The 21 March 2007 marks
the fifth anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Association
Committee which, amongst other important things, set the rules for
membership. They still stand, with one amendment, and in essence are
1. Membership is open to anyone with an association by employment with the Hawker Companies, and to their widows or widowers.
Associate Membership may be offered, at the discretion of the
Committee, to those who have rendered a service to the
(Covers speakers, visit hosts etc.)
3. Associateship may be
offered, at the discretion of the Committee, to those who, whilst not
actual employees of the 'Hawker' companies, worked closely with them.
(Covers MoD, R-R, McAir etc)
The Future Of The Hawker Association
The Chairman and the Committee have been considering the future of the
Association whose Members are mostly retired and not getting any
Options for the future include:
1. No change - in which case
the Association will gradually fade away.
2. Take steps to prolong the
life of the Association without changing the membership rules.
steps to make the Association self-perpetuating by changing the
The Committee considered Option 1 to be a
non-starter because they don't want the Association to die. Option 2
requires the recruiting of younger members from BAES at Farnborough. A
problem here is that all our meetings are daytime and mid-week so
working members usually can't attend.
Evening meetings would solve that
problem but then our primary group, older and retired, don't like
driving in the dark (or do they?), nor do our older speakers. Should we
hold some evening meetings? Should they be held at Farnborough, say?
Should we have a 'Newsletter only' membership grade? On retirement they
would become full members.
Option 3 could open up membership to anyone
with an interest in the aims of the Association or it could be limited
to certain interest groups; HSA and BAe HQ people, for example. This
option would change the 'family' feel of the Association; do we want
this? This option could also cover a merger with another like-minded
group, if there are any.
Please give this matter some serious
thought and at the AGM present your views on what changes you would be
happy with and how they could be implemented. The Committee really
needs your help.