The future of the Reepham Society will be discussed at a meeting on 9 April. A new committee and officers will need to be elected at the Annual General Meeting otherwise the Society could face dissolution.
Jolyon Booth, former chairman and a long-time Reepham Society enthusiast and supporter, has written to all current members, explaining that at an emergency committee meeting on 11 February, six committee members felt they “had no alternative but to stand down”.
He added that all these committee members “remain deeply committed to the core aims and well-being of the Reepham Society” and that they had taken this course of action “with great reluctance, principally because a colleague has made it clear there is a feeling within the Society that the committee no longer speaks for the interests and concerns of the majority of the members”.
The committee is thus no longer quorate and is therefore unable to represent the Society to the Charity Commissioners who, under these circumstances, require an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society to be held, so that a new committee and officers can be elected.
As the AGM is already scheduled for 9 April, members are being urged to put themselves forward for election for the posts of secretary, treasurer, chair and vice-chair, and as general committee members, including the vital role of membership secretary.
The former secretary, Annie Blunsden, has agreed to receive nominations. Please make sure that the person you nominate has agreed to their name being put forward and then send your nomination papers (which all members should have received by post) to Annie at 40 Ollands Road, Reepham NR10 4EJ by 21 March 2013. Nominations can be made by and for anyone joining the Society before that date.
If no nominations are received, or it is not possible to fill the officer posts by election at the AGM, then members will be notified of an Extraordinary General Meeting, which must be held in order to dissolve the Reepham Society and resolve all its affairs.
Mr Booth is encouraging all members to attend the AGM, "so that we can work together to secure a future for a society which so many of you have supported and, we believe, valued in the past”.
The Reepham Society AGM will be held at 8.30 pm on 9 April in St Michael’s, Reepham. It will be preceded by a talk by Richard Barham on Norfolk Churches at 7.30 pm. While anyone can come to hear the talk, only Society members may attend the AGM.
Meanwhile, anyone wishing to join the Reepham Society before the AGM should contact: Jolyon Booth, 50 Bircham Road, Reepham NR10 4NQ. Tel: 01603 871181. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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