Minutes Monthly Meeting 4th Feb 2019

University of the Third Age Moraira-Teulada
Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on
4 February 2019 at Salon G.L., Teulada
at 10:30

It is confirmed that the President and the Secretary attended the meeting as voted in at the AGM 7 March 2018.

David Haxon, the President welcomed all members to the meeting, including the 29 new members. He confirmed the usual checks had been made, pointed out the emergency exits and asked for all mobile phones to be switched off through-out the meeting.

Travel – Read by Carol Mantle at this point, as she had to leave the meeting early. Carol said there was not a lot to report as all but two trips were full. On 27 March there is a trip to Ikea in Murcia, but this trip was almost full. If more people wanted to go the decision to take two buses may be needed. The cost per person is €10. An over-night trip to Italy from 6 to 31 March at a cost of, €2,050 per person based on 2018 prices. Full details of all the trips can be found on the Travel Page of the U3A website. The Committee have received queries concerning why the Accounts of the Travel Group are not reported on monthly, as with the reports from the U3A Treasurer. Carin Derksen, the treasurer, reports on all monies which are held on behalf of the Moraira-Teulada U3A members as a whole. The Travel Group are simply another Group amongst many and therefore only present balance sheets once a year, which are Audited and published before the AGM, in March, each year. The monies held by the Travel Group do in fact belong to those members signed up for trips and are held under the individual’s name on trust. Any surplus is used to run the Travel Group or as back up if there is a problem whilst on a trip. Therefore, this money does not belong to the membership and it cannot be reported on in the same way as the main Account.

Prue Jackson read out the synopsis of the Minutes of the Meeting on 7 January 2019. The full minutes had been posted on the website and these were proposed by Hugh Stewart, seconded by Sue Donadio and approved by the members with a show of hands.

President’s Address:
David welcomed everyone to the Meeting, adding that January had been a very busy month with three opportunities to renew the U3A Membership as well as joining for the first time. David thanked Pat Clarke the Membership Secretary and all the many helpers. Although mentioned many times, David again, thanked the Group Leaders for all the hard work. By way of appreciation the annual dinner for the Group Leaders will be held on Thursday 7 February which is expected to be another successful evening.

Next month is the AGM and any U3A member can apply for a Committee position. Nomination forms must be completed by the end of today’s meeting and handed to the Secretary. David urged everyone to give serious consideration to becoming a Committee Member, as the present Committee could not be expected to fulfil the positions indefinitely, before thanking all for their support throughout the year.

Treasurer – Carin advised that, as at 7 January 2019 the total held was €5.959,43, after income of €8.230,00 and expenses of €915,82 the balance held was €13.273,61. A second Mosaic Group had started, due to popular demand, which required a grinder at a cost of €229,50. The full report will be on the website before the weekend. Carin hoped that it would be possible for the renewal membership fee, in 2020, to be €5,00 per person.

Group Coordinator – Lynn said Sue Popkin was now her administration assistant. It is hoped that for the next Monthly Meeting, a rolling screen will show members all the Groups available to join. New Groups had started and all needed new members. Beach Patrol’s next outing is on Sunday 17 February, meeting at the duck pond in Moraira and then collecting rubbish and ending up at a bar for coffee etc.

Dramarama, Scrabble and Bridge all needed more members. Comments had been received regarding a lack of Groups for just men. Plenty for the ladies but not the men, Lynn welcomed any suggestions!

Finally Lynn mentioned the Group Leaders dinner on Thursday and hoped all those invited would have an enjoyable evening.

Membership/Committee Liaison – Dot Garrett said she had received emails concerning the Travel Accounts, although Carol Mantle had given detailed explanations at the beginning of the meeting, Dot confirmed the Travel Group Account and the U3A Account were separate Accounts.

A suggestion of creating a Crime watch Group had been received, but the Committee felt the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme could be adopted in areas that were not yet included in the scheme.

There have been changes to the website and it is hoped the members will find it easier to view. Dot ended by urging members to consider applying to become a Committee Member.

Cultural Arts Events – Hugh Stewart mentioned several events and confirmed the full details of all events can be found on the U3A website. The Royal Opera House London, continues to broadcast directly from Covent Garden to Calpe Casa De le Cultura, Cine Roma Alfaz del Pi and the Condado theatre in Denia. Hugh mentioned a few – Don Quixote (Acosta/Petipa) 19 February 2019, Opera: Faust (Gournod) 30 April 2019 and Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) 11 June 2019. 28 February Sounds Familiar will be celebrating their tenth anniversary with a show entitled Show Stoppers, at the Auditori Municipal de Ondara. 8 and 9 of March Carline Theatre in Alcalali are presenting The Trojan War, an Iliad and 25 to 30 March Javea players present My Fair Lady at the Union Musical, Gata de Gorgos, starting at 7:30pm.

No matters arising from the Reports.

Any Other Business: The Social Events Committee wished to advise that the Summer Ball will be at Canor on Wednesday 26 June 2019, tickets on sale shortly.

Eileen introduced the speaker, Peter Bayliss who spoke on “Internet Security”. After an informative talk, a few questions from members and all answered by Peter. The members thanked Peter with a round of applause.

Eileen reminded the members that this year the Charity was Alzheimer’s. On the 30 April there is to be a quiz night to raise funds for the Charity, further details to be issued shortly.

The raffle was drawn and the winning ticket number 131 was held by Carin Derksen who won a voucher for Pepe La Sal in Moraira.

The meeting ended at 11:34

Proposed as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 4 February 2019

Proposed by ……………………………………………………….

Seconded by …………………………………………………..Date………………

Secretary of the Meeting ………………………………………….Titch Crossfield-Lobb