“A year of change, a turning point in the development of AUGB…”, says AUGB President, Zenko Lastowiecki

The Annual Report for 2007 (PDF, 4.74Mb) was published on 24 May, ahead of the Annual General Meeting in Nottingham on 31 May.

The President’s overview of the year is that it has been a turning point, where issues relating to the future development of the Association are being grasped, but where much more still needs to be done to ensure the successful outcomes that everyone wants to see.  Amongst the issues touched on in his overview were:

  • the steps taken to push forward the major investment project to rebuild the hall in Manchester after it was destroyed by fire three years ago;
  • the strategic review of local community structures and finances;
  • preparation of a business plan for exploiting the potential of AUGB’s property in London’s Holland Park Avenue;
  • the valuation of AUGB’s rare books and works of art following a sad beginning to the year with the break-in at Linden Gardens and the theft of one of the Association’s most valuable paintings;
  • gathering and preserving archive documents and the first steps towards creating a comprehensive archive;
  • the future of ‘Ukrayinska Dumka’.

The President paid tribute to the small headquarters team for their work and commitment during the year, and to the volunteers who give their time to help with various tasks and projects, both at head office and in local branches.

Highlights from the Annual Report:

  • 137 new members registered, 79 of which are from Manchester
  • Copies of Ukrayinska Dumka sold up by just over 14%
  • Bookshop sales increased by over 40% following a highly successful marketing campaign and pre-Christmas sale
  • 13 boxes of books sent to the National History Museum of Ukraine and the Kyiv-Mohylyanska Academy in Kyiv and a further 10 boxes of books donated in response to an appeal from the Academic Research Institute of Donetsk for Ukrainian books for libraries in the region
  • Sets of reference books about the Holodomor and Ukrainian history donated to the libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords, and to various other city and university libraries around the country
  • Articles about the Shevchenko Library and its work published in various academic periodicals in Ukraine
  • 3-star rating (the highest possible) for Sydenhurst, the Association’s care home in Surrey, following an unannounced inspection by the Commission for Social Care Inspectorate
  • Renovation of the Sydenhurst day centre and dining room following consultation with residents
  • Sydenhurst income increased over 12% in line with business plan projections.

The Annual Report was printed as a supplement to the 24 May edition of Ukrayinska Dumka and included reports from the Association of Ukrainian Women and the Association of Ukrainian Teachers and Educators. If you would like a full copy of the Annual Report, please contact Anna Mikulin.

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