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Ric Carlyon - Thursday, March 10, 2016

From yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association 

Accreditation is coming to a JP near you! The Royal Federation’s scheme is being introduced mid-year: meanwhile Council is keen to retain its “Active and Current” initiative locally… that all Justices are Active, regularly providing services to the community and Current, competent in their work, up to date with. Council members believe the two measures to improve and maintain competencies can be dove-tailed and are looking at ways to amalgamate them. 

May Luncheon Council members were advised that, for the first time, registration for the May Luncheon (May 15th at Waipuna Lodge) will be able to be made on-line through the Association’s website… among other options for those without access to the internet.

Badge The Association’s unique badge is protected under our Rules. 

Council believes this may need strengthening and will consider formulating guidelines about its use. 

Our Subscription  It was noted during deliberations in Dunedin that Associations throughout the land have different subscriptions ranging from $30 t0 $70 and some have no reduction for JP Retired members. Auckland’ sub, at $55 is therefore about average… and we have a reduced sub, $18, for JP Retired folk. A

And by the way, those members who are not financial have been given a reminder that their subs are now due

Ongoing Education  This module is now available on the Royal Federation’s website, presenting ongoing education opportunities designed to support learning that takes place at Education sessions convened (in our case) at Support Groups meetings, District Seminars and at Regional Conference. 

RFoNZJA logo White-721-855  Ongoing Education Module

On Line Education incorporates changes made in last year’s Ministerial Manual. While a great aid towards competency, it’s not directly connected with Accreditation moves. 

Certificates of Service Those members eligible for long service (30 years, for instance) should advise the Registrar so appropriate certificates can be prepared. This is a one-chance offer, a “catch up” opportunity, for long-serving members who have not had long service previously recognised.  

Support Groups/Service Desks Council members are considering whether further guidelines should be formulated to assist activities of these two most important Association undertakings.
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