Annual General Meeting 19 June 2014: Chairman’s report

Jean Pearson
Jean Pearson

Each month, at our members’ meetings, there have been comprehensive reports about current and future developments. These reports have also been circulated to our members either by email or through the post and they always appear on our website. Since January the Minutes of the monthly Committee meetings have been available on our website, too.

So everyone has been kept informed of everything going on in U3A Todmorden!

As you all know, therefore, U3A Tod continues to flourish – in April there were 370 members – in six years that has grown from the original 40 members! All our Special Interest Groups are well attended and so, too, are our members’ monthly meetings – usually attracting an attendance of over 100 members. We have enjoyed excellent talks by our guest speakers and we have more talks in place up to November with our usual special members’ meeting in December – the newProgramme of Members’ Meetings is available today.

Last August we all mourned the sudden death of our esteemed Chairman – David Cross – who has been very sadly missed. As a result the Committee appointed the Vice-Chairman to act as Chairman until the AGM today.

We enjoyed an extremely well-organised and highly successful U3A Tod Coffee Morning in September when over 100 people came to see our exhibition and we gained many new members as a result. Most of our Convenors attended and they were able to provide information about our Special Interest Groups.

U3A Tod continues to maintain links with our neighbouring U3As in Burnley and Clitheroe and the next meeting of representatives will take place in September – here in Todmorden.

U3A Tod was represented in May at the Todmorden Mayor’s Day and we have been invited to give a short talk about U3A Tod at the AGM of Age UK (Todmorden) in early July.

We are eagerly awaiting the visit to U3A Tod of Barbara Lewis – U3A National Chairman – who will be our guest speaker on the 18th September and we are also planning our annual Coffee Morning and Exhibition on that day as well. In December our Photography Group will again hold an exhibition at the Todmorden Tourist Information Centre.

Keith Coates has now completed his term of Office of two years as Treasurer.

As Secretary Anne Foster has now completed her two years in that Office.

Thank you to Keith and to Anne.

Our Assistant Secretary – Sarah Pennie – has served for two years and is now leaving Committee.

Peter Gibson – has completed three years on Committee as our Database Controller and Technical Officer.

Sue Thornton was co-opted onto Committee last June for one year to provide a link between Committee and speaker-finding.

Ernie Rogan – accepted our invitation to be co-opted back onto Committee last September.

Thank you to Sarah, Peter, Sue and Ernie.

When our new Committee is in place today we can all look forward to the continuing success of U3A Tod.

U3A Todmorden really is much greater than the sum of its parts!

Jean A Pearson – Chairman – U3A Todmorden – 19th June, 2014