MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
at 11 a.m. on Saturday 20th September 2003
31 members were present and more than 20 guests. Although many people left after the speech by the main guest, 20 members remained until the end of the meeting.
|Welcome by Chair
Bill Evans welcomed special guests Andy King MP, Brian and Claire Linton from the Olney-Newton Link, Marianne Pemagbi from the Sisters Community Delivery Health Centre Bo, Rosemary Clarkson formerly from the School for the Deaf in Freetown, Jariatu Sankoh from Freetown, and Marc Kantungeko from Burundi. He then welcomed and introduced our speaker Lord Frank Judd. A synopsis of the speech is appended.
Mrs Hawa Sumner SL High Commission, James Plaskitt MP, Michael Cashman MEP, Liz Lynn MEP, Margaret Begg, Des Garvey Nepean Outreach to the World, Janie Barrett CEO, WDC, Gian Clare Secretary Warwick UNA, Nigel Roberts, John Francis, Patrick Sesay, Marion Myers, Richard Scott-Herridge
Minutes of last annual meeting
These were accepted as a true record
There were no matters arising
Letter from James Plaskitt expressing his concern at the breakdown of the talks in Cancun (WTO) and saying that he will press the Government to achieve trade reform
John McFarlane presented the accounts for the year April 2002 to April 2003. During this year there was major expenditure on the Community Centre Project and Shipping the container amounting to nearly £27K. He explained that the loans of £3000 are in connection with the Community Centre. Subscriptions and donation income was low. However income this year has gone up significantly and one loan of £500 has been remitted. The meeting's thanks were expressed to John, The approval of the accounts was proposed by Janet Alty and seconded by Myf Hodkin and approved unanimously.
Bill Evans introduced
his report. He said there had been
several promising developments over the year, the community centre was
being built, communication is much better. The consequence is more work,
and we need to recruit more active members and in particular we need people
to act as membership secretary, promoter, and fund raiser. We also need
to encourage more visitors from Bo. He thanked the British Council for
its support. He thanked John Myers, Secretary for his work and all the
committee members who have worked so hard. He then invited sub-group convenors
|Election of Officers
The following were elected: Chairperson - Bill Evans, Secretary - John Myers, Treasurer - John McFarlane. There were no nominations for Membership Secretary. Jane Knight will give it some thought. The job description will be sent to the CVS Volunteer Bureau.
Election of Committee
John Myers proposed that all existing committee members be re-elected. He said that 2 new people had indicated interest in joining the committee and suggested that they be considered by the committee for co-option into 2 of the 3 vacant places available for co-option. This was agreed.
Action - the meeting agreed to support the Amnesty International call
displayed on a table in the room that Charles Taylor should be brought
before the special court in Sierra Leone.
This is the first time the Annual Meeting has been held at Bath Place Community Venture; it was felt to be a satisfactory venue generally
The meeting ended
Lord Frank Judd addressed
an audience of over 50 people at the One World Link Annual Meeting in
Leamington on Saturday. He moved them with an eloquent but hard hitting
view of the world drawn from his experiences in Voluntary Service, Overseas
Development, and Politics. A significant source of his learning, he said,
comes from the University of Life.