Dear Fellow STEP Members,
1. Branch Activities in Q1
The following is a summary of talks held so far this year. As you can see, all events continue to attract good attendance by both STEP members and non-members. Do let us know if there is a particular subject or topic area that you would like us to try to source a speaker, or please introduce to us any speakers that you think may be of interest to our almost 440-strong Singapore membership.
2. Report: April Council Meeting
As a result of being recently elected to STEP Worldwide Council by the Singapore Management Committee, I would like to update you on the agenda and proceedings from the Council meetings I attended in London on 14-15 April.
It was an enormously important Council meeting, due to a new governance structure of Board and Council being bedded down. It was timely to talk about relationships: how these two arms of governance / consultation / representation will work together and particularly what the roles of Board members and council members are. Most importantly it was critical to focus on relationships with the wider membership and how effective communication and clarity of roles and responsibilities throughout STEP can ensure that we best serve the membership at large and build cohesion throughout the Society.
The STEP Worldwide Board has just completed its ‘blue skies’ planning. An enormous amount of progress was made over two days to analyse the Board’s interest and initial views on governance and communication, on risk, on key issues for the Board in taking up its role, on strategic issues throughout the Society and how the business plan for STEP thus goes forward.
The major items for the agenda included reports on branch development, education and public policy; the STEP brand; special interest groups; membership satisfaction survey; taxpayer’s charter; 2011/12 operational plan; finance report and budget. Read excerpts from David Harvey’s CEO report to Council HERE.
3.STEP/STA Gala Dinner Update
For those of you who have yet to confirm your individual or table booking, please note that we have todate sold 10 tables, with 3 major gold sponsorships, and aim to have a full house by late May/early June.
President, STEP (Singapore Chapter), 2009-2011