SAM Members Update – September 2019

Here we are again assaulting your inbox and hoping that this email doesn’t go into your junk folder. The weather has been kind to us and we have done a lot of riding. We are paying a tribute to Andy Frith for all his hard work and dedication to the SAM Club. Alan Yates has continued his sterling work organising Observers and Associates at each Saturday morning meeting. Chris Wood has managed to give the club accounts to Andy Stalker for auditing. A new IAM RoadSmart initiative, Membership by Portfolio, has been introduced and has its first Associate. The next Observer meeting has been arranged (see below). IAM Surety will make a presentation at the October  club night. The SAM Autumn Breakfast is being planned. Your club Instagram account is now up and running, so you can now share all your great photographs. After months of chasing some members for the annual SAM Club membership fee, we have very reluctantly removed them  from our club membership list. We made a donation to charity on Monday night. We are building a new website and want your views on it. Some of our members are struggling with ill health at the moment, stay in touch, offer your support and wish them well at a difficult time in their lives.

A tribute to Andy Smith

A real stalwart of the SAM Club for many years Andy stepped down from the SAM Committee in February 2019. Steve Brown thanked Andy again for his valiant service to the SAM Committee and as a Senior Observer in our club. As a club we really value his knowledge, experience and wisdom. We feel very lucky to have such a dedicated and loyal member in our ranks.

Membership by Portfolio (Group Sign-Off)

This IAM RoadSmart initiative was started in 2017. The aim is to retain members who want to take part in advanced training but are not interested in taking the advanced test. As a well recognised road safety charity IAM RoadSmart believed that its affiliated groups have National Observers with the knowledge and experience to provide and alternative route to advanced motorcycling certification. Membership by Portfolio, also known as Group Sign-Off, can be thought of as a kind of continuous assessment process. The Associate has to commit to a strict schedule of rides, show continued improvement in their riding knowledge and skills and achieve the required advanced riding standards over a series of rides. They have to satisfy both the Local Observer Assessor delivering the guidance and a supervising National Observer that they can consistently ride to the advanced motorcycling standard needed for certification. This option may be tougher than taking an advanced rider test because the Associate needs to show a greater consistency in their riding progress. It will help those riders who suffer from severe ‘test anxiety’ that they avoid taking a test. This approach helps to extend our road safety efforts to a wider group of riders.

Observers Meetings

The SAM Committee has agreed that there will be three Observer meetings each year. The next Observer meeting with be at Treeton Miners Welfare Club on Monday, 16th September 2019 at 7.30pm. Steve Brown has prepared a full agenda and we urge all Observers to attend so that you can be updated and have a chance to discuss the SAM Group requirements for providing our road safety services.

IAM Surety Presentation

The next SAM Club night will be at Treeton Miners Welfare Club on the 7th October 2019. Meet at 7.30pm to start at 8pm (well you’ve got to have time to get a drink and catch up on all the news!) There will be a presentation by IAM Surety. Since 2005 they have been the official insurance partner of IAM RoadSmart and provide bespoke vehicle, travel, pet and home insurance to both IAM members and their families. Bring along all your insurance related questions for a very interesting evening. There will also be the usual raffle and prizes for you to enjoy.

Charity Donation

There are many things that people will do to raise money for charity. Russ Pettet told us about a brave waitress, Jackie Lovell, at the the Tillbridge Tastery (High Street, Sturton by Stowe, Lincoln) who had all her hair shaved off to help the Macmillan Cancer charity. So far she has raised £700! This is a favourite watering hole for SAM riders, so why not ride out and congratulate Jackie on her fund raising effort. Our ever generous SAM members agreed to donate the club night raffle and door money to help this brave lady raise even more money for such a very worthy cause. We donated a total of £55.10. Yes, we are still hunting the person who donated the 10p! We hope to present the money to Jackie on Saturday 7th September 2019, so it should be a good time to ride out and say hello. Send photos of the handover of cash and any other photos of SAM riders enjoying the services at Tillbridge Tastery to Want to know how to get there? See below:

Unpaid SAM Club Fees

After months of trying to persuade members to renew their SAM club membership the SAM Committee has, very reluctantly, taken the decision to remove members who have not paid. ALL SAM Club income is used for the benefit of Associates and ordinary members. We rely on your continued good will and support to continue delivering our programme of events each year. Thank you to all those members who have paid their SAM Club membership fee. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Autumn Breakfast

Plans for the Autumn breakfast are under way. It will take place in late October or early November and we’ll update you with the details as soon as they become available. Being a bit later than usual, at least I won’t miss out this year!

New SAM Website

The new SAM website is currently being built. You can follow its progress and I would very much welcome your suggestions on functions, content and layout. It’s a big undertaking, with lots of stages before completion. Anyone who feels that they can contribute content to the website should get in touch with me by email. I expect to have the project completed by Christmas. So, help me out by taking a look and forwarding your suggestions to

SAM Instagram Account

Mark Pashley has very kindly stepped up to help out as SAM Social Media Secretary. Instagram provides a photo sharing platform that is perfect for showing the events and adventures of SAM members. Mark needs you to support him by sending your (tasteful!) photos to If you want to help out by posting on your own instagram/facebook/twitter accounts then please use the hash tags: #sheffieldadvancedmotorcyclists #sam-bike #iamroadsmart #iam #advancedmotorcyclists #roadsafety #survivalskills #advancedskills #roadcraft #motorcycle #motorbike #motorcyclist #bikeclub #bikesafe #gmp to help Mark spread the message about our great club. Thank you.

Upcoming SAM Meetings

The next SAM Committee meeting will be on Wednesday 25th September at 7.30pm. Any questions/comments/concerns/recommendations about your SAM Club just give them to one of the SAM Committee members for them to be addressed.

The next SAM Club night will be on the 7th October 2019 at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Bring all your comments and queries about insurance for our IAM Surety speakers to answer.

Saturday meetings continue each week throughout of September for Observers, Associates and members to ride out. ALL bikers welcome to visit and chat about the SAM Club, its purposes and activities, so share this email with all your riding friends and encourage them to join us.

Item for sale

Here is a real bargain! It’s a Garmin ZUMO 396 sat nav fully loaded with Europe maps. This is an unwanted item purchased four weeks ago for £350. Asking price is just £270. SAM members are getting first refusal before it goes on eBay. Contact Steve Eyre on 07813207944.

Members Health

A few of our long serving and very dedicated members have suffered serious ill health recently. We wish them the very best in coping with their illness and hope to see them back with us again soon.

Biker I.C.E. Card & Biker Down Course

We encourage ALL bikers to carry our FREE Biker I.C.E. Card. It has all the essential information needed by emergency services staff. It doesn’t have the disadvantages of electronic solutions that might be lost or damaged or contain limited information. It folds down small and fits unobtrusively into your wallet/purse. Fill it in, keep it up-to-date and carry it when you ride.

There is a full schedule of Biker Down courses, that take place at theLifewise Centre, on the SAM website calendar. We encourage ALL bikers to attend and keep your helping skills up-to-date. After bikers are more likely to see accidents first and readily offer to help. So, it’s a good idea to make sure your prepared with a Biker Down course.

Are you making the best use of your IAM RoadSmart membership?

Did you know that IAM RoadSmart has a website, IAM LiveSmart, dedicated to bring discounted goods/services to members and their families. Why not visit their website today and see if there is a bargain that you just can’t resist.

IAM RoadSmart want experienced contract trainers

Due to anticipated growth in course numbers IAM RoadSmart is looking for quality, experienced contract trainers to join its team to deliver Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Courses. If you are passionate about road safety and helping people, then IAM RoadSmart would like to hear from you. If you have, or know of someone who has, experience of delivering client-centred courses in the driver training industry, or of working within the counselling profession, or police, and any of the following experience then IAM RoadSmart would like to hear from you. Teaching or training qualification or experience i.e. :

  • PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector)
  • Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse
  • Edexcel BTEC Award and Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse at Levels 3 and 4
  • City and Guilds Community Justice Award in Drug and Alcohol Services
  • OU/FDAP Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Alcohol and Substance Misuse Specialism

Send us details your experience, expertise and the areas you are able to cover in England. Please feel free to share this with anyone who you feel may be interested or have a look at our website for more information.

Until next month.
Paul Conway
Editor & Webmaster
Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists

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