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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 17 MARCH 2019

Mini Cooper Register, founded in 1986, continues to be a strong, successful club.

Committee reports

  • Membership up by 3.3% in 2018 over the previous year
  • Total membership now stands at 2,092
  • A financial surplus and reserves for a rainy day
  • CooperWorld, which has been running at 68 pages, nominated for an award for the second year running
  • Active regional structure with new contacts recruited
  • A developing club shop contributing to the finances
  • Subscriptions, which only cover CooperWorld magazine, held at 2018 levels despite increased production costs
  • Club now VAT registered

IT news

  • New IT systems being introduced covering:
  •  Booking of trade stands at Beaulieu
  • Car registers which have been transferred from Lavenham Press
  • Mini Sport members discount
  • Regional mailing system which is GPDR compliant
  • Details of 1,878 cars held on the registers giving members access to their own details through the “My Car” drop-down on the website
  • Website members area now has 416 people registered

Communications

  • Increased activity on Facebook with more people interacting with news items and events
  • National Mini Day has had 34.3k unique views compared to 22.4k in 2018
  • The Twitter account has been rationalised to make it more manageable with a small loss in followers, which now stand at 2,672

Annual Awards

To be presented at the National Mini Day at Beaulieu on 9 June.

  • Editor’s Award – Robert Young
  • Regional Award – Kent Region
  • Big Value and Personality – Justin Ridyard
  • Don Moore Award for Services to MCR – Peter Moss

Web Site Outage

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Message from Mini Cooper Register

Web Site Outage

by Mike Bennett

Dear Member

We have had a significant outage with the club website and email system, regrettably, it caused considerable inconvenience, not only to our members but also to the members of the committee that use the facilities to run the club, specifically to Paul our editor who heavily depends on the emails for the production of CooperWorld.

Without going into too many technical details, the problem started when the server crashed intermittently, just like the problem with an elusive misfire, there could have been a number of causes for these problems and numerous steps were taken to isolate the issue and fix it. Then the server crashed and could not be restarted. The engineers replaced numerous components but, in the end, it was irreparable and a new server was built and installed. The email system restarted and worked well but the website could not be re-instated due to the way in which the new server had been built. The engineers attempted to resolve this but brought down the email service in the process. After a while, it became apparent that this situation was not going to get any better and a new company was found to host a server and they built a new one that had the advantage of being a later model and using newer technology. The new contract also provides for them to manage the hardware and operating system and automatically switch to new hardware should the same problem occur in the future.

With the new server available, the club’s website and email system have been restored and are now operational.

This has been an intense and at times very frustrating episode and I am sorry that it has caused so much inconvenience, but on the positive side, we now have a better platform for our internet technology.

 

Mike Bennett

Webmaster

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