The NRA meeting in September was the Association’s AGM, but in the event only part of the AGM business was concluded, and the AGM was adjourned, to recommence at the October meeting. Unfortunately the Association accounts had not been received from the auditor and so could not be presented.
Claire Pettigrew presented her Presidents’ Report, and was thanked for all her efforts and achievements during the year.
Election of Officers:
President – there were no nominations. Claire has decided not to stand again as she has more demands on her time now with a full-time job. [27/10//15 – Update -at the second part of the AGM at the October meeting Rhona Carson was nominated for President and accepted the role.]
Secretary – Rhona Carson
Treasurer – Peter Frater, in absentia, subject to his agreement
Vice-President – James Coyle (no nominees for the other 2 possible VP roles)
Past President – Claire Pettigrew
Executive – Carol Comber, Kevin Lethbridge, Steve Dunn, Cheryl Robilliard, Jeanie McCafferty, Steve Cosgrove, Effie Rankin, Martin Hanley.
Steve Cosgrove moved, Rhona Carson seconded, that the people nominated be declared elected unopposed. Carried.
Newtown Festival Appointments
Festival Director: Martin Hanley
Festival Committee: Anna Kemble Welch, James Coyle, Tom Law, Rhona Carson
Festival Review Team: Steve Dunn, Peter Frater (if he continues as Treasurer), Claire Pettigrew – with power to co-opt. Ken Allen said he could be willing to be co-opted.
The AGM was adjourned before the Festival business was concluded; to be continued in October.
Other Business – included a discussion about “Safety on our Streets” prompted by concerns about about men begging for money and hanging around the ATMs intimidating people. Jono Sharp from the Police responded to this, saying that the Police are doing what they can, and advising people to speak to the Police if they are having trouble.
See the meeting minutes for more details of the above topics.