Annual Meeting 2020 – Voting Results

The voting for our virtual Annual Meeting is now complete, and I am able to pass on the results to you.

In all, 47 churches cast votes, 28 via the website, 6 by e-mail and 13 by post.  All the motions were passed by a very large margin, and all the candidates for office were also elected or re-elected by a very large margin.  A breakdown of the votes is given below.  One church did not declare a vote on accepting the minutes of last year’s Annual Meeting, and another did not declare a vote on the election of nominated circuit reps to Connexional Committee, which is why the total of votes cast for those matters only comes to 46.

At a fairly late stage in the voting process, I was advised of an error in the Connexional Committee report as printed in the business handbook.  For many years, reports for the handbook have had to be sent to the Resource Centre before the May Connexional Committee meeting, with the proviso that, if necessary, they could be changed if necessary after the meeting.  I had anticipated that the rules and procedures for Connexional Committee and the Independent Methodist Association would have been presented to those bodies for approval at the May meeting, and drafted the report on that basis.  In the event this did not happen (it was the first Zoom meeting with such a large gathering, and people were still feeling their way to some extent), but the omission was overlooked and it was not until mid-August that it became apparent that the report was incorrect in that respect.  To rectify the position, I will ensure that the respective bodies are asked to approve the documents at the October meeting.  If there are any changes to the documents sent out earlier for information, you will receive the updated pages.

I apologise for any confusion that might have been caused.

Yours, in His service,

Brian Rowney, General Secretary

Motion

Election of Derek Barron as President Elect

Acceptance of minutes of Annual Meeting 2019

Ratification of acceptance of the 2019 Constitution

Annual Meeting 2022 at Swanwick on 30-31 July

Contribution to Connexional Funds to be £35 for 2021

Re-appointment of Michael Donnan as Accountant

Re-appointment of KM as Auditors

 

Acceptance of Administration Group report

Acceptance of Church Support Group report

Acceptance of Communications Officer’s report

Acceptance of Connexional Committee report

Acceptance of Ecumenical Officer’s report

Acceptance of Education report

Acceptance of Enabling Group report

Acceptance of Finance Committee report

Acceptance of Ministry Committee report

Acceptance of Northwood Christian Centre report

Acceptance of Overseas Missions Committee report

Acceptance of Safeguarding report

 

Re-election of Brian Rowney as General Secretary

Re-election of Marilyn Riding as Church Support Organiser

Re-election of Alan Harrison as Communications Officer

Re-election of Bill Hampson as Ecumenical Officer

Re-election of Shaun Newton as Education Organiser

Re-election of Fred Kearsley as Financial Administrator

Re-election of Len Ogilvie as Ministry Organiser

Re-election of Anne Stanworth as OM Organiser

Re-election of Norman Prescott as Resource Centre Sec.

Re-election of Graham Edmondson as Safeguarding Officer

 

Election of nominated Circuit reps to Connexional Committee

For

43

41

39

45

43

46

46

 

46

46

46

44

47

47

45

45

47

47

47

46

 

43

45

44

46

45

44

44

46

45

45

 

43

Against

1

2

4

1

3

0

0

 

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

3

1

1

0

1

2

1

0

0

1

 

2

Abstained

3

3

4

1

1

1

1

 

0

1

1

2

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

 

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

 

1