New blood needed for Beef Week
BEEF Week president Terry Serone is confident that come Monday night, the second step towards a rejuvenated and new-look Casino Beef Week will be complete.
"I'm hoping that on Monday night the community will unite behind Beef Week to breathe new life into the festival and grow it into something even more special than it currently is," he said.
"Some hard decisions had to made this year. Calling off the festival was one of the most difficult things those involved have ever had to do.
"But now it's time to get on with the job of Beef Week 2008.
"The current board initiated a strategic plan step one which we are confident will ensure Beef Week's long-term future and we now feel it's time for some fresh, new faces to step up to take the reins."
Which is why, Mr Serone said, the Beef Week Committee brought forward its annual general meeting to Monday night. It is usually held in October.
"Many of the current board members have indicated they plan to step down to make way for new, younger people with the energy and drive to rejuvenate the festival," he said.
"And because it is essential the new board has the time to do that, the decision was made to have the AGM earlier than normal."
Mr Serone would not say whether he would stand again, nor was he able to say who, if any, of the other board members would seek re-election.
However, Beef Week treasurer Sue Serone, who is overseeing the AGM, said that at the close of nominations last Friday nine nominations had been received for the eight board positions. The AGM will be held at the Casino RSM Club from 7.30pm. The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, with all current memberships due for renewal.