6th November 2020
On behalf of the SPA 2020 committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over what has been a challenging year for all concerned. As an association, we aim to provide value for the membership, whilst at the same time leveraging our resources through various fundraising initiatives to make valuable contributions to local charities.
Costs of running the association in 2020 have been nominal, although the committee has continued to invest their time and has met regularly throughout the year to plan for a return to events and fundraising.
Our sponsored charity for 2020 is Solent Mind, which provides advice and support for those facing mental health problems in Hampshire. For obvious reasons, their work is more important than ever, and they will be contending with rising demand and a squeeze in funding. A regrettable consequence of the current circumstances is that our fundraising efforts in 2020 have been significantly restricted.
Balancing the above considerations and having regard to the financial position of the association, the committee has decided that membership subscriptions for 2021 renewals should be voluntary, with all monies received to be donated to Solent Mind as our chosen charity. It is hoped that renewing members able to pay the subscription will opt to do so, but the renewal invitation will allow for part payment, or indeed renewal at nil cost.
Your continued support for 2021 is greatly appreciated, and we hope to return to fundraising and hosting events as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Annual General Meeting of the association will take place at 6.30pm on Monday 18th January 2021. Subject to the rules in place at the time, notice of the event will be sent to members inviting them to either attend in person or via a Zoom meeting.