Synopsis of Minutes of Steering Committee meeting 9th March 2005

The underlying theme of the Evening was to consider the response to the Committee's personal telephone calling of Fellows which had been initiated at the last meeting.

Conversations with about 100 Fellows confirmed that:

  • Everyone was enthusiastic about the formation of the Fellowship and impressed with progress to date
  • Most are extremely busy with a wide range of personal commitments and existing obligations
  • Many are already contributing to charities (in quite a few cases related to the interests of a partner or work) and are unable to give time for further voluntary work but some are willing to help in other ways, for example:
    • sharing professional experience with Fellows via Careers advice or Work Experience
    • writing articles for the Fellowship website.

The Committee decided to:

  • continue the personal telephone contacts
  • invite some of the younger Fellows to help the telephone calling programme to contact Fellows who have not been able to respond to Fellowship contacts.
  • Try to engage as many younger Fellows as possible via:
    • Careers Evening on 23 June
    • Next Sixes event
    • A special School Fellows Day in the Michaelmas Term
    • Continued telephone contact operation.

Charity Team report

The Charity Team reported that:

  • 7 Fellows have agreed to act as special advisers in their specific area of charitable work
  • 7 Fellows have offered articles about charity work for the website - 4 in place)
  • hoped to continue to produce a 'Charity of the Month' with an accompanying article from a Fellow [currently The Scripture Union]
  • had developed their section of the website but would welcome further suggestions and offers

Careers Team

The Careers Team are preparing for the Careers Evening on 23 June. Changes to the Careers section of the website aim to clarify arrangements for Work experience.

Communications Team

A newsletter had been sent in January and another will follow at the end of March.

Sixes

The first Sixes Reception party had been held at Spencer Stuart on 16 December. To judge by the response of those who came it was a great success. A wide range of Fellows attended, including people at school and University and on a Gap year as well as members of the Steering Committee and of the Rank Foundation. A similar Reception will be held in 2005.

A School Fellows Day

Mr Packard suggested holding a School Fellows day in the Michaelmas Term to enable those with leadership Awards to meet each other and learn more about the Rank Foundation and the Fellowship and to hear interesting talks about Leadership.

The next Steering Committee will be held on 8th June.

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