AGM - Chairmans Report 2017

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      1. Executive Committee:

We are well served by an active committee, with new members being inducted to replace the inevitable turnover. We have three current Committee members not offering themselves for re-election.

 

We actively search for new committee members as it is essential that the Committee does not become moribund, as can happen if renewal is not a priority. We have inducted two Committee members during the current term, and another three new members are offering themselves for Committee membership at this meeting.

 

Two Committee members, including myself, attended the recent Annual General Meeting of the Federation of New Zealand SeniorNet Societies held in Nelson. This was a useful opportunity to network with a group of like minded people.

 

I would like to record my thanks to the outgoing Committee. They have continued the tradition of excellence in stewardship of your society. I would specifically like to thank Bill Beard, retiring Treasurer, and Jexi Keown, retiring New Student Co-ordinator, for their sterling contributions to SeniorNet Hutt City Inc. over a number of years.

      1. Tutors and Volunteers:

Tutor numbers are sufficient to meet our current needs. With the changing computing device usage, and the retirement of some tutors we will be actively seeking and recruiting tutors in the 2017-18 year.

 

Tutors continue to be heavily involved in presenting information to our members on the Microsoft Windows 10 system. Because of the rolling nature of this operating system we will need to stay up to date with the changes as they occur. Additionally, with the loss of an extensive array of spying technologies by American Government agencies into the hands of criminals we can expect the current assaults against computer users to continue for some time. Our members may well have questions on this, and our tutors will need to be able to answer these.

 

I wish to record my appreciation to the new, current and retiring tutors for their work in this essential role.

 

I also wish to note here the time and effort given to your society by the many people who make our group work so well. Whether it's clerical, cleaning, resource preparation and production, technical work, staffing open days and other roles as needed, the volunteers who make themselves so tirelessly available, often with little acknowledgement, enable the group continue to fulfil its mission. I thank all the volunteers for their continuing efforts.

      1. Membership:

Your society exists solely for the benefit of its members. Our Mission Statement is:

 

SeniorNet Hutt City is dedicated to helping older students become comfortable using modern computing systems. This includes various form factors running diverse operating systems, and a range of software.

We teach in a relaxed environment, with a high tutor to pupil ratio.”

The number of learning hours during the year totalled 1,177.

The number of registered members at 31 March was:

2017 we had 417 members

2016 we had 437 members

We continue to actively seek to attract new members.

There is a continuing membership turnover, with members reaching a level of competence and satisfaction with their learning leaving SeniorNet, and these being replaced by people seeking the knowledge that our society provides.

We have recently instituted a programme of contact to lapsed member in an effort to encourage them to rejoin your society. This effort is reaching out to over 900 lapsed members, and this figure will shortly increase to around 1,000. Naturally, those ex members who do not wish this contact will be removed from our email database.

      1. Premises:

There is no change to our lease arrangements.

      1. The 2017-18 Year:

The changes to the computing landscape evident in the past three years, towards mobile devices, has slowed Overseas experience suggests the growth of mobile devices has peaked.

We continue to offer courses and workshops in a range of subjects, in the expectation these will enrich the lives of our members by giving them access to a wide range of information and amusements. We are continuing our visits to Eastbourne & Hutt Libraries, and will also continue to offer tutoring sessions in Aged Care facilities as required. A one off visit to the new Stokes Valley Library is scheduled for January 2018.

We have had discussions on the suitability of our ageing computer stock, and these have been replaced in the period after the end of our financial year. We will be working diligently to ensure the maximum value is extracted from these new computers.

      1. Conclusion:

The 2016 – 17 year has been both challenging and rewarding. We look forward to the 2017-18 year as we learn to use our new computing stock to full advantage.

Peter Andersen

Chairman

SeniorNet Hutt City Inc.