Members of the Warkworth Grey Power steering committee who hope to re-establish Warkworth Grey Power as a separate entity. From left, Les Greenwood, Giselle Fasher, Jeff Fasher and Vivienne Mickleson.
Warkworth Grey Power has affiliated itself with North Shore Grey Power after failing to secure a viable working committee at its annual meeting last month.
Three committee members resigned at the meeting, including president Carol Greenwood, 78.
The meeting failed to find sufficient replacements to meet the required number of eight committee members.
The meeting was then left to decide whether to wind up the association, go into recess or find another way for the association to continue.
It was unanimously decided that Warkworth Grey Power should continue by affiliating with North Shore, while still maintaining its identity as Warkworth.
Warkworth IT professional Jeff Fasher, 58, was appointed chair of a steering committee of six to make the necessary moves to secure affiliation.
Jeff says he anticipates the affiliation will be temporary and occurred simply because Warkworth Grey
Power was unlucky not to have sufficient members willing to stand for the committee on the day of the general meeting.
“The existing committee, either through ill-health or other commitments, could not continue,” he says.
“I would not like to give the impression that Warkworth Grey Power is in recess or closed or anything.”
He adds that all the benefits of belonging to Warkworth Grey Power, such as discounted electricity charges, will continue.
Meanwhile, Jeff will pursue efforts to re-establish Grey Power Warkworth as a separate entity.
He is a strong believer in the value of the organisation.
“I like the fact that it gives voice to people in society who are sometimes forgotten. It’s been a strong voice in the past,” he says.
Carol Greenwood says she decided to step down as president after five years in the job following promptings from her elder sister, who suggested it was time to focus on something else.
Carol agreed and says she has decided to put her energies into volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language.