MINUTES OF THE 5th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
GAMBIA EDUCATION AND TEACHING SUPPORT
HELD ON 16th AUGUST 2008 AT 1P.M.
AT DEAL CENTRE FOR THE RETIRED.
Francis Glynn Chairman
Julie Limbrick Secretary
Sheila Plaister Sponsorship Secretary
Trustees Annual Report
Adoption of the report proposed by Steve Maw,
Seconded by John Skingsley and ADOPTED.
In addition to the printed report the Chairman updated all present on the following:-
12 volunteers organised to visit and assist in Gambia for the current year.
Modest salary increases for teachers implemented but due to the drop in the dalasi the charity were unable to meet the approved amount.
10 more sponsors needed at £10 a month to meet the target.
Members were requested to inform the webmaster, Dawn Webster, (email@example.com) when they intend to visit Gambia if they are willing to take out a small amount of charitable goods. Additional weight to be requested on their behalf by the charity if required.
Mr. Glynn requested members approval of utilising some of a donation for printing to be used on tee shirts for members/trustees/supporters. AGREED.
A Memorandum of Understanding on the Busambala Sunrise Centre was circulated and questions on the project asked and answered. These included effect on existing projects, sponsorships, government intervention, length of project, costs etc.
Acceptance of the memorandum was proposed by David Goss, seconded by Tony Bond and unanimously AGREED. Signposting (assisted by Gurve Co.) and fencing of the site (assisted by Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd) could now be initiated.
Adoption of the Annual Accounts:
annual accounts were circulated and the transfer of funds from
unrestricted funds to restricted funds was explained by the Chairman and
Mr. Paul Webster. Tribute was paid to the Ex. treasurer Sarah Travers.
Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Mr. Bryn Limbrick, seconded by Rosie Holder and ADOPTED.
Gambia expenditure sheet also circulated – it was AGREED full accounts would be incorporated with UK accounts next year.
Nomination received for Mr. Francis Glynn, seconded by Shirley Britton and CARRIED.
Nomination received for Mrs. Julie Limbrick, seconded by John Skinsley and CARRIED.
Nomination received for Mrs. Dawn Webster, seconded by Angela Thomas and CARRIED.
Nomination received for Mrs. Sheila Plaister, Sponsorship Secretary,
seconded by Mrs. Kay Skinsley and CARRIED.
No further nominations received.
Trustees to appoint co-options as and if appropriate during the ensuing year.
Mrs. Sheila Plaister updated members on sponsorship progress and thanked Indee Glynn for the work undertaken on student accounts & files in Gambia.
Shirley Britton updated members on fund raising and appealed for
additional help. She also explained the benefits to be gained by searching
or buying through Easy Search and Easy Fund Raising.
Angela Thomas and Rosie Holder advised they were currently working on the
6th edition of the newsletter. Membership thanked them for
their excellent productions.
Dawn Webster was congratulated on the excellent work undertaken on the
Tony Bond briefed the members on his recent appointment and contacts made to date. The new position was considered vital for the future of GETSuk and the Busambala Project and Tony was warmly welcomed.
Mr. Cliff Parfit underlined the need for teachers to be trained and guided to understand expensive equipment was not a necessity for learning and showed members the 5 simple story books he had prepared to be used in The Gambia.
Very interesting reports were delivered by or on behalf of the main
Essau Nursery School
St Peters Nursery School
London Corner Nursery School
Bakoteh Nursery School
Castellan West African Trust
Bakoteh Community Library
The Sunrise Centre (Busambala)
The UK visit of Nfamara hosted by Helen Downie and Tony Bond
8. Questions And Comments:
Members were shown an example of simple notelets which will be
designed with an
meeting recognised the major benefits to be gained from
the educational visit by the Gambian Education Manager Nfamara to
the UK thanks to the efforts of the hosting volunteers, Helen and Tony. It
was hoped in the future further Gambian teachers could benefit with the
aid of sponsors.
The Chairman thanked the Chairman of Deal Centre for the Retired, Mr. Michel Dourthe for allowing the use of the Centre to hold the meeting.
appreciated the venue and the excellent lunch provided by Mrs. Mandy Love
who gave her labour free of charge to GETSuk.
Meeting closed. 3.45pm.