It was our Annual Meeting(AM), where members were able to vote for the committee and president for 2016/2017.
Jane Bird ( our WI advisor), oversaw the procedures. The meeting started with a rendition of Jerusalem , then a brief talk from Sally Muylders from the Forest Gate Festival committee, about raising funds for the Forest Gate Festival via Crowd Funding.
The nominations for the committee were read out.
Adzovi Nyanyo, Andrea Mercer, Hellen Stack, Karen Kershaw, Kathy Lancaster, Laura Glendinning, Sally King, Sarah Jaggs, Stella Wybron and Wendy Levis are the committee members for 2016/2017. ( There were a couple of members who were not at the meeting, who can be co-opted onto the committee). They will be announced soon.
Stella read the financial report, and explained that the report was still with the accountant. She went on to explain that there was another account which was used to make donations to local organisations, and to fund the 10 bursaries for members who would not normally be able to afford to join the WI.
The funds were raised via the cake stall, the Big Lunch and the Harvest Stomp.
The local groups were Churches FoodBank, Forest Gate Community Garden, and Lola’s. Homeless.
The final report will be ready for members at the May Meeting.
Adzovi read the Annual report, which touched on the last twelve months ( including the visit to Buckingham Palace, Adzovi’s visit to the AM at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of HM the Queen, and our Centenary party.)
The last part of the meeting was to vote for president. Adzovi was voted by members so will be president for the next twelve months.
Finally, we had a guess the baby competition, which was good fun.( It was quite difficult to match the photos to the members who’d participated.
We’d like to thank Jane for coming to oversee the meeting, and here’s to yet another successful year( this year being special, as it’s our 5th Birthday in October.)
PLEASE NOTE, NEXT YEAR’S ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE ON TUESDAY 4TH APRIL 2017.