The latest meeting of the Society of Tatamagouche Centre was held on October 3, 2015 beginning at 10am. Because there was an encouragingly large number of youth attending a Youth Forum event at the Centre itself, we met at the Tatamagouche Fire Hall. Nineteen people were present. Several others were unable to attend as the meeting date coincided with the funeral of Thomas Turay in Antigonish. Thomas was a good friend of the Centre and our deepest sympathy goes out to his friends and family – he will be missed.
Board Member Karen MacNeill gave a brief statement with regard to our finances. We are essentially in the same position we were in last June. It is only because of the wonderful generosity of several key people coupled with an additional grant from General Council that we have been able to run programs, meet pay roll, and pay our suppliers throughout the summer. We are so very grateful for that generosity.
Board Member Lori Crocker offered the image of a square transforming into a circle as a metaphor for our present situation. We are right now in the movement from one form into another, and if we do not pay keen attention to this in-between time the hoped-for future cannot emerge. It proved to be a helpful image as the meeting progress.
The Board Members then tendered their resignation as a group, feeling that they had brought the Centre as far as they could and now needed to pass the task onto others. The meeting accepted their resignations with thanksgiving and gratitude. David Hewitt spoke with appreciation for the tremendous personal commitment the Board has shown and acknowledged that the work of the past few months has taken a tremendous personal toll on the Board members. They have done well through a difficult time.
David Hewitt, as Executive Secretary of Maritime Conference, then took the position of Chair and called for nomination of a new Board. The new Board is Peter Hough, Dwayne Semple, Jim Wicks, and Karen MacNeill. This is the bare minimum number of Board Members allowable under our By-laws. We are looking for another 6 people to join us. If you have any interest in becoming a Board Member please speak to either
If you know of someone you think would make a wonderful Board Member, please speak to them and encourage them to have a conversation with Kathryn or Karen.
The proposed terms of reference for a Future Planning Team were distributed and discussed then referred to the new Board for action. We are presently recruiting people for this work as well.
And finally, we are looking to form a team around fundraising – for immediate needs and for long term planning. We have one or two committed folk already but they need technical support and other help. If you have gifts in this area we need you! The fundraising team will meet on November 7th, 1pm at the Centre. If you are interested, just come along – although it would be nice if you let Katja know you were coming. If you would like to help out but cannot make that date then please let us know so we can be in touch with you after the meeting.