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Issue 24 - September 2018

Update from Chairman, Graeme Pierson

Graeme

It is my pleasure to again report on various activities I have undertaken since my last report in May last. I had the pleasure in June last to travel to Alexandra at the invitation of the Dunstan Friendship Club to attend their 30th Anniversary celebration. Having left Central Otago at the end of 1985 I had forgotten how cold the winter can be down there (3degC) however, the warm reception I received made up for the cold. As Councillor Tony Newton was overseas and unable to attend I presented a Certificate for their 30th Anniversary. The club has produced a beautiful historical booklet of their achievements of the past 30 years.

The Kerikeri Combined Probus Club sought a representative of FNZI to attend their June meeting and Council decided I should attend as this club wanted to know the difference between PSPL and FNZI. The club members were very friendly and courteous to me. The PSPL representative spoke first and I followed. The club intends to hold a vote later this year to decide whether or not to affiliate with FNZI so we hope they choose to join our organisation.

Also in June, I visited Picton to attend the mid-year Christmas meeting of the Queen Charlotte Friendship Club. It was a very enjoyable meeting with a number of members of the Combined Club of Beavertown (Blenheim) attending also.

In early August, the South Island Association of Friendship Clubs (SIAFC) organised a special social event for members aged 90 years and over. The event was very successful with members from clubs in Christchurch and North Canterbury attending, including one member aged 100 years. This is the second occasion the Association has hosted a similar function. I thank President Paulette Lawrence and her committee for arranging this very enjoyable afternoon function.

Time was spent preparing for the Annual General Meeting of Friendship New Zealand Inc. which was held in Christchurch on Wednesday 29 August last. It was the first such meeting to be held where proxy votes were possible. A large number of club members from the Christchurch region attended along with members from Auckland, New Plymouth, Richmond (Nelson) and Dunedin. As a result of questions from the floor there are two outstanding matters Council is following up with their legal advisor. Once advice is received clubs will be informed of the outcome. Generally, the attendees were positive about the progress around local publicity and future planning.

To all members who attended the AGM, and the clubs that forwarded Proxy Forms, I sincerely thank you on behalf of Council for taking part in this meeting.

Due to rotation, nominations for Councillors for Districts D20 and D70, as well as for a vacancy in D10, have now been called. I encourage clubs in these Districts to give due consideration to the nomination for a Councillor to represent them on the FNZI Council.

Kind Regards
Graeme Pierson, Chairman FNZI

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