This article was published in 2014, in Newsletter 116.
This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 November, 7.30pm for 8pm (ending by 10pm), at the Friends’ Meeting House on Jesus Lane. All are very welcome.
Our speaker this year
We are delighted to announce that Sir David Spiegelhalter will be our speaker this year. Sir David is the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge. Amongst his other work he has co-written papers on ‘Have London’s roads become more dangerous for cyclists?’ and ‘Bicycle helmets and the law’. He will be speaking on whether cycling is risky. www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/Dept/People/Spiegelhalter/davids.html
Formal AGM business
The business of the AGM will then follow, including elections to the Committee.
Any motions for the AGM must reach the Chair via our usual contact details by Tuesday, 7 October 2014. We will contact members to give more information on the AGM shortly afterwards.
Minutes of the last AGM will be sent to our members’ e- mail list a week in advance. Please let us know if you require a paper copy.
Motions already submitted are:
- Proposals to change the membership fee structure, with the goal of helping fund a campaign employee.
- Going Dutch: setting the Campaign’s expectations of cycle infrastructure in Cambridge.
The AGM is the time at which a new committee, which constitutes the Board of Trustees of the Charity, is elected. The Committee represents the ‘front line’ of the Campaign. On your behalf, members of the Committee assist with consultation responses, attend meetings, and administer aspects of the Campaign, all depending on the time they can spare.
It is an excellent opportunity to become more involved in the Campaign, promote cycling, learn about local government, and make a real difference to the local quality of life for all.
Every year all the committee posts, as listed below, are up for election – please consider standing! All members of the Campaign are allowed to vote.
If you want to stand for any of the positions, our rules require that you have a proposer who will sign a note of support before the start of the AGM. Please join us for this important work.
The posts are as follows:
- Chair (= Charity Chair)
- Co-ordinator (= Charity Secretary)
- Treasurer (= Charity Treasurer)
- Membership Secretary
- Liaison Officer
- Planning Co-ordinator
- Newsletter Editor
- Events Officer
- Recruitment Officer
- Web and New Media Officer
- Press Officer
- Schools and Student Outreach Officer
- Up to three General Campaigner posts; any posts above remaining unfilled will become additional general campaigner posts.
The General Campaigner posts are flexible to accommodate your special interest or expertise. You can find out more about the roles of the committee members at www.camcycle.org.uk/about/charity/boardoftrustees/
Hester Wells, Co-ordinator
I have been managing membership since the Cycling Campaign started in 1995. Twenty years is long enough! The technology we use is creaking under the weight of antiquity and numbers, and I need to bring this into the modern world. But it’s hard to have the time to both run the current system and make a new one – if current membership is not updated regularly it becomes really hard to catch up! So I am hoping one of you will step forward to become day- to-day Membership Secretary to give me the opportunity to update the system and then pass it on. Please do consider standing for this post at the AGM – and please do contact me about what’s involved any time.
The newsletter of has changed a lot since number 75, December 2007-January 2008, the first one I edited. Now in full colour, and on glossy rather than matt paper, it is still A4 and still usually 20 or 24 pages. What has not changed is its quality – a small group of hard-working volunteers manages to produce a very professional-looking magazine, with far fewer typographical errors than many papers, every two months. Very many thanks to everyone who has helped bring this about. Now, after seven years and 41 issues, I feel it is time to let someone new, with fresh ideas and more time and energy, do future issues – not necessarily another 40! See www.camcycle.org.uk/about/charity/boardoftrustees/ for a brief job description, or contact me to discuss what is entailed. Although I am standing down I shall be happy to help and advise. But I am sure there is someone out there, who will be able to continue helping the Campaign produce its excellent newsletter.