LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN 


The AGM  
is over for another year and I thank all of the members who made the effort to attend. It was an occasion to thank four volunteers who are retiring from their posts which they had held for many years. They enabled the Centre to function efficiently and with financial prudence for the benefit of both existing and new members. A report on their contributions will be found elsewhere in this newsletter (see next item).
We also welcomed two new officers to fill the key posts of Membership Secretary and Treasurer. They are Paula Ware and Simon Sheldon. We welcome their support and enthusiasm and look forward to a long working relationship.
Just as we were thinking that we have a period of relative calm we have news that Frank Aspland wishes to retire from the production of the newsletter. He has been undertaking this task for many years. His decision is totally understandable and it has set our newsletter editor Peter Walker a further task to be the point of contact for any possible volunteer. He is also contacting a local volunteering website and writing a piece for us in this newsletter.
Frank receives reports and transforms them into our Newsletter. Other volunteers arrange printing, email and delivery. Although we have email contact with some members and the website, the Newsletter remains the key method for communication with you and is very important to us.
Peter Walker has made it plain that the task of finding a volunteer needs the active support and help of all members to cajole, encourage (but not bore rigid) friends, relatives or colleagues into considering this role. Please help out if you can!  Frank is prepared to mentor any volunteers in the system he operates and Peter Walker will be on hand to help out.  Bill Cronin.

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 The AGM of the Centre took place at Sacred Hearts Church Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham on Saturday 25th March 2017 at 2.30pm. During the AGM the President of the Centre, Michael Forster-Smith, acknowledged the help and support of four retiring volunteers who have given long service to the organisation.

Andrew Ellis, Treasurer, has been a member of the Centre since 1966 and has just completed his second term as Treasurer. His meticulous attention to detail and presentation of annual financial reports has been very helpful to the Centre. This is in spite of him having to deal with quite long periods of ill health in recent years.

Doreen Cook, the former Membership Secretary, volunteered at this post for 26 years. She must have been responsible for signing up hundreds of members and kept meticulous records of all of them. She is also a former committee member over several years.

Joan Wendon, the organiser of newsletter distribution, took over this post in 1991. At one stage all of the newsletters were delivered by hand to over a thousand members and Joan managed this major exercise. Again, Joan is a former committee member.

June Stroud of the Lectures Sub-Committee was unable to attend the meeting. She has been a member since the mid-1990s and for a period was the Secretary to the Lectures Sub-Committee and has carried out a number of other roles for the Centre. Her most recent roles were welcoming members to the lectures and helping with the Newsletter preparation.

                

               Retirees at the AGM, L-R  Andrew Ellis, Doreen Cook & Joan Wendon, pictured with our 

               President  Michael Forster-Smith.       

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