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February 2017

MEMBERSHIP POLICY & ADMIN NEWSLETTER| February 2017 | Edition 21

 

LATEST   UPDATES

The   Legion’s Five Year Strategy

The   Royal British Legion’s Director General has announced the launch new five   year strategy. The strategy sets out the purpose and aims of the Legion.

Our aim must be to   help ensure that those we serve can find the range and quality of support   they need, when they need it.  We must   also ensure the enduring responsibility of Remembrance is understood and   embraced across our nation and the torch of Remembrance is passed from   generation to generation.

The new 5 year   “Gateway” Strategy follows very simply from that purpose and those aims. The   first step in that strategy is the creation of Veteran’s Gateway. The Legion   is the leading partner in that consortium which, through collaboration with   other charities and partners, will provide a first port of call for all   veterans to find the support they need, from whoever is best placed to   provide it. 

To support this new   strategy there are four priorities: 

  1. Those   we support – delivering the support they need through the Gateway Strategy
  2. Taking   2018 and the centenary commemorations as an extraordinary opportunity to   engage our nation in Remembrance and to reaffirm its enduring importance
  3. Working   with and supporting our Membership
  4. Developing   our operational excellence, that is building an efficient and effective   organisation that gives great service both to those we support and the organisation itself With the help of   trustees and staff the Director General has created a new Executive Board   structure to directly drive the new strategy and deliver on these priorities.   Three new Directorates have been established. 

•           Director of Membership &   Volunteering

•           Director of Strategy, Policy and   Campaigning

•           Director of Information, Systems   and Data Management. 

Director for   Membership & Volunteering will help us give proper focus and support to   both our members and our volunteers. Whilst sometimes members and volunteers   are the same they can also be different – but both are part of that national   network and both are vital to our work and who we are.

Membership   Update - October 2016 Renewals & Lapsing Process

To   date over 188,000 members have renewed from the October 2016 renewals period.   26,800 members have yet to renew. A number of payments are still being   processed, as a result the Membership Council have agreed a provisional   schedule for lapsing members:

  • 13-16   February - the lapsing notifications are sent
  • Members   will be notified that their membership expired on 31 Dec 2016
  • They   will be asked to pay over the phone using a credit/debit card, or pay by   PayPoint using the bar code printed on the letter.
  • They   will have until 1 March to make the payment
  • Those   members still outstanding will be lapsed from the central database on 10 March. 

If you have any   questions about the actions above, please contact your Membership Support   Officer. 

Membership Documents in the Public Domain

Following a   series of enquiries it has been agreed that the Membership Documents Area will   not be password restricted. Members will now be able to access policy   documents and forms from the following public link:

www.britishlegion.org.uk/membership/already-a-member/membership-documents/  Annual   Conference

Please be aware of the   following items relating to the Annual Conference must be posted or emailed to   the Annual Conference Administrator and received by 5pm on Friday 10 February   2017 (email: annualconference@britishlegion.org.uk ): 

  • ·           Charter Motions and Motions
  • ·           Nominations for Conference Committee
  • ·           Nominations for Place of Conference 2021 

Delegate applications must also   be submitted to the Annual Conference Administrator by 5pm on Friday 24 March   2017.

Office   365 Updates

With the redesign of the   MAP homepage, users now have access to a more interactive Membership news   area, Help documents that are all in the process of being updated and access   to our relatively new social networking application, Yammer.

Yammer has seen a recent   increase in users joining who want a place where they can communicate and   collaborate with branches worldwide. It has also been a great communication   channel between the branches and the Membership Development team. A user   policy has been created which all members must agree to before using Yammer.

Lastly more and more   branches are registering for the Branch Community Support initiative. This   will give us the opportunity to produce statistics on the activities of our   branches and how successful it is becoming.

Board of   Trustee Elections - Nominations

The following applications have been received by   the cut-off date of 5pm on Friday 20th January 2017 for election for the   Board of Trustees in 2017.  The nine   candidates, in alphabetical order for four vacancies on the Board of   Trustees, are:

                                                                                                                                           
   

Name

   
   

Branch

   
   

Hugh William     Ashton-Moore

   
   

Wycombe Marsh

   
   

Rodney Alec Bedford

   
   

Somme

   
   

John Aitken Clark

   
   

Y' Services (Garats     Hay)

   
   

Denise Edgar

   
   

York

   
   

Lt Col Joseph     Francis Falzon OSJ BEM

   
   

Stapleford &     Berwick St. James

   
   

Martin William Forde

   
   

Worth & District

   
   

Paul Harris QGM

   
   

Gillingham [Dorset]

   
   

Colin Stuart Kemp

   
   

Holt & District

   
   

John Morrison

   
   

Dervock

   

The CV booklet, together with the database of   Voting Branches (see Royal Charter pages 9 and 10), were to the Electoral   Reform Services (ERS) before 31st January 2017. The ERS are conducting the   election on TRBL’s behalf.  Branches   are reminded that completed ballot papers should be returned to reach the ERS   (not Haig House) by 5pm on Tuesday 4th April.

Membership Council Elections

The nomination deadline for the vacancies on the   Membership Council passed on Friday 5th December 2016. The following   nominations have bee submitted. As only one nomination has been received per   vacancy, all nominated persons are elected unopposed and will take post as   indicated below:

                                                                                                                             
   

Name

   
   

Electoral Region

   
   

Tenure

   
   

Ralph     Howard-Williams

   
   

Cornwall/Devon

   
   

Already in post and     to take 3-year tenure following Annual Conference May 2017

   
   

Phil Davies

   
   

Somerset/Wiltshire

   
   

Already in post and     to take 3-year tenure following Annual Conference May 2017

   
   

Paul Harris

   
   

Dorset/Hampshire/Isle     of Wight

   
   

Already in post and     to take 3-year tenure following Annual Conference May 2017

   
   

Garry Mills

   
   

South West Midlands

   
   

Already in post and     to take 3-year tenure following Annual Conference May 2017

   
   

David Brown

   
   

Manchester/Lancashire

   
   

3-year tenure     following Annual Conference May 2017

   
   

Jane Brown

   
   

Northern

   
   

Co-opted in January     and to take 3-year tenure following Annual Conference May 2017

   

 

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Please send any of your team's news and   achievements to pbadger@britishlegion.org.uk if you would like them published   in the main Membership e-Newsletter. A full archive of Membership Newsletters   can be found in the Membership Document Area or via your Membership Support   Officer.

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