My posts so far have been about the skating and Derby aspects of being a Dame. But I also spend several hours a week, every week, in my role as a Director of Birmingham Blitz Dames, particularly on the finance side. Other Directors focus on other areas, but each of us are busy in the background on a daily basis.
You may think authorising invoices, making sure the in-goings and out-goings balance is not actually Roller Derby, but of course it is important for every league out there. The Dames are ten years old later this year, and since I’m a new Director there is already expansive protocol and systems in place that have evolved and then formalised over the last decade. I give serious thanks to those that did my role before me, and plan to automate and streamline it even more going forward.
So why am I including this in a post about being a Cadet? primarily because my diary is always horrible in June (Year End & Exhibitions in the day job) and so I will only get to minimal practise sessions this month. So I’m pretty much sulking about by lack of time on track. That doesn’t mean I’m AWOL – I’m still working in the background on a variety of issues, as is every other Director and Committee Heads (and their committee members).
But whilst balancing a spreadsheet is all for the greater good, I’ve missed skating the last two weeks and I know I have another week before I can make it back to regular sessions. Each week away from the track is another week I don’t achieve my laps or learn how to dig in better within a wall. Each week away from my team mates means I miss cheering for them when they do something awesome (Go Lil’ Savage!). Each week is another week where I see amazing posts on Facebook about learning how to backwards apex jump (Woo Hoo ‘Ellrasier!) – and I’m not there to cheer / learn / fall / try again, due to Real Life getting in the way of my Derby Life.
But at least you all know the bank statement balances.