NEWS UPDATE: Date of Focal Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Focal for 2019 is planned for Monday 23-Sep-19 from 7:30 pm at Church House.

Copies of the Report and Accounts for 2018/19, together with the minutes of the 2018 AGM and an Agenda for the 2019 meeting will be sent to all Friends of the Library who are eligible to attend.

Nominations to the Executive take place at the AGM and we need some new members to bring a different perspective and new ideas to the board.  Nominations for those under 18 are allowed under our Constitution and are welcome to give us as broad an age range as possible.

No need to book; just come along.


NEWS UPDATE - Changes in the Executive

John Prentice

John Prentice has resigned from the Executive and as Treasurer on health grounds.  John has been a tower of strength to us, keeping our finances in good order, reporting monthly on them and generally supporting many Focal activities.  We shall miss his wise counsel and support and wish him well in overcoming his present illness.

The post of Secretary has been vacant since Peter Britton moved back to Yorkshire and we have missed his enthusiasm and varied ideas for supporting our aims.  Keith R Mitchell is acting as Secretary until a new appointment is made and prepares agendas and minutes for meetings.  However, the good news is that Su Bullus has volunteered to take on this role in 2020 when she retires from employment.

Further good news is that Stuart Phipps will take on the roles of Treasurer and of Membership Secretary.  Stuart is an IT expert and will be using computer software to maintain financial records and to improve our membership recruitment and retention. He starts from a strong base because John Prentice maintained good records of our finances which he is passing on to Stuart.