:So, are you a life long trail rider? How did you get into it?
Dave:I got my first moped in 1976, a 50cc Gilera then a brand new RD250 in 1977, but had a few years lapse and came back into motorcycling in 1999. In 2004 I decided to go Green Laning because I wanted to ride throughout winter and eventually joined the TRF as I wanted to explore more lanes but didn’t know how to do it. The TRF gave me that opportunity.
When he's not on the Trail, you'll find Dave riding this
TRF:You are quite active in Loddon Vale as a RoW officer. Is this something that you have always been interested in, and how does it shape your view of the club as a Director?
TRF:Your official title is TRF Conservation Director. What does that actually mean? Conservation isn't something that has traditionally been linked with Green Roads.
Dave:Conservation, Heritage and ROW work together as Directors. The TRF has a 40 year history and this is our heritage; conservation is the sustainability of using green roads and how we can manage this and get our message across. ROW of course relates to the immediate threats which green lanes are under.
Dave's first and last Enduro. Much too much like hard work!
TRF:What is your vision for the club in this coming year and beyond?
TRF:What can TRF members do in their daily lives and riding to help achieve this goal?
Dave:Our members need to be positive and work/live as one, promote the values of the fellowship and trail riding so that our children will be able to use the roads that we currently enjoy, and maybe more one day!