Ross on Wye & District

Chair’s Report

From Ross U3A Chair

Chair’s Report for AGM, May 2019
Hello Members and thank you for attending The Ross & District AGM. Let me begin by introducing our committee members . . . . .
Vice Chair – Fiona Barnaby
Secretary – Gillian Talbot
Treasurer – Mike Miles
Membership Secretary – Steve Elliott
Groups Secretary – Michael Travers
Speaker Secretary – Hilary Neal
Outings Secretary – Gill James
Newsletter Editor – Margaret Hay
Website Editor – Steve Elliott
Publicist – Marianne Wright
Chair/Cotswold Link/ looking after Fledgling Groups - Marilyn Reynolds

We owe a huge amount of thanks to these lovely people for all their support over the past year. Some are beginning their third year in office, whilst some are very new. This is a plus for our U3A, as new people bring new ideas and a new energy.

And so, what have we been up to over the past 15 months? I’m sure you will agree that we’ve had some marvellous speakers – from Gilbert & Sullivan to the antics at a Shrewsbury Hotel, from Hedgehogs to the Falkland Islands, from Passports to Marie Curie, from the Auction Business to Street Pastors, from Fossils on the Jurassic Coast to Japan! What a wonderful variety and some inspirational speaking! Our general meetings are a fantastic opportunity, to live, laugh and learn. Please continue to bring your friends and neighbours as guests. Our attendance at meetings has risen substantially over the past few months, and that’s all thanks to you for spreading the word.

We’ve also been on some amazing outings – Ironbridge, the Paddle Steamer at Waverley, the Christmas decorations at Abbey Cum Hir, Cardiff Castle, The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, and The Aerospace Museum at Filton have all served as really fun days out, and we’ve all learnt. Don’t forget to reserve a place for our summer outing this year – 15th July, to the Welsh National Botanical Gardens and the National Birds of Prey Centre. And remember that our summer outing always REPLACES the general meeting in July – there will be no meeting here, in July.
We all know that the U3A simply wouldn’t exist without groups – the reason why most people join us is the interest groups. At present, we have 42 groups – a huge variety of subjects, and all run by our group co-ordinators. A huge thank you to all of them – they have all shown the true U3A ethos, of getting stuck in and giving some of their time to co-ordinate their group. Michael’s report will bring you up to date with how all the groups are running. Suffice to say, that Ross U3A groups are flourishing.

And so to summarize - my report is one big THANK YOU! Ross U3A is a shining example of an organization being run by the members, for the members. Well done to everyone! Every one of you deserves a pat on the back, a high-five if you like! This is our 27th AGM and we are fast approaching 400 members.
Here’s to another good year, and thank you for listening.
Marilyn Reynolds