Presidents Statement 2018/19
Firstly, I would like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as President and enjoyed the company of all of the members at the various meetings we have had.
We have had some very interesting speakers across a wide range of subjects this year. We also had Pio’s quiz, which personally I thought went down very well and was a great success, backed up by the fact it was the highest attended event outside of the Christmas and Annual dinners. Thanks to Pio for organising, I am sure we will do another quiz next season.
In terms of members, we have seen an increase due to a number of new members joining both from a personal and corporate perspective. I would like to thank the committee for all their hard work in recruiting these new members. I would also like to welcome all new members to the club that have joined this last year and hope they have enjoyed the meetings they have attended. Recruiting new members is an ongoing activity of the club so I urge everyone to spread the word and encourage friends and colleagues to join our club.
At this point I must record my thanks to the committee for their unequivocal support during my term of office and make particular mention of the untiring efforts of our Secretary, Barry Parnell, who kept everything and everybody in order. It is to be noted that after several years of successful outings, in the temporary unavailability of Barry we were unable in this last year to organise a suitable trip. We are, however, looking to the future hoping that Barry, the present incumbent in the post of Secretary, continues in post. Appointments will obviously fall into place following the AGM but it cannot be presumptuous to welcome Nick Barrett as the President designate. Nick stepped into the breach sadly created by the loss of Terry Long and in accordance with our rules should automatically move on to the presidency. I wish him all the very best in his two years of office to come.
One of the highlights of the year has to be the Gas Truck event organised by Vaughan where we partnered up with Dawsons, Iveco and Calor Gas to launch a new gas-powered HGV. The club received some excellent publicity in the press and social media platforms and led to new members. This type of event is something we need to replicate in the future so all ideas welcome. A massive thanks to Vaughan for coming up with the idea, funding and organising the event.
I am delighted to announce that in the last year we have raised a total of £1970 for a number of good causes and charities. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
We would like to increase member numbers which is essential to ensure the future existence of the club, so please don’t be shy, please let me or one of the committee members know if you have any ideas.
Lastly, this club would not exist at all if it wasn’t for our Club Secretary, Barry Parnell. I would like to go on record to say a big thanks to Barry for the time he devotes to the smooth running of the club. And not forgetting David Baxter who ensures the finances of club are in order.
All the Best
Nick Barrett, President of the Norwich Traffic Club. May 2019.