your CLAS at risk of closure!  

Yes, you have read this correctly: the threat of dissolution of CLAS is very real. We have sadly seen a lack of volunteers coming forward to cover the basic posts necessary to run our Society once the mandates of the current committee members run out: 

We have been appealing for volunteers for about two years now, and although some members have kindly come forward we have a number of key positions that urgently need to be filled.

Without a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary CLAS simply cannot function as a registered charity. Many of the advertised roles can be shared between two friends, making it both easier and fun, and virtually all committee meetings are now conveniently held online via Zoom, so no need to for time-consuming and expensive travel to and from London.

If we had a sufficient number of volunteers the tasks would be spread out more evenly and the Society would be able to continue to thrive.

To make you realise how very real the threat of closure is our current Treasurer has looked into what immediate actions would have to be taken should we fail to cover the above mentioned key positions by this upcoming 31st December 2020:

  • Cancel AGM and ATL in March 2021.
  • Cancel Festival 2021
  • Cancel Regional Day 2021
  • Cancel publication of the Edge
  • Cancel Public Liability Insurance
  • Cancel National Diploma applications
  • Cancel Certificate of Calligraphy applications
  • Cancel On Line Learning Initiative & sell equipment bought
  • Close Website and Social Media pages
  • Cancel annual contracts for web support and maintaining our domain names
  • Close Sales
  • Cancel all direct debits
  • Close bank accounts

We now have until 31st December 2020 for volunteers to come forward and fill these roles. If by then the key positions of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary/Admin Assistant remain vacant, we will sadly have to set in motion procedures to dissolve the Society. This is because of the strict cancellation clauses included in the commercial contracts we have with venues and services.

In the past two and a half years your CLAS team has worked very hard to bring the Society into the 21st century: We have a very active social media following, a rich Edge magazine, exciting tutors lined up for next year’s Festival, a great AGM Day 2021 ready to go, the National Diploma being rewritten, new online courses being prepared and more exciting projects in the pipeline. Overall, a lot of hard work has gone in over the past 26 years to make CLAS the internationally acclaimed association it is today. 

Are we really prepared to let this all go because none of our 900 members are willing to take over from those who have already played their part and given their time and expertise?

We are all very busy people, we all have families, jobs, personal interests, our own stories, our own problems. But if we want CLAS to continue we all need to do our bit. Please look again at the job descriptions by clicking on the red hyperlinks on the job list above and consider taking up any of the roles for one or more years.

Thank you

Michela Antonello

Outgoing Chairman