By Publicity Officer

The annual general meeting of the Narrabri Art and Craft Society Inc was held on Monday, October 11.

The meeting had originally been set down for August but had to be postponed because of the rules and regulations in relation to COVID-19.

The president, Judy Michell, reported as follows:

“Well a year of lockdowns, out of lockdown and lockdown again, then out again. Masks on and off.

“We may never go back to what we know as normal if there ever was such a thing.

“At least we are going in the right direction now.

“We have managed to keep going through all these interruptions, with some income at least.

“We managed to attend Boggabri, Wee Waa and Narrabri for our Seniors’ Week activities with which we helped them make material bowls, just like paper mache only with material pieces.

“The seniors really enjoyed their day and we still seem to have the same amount of material pieces after three days. Need ideas for next year now.

“Our most successful exhibition was Graeme Compton’s ‘Elephantasia’ on the June long weekend.

“Highly successful for him and us. So well attended.

“We await now for his next big exhibition.

“It was so good for the public that he attended each day for the people to talk to him about his paintings.

“Our Verandah Saturdays have kept going when able and thanks to all who help rum these each month.

“Some more successful than others.

“It is disappointing that we have had to forego some of our usual exhibitions and special days but with lots of luck we will be back to having these next year.

“A big thank you must go to Ellen and Kaylene for their looking after the shop with cleaning and reorganising every so often – very talented ladies and lots of time spent there.

“Thanks must also go to Wayne for his treasurer’s job, his gardening skills and also his handyman jobs.

“Thanks also to all the other areas of craft; Pat with pottery; the art Thursday ladies; Wednesday cardmaking and, of course, Tuesday and Friday crafters and anyone else I have forgotten

“Also, thank you all for your support over the last year.

“The treasurer’s report was provided by Wayne Solomon who advised that finances had been strained a bit due to the COVID-19 rules and regulations but the committee had been trying to contain expenses as much as possible.

“Wayne advised that the shrubbery had been trimmed and a grant had been received from council for half the cost.

“Council had also given a grant in lieu of rates.”

Noeline Kiss took the floor and said the committee for 2021/2022 is: president Judy Michell, vice president Olwyn Campey, secretary Kaylene McClenaghan and treasurer Wayne Solomon.

In accepting his nomination, Wayne advised that this will be his last year as treasurer and he would like someone to come forward to replace him so that he could ‘show them the ropes.’

There were no nominations for assistant treasurer or assistant shop co-ordinator, and these were left in abeyance and any member interested is asked to come forward.

Gallery co-ordinator/publicity officer Janice Smith, shop co-ordinator Ellen Solomon.

Pottery co-ordinator is Pat Hlad and art co-ordinator is Robin Stieger.

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