MINUTES OF WAIHI DISTRICT WALKWAYS INC
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Held on Thursday 15 July 2010 at 7pm at the Waihi Contract Bridge Club Rooms
MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Speir (presiding), Dennis Speir, Beulah Flay, Beryl George, Roger Pearce, Tessa McKenzie, Eric Lens, Ruth Ordish, Norm Swartz, Annette Bowater (a little late), Stephanie Cooper (later).
NON MEMBERS PRESENT: Grant Henshaw
APOLOGIES: Isabel Chester, Brett Wisheart. MOVED That the apologies be accepted (Carol Speir/Beryl George) Carried.
MINUTES of the previous Annual General Meeting were circulated.
MOVED That the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting dated 9 July 2009, as circulated, be confirmed as a true and correct record (Carol Speir/Eric Lens) Carried.
BUSINESS ARISING: There was no business arising from the Minutes.
10 July 2010, Michael Burt, confirming he has reviewed the Accounts and noted the cashbook was well presented and the Minutes excellent. He requested an adjustment to the GST liability account. (see Treasurer’s Report).
12/7/10, to Michael Burt, Letter of Representation for the 2010 Year
MOVED: That inwards correspondence be accepted and the outwards correspondence be approved (Beryl George/Roger Pearce) Carried.
CHAIRPERSONS REPORT: Carol Speir, Chairperson, presented her report to the meeting. MOVED That the Meeting accepts the report (Carol Speir/Beryl George) Carried.
In Annette’s absence, Ruth Ordish presented the Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2009, which had been reviewed by Accountant Michael Burt. Ruth informed the meeting that Mr Burt had raised a query regarding GST payable on the monies accepted from J Say Foundation. A letter will be sought from J Say Foundation confirming whether or not GST was included in the grant.
MOVED That the Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 be accepted (Ruth Ordish on behalf of Treasurer/Dennis Speir) Carried.
APPOINTMENT OF ACCOUNTANT:
MOVED That Michael Burt be re-appointed as Accountant for purposes of review of Annual Financial Accounts for next year Ruth Ordish (on behalf of Treasurer)/Beulah Flay Carried.
ELECTION OF COMMITTEE:
Carol Speir informed the Meeting that as usual, office holders will be elected from the Committee at the first committee meeting after the Annual General Meeting.
Ruth Ordish nominated the following members for the committee and upon their acceptance MOVED that the following members be elected to the Committee: Carol Speir, Dennis Speir, Beulah Flay, Roger Pearce, Brett Wisheart, Beryl George, Annette Bowater, and Isabel Chester as an Honorary Committee Member (Ruth Ordish/Roger Pearce) Carried.
The formal part of the meeting closed at 7.30pm. Confirmed:
Ruth said the celebrations would include a Cake, Prizes, and Highlights and encouraged members to view the images on display, the Newsletters (1 to 15), and the Society Scrapbook.
Ruth then introduced Tessa McKenzie, founding Chairperson of Waihi District Walkways Inc.
Tessa said she felt privileged to speak at the night of celebrations and wished to explore the contribution that Waihi Walkways is making to the wider community, not by just creating walkways, but by all the attendant benefits that emanate from the activities of the Society.
The vision of creating places to go, at no cost, for young and old, is being realised. From the early days of a public meeting, where 26 members were signed up, to now over 70 members. That is part of the tangible growth of Waihi Walkways, and the walkways that have been created already.
There are other intangible aspects that Waihi Walkways contributes.
Tessa asked individual members of the meeting to share the things that they draw from their participation in Waihi Walkways:
All these benefits are transmitted back through the community, said Tessa, producing multiple benefits that Waihi Walkways provides the general community. The benefits are across the five well-beings that the WCV has identified – Social, Cultural, Environmental, Spiritual and Economic. Special significance was given to how Waihi Walkways provides a counter balance to the destructiveness of the extractive and contaminating processes of mining; as the land, the birds, animals, plants, rivers, waterways, people, are actively nurtured with an intention that is healing for both the land and those providing the nurturing.
Tessa referred to external forces which have impacted on Waihi Walkways and gave the example of the Cave Creek event which meant substantial changes to health and safety, track standards, etc. Other players can also provide forces to support or detract from the initiative – Hauraki District Council, Iwi, Dept of Conservation, Environment Waikato, HELP, AgriSea, other funding agencies.
During discussion, Eric and Tessa reminded the group of all the people who have contributed to the Walkways initiative especially from the early years, such as Charlie Cooper, Owen Morgan, John Vinson, Mary Smeaton, Mike Oldfield, Annette Bowater, Clare Mewse and others. We discussed that maybe there is a way to honour all those people as the years progress.
Tessa concluded with a quote –
"the primary objective of good community development practice is the enhancement of individual and community wellbeing through intervention that is underpinned by the values, principles and commitment to social change for the individual, group and community."
That is what Waihi Walkways is doing – by pursuing good practice – bringing value to individuals, walkers, environment and the community wellbeing as a whole.
CONFIRMED: (signed Brett Wisheart, Chairperson)
DATE: 17 September 2011
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