Global Branch AGM 2017

Minutes Of The AGM Of RAFA Global Branch 1370.

Prior to the AGM the following AGENDA was provided by email to all Branch members together with the opportunity to vote for both the Committee elections as well as the Special resolution.

Shortly before the AGM the Committee were advised that Group Captain O’Connor was not able to attend the meeting, however, we were able to obtain the services of Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes who flies with the Red Arrows as Red 3.



  1. Dedication followed by two minutes silence.
  2. Chairman’s Opening Address
  3. Apologies For Absence
  4. Consideration of the Report from the Committee for the past year (Presented by the Secretary)
  5. Matters Arising from the Committee ‘s report.
  6. Report by the Treasurer including consideration of the Statement of Accounts for the preceding financial year
  7. Report by the Welfare Officer.
  8. Election of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer and other committee positions.
  9. Consideration of any resolutions forwarded by Ordinary and Associate Members of the Club to the Secretary at least seven days before the date of the meeting.
  10. Special Resolution – Global Branch 1370 Memorial :-
  • Should RAFA Global Branch 1370 erect a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum ?
  1. Address from Group Captain S K O’Connor, Deputy Commandant RAF College Cranwell
  2. Meeting dismissed – (toast – The Queen).

The meeting commenced at 20:00hours with the reading of the Dedication. This was presented by Mr Gerwyn Thomas.

This was followed by the Chairman’s opening address.

The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all those that had made the effort to attend the meeting and thanked the members and committee of The Grimsby And Cleethorpes RAFA Club for their welcome and hospitality. The Chairman noted that attendance was very low and disappointing, In fact the attendance signature sheet shows that actual attendance at the AGM was just 12 full members, 4 associate members and 2 guests.  The Chairman noted that during the first full year of operation the Branch membership had grown significantly but that further effort was required to continue to grow the membership. The Chairman noted that 2 members of the Branch had passed away during the year. The Chairman welcomed and thanked Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes for attending the meeting at short notice.

The Secretary thereafter presented the Committee’s report for the year. It was noted that running a virtual branch presented a number of practical problems not faced by regular branches. A particular issue was how committee meetings are held. During the first year of operation the Committee have held meeting on the first Sunday of each month via an online video conferencing facility called Zoom. The Committee feel that this has been a practical and effective way to run Branch business. The meetings are all recorded in audio and visual format for the purpose of record keeping and review if required.

There were no matters arising from the Committee’s report.

The Treasurer, Mrs M Jesty presented the Treasurers Report and following a vote the accounts were approved unanimously.

The Welfare Report was presented by the Branch Welfare Office Group Captain (Rtd) Nick Loveday as follows:-

RAFA is a registered charity that provides friendship and welfare support to anyone who is serving or has served in the Air Forces, their spouses, widows/widowers and their dependents.  Friendship and welfare support is provided to all eligible personnel irrespective of their membership of the Association.

Whilst this friendship and welfare is usually delivered via Branches and their Honorary Welfare Officers, in areas where Branches have closed and a Virtual Branch has been established (as in our case with the Global Branch), the welfare assistance is provided by the existing and well-established worldwide RAFA Welfare team through the Regional Area Welfare Officers.

Assistance may be provided for eligible individuals who are in need of information, help and support resulting from actual financial distress, disability, sickness, convalescence or loneliness.  Assistance may take the form of respite breaks (known as Wings Breaks), sheltered housing, assisted living, war pensions, befriending, general welfare or a signposting service informing individuals of specialised organisations and agencies that may also be able to help.  Applicants are assessed on individual need and financial circumstances and where applicable the assigned welfare officer will seek grants and loans from the Association, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and other charitable organisations.

My role as your Welfare Officer is to refer any eligible clients from either our Branch or people that we know in to the Association’s Regional Welfare system.

Over the past year, I have referred 6 cases into the Welfare System – 5 cases in the UK and one overseas.  Assistance has ranged from friendship, Wings Breaks, financial assistance with debts and support through illness and bereavement.  Although we have offered on each occasion, the Branch has not yet been asked to contribute to any of the cases that involved financial assistance.

Should you need my help or assistance, or you know of an individual in your community who might benefit from friendship or welfare support from the Association or other Service charities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.  Remember, people do not need to be members of the Association to access welfare support – they simply need to be serving or have served in the Air Forces or be the spouse, widow/widower or a dependent or someone who served.

The Secretary noted that all current Committee members were willing to continue in post and as no other nominations had been received from members of the Branch the following Committee was elected for this year.


Chairman                             Mr Steve Mullis

Vice Chairmen                  Mr David Routledge

Secretary                             Mr Philip Boulton

Treasurer                             Mrs Mazza Jesty

Welfare Office                 Group Capt (Rtd) Mrs Nick Loveday

Social events Co-Ordinator  Mr Steve Signorelli

Social Events Team              Mrs Julie Mullis

Wings Appeal Organisers     Mr Graham Croft working with Mr Simon Chadwick

Conference Delegate            Mr Steve Mullis


The AGM then considered the following Special Resolution:

  1. Special Resolution – Global Branch 1370 Memorial :-
  • Should RAFA Global Branch 1370 erect a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum ?

Voting had taken place online via email and also at the AGM. The total votes cast was as follows :-

In favour of the Resolution – 68

Against the Resolution – 3

The Resolution was therefore passed.

The Chairman then introduced Flt Lt Dan Lowes who proceeded to give a fantastic and very interesting presentation of life in the Red Arrows. This presentation was shown live via Facebook, an exercise that proved very popular with members of the Branch who had been unable to attend. Flt Lt Lowes took questions from both those present at the meeting and from those who were watching online.

At the conclusion of Flt Lt Lowes presentation, the meeting closed.

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