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What strange times we live in, letís hope that our social activities can soon resume. Planning of events will eventually be at short notice. I am confident our section weekend will go ahead in September so I look forward to that. Please use your vote for the election of direc-tors to RREC. We know very little about the candidate, their capabilities, interests and available time, letís hope they can form a good team.
March is normally the start of the season for section activities, but Government imposed Covid constraints will continue to apply until June 21 2021unless the Government roadmap time-table to lift constraints slips that date later into the year. Your Committee meetings have contin-ued throughout the pandemic using the ZOOM facility where key decisions made to date have been communicated to Section Members.
I reported in the last Newsletter that the RREC Board lead for Sections, Philip Brooks, had held ZOOM meetings with different groups of Sections and I welcomed the initiative that had the po-tential to significantly improve communication between the RREC Board and Sections.
My recollection is that our group favoured three monthly meetings which would have meant a second meeting in March providing an opportunity to ask what progress had been made in ad-dressing the issues identified in the Manifesto issued by the candidates seeking election to the Board at the Extra-ordinary General Meeting Ė EGM - held on 31st October 2020, information that would inform and perhaps influence the voting of Members for those same candidates at the forthcoming AGM. Sadly, Sections have recently been advised that the next RREC Board con-vened ZOOM meeting will be on 24th April some 10 days after the last day to record votes for the candidates standing at the AGM. The RREC Board I was a member of was addressing issues to do with the Yearbook and Spirit and Speed magazine and the RREC IT Systems before being replaced and I understand that these issues have been picked up by the current Board with John Neale leading on the former and Julian Foster leading on IT. I wish them both well in their en-deavours to resolve the issues around these matters.
The RREC has around 7000 Members but not one has offered to stand for election this time around other than the seven Directors appointed at the EGM who are required by the Articles of Association to stand down at the forthcoming AGM and can then choose to stand for re-election.
The voting form includes a statement by each candidate and these make interesting reading par-ticularly when setting out the skill sets of the individuals but I find it frustrating that I am being asked to vote for an individual without any insight into what their contribution has been since they took Office to deal with the enormous agenda of issues, many of some years standing, that need to be addressed to take the club forward.
Voting forms have to be completed and returned by either e-mail or post to be received no later than Noon on Wednesday 14th April as indicated on the form. If you have voted already then well done you!! If you have not yet voted I would urge you to please do so.
Where there is more than one RREC Member in your household, then a voting form should be completed by each RREC Member. Hunt House circulated advice to this effect because only one voting form was sent out to each household.
From the Secretary
The proposed date is from Sunday 5th to Thursday 9th of September 2021. This includes 4 nights bed, breakfast and evening meal with entertainment. Please click below for the details.
Unfortunately, due to present government legislation regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, the North Eastern Section Committee will not be organising any events for the foreseeable future.
Autumn Break September 2021
The events programme for 2021 is a bit thin but this is inevitable as there are no indications as to when the Covid 19 constraints imposed by the Government will be lifted. The current RREC Board has expressed concern that a failure to organise events for 2021 may lead to the RREC ceasing to exist, however, it would clearly to be folly to incur expenditure on booking events when the level of uncertainty around whether an event will proceed is high. This therefore suggests that consideration should be given to making proposals to hold events at locations which are free and could therefore be organised at short notice, perhaps in midweek when things are quieter, for the early part of the season e.g. road runs with picnics.
Phantom 1 37LC restoration is now complete.
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Phantom 1 37LC Restoration
Planning of Future Section Events
The Hunt House have announced, it will not be possible to stage an Annual Rally Weekend with trade stalls and judging in 2021 due to the continuing uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic government restrictions. However, the Annual Rally Team are doing everything possible to organise a one-day event, The RREC Membersí Day on Sunday 27th June at Burghley House. The event will replicate the format of the North and South of England Rallies held at Harewood House and Stansted House respectively. The Membersí Day will be limited to 250 Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars therefore places will be allotted on a first come, first served basis with only those cars that have been booked will gain entry on the day.
Reduced 2021 Annual Rally.