Item 1 – Subscriptions
A big Thank You to the twenty branch members who are up to date with their annual subscriptions.
If you are in the majority of members in arrears then would you please forward your £2 Annual subscription? You can use e-banking or send a cheque to Mike Gater, the treasurer.
Item 2 – Active Membership
Paying subscriptions is one way of showing the branch support but it also helps us, and the REA to gauge its active members. Recently membership of ex-service organisations like us has taken on increasing importance, as the health and welfare of the military community and the services which support the military covenant are under the spotlight.
Veterans Organisations like the REA need to be able to respond with accurate information and must be able to gauge their size, and impact and also maintain contact with the community.
Social Media like Facebook is a great way to keep in touch and more and more members and non members of the branch are showing up this way. On Facebook the REA recently called for sapper social media participants to keep an eye out for ex sappers who could be in difficulty and to feed back information.
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Active Membership Information
The difficulty of tracking which branch members are Active within the REA was highlighted this year. The branch can only contribute sensibly to the annual REA Membership Census if it has reliable up to date information. This year the branch concluded it must work to improve its membership information before the next census.
With that in mind, all members are requested to please complete the update form HERE.
This will help to fill a number of gaps and improve communications going forward.