AGM May 2013

Minutes of the AGM Thursday 2 May 2013

Click on the link to read the Minutes of the second Annual General Meeting of the Beeston U3A Held on Thursday 2 May 2013

Chairman’s Report.

Haydn Boothroyd, Acting Chairman, reviewed the past year which he said could be characterised as one of steady growth and consolidation. We continue to enrol new members each month and have also added 11 new interest groups. In addition, several particularly popular groups are full and have waiting lists. Second groups could provide the solution and to date a second Lunch Club is being set up.

The committee is always willing to consider new interest groups but with those suggestions must come a willingness to act as group leader. All

Group Leaders were thanked together with Jim for his nurturing of the new groups and his decision to stay on as group co-ordinator.

Several members of the committee had represented our U3A at meetings, of the Notts. Network, Beeston, Long Eaton and Ilkeston Cluster Group, East Midland Regional Conference and the national AGM.

During the year our U3A has been recognised by HMRC for tax purposes which means we can reclaim Gift Aid. A parallel application to the Charity Commissioners for recognition awaits completion by the new committee.

Marie Potts was especially recognised for her sterling work as Newsletter Editor and her outstanding work in setting up the Beeston Buddies for members who are on their own and also the New Members Coffee Morning.

Liz Barnes was responsible for our joining the national postal scheme which means we can all receive the national magazine, Third Age Matters by post.

Jane was thanked for organising a very successful indoor party for the Queens Jubilee which also launched the career of BUGS – Beeston Ukulele Group and she brought to the church the play ” A Nottingham Lad” in the autumn. Jane, Douglas MacDonald and Alan Windsor organised a Ceilidh which was a roaring success despite it’s being held on the Saturday of the big snow in March 2013. Jane has also been responsible for the meeters/greeters teams who are there to make newcomers feel at home and chatting to them when Sheila and her teams of tea/coffee ladies refresh us at half time.

Lucy organised a trip to Chatsworth House at Christmas which was very much enjoyed and there are many more in the pipeline, plus all the interesting speakers she sources for our monthly open meetings.

Helen Stewart was co-opted onto the committee and has allowed her name to go forward for the office of Vice Chairman.

Sue Cotton who was our first chairman was thanked for stepping up and helping to get the Beeston U3A started.

Anne Allery has helped keep the finances on the straight and narrow and her work is greatly appreciated.

Judy Lloyd proposed and Carl Jackson seconded that the report be approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Anne Allery, the Treasurer, presented the accounts for Beeston U3A for the year ending 31 March 2013. These accounts were approved by the members. Click on the links to see the accounts.

Beeston U3A Year End 31st March 2013 Accounts for the General Fund

Note: Subscriptions are included for 235 members paying in advance for 2013/2014.

Beeston U3A Year End 31st March 2013 Accounts for the Social Fund

Note: The Social Fund Account Statement only shows money collected from and disbursed on behalf of groups by the Treasurer. It does not deal with individual Group accounts where funds are kept below £50 at any one time.