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Friendship New Zealand Incorporated (FNZI) is a welcoming social organisation for people living in New Zealand who are retired, semi-retired or soon-to-retire. If you are in that "golden" stage of your life, woman or man, our Clubs could be a great option for you.

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Issue 22 - February 2018

Update from Chairman, Graeme Pierson

Graeme

I trust that all our members have had a nice time with their families over the festive season.  It has been a rather mixed time as far as the weather was concerned, with rain in many areas and very dry in others. Our sympathy goes to those members who have suffered because of the floods also to members residing in the drought areas. As I write this message, the temperature outside is around 30 degrees Centigrade and I have given working in the garden a miss today.

Over the holiday period I received with regret a resignation from Secretary Jim Taylor, to take effect on 31 March. Jim has been Secretary since the formation of this organization in March 2015. I met Jim at the first Annual General Meeting held in Auckland in August 2015 when I was a new member of Council. He also doubled as Treasurer of the Council for a period during 2015-16.  Jim unfortunately has suffered from ill health over long periods throughout the past nine months but has battled on. I would like to thank Jim very sincerely for his input in to the running of our Council over the past four years. He has been of great assistance to me personally and has helped us all through some tough times - so thanks very much Jim.

The past six months have been very pleasant in that the troubles of the earlier days are now behind us, and hopefully the good times will continue in our quest for Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. We are registered as an Incorporated Society and our name and logo trade mark have been registered with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. Over the past twelve months Council has had a full complement of six Councillors who have been working hard for their respective Districts. I thank all Councillors for their assistance and support.

Our membership has been static in recent months however, we are aware that we may soon lose some clubs as they feel it necessary to wind down. These clubs were established some years ago and, as their members are now elderly and unwilling to be on a committee to manage their club, the decision to close has been made. On the plus side, I am happy to report that the Winton Men’s Club has now resumed its affiliation with Friendship New Zealand Inc. This club is holding a special meeting in March to which their Councillor Tony Newton and myself have been invited to attend.

I would like to acknowledge the support I have received from my fellow Councillors over the past period, especially Chris Winstanley, Councillor for the Lower North Island, who is doing an outstanding job as our Treasurer. I would also like to thank our Centre Administrator, Rosemarie Shaw for her assistance and Website Administrator, Margaret Finnie for her work as Editor of Highlights and for attending to the distribution of electronic communications to our member clubs.

An election to replace Jim as Councillor for District 9910 is underway and the Returning Officer has sent out the necessary forms for clubs in that district to nominate a replacement. The closing date is Wednesday, 18 April.

Kind regards


Graeme Pierson

Chairman FNZI

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