Oxfordshire Annual meeting, via Zoom, 30/9/20

This had been delayed since the spring due to Covid19.

It was a fairly upbeat event with speakers trying to look on the best side in difficult times.

After an acceptance of standing orders, reminder of fire regulation and a muted version of Jerusalem, the formal business started with a welcome from the new Chair of Oxfordshire Trustees, Catherine Blaxford.

The financial report for 2019 was presented by the Treasurer. It showed an income of £70k but a deficit over expenditure of 7k, a similar position to last year. This is likely to get worse in 2020 if income does not increase.

The Chair thanked her predecessor Jane Probits who stepped down after 2 years in May this year (she would normally have given the report in March)

She highlighted some of the happy memories of the centenary year (2019). She mentioned that it was planned to change News and Views to digital and rename it as Oxfordshire Inspires. A couple of WIs had Centenaries this year but couldnt celebrate. Awards were made for the county competitions – raft, bowls.

A plea was made for new WI advisers.

It ended with a slide show of last year’s events to Vera Lynn singing ‘We’’ll meet again…”

Helen

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