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Committee Meeting May 2018

The committee met on May 2nd 2018. Barrie welcomed the new committee members, Angela Cornish the Webmaster, Sandra Green the Minutes Secretary and Mark Jackson the Business Secretary. There were no apologies.

It was agreed that Andy Smart the speaker at the AGM was an excellent choice. The minutes of the AGM were agreed and 197 members attended the meeting. Speakers are currently booked for the remainder of the year.

Angela the new webmaster appreciated the support from Sue Spolton during the transition. She suggested that we update the Policies and Documents section of the website adding the Hucknall U3A constitution and the AGM minutes. Some Interest Groups website information would also benefit from updating.

The financial accounts for March, previously circulated, were discussed and Christine reports a slight increase in room hire charges at both JGC and the Leisure Centre. She is also in a dialogue with the bank around a form of online banking as many of our providers are moving away from cheques.

Philip, the Equipment manager confirmed that we keep a record of all our equipment and its whereabouts.

David is currently setting up some workshops and ‘one session’ interactive talks to complement the Interest Groups and the monthly speaker.

Siobhan supported Angela’s observations about some group information being dated and will comment on this at the Group Leaders meeting tomorrow Thursday 3rd at 12.30 when the guidance booklet will be made available to all group leaders.

Marguerite reported that membership stands at 453 with 11 on the waiting list. 16 new members joined last month and Alan Snape has been busy with support and guidance for them. The database of members is planned to be password access only.

Mark has been researching Data Protection and the Beacon System adopted by several U3A’s. More information on this will be available at a later date after some committee members have been shown some elements of Beacon as used by Carlton and Gedling U3A. Mark, Siobhan and Marguerite took part in a ‘Keeping it Legal’ training event in Birmingham on the 1st May.

Discussions about possible changes to the format of the monthly were initiated and will continue in subsequent months.

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Chairman's Message January 2018

A Happy and Healthy New Year and 2018 to all our members and their families.
We certainly finished 2017 with a flourish starting with the ever popular lunch and social on the 4th December followed by the Showcase event on the 13th. The inaugural Showcase last year was a great success attended by about 150 members. This year building on that success 220 members attended to be royally entertained by colleagues across a range of Interest Groups. This event has become a permanent fixture on our calendar.
Our thanks are extended to all who took part and to Siobhan for coordinating the programme. It was the annual Christmas Tree display in St Mary’s church from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th when for the 2nd consecutive year Hucknall and District U3A were announced the winners of the Senior section competition with Hillside Primary school retaining the Junior title.
Many members visited to see the really innovative and creative trees on display and this year we were up against some stiff competition.
Our tree was made by the Reading Group from recycled books and I have been told in confidence that they got through a almost a whole library full in the search for perfection!

Siobhan ,Cath Richardson, Kate Jackson and Sandra Green with the triumphant tree. Not in the photo are Angela Underwood, Margaret White and Alan Lee who were also involved in designing and making the tree.

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Hucknall Leisure Centre Parking Warning

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AGM Summary

The 9th Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 12th April at Hucknall Leisure Centre.
The minutes of the 2016 AGM were agreed as a true record.
The committee proposed that our Business Secretary Barrie Saunders to be appointed as the 2nd Vice Chair. This proposal was passed by the members present.
Our financial scrutiniser, Chartered Accountant Geoff Cree summarised the accounts from January 2017 to December 2017 reporting a surplus for that period of £2017.15.
The summary of the accounts was accepted by the meeting. Our thanks were extended to Geoff who carries out this professional task as a willing volunteer.
This was followed by the Chairman’s report which is included with this newsletter.
And lastly:
Hucknall U3A started and now flourishes thanks to the hard work and dedication of a small group of volunteers and we now have 415 members and 48 interest groups.
A key member of that initial group was John Ellis who was also our second Chairman.
He continues to be very proactive as an energetic and popular Chair of the Social Sub-Committee.
John’s continued work, energy and dedication was acknowledged at the AGM by the membership who were pleased to make him our first honorary president.
His official badge of honour was presented by Dianne White whose late husband Richard was our first ever chairman and a member of the start up group with John.
John responded with a heartfelt moving speech that was warmly applauded by the meeting.
David Rose Chairman Hucknall U3A

John and Diane


John addressing the meeting

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AGM Chairman's Report

Annual report from the Chair 2017

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