National Secretary’s Report – Winter 2017

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The time leading up to an AGM Event is always a busy one, and for this one, it is no exception.  Amy, The National Administration Office manager, left in April on maternity leave after the birth of her baby.  I’m sure that you will all want to congratulate her and her partner on the safe arrival of their daughter.  With Amy away, the workload on the three-remaining staff has increased accordingly.  This has meant that sometimes, members requests have taken a little more time to process, and overall, members have understood the situation.  Leaca, Felicity and Linda are to be congratulated on stepping up to meet the increased workload with professionalism and efficiency.

On the subject of AGMs, most branches have now held theirs, and generally speaking, they have been conducted in accordance with the constitution.  I have had quite a few enquiries from Branch executives concerned that they may not have understood the Branch AGM process correctly.  Fortunately, all the issues could be dealt with in a timely fashion, enabling the Branch AGMs to proceed properly.  The two issues which seemed to cause the most confusion were cascading, and calling nominations from the floor of the meeting if all positions were not filled.  Since the implementation of the new constitution, both processes are redundant.

 

On a personal note, I would like to thank out-going National President Helena Gritton for her service to the Ulysses Club.  Her knowledge and understanding of Club history

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

The latest edition (April 2017) of the Members Handbook is being released at the 2017 AGM, superseding the 2012 version.  All branches will be provided with a copy for their reference, hopefully answering any outstanding questions and providing up-to-date information for further reference.

On a personal note, I would like to thank out-going National President Helena Gritton for her service to the Ulysses Club.  Her knowledge and understanding of Club history, processes and procedures has been outstanding and certainly has helped me, and I’m sure others, in my role.  When someone who has amassed the experience and knowledge such as this retires, that all goes with them.  Hopefully Helena will avail herself to those seeking guidance in the future.  I’m sure that you will join me in wishing Helena well ‘in her retirement’ and hope that she and David will now enjoy life after NatCom.

Mark Seja #39695

National Secretary

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