Update From Committee Meeting 16th Jan
The club committee met last night (16th Jan), where the key agenda item was of course the pending resignation of a couple of committee members at next month's AGM, and the battle to find replacements.
Whilst we were unable to find anyone that wanted to take over the Chairmanship for the long term, club founding member Alan Dean has agreed to step in as a "caretaker manager" and will undertake the role of the Chairperson until such a time as we can secure a more permanent solution.
This generous act by Alan (who essentially retired from running the club a number of years ago in order to hand off to the next generation) will ensure the immediate future of the club beyond next month's AGM, but I want to be very clear that this is an interim solution - we still have the issue of a permanent Chairperson to resolve. It is not Alan's intention to take on the role indefinitely, it is purely to take us beyond the AGM when Dave Edwardson is due to step down.
The hunt for a permanent Chairperson will continue over the coming weeks and months, but at least the prospect of club dissolution in a few weeks has been averted.
Treasurer Sean Constable will also be standing down, and some other committee members are seeking to reduce their committment due to real life issues.
The following reorganisation of the committee is therefore being proposed to take us beyond the AGM, and members will of course be able to vote on the proposals at the AGM - though given the absence of any alternative solution, I would hope that the proposals pass without issue.
Interim Chairman - Alan Dean
Club Secretary - Christine Beedham
Club Treasurer - Ian Sprott (Ian will also remain Competition Secretary)
Programme Secretary - Bernard Booth
Publicity and marketing - Helen Greenwood
IT Support / Webmaster - Lawry Simm
Christine and Helen will also help to take on some of the IT functions such as mangement of newsletters and social media presence as my next 12 months are extremely challenging, and whilst I don't want to step down completely, I will need some assistance in the short term.
As you can see the size of the committee will reduce, so there is definitely scope for anyone to join us as a "general committee member" to assist with various tasks - perhaps suitable for someone that would like to be involved but couldn't quite commit to the Chairperson role. pretty much all of the existing committee members with named roles have spent a period of time as a general committee member first, to see how it works, get involved, and ultimately get a feel for which named role (if any) they would like to take on.
Please let us know if you would like to join the committee - the next meeting cycle will be arranged and anounced following the AGM should the proposed committee be re-elected.
Aside from all of the committee shenanigans, progress was made on next year's programme. Usually we would be further along by now, with speakers confirmed and bookings made etc. but due to the fact we couldn't confirm the club would exist beyond the AGM, we are a little bit behind where we usually are. I would hope that come the AGM we will have more of the programme firmed up (as it's at the AGM that we generally announce the forthcoming programme and update the website immediately thereafter). The programme is still fluid and adaptable, so if you have any ideas for what you would like, places to visit, speakers you are aware of that could give an interesting and different presentation to the club, please let us know (Bernard being the key contact for programme matters).
The club's financial position is healthy compared to where we were immediately before the move to Winwick, when we were potentially looking at becoming insolvent, so our only real pressing issue was the committee. With that being resolved at least for now, the club can look forward to another good year of interesting guest speakers, competitions, studio nights and location shoots.
On the whole it was a very positive meeting, and thanks once again to Alan for stepping up to help.