Javea U3A committee to continue

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MEMBERS OF Javea U3A have given their executive committee a big vote of confidence by electing them to continue in their positions for the next 12 months.

At the annual general meeting held at the Parador Hotel on Wednesday March 29, all seven members of the committee were returned unopposed for another term of office.

Members of the 1,200-strong association have been voting online over the last couple of months and the results were announced at the AGM.

President Eric Atkins was re-elected and will be joined once again by vice-president Guy Marriott, secretary Roy Brown, treasurer Mick Cox, membership secretary Sheila Giacomelli, groups co-ordinator Karen White and communications officer Ian Rogerson.

The non-executive committee will be made up of webmaster Clive White, deputy secretary Val Dromgoole, deputy treasurer Sally Rush, deputy membership secretary Linda Coughlin, deputy groups co-ordinator Yvonne Mulley and member without portfolio Jacqui Rogerson. Shirley King will continue to serve as events co-ordinator.

The president said it had been a successful year since the committee was first elected and he thanked his committee members for their hard work and support.

‘We have had a busy 12 months,’ he said, highlighting some of the group’s achievements.

‘We re-launched the Care and Share Group, under the leadership of Angela Chantry and have enjoyed some really good events including the May Ball, Summer Barbecue and Barn Dance, organised by our events co-ordinator Shirley King.’

‘We have also launched a new Facebook Group and thanks to the hard work of communications officer Ian Rogerson and member Margaret March it has flourished. Although it has only been going for only a couple of months, we already have around 100 members.’

Eric continued: ‘The Travel Group has organised some wonderful trips, some of which I have been on myself and there are many more on the go – my sincere thanks go to all the travel team.’

He then presented a bottle of wine to Travel Group leader Joni Hills, who is set to retire from her role in June after six years at the helm.

Among the many events being organised for this year are the May Ball at El Canor, Teulada, on Thursday May 25; a Hog Roast at Quo Vadis in Javea on Thursday July 6 and the annual Barn Dance, details of which will be announced in due course.

Eric urged members to support this year’s nominated charity, Make A Smile, and also thanked everybody for their generous donations of food parcels on the day to the charity Caritas.

Vice-president Guy Marriott also promised some interesting speakers for forthcoming monthly general meetings, including former world snooker and billiards champion and well-known BBC snooker commentator Ray Edmunds in May and classical music impresario John Deacon in June – both not to be missed!

The new committee received a warm round of applause from the audience.

For full details of Javea U3A events and activities, visit the website www.u3ajavea.org.

PHOTO: The Javea U3A committee – back, from left, vice-president Guy Marriott and secretary Roy Brown, front, from left, communications officer Ian Rogerson, membership secretary Sheila Giacomelli, president Eric Atkins, groups co-ordinator Karen White and deputy treasurer Sally Rush (in the absence of treasurer Mick Cox)

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