Message from the president

  Posted on 21st May 2020 by Nick Cottrell in UFBA blog, UFBA News

Well things have certainly changed since my last message. I hope this message finds all members and their families safe and well and looking forward to the times ahead. It is great to see and hear that everyone has been turning out to calls in their communities under such trying circumstances. You are all to be congratulated for your efforts over this period. So while we start getting back to some sort of normal I ask you to look out for each other and reach out to those who may need some help. For many there may well be difficult times ahead and with this in mind a special fund, through the UFBA Benevolent Fund trustees, has been set to help those in need. Please spread the word that this is available to all members.

I’ve been in regular contact with the office staff throughout. Even though they have been working from home they have been busier than ever. They’ve been setting up the MAP panel (members advisory panel). This is a panel of four who can take members concerns to the Board and act as a direct liaison between members giving a ‘lay of the land’. This panel consists of myself, Howard Coles from FRFANZ Exec committee, past president Glenn Williams & Vice President Jason Prendergast. We have had two meetings already and things are moving along nicely.

With the cancellation of all challenges for the rest of the calendar year and the upcoming Conference, the UFBA staff and Board have had to think outside the square to be able to fulfil what the UFBA constitution outlines.  While the idea of an online annual meeting will not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think the staff have done a great job of getting the UFBA in a position to be able to continue to meet obligations and provide servces under the circumstances. I think it’s exciting to push ourselves to try new ways and adapt.
The board had a meeting on 1 May fully online. It was very successful in that we were still able to conduct our business without letting restrictions get in the way. While we are all learning about how things may look in the future, we have learnt that we can carry on without having to meet face-to-face.

While we move into level 2 and start to move more freely amongst each other, please watch over each other and be safe.

James Walker
UFBA President

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