Members vote for change at special meeting

May 21, 2019

Unanimous votes for change at CPR special meeting

 Both members and trustees have voted overwhelmingly voted in favour of all five resolutions to transfer the assets and liabilities over to the newly-created charity.

New chair Carlo Laurenzi said he wanted to thank the many members who took the time to vote. “It was heartening that we received no one vote against! If nothing else we clearly all agree with the proposed changes,”he said.  “At the AGM in March, a couple of members asked if the said changes would affect how we interfaced or related to our supporters. In short not at all. The what and how of our relationship remains the same. The biggest changes are around tax savings and our ability to fundraise.”

Following a brief Extraordinary General Meeting on 16 May, the board held an even shorter meeting to deal with a handful of governance items. The following changes were agreed:

  • Tim Greig joins as chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and is helping with the dispatch of membership packages.
  • Jim Brodie has stepped down as membership secretary and we send him our thanks for all his hard work over the years, and good wishes on his latest pilgrimage.
  • Brian Mooney steps downs as chair of the board. The Confraternity owes a huge debt of thanks to him for his sound stewardship which has brought the CPR to where it is today. However, Brian is staying on the board as vice-chair.
  • Carlo Laurenzi OBE was elected as chair of the board of trustees.

Carlo’s said “My vision for the Confraternity is simply to be bigger and better. I would like us to launch a number of initiatives such as pilgrim accommodation in Kent; a new walking route from London to Canterbury; and greater liaison with partners across Europe.

I genuinely believe that pilgrimage is at the cusp for a renaissance and I would like to see the CPR at the forefront of creating a truly meaningful 21st-century pilgrimage phenomenon.”

  • Carlo would like to hear members’ own ideas and suggestions. Contact him on chair@pilgrimstorome.org.uk




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