ScotSAC has recently been the target of ransomeware which caused a considerable amount of disruption to our computer systems. However, I am pleased to report that our systems are now back up and running, although there may be further work required over time. We are confident that no personal and sensitive data was compromised and our systems have now had improved protection and security installed. However, there will inevitably now be a delay in processing memberships and issuing cards, so please bear with us. Many thanks must go to Geoff our Director with IT responsibility and to Rod for rearranging their lives and devoting a great deal of time to sorting out this problem.
We are delighted to welcome Helen Aitken as the new Administration & Finance Officer with ScotSAC.
Helen comes to us from a background of office and financial management which will hopefully mean that she will get to grips with ScotSAC’s policies and procedures fairly quickly. She is going to spend a little bit of time with Kate before she starts, but please allow her some time to settle in and find her way around.
Her starting date is 22nd May and she will be working 30 hours per week over 5 days. Expect the answering machine to be on outwith the hours of 10.00.a.m. and 12.md and 13.00 – 15.00. Please also bear in mind that when she works late to cover NDC and Board meetings, she needs to take time back.
I hope you will give Helen a warm welcome.
After seven and a half years in post as Admin & Finance Officer and Operations Manager since October 2013, Kate has decided that it is time to move on to other challenges.
In addition to the daily tasks of membership processing, book keeping and all the other tasks which support the Board, the NDC and the members, Kate has been instrumental in many of the innovations in ScotSAC including our branding – the letter heads, standardising the logo and more recently the infographics, giving you information about where your branch sits in the organisation and how we are doing on training and recruiting members.
Kate will be very sorely missed, but we wish her well in her new challenges and hope that her experience with ScotSAC will prove useful to her in the future.
As the March/April issue of Scottish Diver magazine will have landed through your letterboxes by now, many of you will have seen that ScotSail are running a competition where you could win three places (normally £199pp) on its Dive Specific RYA PowerBoat Level 2 (Coastal/Tidal) Course!
Full details of the competition are on the ScotSail website, with the winning entry being drawn at random on Monday 10th April 2017 and the winner notified by e-mail. The winner can choose who will attend the course.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Regional Coaches, Instructors, Branch Committees, and Volunteers for all of your hard work and dedication to the sport over the last year. None of our achievements as an organisation, or as individual branches would be possible without you. Whether it be taking a nervous new diver in for their first experience of the underwater world, keeping branch operations running smoothly, or running or helping out at a national course or event, we couldn't do it without you. Thanks!
ScotSAC HQ will be closed from Monday 19th December 2016 through until 5th January 2017.