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2013 AGM Report AGM Outcomes 2013 16 members attended our 2013 AGM on 22 June together with guests from community organisations, Exmouth Community Assn and Exmouth Citizens Forum. An important change to the constitution was agreed: Constitutional Change A ‘nominal’, yearly membership subscription has been agreed and set at £1 for 2013/14. Adrian Toole described the reasons why the Officers and the Umbrella Group wanted the change: Having rationalised the email lists I find find we have 50 people in a members’ list and 266 in a supporters’ list. We have little or no contact with most of the 50 let alone with the 266! Myself, other Officers and the wider Umbrella Group, feel that the membership list is obsolete and wish to propose a change of constitution by the introduction of formal Transition Exmouth membership to be established by the payment of a nominal sum at each AGM. This would bring Transition Exmouth in line with conventional procedure, would give us credibility with formally structured organisations, and not least empower us to take decisions at AGMs or EGMs. A similar proposal has been rejected in the past but if we are to move forward the Officers and the Umbrella Group feel it is right to vote again.    17 people completed membership forms and paid their subscriptions at the end of the meeting. Reports   CHAIRMAN’S REPORT. Sam Forder summarised the events of the year , which had included a visit to the Bicton College EaRTH Centre, which visibly demonstrated sustainable architecture, the meeting held on Sustainability in the Home, the lecture on water supplies in a changing climate by Neil Whiter of S.W. Water, practical activities like hedge laying to protect a new cycle path on National Trust land and tree planting on open land, committee work on the Community Organisations Panel and social events such as green drinks, cycling and representation at the Exmouth Festival. TREASURER’S REPORT’. Peter Dennes explained the accounts for the year, which were approved unanimously. The Treasurer explained that they had not yet been inspected because of the unavailabity of our accounts inspector. Peter explained that he expected that she would be available to help again soon.   Elections   CHAIRMAN Sam Forder indicated that he did not wish to continue for a further term. He was thanked for all that he had done. Adrian Toole proposed that Derek Smithers be elected to the post. Noel Harrower seconded and Derek was appointed unanimously. TREASURER Peter Dennes said that he would be willing to continue as Treasurer, but would stand down willingly if any suitable person was willing to stand. There were no other candidates and Peter was elected unanimously. SECRETARY. Noel Harrower said that he was willing to continue as Secretary, but would welcome an Assistant Secretary. as no-one offered their services, he was appointed unanimously Derek suggested that perhaps in future someone else could take the minutes at the umbrella meeting. This possibility will be discussed by the Umbrella Group. MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY. Adrian Toole was re-elected. PRESS and PUBLICITY OFFICER. Paul Strange having resigned due to change of job , the post was vacant; Paul had been thanked and given a present by the Officers and Umbrella Group at the time. New member Gail McKenzie volunteered for the post and was unanimously elected. Gail has professional credentials in this line of work and is occupied away from home at present. She expects however to be able to take up the role with TTE later in the year. COLP REPRESENTATIVES: Derek Smithers, Noel Harrower, Peter Dennes, and Elinor Scott volunteered. Umbrella Group The following will sit on the Umbrella Group for the year ahead either because they are officers or because they volunteered:     Derek Smithers     Noel Harrower     Peter Dennes     Adrian Toole     Andrew Colman     Elinor Scott     Andy Lock     Gail McKenzie     Jane Habermehl     Sam Forder   Mission Statement The wording of our mission statement was discussed and amended to read:-   “to strengthen the community’s response to climate change, inequality and shrinking supplies of resources, including energy, water and land, by building long-term town resilience and reducing carbon emissions.” Allotment Sarah King explained that a large allotment at a prominent place on Pound Lane, which had formerly belonged to Devon County Council, had recently been acquired by Glenorchy Church. She was managing it as a community allotment and several local groups including some unemployed people who are attending the Glenorchy Workclub and some people with special needs were also already involved. There would be no cost to TTE. Sarah took the contact details of nine interested individuals and said that she would be calling them to a meeting to discuss arrangements.   Future events       Thursday 27 June, Green Drinks to be held at the Grapevine in Victoria Rd. at 8pm; this event is to be monthly.     Saturday 24th August, Picnic in the Trees, gather at our plantation at noon at Greenfingers, Pound Lane, bringing food to share.     Monday 30 September, “Climate Change – Global to Local” talk by Professor Peter Challenor of Exeter University 7.30. Exmouth Community College, Gipsy Lane.     Wednesday 16 October, theSustainable Tourism Project: Derek Smithers gave a power- point presentation about our new project. He is making a presentation shortly to the Exmouth Tourist Board. We have received a grant from the Town Council to cover expenses for an Open Space Meeting, where people involved in the tourist trade in Exmouth, will be given information about reducing costs and also reducing carbon footprints. Much more about this later. The meeting closed