EDRS CHAIRMAN 2017 REPORT TO THE SGM

TONIGHT LADIES & GENTLEMEN HAS BEEN A VERY HISTORIC EVENING AND I COULD NOT LET IT GO BY WITHOUT SAYING JUST A FEW WORDS.

AS HOWARD MENTIONED IN HIS REPORT TO YOU ON THE FINANCE THIS WILL BE THE LAST GENERAL MEETING OF EDRS.

I HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE WITH VERY MIXED EMOTIONS.

 

SAD AND UPSET THAT 80 PLUS YEARS OF OUR NAME AND THE HISTORY THAT GOES WITH IT, IS CHANGING

HAPPY AND EXCITED OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON WITH EHRS.

WHEN WE FIRST STARTED ON THIS MERGER PROJECT I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT LOSING THE EDRS IDENTITY & HISTORY BUT A VERY WISE MAN TOLD ME THAT WITH THE NEW COMMUNITY AND NAME WE BUILD A NEW HISTORY.

THEN I CAME TO REALISE THAT IT IS NOT THE NAME OR THE HISTORY THAT MAKES A GOOD SYNAGOGUE, BUT IT IS YOU OUR MEMBERS OUR COMMUNITY.

THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE END OF MY 3 YEAR TERM AS YOUR CHAIRMAN AND I HAVE BEEN HONOURED TO HAVE HELD THIS POSTION.

WHEN I BECAME YOUR CHAIRMAN I SAID IN MY MANIFESTO TO GIVE YOU MY HEART AND SOUL AND THIS YOU HAVE HAD. I ALSO SAID THAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR FINANCIAL POSITION AND SECURE IT FOR  FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME. THIS HAS ALSO BEEN ACHIEVED AND WILL BE FURTHER ENHANCED IN THE FUTURE.

WE WILL BE HAVING A GENERAL MEETING FOR THE MEMBERS OF EHRS IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR TO PUT INTO PLACE THE NEW COUNCIL AND HONORARY OFFICERS.

YOUR CURRENT SET OF TRUSTEES HAVE ASKED ME IF I WOULD STAY ON AS JOINT CHAIR OF EHRS AND SUBJECT TO NO ONE STANDING AGAINST ME AND THE APPROVAL OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF EHRS I HAVE AGREED TO PUT MYSELF FORWARD AS JOINT CHAIR FOR THE 2 YEARS TRANSITION PERIOD. THAT MAY UPSET SOME OF YOU

NOW FOR A FEW THANK YOU`S.

THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND THE NUMEROUS VOLUNTEERS THAT ORGANISE OUR VARIOUS GROUPS AND COMMITTEES.

I  WOULD LIKE TO THANK KEITH PRICE FOR TWO MAIN THINGS. FIRST FOR CHAIRING THE STEERING GROUP AND GUIDING US THROUGH THIS PROCESS IN A VERY LOGICAL MANNER, AND ALSO EVERYONE ELSE THAT HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE MANY DIFFERENT SUB GROUPS TO DO WITH THIS MERGER. A LOT OF HARD DETAILED WORK HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BY THESE PEOPLE. SECONDLY FOR KEITH BEING MY SOUNDING BOARD AND BEING THERE TO SUPPORT ME AND GIVING ME THE BENEFIT OF HIS EXPERIENCE AND ADVICE EVEN IF I DID NOT TAKE IT.

I WOULD  LIKE TO FINISH BY SAYING A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR HARD WORKING HONORARY OFFICERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT DURING THE PAST 3 YEARS FOR ALL THEIR LOYALTY AND SUPPORT.

THANK YOU

Stephen Garfinkel
Chairman, Edgware & District Reform Synagogue

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