December 2017 Chairman's Chat.
As we approach the festive season I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year.
Our Association continues to prosper with a healthy bank balance. Investments have proved very sound and your Executive is reviewing them in the light of challenges posed by the Brexit situation and the reserves which we have in hand.
We are now planning for 2018 and the Centre’s new brochure will be available to all as membership is renewed. Activity leaders are featured with details of their programmes, and what a great range of opportunities there are for us all to enjoy! Do take time to read it through and consider whether there are some activities to take your interest. It is vital that as many as possible attend sessions to ensure they continue to flourish. The brochure helps us promote the Centre when talking to friends and neighbours; we have so much to offer.
The membership renewal form has been updated to capture more information and includes a tick-box questionnaire to assist us in developing key messages about the benefits we enjoy from the Centre. Please take part so that we reflect everyone’s views.
One of our objectives is to raise the Centre’s profile. So many residents still don’t know where we are or what we do. Many outside groups use our facilities but there are others also looking for a home, unaware of the quality services we provide. We are taking part in major town events, and our gazebo at the Christmas Festival enabled us to distribute the new brochure as well as a leaflet inviting people to come and see us. However, Malcolm has found it difficult to enthuse enough volunteers, and we do need your support to vitalise our efforts. The Centre’s future is in your hands and unless members come forward to help, if only for a few hours now and then, it heaps pressure on just a few who work so tirelessly for us. Working together brings many benefits in terms of job satisfaction and companionship. Our hard-working Lettings Officer and Treasurer need help so if you have such skills, do contact us.
I look forward to receiving any ideas on enhancing the profile and performance of the Centre.
Missed a previous Chats, they can be found HERE.