2011 CYP President's Report
Wow, what a year with a difference! We were half way through our launch calendar of events when the February earthquake hit. In an Exec meeting held shortly after it was decided that our strategy and the way we operated for the remainder of the year had to change significantly. No longer did we have members work places located around a core city centre and no longer did we have central city venues and bars where CYP events have been traditionally based. The changes we made were as follows:
- Making the membership free for the year
- Cutting expenditure where required, budgeting for events to run to cost
- Placing a strong emphasis on social events for the first six months
- Utilising Facebook and upgrading the quality of our emails
- A strong commitment to the CYP online development project
This was appreciated by members. These decisions have paid off, our membership numbers and event attendances have grown by over 150 members from approximately 300 to 450+. The year resulted in simple events that brought young professionals together for what has otherwise been a quiet year in the Christchurch social scene. I owe a huge thank you to the Exec, you have been amazing, and although we have lost a few to other cities and distant lands we have remained a tight unit. In case you don’t know who they are and what they do here is a list of the Exec:
Geoff Walker (President)
Andrew Riches (formerly the secretary, he moved to social rep during the year) Andrew played a key role in organising most of our large events and sponsorship.
Sarah Hall (Treasurer) – has kept us on track financially
Jackie Frampton (moved into secretary) – has kept us on track formerly and helped with events including the ball
Ed Hughes (Sponsorship) – has kept our sponsors on track and helped with events
Emily Smith (Communications) – the mastermind behind our emails and Facebook and has helped with events
Nicolette Le Cren (Marketing) – a key player in our online development project, Nicolette has been on the Exec for a number of years now
Anthony Rohan (Webmaster) – Also a key player in our online development project, Ants has been on the Exec for a number of years now
Debbie Bellis (Marketing) – A key player in the online development project, Debbie also organised all of the end of month drinks and helped with events
Sarah Roberts (Business Events) – Sarah was the mastermind and coordinator of our business eventsVictoria Berryman (was social) – Was the mastermind of our social events before she moved to Auckland
Trent Geekie (Was the second treasurer) – Kept event budgets in control before he moved to Salt
Lake City, USA
Scott Lochhead (Was sponsorship) – Liaison for sponsors before he moved to Auckland
CYP Online development project 2010/2011 completed! - read the news article.
It has been a year with a difference, there have been some significant challenges but I believe we leave the year in as strong a position.
CYP President 2011