AGM March 08
A small turnout but an enthusiastic response to the call for new blood on the executive and to retain experienced hands.13 former members were re-elected, two new appointments on the night and one more co-oped later to give and executive of 16 members.
It has been a big task to step into the shoes of Estelle Davis who is now providing much support in the roll of Immediate Past President. As a foundation member of the association 22 years ago and after around 16 years on the executive I plan to carry on the good work of my four predecessors.
Member renewals are slowly coming in. Numbers are currently down on the end of last year. These numbers traditionally increase with renewals sometimes taking months!Membership is around the 200 mark currently, down from 300 plus at the peak of the last few years. We have our thinking caps on over this and feel at some is due to perceptions of the property market.
Subs remain at $150 GST inclusive and one sub covers individuals, families or business partners.HBPIA is in great shape having substantial funds on deposit.We are a GST registered organization.
We have established a business partnership with PGG Wrightson Real Estate in Hawkes Bay.In return for payments and help in preparing and printing our local newsletter (The Hawke’s Bay Property Insider) PGG Wrightson have several pages of advertising in the newsletter and speaking rights at meetings. They are invited to contribute speakers on topics which their agents have expertise. This partnership came about through the efforts of Vice President Heather McLeod.
Meetings have increased in frequency from quarterly to monthly in the last 3 years.Venues are spread between the twin cities using such venues as the Cosmopolitan Club and Sailing Club in Napier, Hastings RSA and Havelock North Community Centre. This helps to give members at least some “local” meetings.
The laptop computer and sound system have been proving great worth in meetings and making life simpler for Helen Gelletly our secretary who has all under control.
Newsletter Our local newsletter has been retained and currently is running to around a dozen pages with colour. The help from PGG Wrightson acknowledged in its production along with our tireless editor Wolfgang Himme.
Magazine Members also receive the New Zealand Property Investor Magazine monthly.
Mail-outs Reminder mail-outs are sent for special meetings and seminars some paid for by one off advertisers.
The Executive offices
Apart from those already mentioned we have:
Dave and Carol Beckett long serving members and executive members
Graeme Eagle, Ross Stevens and Mary Anne Chan new exec members
Paul Rowlands, Kevin McCormick, Lacey Ward and Jamie Meeuws serving again.