Notice of Annual General Meeting

pp_logoThe 16th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Carnegie Library will be held in the Gallery at Carnegie Library, 188 Herne Hill Road, London SE24 0AG on Thursday 20th March 2014.

This AGM is particularly important. Pressure on budgets, and the prospect of transferring the building to the community provided sufficient income can be generated to sustain it, present big challenges. Proposals now being developed by the Project Group for consultation will, if the community hub project goes ahead, significantly affect the accommodation of our library within the building. A clear, strong voice from the Friends is needed to protect the library and its role at the heart of a community hub which truly reflects what the community wants.

Doors open from 6.30pm and the formal business of the meeting will commence at 7.00pm. The quorum for the AGM is 15 members, but it is essential for as many members as possible to attend. The agenda will be provided at the meeting. Your annual membership is due for renewal in March, unless you joined for the first time at or after the 2013 Winter Fair. A form is enclosed with this newsletter or you can
get one at the AGM. Please bring a cheque or cash if you haven’t already renewed. Alternatively you can renew on our website. Thank you.

The Constitution calls for the four officers and up to eight other committee members to be elected at the AGM, with the possibility of two further co-options during the year. There are currently only nine of us, including one officer co-opted halfway through the year. Though we have facilitated many enjoyable and successful events, and represented you (our members) at various meetings and working groups, we could have used more help. Many hands make light work.

New committee members needed: If you are interested in the library and want to help ensure its future, do consider joining us (see separate article below). Nomination forms for election, either as an officer or as an ordinary committee member, can be collected beforehand from the Friends’ Red Tray in the library, or on the night. If committee meetings are not for you, there are other ways you can assist and we keep a register of supporters.

The AGM is our main opportunity for members to gather to celebrate our achievements, to form and confirm policy and to decide the programme for the coming year. Do join us for wine and snacks from 6.30. The meeting will start at 7pm sharp. Be there and have your say.