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History - 2002

Written on February 1, 2017

Obituary - Mr Frank Terry - Sadly we must record the death of our Patron Frank Terry.

Frank was the founding father of the Federation and was the first President from 1960-62, he then served as Treasurer for 18 years from 1966-83. Frank was elected a Vice Patron in 1984 and Patron in 1986 a position he held until his death.

New Plymouth Operatic were the hosts for Conference 2002 which was held at the Plymouth International Hotel in March. 127 Delegates and Observers representing 35 Societies (20 North Island and 15 South Island) gathered with the increased numbers a reflection of the work done by the Executive and our hosts to encourage attendance. In a departure from tradition there wasn't a politician in sight when it came to the formal opening of Conference on Saturday morning. Local identity John Wheeler, a horse trainer of some repute, established the tone for the day with delightful anecdotes relating to his involvement with the racing industry before he formally opened the conference.

A moment's silence was observed as a mark of respect for the late Jim McKenzie a former President of the Federation who had recently passed away at his home in Hamilton.

Due to his pending departure overseas Gordon Bain did not seek re-election as Zone 5 Representative. Gordon was on the Executive for 15 years and during that time made a significant contribution to the growth and welfare of the Federation. A presentation was made to Gordon in recognition of his contribution.

Seven merit awards were given out.

Contributions to CAF in the last 12 months have been the lowest for many years. The CAF scheme is one of the real success stories from the Federation and whilst participation in the scheme is voluntary it is important that the membership continue to support it as it is an excellent low cost way societies can use to access funding for capital works. An application was made for assistance to run a further series of the very successful regional workshops however regrettably we were again turned down by Creative New Zealand (CNZ) for funding. Our biggest disappointment was that we had followed strong suggestions from CNZ to include the use of ''in the business'' professionals to lead the workshops, but to no avail. It would appear that individual societies are likely to be more successful for funding with an application via the Local Community Facility schemes.

Somewhat surprisingly usage of the library has dropped during the year, hopefully this is cyclical and not an early indication of a downward trend.

The full Executive met twice during the year, at Rotorua in July and in Wellington in October. In addition a conference call meeting was held in December. The meeting in Rotorua gave the Executive the opportunity to ''check-out'' the facilities at the Hotel for the 2003 Conference and we were also fortunate to attend as guests of Rotorua Musical Theatre a highly polished performance of ''Brassed Off''. Zone 5 rep Janice had an unfortunate start to her involvement with the Executive only making it as far as Wellington before bad weather forced her to return home to Alexandra.

After twenty two years John MacGibbon retires from the Executive with the expiry of his two-year term as immediate Past President. John was Elected Zone One Rep in 1980 and has been a member of the Executive ever sine including terms as Vice president and President. His contribution, wealth of knowledge and years of experience will be missed but I know John will only be a phone call away should we need to contact him.

We also lost our Zone one Rep Mary-Pat who after two years has decided to stand down. Mary-Pat has worked well for Zone One and has always made a positive contribution at Executive meetings.

It is pleasing to able to report a surplus for the year of $734 which represents a significant improvement on the deficit of ($7,364) reported for the 2001 year.

Spotlight had been running at a considerable loss for a number of years and the decision to put Spotlight into recess has had a significant positive impact on the Federation's finances.

Subscriptions are up slightly despite a drop in the number of members which is due to some movement of societies within categories.

A small surplus from the 2002 Conference held in New Plymouth also helped to increase the revenues

Executive - 2002

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Life Members Tim Blennerhasset, Frank Terry MBE, Ella Duddridge, Jim Fenton QSO, Sandra Sewell, Shona Spencer, Nola Speir QSM, Tony Flannagan
President Kevin Murphy (New Plymouth)
Immediate Past President John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Vice President John Antony (North Shore)
Executive - Zone One Mary-Pat Denley (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott, QSM (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Ross Benbow (Nelson)
Executive - Zone Five Janice Stratford (Alexandra)
Administrator Kate Ghent
Membership: Society: 69; Corporate: 19; Education: 40; Associate: 9
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