World Jersey Cattle Bureau
Report from the Secretary 2010
This report covers period between the annual meeting of Council in the USA in June 2009 to date and an update on the action points agreed. During the period the majority of the allocated time available to the Secretariat has been spent on finalising the constitution, adopting new accounting procedures and developing the new strategy.
New Bureau strategy:
The Secretariat has invested time and resources in the new strategy as reported below in line with the four key themes of the strategy:
1. Communication: A new interactive website has been launched at the following address http://wjcb.wildapricot.org/ - this includes the information pages from the old site, the membership database and communication tools including email blasts, discussion forums and blogs. It is hoped that as the membership become used to the new functionality the site will become more popular and act as the hub for the Bureau.
2. World events: The 2nd World Jersey Cheese Awards has been launched to take place in Jersey over the 11th to 13th June. The format for these awards was developed in consultation with Chris Ashby and Cathy Guidi and it is hoped time will be available for discussion on how to develop the awards in future years will be dedicated at the Council meetings this year.
3. Youth: The Bureau agreed a suite of three youth programmes:
a. The Jersey Educational Travel Award (JETA) Programme: These will be launched for the 19th International Conference in New Zealand in 2011 at which the papers have been scheduled into the program. Procedures for application will be finalised during the Council meetings this year.
b. The Jersey Youth Travel Scheme: The Secretary has been in discussion with Agriventure regarding the launch of this new scheme and a meeting is scheduled to finalise a proposed launch plan between the date of writing this report and the Council meetings this year.
c. The Jersey Scholarship Travel Award: A grant of £500 was paid to Tahnee King from Australia who spent time on Jersey farms and travelling in Canada during the summer of 2009.
4. Knowledge transfer: The Secretariat has received a number of enquiries from various contacts in China, including during a visit to Jersey by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK. A meeting is pending at the Chinese Embassy in London to explore how more formal links may be established.
Other action points:
WJCB Incorporation & Constitution:
The Secretary has been in lengthy discussions with the lawyers and Officers of the Royal Court in Jersey regarding the preparation of a constitution that would be acceptable to the Royal Court. This has been achieved and Bureau will be incorporated under the 1862 Jersey law ‘Loi sur les teneures en fidéicommis et l’incorporation d’associations’ by the time of the Council meeting this year. This will enable key administrative decision to be taken that will allow for the smooth running of the Bureau in the future and development of the key activities outlined in the new strategy.
Accounting & bookkeeping procedures:
The Secretariat assumed responsibility for the bookkeeping of the Bureau from the 1st January 2010 and the books are now kept on the computerised system employed by the RJA&HS. The Society also arranged for the Bureau Financial Statements to be prepared which is reported on under the Treasurer’s Report.
James W Godfrey, MSc, FRAgS, MRAC