Dear AOBA Members. I hope this finds you all fit and well and that you’ve been getting used to venturing out once again. I would guess that we are all ‘double jabbed’ now and life certainly seems to be returning to normal, although the recent upsurge of the Delta variant is certainly keeping us on our toes. Please follow the Government’s latest catch phrase ‘Hands, Face, Space – Fresh air’; you know it makes sense.
I thought I should write again to remind you of the AOBA AGM in September and inform you of some very sad news of one of our committee members.
AGM. You will recall that in my last note I felt that we could not delay the AGM any longer and I set a provisional date for 8 September 2021 starting at 7pm. I can now confirm this date and the Zoom meeting details are in the Members menu so you MUST sign in to see this!!. Please make the effort to attend, as there is nothing worse than holding a meeting when no one else shows up! Please put the date in your diary. Furthermore, if you have an item which you wish to raise at the AGM please send an email to the AOBA General Secretary via the AOBA Website contacts page (https://arborfieldoldboys.co.uk/contacts/) and it can be added to the Agenda. Constitutionally this should be received by the General Secretary at least 10 days prior to the meeting, so Sunday 29th August 2021 is the deadline. We will then publish the Agenda on the website. Thank you.
BBQ. The plans for the summer BBQs are taking shape. We are holding two; the Catterick BBQ is being held on Saturday 18 September, and the Lyneham BBQ one week later on Saturday 25th September. All we need now, is good weather, but if the current summer is anything to go by, pack a raincoat! If you have not booked your place yet, visit the website, complete or download the form and send it in. We will be closing the entry soon as we will need to finalise the catering numbers. Again, thank you.
Finally, it is my sad duty to inform you that Ian Clark our Data Protection officer has recently suffered a Stroke. Initially he was very unwell, but he is now making some progress and is receiving the best possible support in his local hospital. This came as a shock to us all and I’m sure you will join me in wishing him a steady recovery. His target is to attend the reunion in Jul 2022 and we certainly hope he can make it.
Ian’s illness reminds me that the AOBA Committee is veneer thin and there is certainly no duplication of effort. Many of the committee members have been serving for years and we are at a stage where we really need some volunteers to step up and play their part. Can I please ask that you consider offering your services – trust me … you have the skills.
Thank you and stay safe. See you at the AGM.
Mike Tizard, your Chairman.