I am very pleased to announce Christine Bell has been appointed as Secretary and Jenny Hartley as Vice-Chair, by a special committee meeting, conducted by EMAIL to meet social distancing advice. Both were elected unanimously. Committee have authority to appoint new officers of the society to serve until the next AGM, when all officers stand for election. Our thanks to Brian Evans who resigned as Secretary as we moved into suspension, having served since the AGM.
These appointments ensure we have strengthened our committee to enable Alsager U3A to withstand whatever the coronavirus throws at us.
Looking at our committee, one area where we could be exposed if we encounter illness over the next period is Finance. Bob Simpson has done a tremendous job, carrying the finance portfolio single-handed as well as offering support wherever it is needed. However, should he be unavailable for a period of time, we do not have anyone ready to provide backup. Therefore we are seeking members with financial skills and knowledge, especially in the use of Sage, who could act as shadows. Please contact me if you may be able to help.
As everyone knows, our current website alsageru3a.org.uk/ and our Webmaster John Macfarlane have done a magnificent job for us over the last ten years. However, the website is very difficult to maintain. Ed Wood and the technology group are in the process of creating a replacement system, hosted by ThenMedia.
One of the exciting aspects of this new website is the ability to add news and information – including this newsletter – as often as we wish. To oversee this feature, Eleanor Somerset our Magazine editor will be Moderator of the Website, and with a team will receive and publish news, items and any ideas that can be supported on this new website. We hope that this will enable our groups and their members keep in touch during this period of suspension, and in particular enable some who do not use email to view our information and news, and keep in touch.
This new website will be at the same address alsageru3a.org.uk/, and we hope it will go live during the next two weeks, just keep looking for it. It will carry forward all current facilities, with opportunities in the future to improve the way membership and group and other U3A information is presented. It has all the facilities from the current site – BUT IN DIFFERENT PLACES: Access to "Members' Portal" & "Beacon Admin" are at the FOOT of the Home Page under "Quick Links".
With Best Wishes to all our members
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