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Minutes of the second HAFSA AGM
19th January 2013 at St. Thomas Church Hall, Hanwell
Present: Cathy Bjarnason, Martin Eady, Jean Fitzpatrick, Brigitte flock, Marjorie Kelly, Colin Lomas, Simon Quinn, Lynne Ringuet, Andree Ryan, Monika Eady, Thelma Thomas, Denis Hawkins, Sue O’Dell, Maream Shaw, Alphonse Ryan, Brigitte Flock, Steve Craddock, Nihad Khanfar, Gillian Brown, Brigitte Flock, Ann Soo, Mohamed Masharqa,Gill Horsfield, Nichola Lovett, Ahmed Mansur, Sr Rita Syron, Hilde Poltorak, Jan McHugh, Kathy Tomlisnson and Abu Yasser on Skype.
Apologies received: Anna Ringuet, Lynn Knowles, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Anne Marie Fugger, Laura Southern, Elsa Southern, Alan Cripps, Lyn Knowles, Mary Thorold, Kathy Tomlinson, Philippa Mukherjee, Usha Dave, Tanya Solokof/Diaz, Fiona Barakat
Subscription: renewals of £5 were collected and we had 8 new people joining.
Minutes of First AGM: The minutes were accepted. Proposed by Steve Craddock and seconded by Gillian Brown.
Chair’s report: Andree outlined the activities of the past year including matters arising and on-going projects and new ideas. The meeting was positive about the proposal to fund the furnishing of the new guest house in Sebastiya. Jean Fitzpatrick elaborated on the recent meeting she and Maream Shaw had with the MP Virenda Sharma regarding the sewage dumping from the Shave Shomron illegal jewish settlement onto the agriculture land between them and Sebastiya. The report was accepted: Proposed by Martin Eady, seconded by Brigitte Flock
Treasurer’s report: Cathie presented the accounts which had been approved by George Venus. Cathie thanked the members for their generosity and efforts. The accounts were approved. Proposed by Sue O’Dell, seconded by Maream Shaw
Election of managing committee: The members of the outgoing committee that were present were all willing to be re-elected en block: Andree Ryan, Brigitte Flock, Cathie Bjarnason, Colin Lomas, Jean Fitzpatrick, Lynne Ringuet, Martin Eady, Maream Shaw, Marjorie Kelly, and Simon Quinn. Mohamed Masharqa volunteered to join the committee. Proposed by Sue O’Dell, seconded by Monica Eady.
The new committee will meet and elect from its members a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, membership secretary, press officer and anything else that is needed.
Discussion : Members present suggested we become proactive in contacting the BBC about news they do not cover such as the wide spread dumping of sewage and chemicals from illegal Jewish the settlements onto agriculture land lying below the settlements. Abu Yasser spoke to the meeting via Skype thanking us for our support and interest in what is happening in Sebastiya.
After the formal part of the AGM we broke for tea, sandwiches and sharing of a specially made HAFSA birthday cake. This was followed by two short talks. One talk by Jean Ftizpatrick on her 5 week stay in Sebastiya teaching English and one by Colin Lomas on the historical significance of Sebastiya.
Minutes taken by Marjorie Kelly, Committee Secretary