AGM elects new President

news: AGM elects new President

• Sheena Rawcliffe, outgoing President, with a memento from her colleagues on the Management Council
• Sheena Rawcliffe, outgoing President, with a memento from her colleagues on the Management Council

THE 17th Annual General Meeting of AFPOP took place on Saturday March 19, at the Hotel Vila Galé in Tavira. AFPOP, the association for expatriates living and working in Portugal, has members throughout Portugal and Madeira, as well as most European countries and in many other parts of the world. The AGM is generally held in a different area each year and, this year, it was the turn of the east of the Algarve. While the meeting was not well attended, it was at times a lively affair with meaningful debate.

The outgoing President, Sheena Rawcliffe, reported that “AFPOP is in good shape and is an association with a sound future”.

AFPOP now has over 6,000 members to whom it offers constant information on getting the best out of living and working in Portugal. The association continues to inform its membership on how to stay on the right side of the law with regard to driving, insurance, taxation and literally dozens of other issues through its comprehensive bulletin system.

Sheena pointed out to the assembled company that marketing AFPOP was an issue which warranted greater time and effort as the association is not reaching thousands of expatriates who could gain great benefit by being members. She reminded the membership that they were one of the best marketing tools available to the association and asked that existing members should tell others they meet about AFPOP.

“The tangible financial benefits, negotiated on behalf of AFPOP members, should ensure that the relatively small cost of being a member is outweighed with savings available to our membership,” said Sheena.

Sheena, who had undertaken five years as President of AFPOP, was thanked by HM British Consul, Roger Nuttall, for the way in whichshe had chaired the Annual General Meetings over the past five years and for the time and effort, all on a voluntary basis, she had given to AFPOP.She received a standing ovation.

A bouquet of flowers was presented to Sheena on behalf of the membership by the incoming President, Patricia Roberts.

Pat told The Resident: “I am looking forward to my term as President and hope to meet as many members as possible over the next few months. Like Sheena, I believe that AFPOP is in good shape and urge anyone interested in becoming a member to contact AFPOP without delay!”