Branch AGM and get together Weds 16th February 2022 18.00


Branch AGM and get together Weds 16th February 2022 18.00
Branch AGM and get together Weds 16th February 2022 18.00

Annual General Meeting

Hi!  Our Annual General Meeting is coming up.  Write in your diaries now 18.00 16th February 2022. Full and associate members welcome but only full members get to vote (sorry).

The venue is pretty exciting.  It’s a beautiful building in Audley Square and we will be the guests of the University Women’s Club.  It’s worth attending just to have the chance to look around and, of course, to meet up with other members and have a good chat over a drink in a warm and cosy room.  There will be a bar available (drinks to be pre-ordered) you can order food too. We are looking into setting up a screen to Zoom in members who do not want to attend in person.  The address is: 

The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB. It’s close to Hyde Park Corner and Green Park tubes.

We have Marie Heracleous to thank for setting this up for us. 

  We need to elect a new committee.  I attach a list detailing what each committee member does.  Is there a job you think you would be interested in taking on?  If so, just drop me a line saying you might be interested.  I need to hear from you by 1st February.  Please also give me the name of a proposer and seconder.  Even if you don’t want to take it on this year, you could ask to be involved as apprentice for a couple of months with a view to taking something on in future years. 

The people currently in post are mostly happy to stay on for another year or so, but next year we’ll have a few gaps.  The figure at the end of each description indicates the year when the current occupant is due to retire. The situation with the co-opted members is more flexible.

We will also fill you in on what we have done as a branch over the past couple of years.  Once again, we need your ideas here.  What would you like to see us doing, or is there a way you’d like the existing programme tweaked so that it would easier/more interesting for you to take part? 

If you want to put a proposal to the meeting, to be included on the agenda, let me know by 18th January and give me the name of a seconder. But we’d also be happy to take ideas from the floor.

Would you be interested in running a walk or two for the branch?  We are discussing bringing in a training and support programme for new walk leaders and we’d love to have you on board.  You won’t be left on your own at the beginning (unless you feel 100% confident).

Cheers, Minna (secretary to the London branch of LDWA)  london@ldwa.org.uk

 

Chair To run the committee meetings. To ensure follow up on strategies agreed in each meeting. To act as the branch representative in advertising or explaining activities. To maintain an overview of branch activities and the direction the branch is taking. To liaise with the National Executive Committee. The Chair holds a casting vote. (22)

Treasurer. To collate and keep an eye on the money coming in and out of the Branch accounts.  To prepare regular accounts to present to the committee. To advise the committee as to whether projects are financially viable and as to any financial developments they need to discuss.   To liaise with the bank, the independent auditor and other people whose help and opinion is needed in order to keep the accounts in order. (23)

 Secretary  to consult with other committee members as to the dates of committee meetings.  To remind members of upcoming meetings and to circulate an agenda, draft minutes for each such meeting together with supporting documents.  To prepare each agenda. To record the minutes of each meeting. With the Chair, to ensure follow up on strategies agreed in each meeting. To arrange the Annual General Meeting and issue appropriate papers and notices.(23)

Walks Secretary to liaise with walk leaders and in conjunction with them to organize  a programme of walks for members of the branch.  In conjunction with the webmaster, the newsletter editor, the national association and the magazine, Strider, to advertise that programme. (22)

Web-master To maintain the London group website, updating and adding pages when necessary, plus liaising with the challenge organizers for pages appertaining to their events, and with walk leaders for reports and photos of social walks. Keeping the Walks Database up to date. Also administration of the Group Facebook page. (22)

Newsletter Editor To prepare a brief weekly newsletter that advertises the branch activities in the coming week, and activities organized by other branches that would be of interest to our members.  The newsletter  also reflects on recent branch activities or those of members and on items of mutual interest. To circulate this to all members. (24)

Social Secretary to organize additional activities for branch members with an emphasis on socializing or weekends away for two or more days of walking in a particular area. (22)

Members co-opted by committee

Capital Challenge Organizer To plan and run the annual Capital Challenge event. To prepare a budget and submit this to the Committee. To recruit the necessary volunteers to run the event, to organize the necessary venues for the start and finish of the event and the checkpoints.  To source the necessary materials to run the event. To report to the Committee after the event.(22)

Founders’ Challenge Organizer To plan and run the annual Founders’ Challenge event. To prepare a budget and submit this to the Committee. To recruit the necessary volunteers to run the event, to organize the necessary venues for the start and finish of the event and the checkpoints.  To source the necessary materials to run the event.  To report to the Committee after the event.

Liaison with other like-minded organisations.  Creating a walking ethos and expanding and improving the network of footpaths across London is a job no one organisation can take on alone.  The LDWA has important experience and insight into how to take this project forward.  At present we are liaising with The National Trust, The Ramblers, Inspiral London, the Council for the Preservation of Rural England.  Taking on this role involves attending regular group meetings and drawing in appropriate experience from our members.

 

London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London