Next Meeting

Dave and Kath Wilson are visiting the Club on Wednesday 1st Aug. Dave is the current President of the RSGB and Kath is the regional manager for the North West. One of the reasons for their visit is to inspect the new premises with a view to registering us as an exam centre. It will also be an opportunity to meet Dave and Kath and to get the inside track on what’s new and coming in the future, in terms of the RSGB. Dave will also make a couple of short presentations related to the RSGB and the new online examinations.

It would be great to see everyone there as this is a great opportunity to hear from and talk to the RSGB president.

Regular Club Meetings

The previous club meeting on 19 February took place at Moorclose Community Centre. We looked around the room and storage space available. Andrew Holland setup an inverted V aerial with a Yaesu FT-817ND outside. A unanimous decision of all present was made to adopt Moorclose Community Centre as the location of the club.

The next meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 7th March at the old 6th form college in Workington (Moorclose Community Centre).

We now have 11 paid up members. For the rest of this year the annual subs are £10 until the end Aug, the meeting subs of £3 remain the same. New and returning members can pay at the next meeting.

Meetings in the future will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.

We look forward seeing everyone there on the 7th.

Meeting of 5th Feburary

Workington Veterans’ Club, Christian Street
Monday 5th February 2018

11 in attendance

1. ) Cost of Annual Membership
The club was reported to be in a healthy financial position with cash in the bank and few financial commitments.

Three proposals for membership costs were voted on. Firstly the previous cost of £30 per member was proposed by Steve Topping and seconded by Andrew Holland, it received 4 votes. A second proposal of £30 per member was proposed by Reg Irving and seconded by Skip Meekins, it received 6 votes. A third proposal of £30 per member reduced to £20 for retired members was proposed by Stephen Palmer and seconded by Tony Steel. The second proposal of £20 per year was adopted.

The club’s financial year runs from 1 September to 31 August as stated in the constitution. As we are already part way through the year Steve Topping suggested the membership cost be halved to £10 for the remained of the year to 31 August. This suggestion was adopted unopposed.

A discussion of the cost of each meeting was agreed to be £3 per member, to cover the costs of the venue.

2.) Dates of Club Meetings

Two proposals for club meeting dates were proposed. Firstly that the club continues to meet every fortnight proposed by Tony Steel and seconded by John Bracegirdle, this received 1 vote. Secondly that the club meets on the first and third week of every month proposed by Skip Meekins and seconded by Steve Topping, this received 10 votes and was adopted.

A discussion about the day of the week meetings should be concluded Wednesdays was the prefered day.

3.) Club Location

The location of the club has not been finalised yet. The Harrington Scout hut, and the Workington Veterans’ Club have been visited so far. The Harrington Scout hut is available on Thursdays and Fridays and offered storage space, WiFi, and potential for installing wire aerials.

The Moorclose Community Centre was decided to be the location for our next meeting on Monday 19 February. The community centre is on the site of the Workington 6th Form site. It offers different rooms at a range of prices with WiFi, secure storage, is available any day of the week, and has the potential for installing wire aerials. The community centre is located on Needham Drive, CA14 3SE using the second entrance after the Moorclose Library.

4.) Club Membership

John Bracegirdle was tasked with creating a membership form so the membership list for 2018 can be created. Those who would like to be member of the club are asked to bring £10 to the next meeting at Moorclose Community Centre on Monday 19 February.


Outcome of EGM

Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Workington & District Amateur Radio & IT Group

Helena Thompson Museum, Park End Road, Workington

Monday 22nd January 2018 at 7:15PM

Tony Steel, John Bracegirdle (JB), Derek Edge, Stephen Palmer, Peter Webster, Skip Meekins, Lee Stamper, Andrew Holland(AH), Steve Topping (ST)
Proxy vote, Kevin Mathews via Lee Stamper

Agenda Items

1. Welcome by temporary meeting Chair

ST welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked those in attendance if there was any objection to him acting as temporary Chair until item 2 and 3 had been covered. No objections raised so ST continued with opening comments regarding the history and successes of the Club.
Other in attendance also commented on the successes to date and a general consensus that all wanted to see the Club continue and proposer on the future.

2. Decision on the Clubs Future

A vote was then undertaken regarding the main proposal
a. That the Club should continue to operate with the formation of a new Club committee. Votes in favour = 10
b. That the Club should be wound up as per section 11 of the constitution (amended 2003) Votes in favour = 0
It was therefore agreed unanimously that proposal a. would be carried and agenda item 3 should progress

3. Nomination and election of committee members

A discussion regarding the number and type of committee roles was undertaken and agreed that at this stage that the club would elect three members to form the committee namely a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The Secretary would act also as deputy Chair when necessary.

Position Nominated Nominated by Seconded For Against
Chairman Steve Topping Peter Webster Lee Stamper 8 0
Secretary John Bracegirdle Peter Webster Skip Meekins 8 0
Treasurer Andrew Holland Stephen Palmer Tony steel 8 0

ST, JB and AH were therefore duly charged to form the new committee on behalf of the club, all accepted their nominated positions.
As a result actions would be necessary by the outgoing Treasurer, SM, to make arrangements for transfer of authorised signatories to the clubs bank account.

It was resolved that a banking relationship will be maintained with National Westminster Bank Plc (the Bank) in accordance with this mandate and that:
• The individuals identified as authorised signatories may, in accordance with the signing rules, sign cheques and give instructions for Standing Orders, Direct Debits, Electronic Payments, Banker’s Drafts and other payments on the accounts even if it causes an account to be overdrawn or exceed any limit.
• Any authorised signatory may give other instructions or requests for information to the Bank in relation to the accounts; opening accounts with the same signing rules and authorised signatories; closing accounts; or other banking services or products.
• The Bank may accept instructions that do not have an original written authorised signature provided the Bank is satisfied that the instruction is genuine and subject to any other agreement the Bank may require for those instructions.
• The organisation will provide to the Bank a copy of its constitution and any amendment to the constitution, certified as correct by the Secretary.
• This mandate will continue until the organisation gives the Bank a replacement mandate.

ST also noted that he intended to call a further EGM in the future to propose an update to the constitution as elements had become outdated and it had last been reviewed in 2003

4. Meeting Close

ST closed the meeting and thanked everyone for their attendance noting that a further club meeting would now be arranged for Monday 5th Feb at the Vets Club in Workington to discuss details of the club future.

Steve Topping & John Bracegirdle