14th January was our AGM and elections for the committee for the forthcoming year, and had a guest in the form of Maria Hughes of the Birmingham LGBT centre to act as returning officer. We had some emotional speeches from resigning and prospective officers – well, we are a drama group…
Our out-going chair, Tom made a moving speech, stating that he hadn’t been the chair he’d wanted to be, but the chair he could have been in the annus horribilis that was 2020 (due to working on the coalface of the NHS). To demonstrate our gratitude, the group gave him an Amazon gift voucher.
The story of 2020 was next told via graph form in terms of group attendance, as it ebbed and flowed in line with our freedoms and their being curtailed. However, as we have not been able to put on any productions, we have had scant outgoing expenses, but have earned £162.48 via Easyfundraiser app.
If (like Maria was until we put her right) you are unaware of what this is, it basically does what it says on the tin and is an easy way of raising funds for a charity of choice when making on-line purchases, and by going via https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk and, hey presto, “money for nothing”!
Candidates were then placed into zoom breakout rooms while voting took place (with the exception of the person who had set up the meeting, who for sake of ease, literally went into another room within their home). All officers were voted in unanimously.
The committee now comprises of:
Chair: Sarah J
Treasurer: Chris B
Non portfolio members: Haina, Matt and Sarah S