Annual Gathering

Lockerbrook launches participation campaign at Annual Gathering

Thursday, 9 May 2013
 
150.00 donations are offered to groups, districts and individuals for securing Lockerbrook booking

Motion 11: Badges for Group Members

This Annual General Meeting notes that a new initiative, badges for child membership, has been approved and that new badges were issued in 2012, according to the average number of children in a group. We find this initiative un-workable, as the average number of children is not the same as the full number, especially as children leave the group and new ones join during the year. Therefore, with less than the required number of badges, we find they cannot be distributed to all children, and so cannot be distributed at all.

Motion 10: DF Five Year Membership

This Annual General Meeting agrees that the existing five year membership fee for DFs is set at five times the annual unwaged/low paid fee. With immediate effect shall be only available to those aged 16.

Proposed and seconded by: General Council

Supporting Information:
The five year fee was always intended to only cover DFs from age 16 to 21.

Motion 9: Friends of the Folk

This Annual General Meeting welcomes the initiative to create a ‘Friends of the Folk’ network to encourage individual and collective donations to the movement.

We consider that this should have a local as well as a movement-wide aspect.

This meeting resolves:

Motion 8: Group Registration Fees 2014 (applicable to all groups other than DFs)

This Annual General Meeting Notes:

1   The 2013 registration fees are £52 per group plus £5 per child or young person.
2   For the average group of 13 children or young people this means group registration fees of £117.
3   The cost of administering and supporting a group is around £300 per year.
4   According to our governing documents a child or young person attending more than four sessions, or an overnight stay, is considered a young member of Woodcraft Folk.

This Annual General Meeting Agrees:

Motion 7: Individual Membership Fees

This Annual General Meeting notes that the fees charges to individual members have not changed for many years and are currently £25 per waged person, and £10 per unwaged or low waged member.

Motion 6: Individual & Group Membership Fees

This Annual General Meeting agrees that the individual membership fee shall be a minimum of £12 per member and that the group registration fee shall be a minimum of £35 per group (Woodchip, Elfin, Pioneer and Venturer) plus £12 per young member. This results in all members, regardless of age, paying the same amount.

This meeting calls upon members to try and pay individual memberships via direct debit and where possible gift aid the donation to the movement.

Proposed and seconded by: Northwood Elfins

Motion 5: Campaign Against Military Recruitment in Schools

This Annual General Meeting supports the DF movement’s campaign against military recruitment in schools. Woodcraft Folk calls for an end to the recruitment of children into the armed forces as it goes against our Aims and Principles as well as contravening the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Motion 4: Redefining ‘Kinsfolk’

Note from Standing Orders Committee:
The following motion (Motion 4) seeks to alter the Aims, Principles and Programme of the Woodcraft Folk. Two-thirds of the total number of votes at the Conference are required to pass it.

This Annual General Meeting redefines the term “Kinsfolk” as defined in DEF.2 in the Aims, Principles and Programme to include everyone of age 16 and above and a member of Woodcraft Folk.

We therefore agree to change DEF2 from:

Motion 3: System for Elections to General Council

Note from Standing Orders Committee:
The following motion (Motion 2) seeks to alter the Standing Orders of the Woodcraft Folk. Two-thirds of the total number of votes at the Conference are required to pass it.

This Annual General Meeting believes the present Single Transferable Vote (STV) election system is not fit for purpose and should be replaced by a block vote system from 2014 onwards.

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