Friends of Randell Cottage Writers Trust AGM on 1 June

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust to be held on: Thursday 1 June 2023, at 12 noon in Room 4 of the Alliance Franҫaise, Level 3, Dominion Bldg,  Victoria St. Wellington.

Please RSVP to or call Robyn on (04) 4764823 evenings by 28 May.

Agenda of Annual General Meeting on 1 June 
1.    Welcome.

2.    Apologies.

3.    Quorum: 10 people.

4.    Receive and approve the Minutes of the 25 May 2022, Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage Writers’ Trust.

5.    Matters arising from the Minutes.

6.    Receive and consider the Annual Report from the FRC Committee Chair.

7.    Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements from the Treasurer.

8.    Receive and consider the following recommendation regarding the annual subscriptions for the year 2024/25):
That subscriptions for 2024/25 be set at $20.00 for seniors/students, $35.00 for individuals, $50.00 for families and $100.00 for businesses and free for students for a maximum of 3 years.
9.    Election of the Officers of the Society:  

President (Acting):  Dame Fiona Kidman. 
Treasurer:  Jie Fang is prepared to stand again. 
Secretary: Robyn Skrzyńska is prepared to stand again.

10.   Election of at least three Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee.
In accordance with the Rules, two are to be endorsed by the Trust Committee:

Tim Gruar, Pip Murdoch, Susan Stevens and Redmer Yska have expressed willingness to be nominated as ordinary members of the Executive Committee again.

Christine Hurley will continue to serve on the Executive Committee ex officio as Chair of the Trust in accordance with para 14.2 of the Rules. (Below)   

14.2. The Chair of the Trustees of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust from time to time or his or her nominee shall be, ex-officio, one of the members of the Executive Committee and may be an Officer.

Note: Any nominations for President, Treasurer and Committee, with details of seconders and evidence of the willingness of the nominee to serve, should be emailed to the Secretary: in advance of the meeting.

11. Any other business.

Honorary Member: Our rules provide for Honorary members as well as Life Members. The Friends’ committee has considered a proposal that Neil Harrap become an Honorary Member of the Friends. He was instrumental in enabling the Randell Price family to buy the Cottage for restoration by bidding on their behalf.

In addition, he has kept an eye on the cottage and its residents for many years from his vantage point across the road. Most recently he was very welcoming to Sedef when she arrived.

He also checked on her at the time of the recent earthquake as well as helping with a problem she had with the heat pump.

Neil has been determined to protect the local character against the risk of unsympathetic development. 

Moved by …………..  and seconded by …………..

Donor Recognition: We are increasingly getting good donations along with our members’ subscriptions.

Donors would be acknowledged in the Friends’ Newsletter and on the website unless privacy is requested. 

At a recent Committee meeting, the following categories were proposed to recognise these people:

Bronze donor: $100.00
Silver donor:   $250.00 
Gold donor:     $500.00 

Moved by …………..  and seconded by …………..

The business part of the meeting will be followed by a conversation, conducted by Sian Robyns, with our Randell Cottage resident NZ writer, Rachel O’Neill. 

If you have not yet purchased your copy of ROOM TO WRITE, there will be copies for sale @ $40.00 after the AGM.  (Please bring cash.) 

Coffee, tea and juice will be served at the end of the meeting. 


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