Dear Fellow STEP Members,

STEP Singapore has some 440 members and since not everyone turns up to an AGM, details of which will soon be sent to you, I thought that I would give a brief “year in review ” in this e-newsletter being the last for the term of this present Executive Committee.

Members of your Executive Committee in addition to the elected positions that they have undertaken to hold, have also chaired the following sub-committees:

  1. Education & Student Liaison
  2. Constitutional Review
  3. E-Newsletter
  4. Regulatory Affairs & STA Liaison
  5. STEP Asia Conference Planning

Of course, being a Committee member has required, in addition to attending regular Committee Meetings, responding to emails, telephone calls on other business matters, as well as dealing with the other industry stakeholders such as the MAS, WMI and IBF.  All of these duties have required much time and effort, for the ultimate honour of serving you - the members of the Singapore Branch.

However, I would like to make a special mention of the following Committee and Sub-committee members, whose contribution has been significant over the past 12 months, and much of their contributions and commitment may go unnoticed, if I were not to mention them here in this community©.

Goh Seow Chee has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Charity Gala Dinner will be the success that it’s now turning out to be. She has personally contacted and persuaded many of the 30 tables that have been sold for the forthcoming event, not to mention her availability at all Exco meetings and the many other hours she has spent co-coordinating with the Secretariat the monthly educational events that we have been so fortunate to have held over the past 12 months.

Lee Chiwi, I would also like to acknowledge for the long overdue review of our Constitution to ensure that it falls in line with Singapore & UK requirements, so that we continue to be the premier professional body in our industry. The 4 members on this sub-committee have really produced a “labor of love” report.

James Aitken, like all of us, has a very busy day job, but managed to help produce a STEP/Asia Conference programme to be held in Singapore this year that will again showcase, both our city, and our professional body to the whole world. This is another example of the hours and effort that goes on behind the scenes, that many take for granted.

And, as I look around the lecture theatres and auditoriums during our events, this message is also intended to encourage new / fresh members to come forward to assist in the work of the Committee and various Sub-committees, as there is a wealth of untapped knowledge and experience amongst our ranks.

In conclusion, I hope you will join us for our upcoming AGM to be held on the 30th June, and fortunately, there will be a guest speaker to entice you to attend.

Look forward to seeing you.

Angelo Venardos

President, STEP (Singapore Chapter), 2009-2011

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