Annual General Meeting
The 2019 AGM was held on Saturday, 2 November 2019 in Auckland at the Grand Millennium Hotel.
This year there were two National Board vacancies and four Honorary Vice-President vacancies. The two Board vacancies were filled, with Nancy Ward and Ross Butler declared elected. Two of the four Honorary Vice-President vacancies were filled, with Dave Berry and Bruce Ward declared elected.
Constitutional and General Notices of Motion
Both Constitutional and General Notices of Motion are now open. These can be proposed by the Board, any Branch Committee, and any group of eight senior financial members.
Notices of Motion should be forwarded to the National Secretary by 12 noon on Friday 7 August 2020.
Service and Merit Awards
Each year YHA formally recognises those members who have volunteered their time to the organisation by presenting service and merit awards at the AGM. Nominations for these awards may be made by National Board, a Branch Committee, a Members Group, a group of six senior financial members, or the Awards Committee.
Honorary Life Membership
May be awarded to persons (who need not be members) who have made an exceptional voluntary contribution to YHA. This contribution would generally be at a national level, for the benefit of YHA as a whole, and usually over an extended period of time.
Distinguished Service Award
May be awarded to Senior Financial Members who have made an exceptional voluntary contribution to YHA, particularly at a Branch or Member Group level.
Certificate of Merit
May be awarded to persons (who need not be members) who have made a significant voluntary contribution to YHA at a local level.
Membership & Governance Review
You may have read in recent editions of YHA News that our group has been tasked by National Board to undertake a membership and governance review.
We wish to propose a governance model that reflects YHA today and into the future; a model that considers the role of membership in YHA’s governance processes. We drafted a consultation paper back in October 2018, and one of our previous Board Members gave a presentation at the last AGM. Feedback was encouraged from members.
The Board held a planning day at the end of January 2019, which was facilitated by a governance specialist engaged via the Institute of Directors. Also in attendance were Honorary Life Members, Bruce Ward and Harry Guitry.
The discussions were valuable and have given the Board much to think about in relation to the future of membership and governance of YHA. The Board was heartened to hear that the challenges YHA faces in this regard are not unique and are currently being faced by many, if not most, organisations with a similar structure as YHA. It’s still a complex issue and the Board looks forward to talking more with members about its thinking regarding what’s best for YHA as a whole.
A Member Communique with further thoughts on the future of governance of YHA was sent out to members in August 2019, and this can be read here.
Our 2019 AGM in Auckland was followed by a short Membership and Governance workshop with attending members participating.
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