PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL REPORT
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
18 Members attended the meeting last year. While this was more than the previous year, it is still disappointing that more members do not attend.
We have 68 members and 5 Life Members. I know it is hard for country members to attend, but it would be nice to see more of the local members attending.
11 clubs come under the umbrella of the Association. This is down from 14 last year. Clubs benefit by being covered with the Insurance of the Association. I doubt any of the clubs could afford to pay the Insurance individually. This means they would no longer be able to function, as the Certificate of Currency must be shown at the start of each year. Many members of these clubs are not members of the Association. The $25.00 yearly fee would be much cheaper than club members trying to pay individual Insurance.
Two camps were held again this year. The first, at Melrose, (October 2016) in the beautiful Flinders Ranges. 16 ladies attended this. Most members take their own machine and apart from the first session on the Saturday morning, members are free to knit what they like. Our cooks, Sally and Mary, keep us well fed for the weekend.
Victor Harbor, held in April 2017, had 19 members and 6 demonstrators. Two husbands also attended.
This camp is still run with each of the 6 demonstrators doing 3 sessions over the weekend. Four interstate members attended this one, three from Sunraysia, and one from near Bendigo. Members also travelled from Cowell and Whyalla. Trading tables and raffles are run at both camps and this helps to off set some of the cost. Both camps have some form of entertainment of an evening. This is usually organised by members of one of the clubs attending. Every camp has a theme for the competition. This next one at Melrose will be a Christmas toy which can be donated to charity.
If you have never attended come along to the next one for a fun filled weekend of learning and friendship.
Diane Chambers was the only visiting demonstrator this year. 2 workshops were held.
The first in Payneham Club rooms, where 16 attended. The second was at the Pt. Pirie Club rooms where 21 attended, with members coming from Cowell, Whyalla, Pt Augusta, Melrose, and Pt Germaine. Do hope I have not forgotten anyone.
Last year Gillian was given life membership for the effort she has put into producing the
Newsletter. She has produced the newsletter for the past 6 years. This is probably longer than any other member. She can only do this if members send in their club news, patterns etc. Job well done Gillian.
At the AGM last year the following were re-elected on to the committee:
President Wendy Smith; Vice President Shirley Hooper; Secretary Jill Rashleigh; Treasurer Rita Divine; Newsletter Editor Gillian Gittins; Committee Sigrid Burford, June Kelly, Chris Pritchard, Sue Whyte.
I must thank all of the committee for their support over the last 12 months, especially, Jill Rashleigh, (Secretary) and Rita Divine, (Treasurer). As I have held both of these positions I know the work that goes into them.