Greetings. The AGM was organised excellently by Keith Coates, the outgoing Chairman, and Marion Kershaw was returned as Secretary, Dinah Kenworthy as Membership Secretary, and Ernie Rogan became Chairman, there being no other nominations.
So, I am privileged to be the 7th Chairman of U3A Todmorden. Keith has written some words about his 2 years in office. These are attached. Keith has steered a straight course for us the last couple of years and the thanks of the committee go to him for his sterling work. Our membership now totals over 460. Fortunately Keith has agreed to to remain as a co-opted member of the committee, so we will not lose his expertise and experience.
Leaving the committee are Margaret Gunnill, our former Membership Secretary, Liz Hurst, who has been helping our Treasurer, and Jean Pearson, a long time committee member, former Vice Chair and Chair. We will miss their valuable contributions.
We now have a vacancy for Vice Chair and a nomination form and details are attached (for return by July 7th).
Our speaker today, Dr Frank Nicholson gave us a fascinating and detailed presentation into the difficulties of mining ore in Canada. The permafrost causes great problems, as does working in temperatures of minus 15 and below. Dr Nicholson described the growth of the town of Schefferville, around which were huge deposits of iron ore. At its height over 12 million tonnes of ore were mined every year.
On behalf of the committee, thanks to all members for their participation this year and we look forward to the new challenges ahead.
Our next members’ meeting will be on Thursday, 21 July, when David Gilman will be speaking about “Volunteer building projects in Guatemala and Palestine”. Prior to the Members’ Meeting an Emergency General Meeting will be held to elect a new Vice-Chair.
Ernie Rogan, Chairman