2007 CARP North Bay & District Fall Newsletter

CARP North Bay & District Chapter Newsletter

September 2007

Message from the Chair:

Significant development has occurred within the CARP North Bay & District Chapter over the past year. We became incorporated and held our second annual conference/AGM where we elected several new directors. The Board held a strategic planning session with a professional facilitator and formed committees based on our Operational plan for the next year. Below you will find the Vision, Mission and Goals for 2007-08. We’ve also held seminars in community development and financial planning, with another on vision and driving scheduled for late September. Our Chapter is growing stronger all the time and attracting attention of decision makers. I personally received an invitation to participate on the planning advisory committee for the city of North Bay and now meet regularly with our political representatives to bring attention to the needs and demands of our membership. The more members we have involved the more we can get done. If you have a desire to work with us we welcome your input and/or participation on a committee. Just send us an email or give any of the board members listed below a call.

Ron Farrell

Meet your Board of Directors:

Executive directors elected for two years: R.M.(Ron) Farrell, Chair, [email protected] Bob Lewis, Vice Chair, [email protected] Dennis Parrish, Treasurer, [email protected]

Directors elected for one year: Anne & Stewart Bell, Co Directors Social Justice, [email protected] Winona Schorse, Director Membership Development/Registration, [email protected] Marc Vaillancourt, Director Chapter Development, [email protected] Jacqueline Michaud, Director of Communications, [email protected] Anne Farrell, Corporate Secretary (interim basis), [email protected] Peter Hunter, Director at large, [email protected]

Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM) :

On May 12, 2007, 65 CARP North Bay & District Chapter members participated in a day long conference including a wide variety of workshops from safe driving, gardening, travel, funeral planning, financial planning as well as a Tai Chi demonstration and keynote speaker, Barry Spilchuk, author of the ‘Soup for the Soul’ series. Conference workshops and presentations were greatly enjoyed by all participants. As suggested, the main theme for the 2008 conference will be ‘Health’.

The conference was followed by the Annual General Meeting. In the Chair’s report for the year, Ron Farrell highlighted the board’s move to comply with national requirement to become incorporated. The process was completed in October 2007 at a cost of about $1500.00. Auditor Winona Schorse reported she had reviewed the bylaws and articles of incorporation as well as financial records of receipts and expenditures for the year and found compliance with no exceptions. The Chapter thereby starts the New Year solidly placed as a corporation with money in the bank to initiate new activities on behalf of its members. Twelve positions were open for nominations to the Board of Directors. However, only nine were appointed, by acclamation. Members of the Board will seek additional directors when specific strengths required become clear. Amendments to the bylaws were also approved whereby three of the executive directors (Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer) would be appointed to the Board of Directors for two years and the remaining Board members would be appointed for one year.