PRESIDENT’S AGM INTRODUCTION – JANUARY 2016
For those of you who could not attend the AGM on 25th January, here is what the President said about the group’s activities during the year 2015.
We have seen quite a few changes in the group committee and volunteers during 2015.
First of all I agreed to become President, Kathy Moorhouse agreed to become Secretary, Doreen Parker agreed to become Treasurer, Chris Hurley agreed to become Centre Manager and Karen Troman agreed to be co-opted onto the committee (to be ratified today) and take on the new role of Events Co-ordinator.
Sarah Makin, with the help of Betty Edens and Chris Hurley, agreed to cover the role of Newsletter Editor while Juliet Ryall’s husband was ill. Juliet has now resigned from the committee due to home commitments and Sarah has agreed to take on the role officially. Thank you, Sarah for agreeing to do this, thank you Betty and Chris for helping and thank you Juliet for your great work during your (almost) 6 years as Editor.
Thanks also to Sandra Hobson who stepped down from the Committee in December after handing the Treasurer role over to Doreen Parker. Thanks for your (almost) 5 years as Treasurer and for giving Doreen such a long and detailed handover.
Without a committee the group could not function so thank you to all these people here (and Bev and Ken Cross who couldn’t be here today) for keeping us going. We always welcome more help and would love to have a few more people on board. In particular we would like someone to take over the role of Publicity Manager. It is amazing how many people have still not heard of us, and of course there are always new people moving into the Almanzora valley who would benefit from becoming members.
To help get the word out we now have a Facebook page and our website has been re-designed by Elle Gandy-Draper who took this over in October when Stuart Stansfield finally retired – again. Thanks to Stuart for bringing us into the 21st Century and thanks to Elle for her enthusiasm for taking us even further.
The year also saw us saying Adios to a few of our long serving volunteers – Denise Hall and Ann & David Durrant who all returned to the UK to be near family. We wish them all the best in their new homes.
Thank you to those volunteers who remain with us. Without them the Centre could not open. Again, we always welcome new helpers in the Centre so if you have a spare few hours once a week pop in and see what is involved.
Finally, if you like what we are doing, please tell your friends and neighbours. But if you have any ideas for improvement, please tell us.