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President’s Report For Annual General Meeting, Peugeot Car Club (Auckland) Incorporated, 201

It is only appropriate that I start this report by acknowledging Southern Autos for supporting us and supplying today’s location to hold our AGM. Thank you to Andrew Craw – the dealer principle for allowing this to happen, Alex Rains -Sales Manager for the coordination as well as Don Howarth in one of his last acts as a committee member for arranging it. Their support as well as our other advertisers, largely through the advertising revenue in our magazine is what keeps this club afloat financially and keeps our membership fees stable. Just in case you aren’t aware these advertisers are (in the order they appeared in this month’s magazine);

  • Euroline Parts Connection
  • Euro Motorworks
  • Auto France Ltd
  • Peugeot Drive Europe
  • Apex Auto Centre
  • Southern Autos Manukau
  • Armstrong Motor Group Greenlane

As well as supporting the club, many also give significant discounts to club members. They support us, please support them in return.

Further to these I also must acknowledge Armstrong Motor Group who as distributor have allowed us access to Press Cars so that we can review the new cars for our members as well as offer support in other ways including press releases and have offered access to Peugeot merchandise at competitive rates. If you don’t know about this offer, give me a call or email – but in short form, what is available on the parent company website is available to us at prices that are competitive.

This year we have a challenge on our hands as far as the committee goes, three members have resigned, all with over 20 years service. Wynne I believe has been secretary since 1995. These gaps need filling, and I will talk about that later in this report.

Firstly however I would like to personally and on behalf of the club thank Wynne, Don and Greg for their many years of service, I and the club will miss you in the administrative roles. Furthermore I would like to thank all of the committee members and state that I have enjoyed working with you and appreciate the efforts that we all put in. I would also like to single out Xerxes with a special mention, some of you may have noticed that our Website has been improved, this would never have happened had Xerxes not put the effort in and presented us with various potential website designs and options. As it turned out the committee more or less rejected all of the options he gave us, it did however have us exploring how to improve what we have already got, progress has often been slow and almost painful, but it has happened. Credit must also go to Julian Eden (not even a club member) for undertaking many of the changes and Kevin for being involved in his role as webmaster.

Many of you will have seen what I can only describe as reasonable efforts and communications over email in the last week with suggestions of remote/interweb committee meetings through such devices as Skype or other. Personally I believe these should be seen as temporary desperation methods of keeping the committee going, I do not believe that they are a viable long term solution. We still need people who can sign the cheques, fill the envelopes with the magazines and other occasional flyers, organise the trophies for engraving, purchase the afternoon teas for meetings such as this, be on the ground to liaise with our advertisers, the distributor, Citroen Car Club for our interclub activities and people to be prepared to act as points of contact with various car show organisations. None of these are particularly onerous, and some can be done remotely, however the more we have in the committee based in or near Auckland the easier it will be.

That’s my opinion and it is now expressed,

Brent.


President’s Ramble – September 2019

Not many of us turned up to the Quiz Night, four in fact, all from the committee. It was almost a mini committee meeting – I think one short of a Quorum though I would have to check our constitution to be certain! The Horse and Trap isn’t the cheapest establishment in the country, but it does what it does very well. The food was delicious, though as I write this I have now forgotten what I ordered, just that it was delicious, and me being me, I washed it down with some cider. As already stated the Horse and Trap does what it does well, that includes the actual Quiz Night itself and despite the small attendance from us (not the crowd in general – it was a sell-out – punters being turned away that hadn’t booked) I would recommend that we go again, perhaps you will join me next time? Read More…


President’s Ramble – July 2019

Hello all,

Last month I didn’t ramble, and this month I intend to ramble even less. The fact is the club is in danger of folding – or at least that is the way I read the situation. It is not through lack of attendance or numbers, but due to the fact the committee needs a refurbishment.

This coming AGM – on the 28th of July will be the last appearance of Wynne as secretary, and unless the grapevine hasn’t talked to me properly and whispered elsewhere, nobody has made the slightest enquiry or indication that they may replace her. To add to this both she and Don have long ago given notice that they will not be returning to the committee. This month Greg Winkley has also informed the committee that he is resigning and won’t be restanding. All of these people have put in well over a decade of service to the club and we cannot thank them enough. Read More…

AGM 2019

A.G.M.

TIME – 2:00pm to 4:15pm on Sunday 28th July

PLACE – Southern Autos.250/1 Bakerfield Pl, Manukau

COMMITTEE – Three of the current committee members have resigned (all after many years/decades of service to the club) and while the remainder of the committee have indicated their willingness to stand again, new committee members are needed!
There need to be enough committee members at each meeting to meet the quorum requirements so that the meeting can be held – no quorum, no meeting, no events, no …
You don’t need to be nominated. You can actually volunteer.
Contact Brent or any other committee member if you would like to help.

After the election of officers, the Treasurer’s Report will be presented and the fees set for the coming year. No increase is anticipated. Contact Wynne if you want any other item/s added to the Agenda.
The trophies will be presented.

President’s Ramble – June 2019

This time the title just maybe a misnomer, I will not be rambling but will be focused. The point being that I believe that we as a club need to focus on the following!

28 July – AGM – Southern Autos Manukau 2pm (time confirmed)

 Southern Autos have offered their showroom for the AGM, as they did 2 years ago. Please show up to support them as they have supported us.

  • Wynne is retiring we will need a new secretary, volunteers called for! Even if you can’t make the AGM this year we are quite happy to nominate you and vote you in.
  • Wynne and Don are both retiring from the committee, again even if you can’t make the AGM please volunteer, you can be voted in by proxy
  • Jeanette hasn’t said she will retire, but she has indicated she is ready for someone to take over the magazine – I don’t believe this is an AGM voted position, but again it is a good place to put your hand up and volunteer – or else approach her directly

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