AGM Minutes

Read the minutes of our AGM 29th June 2021

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Our Exec Meeting and AGM were held on the 29th June.

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First Woodcutts, like all Scout Groups throughout the United Kingdom, have never experienced such difficult times, this we all know is because of Covid 19, we have fared better than most, our numbers dropping by only a small percentage and thankfully coming back up since we have been able to meet face to face, financially we are in a good position, this is partly due in no small part to Parents continuing to pay their child's membership fee in full, we are so grateful for their support and of course to the government grants that we were able to source through Dorset Council, we mustn't forget Pizza at the Hut, this has proved to be a good way of raising funds, it is, however, time-consuming and a lot of hard work, to all of you who have contributed to this fundraising activity, we express our very grateful thanks.

Headquarters have experienced financial difficulties, this has resulted in our annual membership fee increasing by a substantial amount and I can only see that occurring again this year, they have also had to sell off various properties which include BP House, HQ rules and regulations have also tightened, imposing stricter measures on training for Leaders, we are very fortunate in that all of our team have completed their Training which is in no small part due to Naomi running training courses throughout the winter months on most Sunday evenings the only exception being First Aid, some of which can be completed online (Module 10), only Rob, Nick Goulden and Andy whose current first aid certificates have recently run out are eligible to complete this module,( Andy has recently completed), when F to F resumes in earnest all three will have to attend a short course to complete, the remainder will have to wait for County to resume first aid training.

You must get fed up with me because every year I rave about the quality of our Leadership Team; they have been exceptional throughout this difficult period, the programmes that they came up with, in each and every section, was amazing, this was even more brilliant because most was done using Zoom, all of us including me and our young people staring at square boxes ( I did try to show support by attending and in some cases joining in the activities,) from comments of appreciation made verbally and on our Facebook page by parents, I know that they really do appreciate the effort put in by the Team, I must also thank the Officers, Pedro, Abi, Bev and Toby and members of the Executive for continuing in their roles, special thanks to Toby who has managed to unravel the complexities of Gift Aid claims, thanks too must go to two retiring members of the Executive, Sarah and Duncan Chandler who have decided to stand down.

Recently with Leaders from all sections in attendance, having decided to retire from scouting we gathered to say goodbye to Ruth (Rosebud) a Beaver Leader of exceptional quality, It was my privilege to present to her, her overdue Wood Beads and certificate, the Beavers and Leaders from both sections presented her with leaving gifts, a thanks badge from the Group, a very elegant scrapbook of memories of her time with the Beavers and Leadership Team and with personal gifts, ADC, Sheenagh Bradford presented Bronze awards to two of three Beavers, one was absent.

We have a New District Commissioner, Claire Mitchell who at the moment is only acting;
we wish her well in her endeavours.