The Debating Society's By-Election meeting was held on Thursday 14th February to elect a new Social Secretary for the 2018/2019 academic year.
One candidate nominated themselves for the vacancy. Jack Watkins, whose Election Address is reproduced below:
"Hi, my name is Jack, I am a first-year history student. I joined Debate Society because I have always loved the idea of having a nice environment to discuss certain topics with other people who also enjoy debating as well.
If elected as Social Secretary I will try and improve communication between members in the society. I will also try and get more members to join the society so we can have more effective debates with a wider variety of opinions. I will also come up with ideas for social events based on what people in the group want to do."
Debating Society Chair, Rowan Draper, welcomed Jack's election to the committee.
"We all want to welcome Jack to the role and we are all looking forward to working together to recruit new members and improve the Debating Society for all members."
It is my responsibility to inform you that there is a vacancy on the committee at this time. We will be holding a by-election on the 14th February at 3.00pm at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Debating Society. The location of the meeting will be confirmed in due course.
The Social Secretary's job description is below:
Responsibilities of the Social Secretary
1. Attend all committee meetings called by the Chair.
2. Attend all required training.
3. To take minutes at all necessary meetings, including AGM and EGM, to be released for any members requiring them, including a copy delivered to the Societies Officer for filing. This needs to be received within ten days of a meeting.
4. To maintain and update membership lists from the data collected by the Membership Services Coordinator.
5. To be responsible for written communications to all members.
6. To take primary responsibility for the organisation and marketing of society events and social activities.
7. Organisation of promotion and recruitment throughout the year.
8. To take responsibility for the regular updating of the society’s page on the NSU website.
To vote in this election you will need to be a paid member of the society so you will need to have paid your annual £5.00 membership subscription to the Students' Union by Friday 8th February at 4.30 pm.
If you wish to be considered as a candidate for this role then please can you email me saying that you would like to be considered for the vacancy at DRAP01@newman.ac.uk by Thursday 7th February at 5.00 pm.
We will also ask you to produce a short manifesto of one paragraph about yourself and three bullet points of what you would like to achieve in the role, which will be distributed to all members eligible to vote. This will need to be sent to me by Saturday 9th February at 12.00 pm but could also be sent in at the same as your expression of interest in the role.
Candidates will be asked to give a one minute speech at the Extraordinary General Meeting prior to going to a ballot of the members. This meeting will count the votes and announce the successful candidate following the vote.
At the end of our first successful debate in December it was judged, under British Parliamentary Debating, that the Opposition speakers had won the motion (This House believes that Social Media is rejuvenating Political Protest) against the Government. Thank you to all our members who took part in the Debate.
Following a poll on our Society's Facebook Members Group it has been chosen to start off Semester 2 with 'This House believes that Feminism has run its course'. We will be running introductions to British Parliamentary and Public Speaking Basics Training sessions for any and all interested students who want to get involved with the society. Contact Chair Rowan Draper for more information.