Employing the wonders of modern communications, the RSCMNZ Inc. Council conducted
its AGM starting 7.30am Saturday 24 July 2021.
National Councillors gathered ‘together’ in our ZOOM meeting room even though each member
was physically located in Auckland, Matamata, Cambridge, Marton, Christchurch & Dunedin.
The main purpose of our AGM was to review and report on operations of RSCMNZ NZ-wide for the financial year
ending 30 September 2020 and also develop plans for implementation in the year(s) ahead.
President Paul Ellis was re-elected for a new term of three years in the role of National Council Chairman. Neil Shroff
continues as Auckand Chairman, likewise Dave Brookes for the Waikato Branch. Following retirement of Steve
Woodside as National treasurer, Council welcomed his successor, Merv Hunt of Cambridge. Wellington
Chairmanship continues under the hands of Revd Alison Stewart, Marton. Consequential to the retirement of long-
serving National Secretary (Minutes), Revd Alison Pitts, Revd Alison Stewart was elected as her successor in that
role in addition to continuing her Wellington Chairman role.
Paul Ellis continues to serve as interim acting Chairman for the Canterbury Branch and Dr Robert Tait of
Christchurch was re-elected National Secretary (Admin) & Communications Councillor (he is also Canterbury
Branch Secretary). Bruce Aitken, Dunedin, continues to serve as the Contact Councillor for Otago & Southland.
FINANCIALS: Merv Hunt presented the Balance Sheet and Income & Expenditure Statement together with the
approving letter from our Reviewer. Summarising, Merv commented there was a slight decrease in membership
subscriptions compared with 2019 but this was off-set by higher investment income as well as lower costs (free use
of ZOOM compared with the significantly higher costs of teleconferencing of previous years for instance).
Council noted there was a modest ‘profit’ but slightly lower than for the 2019 year.
The president’s annual report gave a pleasing overview of how effectively RSCMNZ Inc. and each Branch is
conducting activities and “Flying the RSCM Flag.” He said a keynote objective was to groom younger leaders
in the manner of a successor plan. Issues to be considered also during the coming year(s) included: the RSCMNZ
Music Library, Voice for Life aspects, & the future nature of Summer Schools. It was reported that the hitherto
CMQ postal difficulties were seemingly now resolved.
Branch Chairmen and Councillors offered their reports. Concluding, the Chairman thanked Councillors and all the
Branch O-B’s for their contributions and members for on-going support and participation..