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Briefs April Council Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Council of the Auckland Justice of the Peace Association met yesterday.

+ Tentatively, the date has been set for the Auckland Regional Conference: Sunday 30th September. Opportunity will again be taken to combine the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

+ Council has submitted an application to Auckland Council for funds to assist the work Justices contribute to the community, especially those who work at the many Service Desks across Greater Auckland

+ President Garry Nicholls advised that Justices have been co-opted as members of the Council to fill vacancies. Yvonne Hawkins, Ana-Marie de Vos Sanchez, Sharon Nicholson and Ginny Radford replace members who have recently resigned, and in the case of Ric Carlyon, been appointed Auckland Representative on the Board of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations. The secondments on Council continue until this year's Annual General Meeting.

+ Ric Carlyon bowed out as a member of the Council, thanking all those who in recent years have assisted him, particularly in the oversight of Service Desks, which he described as “the places where Justices most serve their communities, through 27 Support groups at nearly 60 locations”.

+ Council Member and Vice President Sherryl Wilson has been appointed to oversee Support Groups and Service Desks vice Ric Carlyon. Sherryl has advised that some co-opted Council members will be assisting as liaison people with Support Groups, filling gaps left by resignations.  

+The Association is starting its own Face Book page. After discussing, and deciding, matters of security, policy and protocols surrounding the on-line media, Council believes it will provide interest and benefit for members. Registrar Janet Thompson will be the administrator. The Association’s website will continue, presently being given a makeover. 

+ It was reported that good interest is being shown in the Association’s annual luncheon on Sunday 20th May at the Quality Hotel, Parnell, where the guest speaker will be Dr Siouxsie Wiles, microbiologist and science communicator, Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Laboratory at the University of Auckland. She was also one of the three finalists in the New Zealander of the Year Award this year. 

+ The latest series of Hub Training Meetings is underway and feedback from the first of these is very positive, with the changed format appreciated, especially time set aside for sharing and discussion. The meetings continue at various venues across Auckland each weekend until the end of the month.

+ Treasurer Geoff Pownall reported that some 25 Justices are 2 years in arrears with their subscriptions. Mid-year, they'll lose their membership as per the Association’s Rules. Each member will be advised of the situation in advance of the cut-off date

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