Spring 2021 Newsletter

Chairman’s message
Chris Bellamy

Editor’s comments
Paul Chaplin

Note from the President
David Simmonds

From Pam Swaby

Keeping up a reputation
Shirley Deering

Chairman’s message
Chris Bellamy

An office chair

Hello and welcome to the Newsletter. We are all affected by operating in lock-down and mask wearing, and having talks by Zoom because of Covid-19 in these unusual times, and therefore, missing all our usual activities. I’m sure we all welcome the good news that Alan Arnot is continuing as Treasurer, and Laurie Boyall as Accounts Examiner, for the present. Thanks to David Simmonds for his monitoring and reporting of SHOAL (Support and Help On Line), and other members’ comments and input.

The committee have agreed to move the AGM to September subject to Government advice at the time.

Monthly meetings by Zoom have been of high quality, and we have been able to replace “non Zoom speakers” with “Zoom speakers”, mostly free of charge. We have also emailed NT members who are not Chelmsford & District NT Supporter Group members, and others for future recruitment and/or awareness.

Thanks to Paul Chaplin for funding and arranging the Zooming. We plan to continue with monthly zoom meetings until April, because of the current restrictions. Thanks also to Jackie and Alan Arnot for their very good reports of the meetings.

We will consult with the Cramphorn Centre staff about our Autumn meetings as soon as we can, and the possibility of streaming our talks to members on the internet as some of them may still not want to attend in person.

Emailing/MailChimping members about meetings, newsletters and other matters has been very successful, and has saved much time, work and cost. We plan to use this procedure for the autumn meetings.

Jackie Arnot was interviewed in July (1hr 12min in) on Rotary Round-up, which is on the 3rd Sunday morning of the month, on Chelmsford Community Radio, plus myself in November (19min in). If you missed this you can listen to it on this link: https://www.rotary-ribi.org/districts/page.php?PgID=560787&DistrictNo=1240.

I would like to thank all committee members for their input and Keith Otter for maintaining our website. I wish you all good health and look forward to the outings, the September Caernarfon holiday and meeting each other again. Keep well.

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