I hope that this post finds you all in good health during these troubled times. It’s certainly been a difficult past 6 months. The VFP UK Policy Group have asked members to please continue to follow the government’s advice to maintain physical distancing and wear a mask in public. These steps have been working to protect the most vulnerable members of our population, and it is important that we maintain our vigilance.
Several upcoming events have been cancelled as a result of an increase in cases of COVID in the UK, and with much uncertainty still at play we have decided to conduct this year’s Annual Gathering on-line utilizing Zoom. VFP USA’s online convention was very successful and is an example of how we can all come together in powerful ways in a virtual world.
We are still planning to send a group to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday – even if it is just a few of us to lay the wreath and pay our respects to all who have lost their lives in war. We will let you know more about these plans as soon as possible.
Regarding this year’s Annual Gathering Meeting:
- Please submit any handbook amendment proposals by 1st October;
- Please submit your name if you would like to stand for a position on the Policy Group by 15th October;
- Amendments and Nominations can be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two members of the Policy Group will not be standing for re-election due to their relocating outside of the country. If you have the time and the will to stand for the Policy Group, we ask you to do so (providing that you have been a member of VFP for more than 2 years and that you have provided us with proof of service).
Being on the Policy Group is not a position of power, it is a position of servitude but it is also eye-opening and can be extremely satisfying. I know most of our members personally and I know that all of you are capable of fulfilling at least one of the roles in the Policy Group so don’t be afraid to give it a try – it’s a great opportunity to learn with a great group of members.
The Policy Group serves from the 1st of January through December 31st each year. The five positions that will be available are: Chair, National Coordinator, Treasurer, National Events Coordinator and Membership Secretary*.
(*With membership approval, we will be merging the role of Membership Secretary into that of the National Coordinator and adding a Communications Coordinator position. Please stay tuned for more information on this proposed change, which will require a handbook change.)
If you would like to know more about any of these positions then please contact me via email.
All the best to you all,