2019-2020 - Chairman - Rex Smith
The one innovation I started was the
monthly “what’s coming up” email. Ten months of normality with more stuff
and contact with Table. Great meetings, a wonderful Ladies Night, a visit to
Madrid, a National 41 Car Rally and many, many more. Then the most
extraordinary pandemic swamped us. In March we were locked down and after a
few stutters moved to Zoom and an agreement with Vice Chair Bruce for me to
carry on for about half the year and Bruce to do the next six months and the
following year. We are nowhere near back to normal, but I thank all those in
the committee who have stayed in post since the pandemic hit us.
Increasingly I am becoming concerned about the effect on our mental health
of the social distancing now commonplace. One of our members has resigned
with just such a problem and it is evident that this will get worse rather
than better as we go into the winter. In my view we must use every
opportunity to meet within whatever rules we live under.
Handing the baton to Bruce I wish him well and will do all I can to help.
I shall write no more as I doubt anyone will read it anyway!
Vice Chairman’s report:
VC is the easiest Job on the SLK Committee so, ‘If
you want something to do in 22’ please
let me or Tim know.
Memories of the last 18 months have been overshadowed by COVID 19 but my
outstanding memories are our last canal trip with a tunnel that seemed to go
on forever and the Chairman’s BBQ where the team of chefs did an excellent
job. The Christmas Party superbly organised by Paul and Flick also stands
out with Alex’s dodgy singing putting a smile on many peoples’ faces.
WhatsApp and ZOOM have at times been interesting but kept us all in contact,
though at times content may need some self-censorship.
Immediate Past Chairman’s report:
Director of Finance Report:
Report for 2019/2020 from Tony:
The year produced a small surplus for the year of £164 compared to a
budgeted deficit of £833,
a difference of £997
The major reasons for the difference
between the budgeted and actual numbers are:
Savings on meals
This is an amount that includes the amounts received from guests and
reflects the fact thatnumbers booked in were lower than budgeted.
As regards attendance the saving is
because there are 7 members who have attended 2or fewer meetings at St
Johns, one of whom has no resigned.
We also budgeted for Round Table
Chairman to attend all the meetings at a cost of £150 but Mike Edwards
has only managed to attend 2, thereby saving £100
Surplus on Social Events
There were surpluses on a number of Social Events the largest of which
was Ladies Night which made £120.
Savings on cost of speakers
We budgeted to have a very good magician, which we did have but we did
not need to spend as much as we thought we would need to
Budget for 2020/2021
The budget scenarios are based on all meetings being Pay As You Go as
members may be reluctant to attend indoor meetings due to Covid
It is proposed to set a budget of £25
which would give a deficit of £183
Entertainment Officers’ report
From Martin and Colin:
Visit to the Lockup in Birmingham
Visit to the Police museum in Coventry
Visit to the whistle factory
Outdoor Go Karting / Shooting
Virtual Reality experience
and Wales Weekend.
Sports Officer’s Report:
Nil Report from Andy
International Officer’s report:
Peter Williams reports it had been generally agreed that an enjoyable visit
had been made to Madrid. Thanks must go to Dennis for organising a splendid
luncheon in a Parador overlooking Toledo. Also, thanks to Keith for the
travel and accommodation arrangements.
And everybody behaved themselves as true ambassadors should!
Journal Officer’s report:
Speaker Secretary’s report:
In brief, Barry was pleased to have provided a variety of speakers
throughout the year. He cannot remember who they all were but perhaps
members can fill in the two blanks:
June - Viking Cruises courtesy of Dick and Shirley Tangent
July - Cannot recollect – it must have been memorable!
Sept - Ditto
November - Magician and Peter Davies on the Rugby World Cup
January - Claire Henley the artist – quite a few purchases were made on the
March - Fieldings Auctioneers – he has had subsequent enquires from members
It has been a rather unusual last 6 or 7 months with only Zoom meetings to
report which don't really make good web reports! However, I was sent a few
items for the 10 months or so of 'normal time' before that ... whatever that
was! Those reports and pictures have been included on the website.
According to Chris, therefore, check the SLK website and, in the words of
his partial namesake, Sir Christopher Wren “Si monumentum requiris
circumspice”. Chris goes on to say that “the website is really only as good
as the content on it, and if I don't receive anything it is difficult to
make stuff up! PLEASE send me stuff, and I will try to include it! I do have
some ideas for a new format layout (while maintaining access to the old
archive of events etc) but I cannot really get this started without
SOMETHING to go on/in it!”
Meals Secretary’s report:
If I am re-elected as meals monitor, I will not be using PollsEZ to take
bookings for future meetings