It has been a pleasure to have been your national councillor for the past 3 years and as all of you know I have now moved on to become the National Membership Officer and I am still active in the area so my door is always open to anyone who needs help.
My replacement is Richie Minshall from Ellesmere Port 41 Club.
PS As many of you know 41 Club now have our own National Social and Sporting Weekend. It is a brilliant weekend. It is now time to book in so please
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This is a quick summary of Main points from the AGM for those who missed it.
The meeting was attended by 19 members, four active and one honourary member of Stafford Round Table and also the incoming Chairman of RT Area 5, Shiv Passap, of which Stafford RT is a member, having transferred from Area 22 a few years back. Stafford RT is struggling for members and is looking to 41 Club for help in introducing new members.
Our Club currently has 35 full members and 20 Country members plus 2 honourary members.
The accounts were approved, a working surplus of £70 was made last year thanks to a profit on Ladies Night and raffle contributions. Subs remain at £15 and are now due for the coming year.
Chris Reynolds is now Chairman and Tony Green is the new Vice Chairman.
Brett Phillips has taken on the Secretary/Treasurer role.
Nick Sandy is leaving Stafford later in the summer to live in Wales. Jim Goodwin has taken on the Social Officer role.
Chris Barton has finally managed to stand down as IRO after about 20 years. His job is to be managed by a small committee of Chris Reynolds, Ian Henderson and Rodney Thomas. (See Chris, it takes three of them to do your job). Stewart Learoyd has also offered to investigate and organise an overseas IRO trip.
Meetings will be arranged by Chris Reynolds with help from Peter Quine, Mike Heenan and others.
The next meeting will be a pub games night at the Constitutional Club with a two course meal for £9.50, details to follow by the usual channel. The TT Trophy will be a bowls evening on 18th July, RT are getting practice in, they’ll need to.
The Minutes of the October Meeting held at The Crown, Hyde Lea are now available in the Members Section. Click Here to access these.
A report on the latest TTT match is available by clicking here
Barry Durman had a fantastic year doing 150+ visits including his John O’Groats to Lands End charity bike ride for Shelter. During the year he has raised £26,000 for them.
Our New National President is Dave Campbell and Vice Phil Ellis. Sean McCormick won the vote for Nat Secretary.
National Charity this year is Princes Trust. Watch out for the 2018 calendars.
Priorities remain as fun, fellowship and community – have a great year everyone !
A few dates for you to be aware of:
* 2 June 2017 Classic Car Rally
* Also note that we have a new deal with Heritage Car Insurance for classic /prestige vehicles.
* 13 August to 30 August Cruise to Antwerp. Ghent, Rotterdham and Amsterdam
* 1 September National Caravan Rally
* Thursday 24 September National Golf Competition near Gloucester. Please note congratulations to Newport for winning the 2016 competition for the 3rd successive year !!
* 9-11 February 2018 National Sports and Social Weekend in Okehampton
* April 2018 National Conference will take place in Belfast
Capitation remains unchanged at £14.50
The results of the resolutions are as follows:
||Carried or Lost
|Resolution 1 is just to change the title of National Communications Officer to that of National Communications and IT Officer.
|Resolution 2 wants to limit the cost of national events to £55 as some of them are currently £90.
||This is a contentious debate and was not supported by national council.
|Resolution 3 will require 7-14 days notice to be given by the national board to the national council to allow time for due consideration to be given.
|Resolution 4 would give all voting delegates £40 towards their expenses for attending the National AGM.
||We want to encourage more clubs to attend and listen to the debate but they fear that no more people would attend and we would only be spending another £8k on those who already attend to subsidise their weekend away. We do need to do something to encourage greater participation but this may not be the right solution.
|Resolution 5 – proposal to undertake a survey to ask members if they wish to continue receiving a National Magazine.
||Various pros an cons of the magazine. There was a survey last year and 86% of respondent voted to keep it so they don’t see the point of another survey
|Resolution 6 is simply a request to have all future carried resolutions to be included in the Associations Constitution & Rules without exception within 30 days of the AGM so they are easier to find.
|Resolution 7 is a request for the Association’s Reserve Policy to be included in the Association’s Constitution and Rules.
||Yes we should know what our policy is and enforce it but this is not a constitutional matter.
|Resolution 8 is a request to remove outdated wording relating to Corporate Responsibility for all members of National Council to allow them to express alternative views to other people on the national council
|Resolution 9 is trying to stop past national presidents from standing for other national posts.
||We do need new blood of course but we should not be precluding people with experience. I think this is aimed at a specific individual as no-one can remember a single past president who has stood for another national post afterwards.
|Resolution 10 would require at least half of those who are present and eligible to vote at National Council meetings to vote in favour of the matter to provide an overall majority to allow it to go forward.
||The only problem with this is that abstentions would count the same as a no vote