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General Annoucement

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General Annoucement

Jez Fairclough

I regret to inform the membership that in the last week, the Council has been depleted yet again by the resignation of the Secretary for family and work reasons.

The Secretary covered the membership process alongside the organisation of meetings.

This brings the total number of Council members down to three out of a possible eight.

Running the organisation with four members was in the long term unsustainable, with three it is nigh impossible.

When the Vice President ceased to take part earlier this year, without a word or a response to our many efforts at communication, he took with him the documentation, the financial papers and many of the passwords. This involved much hard work in rebuilding the framework, changing mandates and re-scheduling processes. I had stepped back due to my battle with the effects of advanced diabetes and had expected to retire before the AGM which has been necessarily delayed while we carried out the above.

The fact is that for those of you that remember the days of a full committee under the presidency of Tony Barnes, who tragically passed away suddenly in 2014, it was a time when at least two out of the eight members were either not in work or fully retired with the time to put their full efforts into running and expanding the Network. There were also a large number of supporting volunteers.

For me as President, Jez as Media and Chris as Marketing, it is a different matter. We are all three in full time work, we all work weekends and/or shifts and we all have family commitments. Volunteers have drifted away. Apathy may play a part, as will work and family commitments.

The GCN has a secure financial base, a membership process that works and a well-designed website and good relationships with the retail side of the hobby. It is a well-trimmed ship without a crew.

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In short the GCN requires volunteers, to help run the administration, the social media and get involved in attending events on behalf of the GCN.

We are especially looking for members with some experience in social media, finance and administration. All of this work is unpaid, but being on the Council allows you to directly shape the future of the GCN, but even just helping with the day-to-day work will help retain the GCN’s independence.

Without such a base of volunteers, the Council will have to consider winding up what has been an honourable attempt at bringing people together as there is just too much work to be left in the hands of so few.

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If you can help please contact Jez at media@thegcn.net or myself, Dave, at president@thegcn.net.

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The AGM has been scheduled for late April in 2018. This will be set at Christmas, alongside all the information about elections etcetera.

However if we fail to garner enough support, the Annual General Meeting will instead become an Emergency General Meeting where we will be forced to instigate the closure of the GCN.

Insurance

As this is now a separate entity (the GCN now facilitates a lower cost but is otherwise uninvolved) this will not be affected.