Briefs from today’s meeting of the Association’s Council…
+ It was the first meeting for 2018/19 with new President, Sherryl Wilson, in the chair. It was announced that Susan Walker has agreed to take the vacant office of Vice President and the Immediate Past President Garry Nicholls was also present. Newcomers to Council were welcomed. Susan Walker was appointed Judicial Trainer and Garry Nicholls Ministerial Trainer. Members have been allocated to the Council’s various sub-committees.
+ There was a debrief following the recent Royal Federation Auckland Conference and Auckland’s AGM and while there were a few minor matters that will be fine-tuned for next year, it was agreed that, overall, the day was a big success. All those associated with the planning, organising and overseeing the meetings were thanked.
+ Only about half Auckland Service Desks are regularly sending in returns each month, which leaves a gap in the figures: Council does not know exactly how many, and which, services are being delivered to the community, good to know when it comes to showing our total voluntary work and crediting those responsible for helping at Service Desks. Support Groups will be getting a reminder to file…
+ …Meantime, of those Service Desks that are reporting, Auckland District Court is the busiest (5,965 transactions in the month), followed by Mt Eden/Albert CAB (4,289), Mt Roskill CAB (3,885), Auckland Central Library (2,962) and Botany CAB (2,136).
+ The percentage of Accredited Justices in Auckland has dropped and the Council will mount a series of gatherings to assist members qualify, including those who recently became Justices but have not become accredited. The target is 45 per cent of the membership accredited.
+ The Association’s Database is getting a makeover, part of the project to upgrade the website. The new application will assist the Registrar and Treasurer to maintain a record of Member’s details etc and enable emails to be sent to the up-to-date list of members.
+ Council welcomed the recent Lotteries Grant of $63,000 and will now put in place projects, as per the application, in the coming months.
+ The Association’s Strategic Plan will be reviewed and updated by a small working party, work to begin in the New Year.
+The changes in Rules agreed at the recent Annual General Meeting will come into effect once they have been lodged with Charities Services. The new Rules will also up be updated on the website and all members advised.
+ Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations advised that its financial year will be changing, as decided at last Conference, with in future the year ending June 30th. Arrangements have been put in place to make the transformation with an 8 month “year”.
+ There was a reminder about the Association’s Annual Dinner on 18th October at Quality Hotel, Parnell, where the guest speaker will be Kereyn Smith, MNZM, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-General of the NZ Olympic Committee.