Committee members standing down at annual meeting
THE future of Milton’s iconic events and festivals “could be under threat” if Milton Promotions Incorporated folds due to lack of membership.
That is the view of Matt Bryant who is the fresh face of MPI.
In fact, he could be the only face unless there is a strong turn-out at this month’s annual general meeting.
With all long-term members, including president David Johnson, stepping down, Mr Bryant is urging young families to get involved to ensure the survival of MPI which coordinates community events such as the Scarecrow Festival and Carols on the Green.
The MPI treasurer and co-owner of Akwa Surf, Mr Bryant is passionate about MPI’s role in the community and says it is crucial young families get involved.
“These events have provided such enjoyment to the local community over the years and I have witnessed the enthusiasm and creativity that local children have displayed in building a prize-winning scarecrow,” he said.
“I have shared in the anticipation of my own children waiting for the arrival of the man in red, while the town band plays carols in the background and local school choirs raise their voice in song.
“These events have become a significant part of family life in Milton and, in recent years, it has fallen to just a few to ensure that they continue.”
He said new faces would ensure the ongoing success of local festivals and also introduce new promotional and community events to the town.
“It is always helpful to any organisation to have young, fresh ideas and enthusiasm, and I know there are a lot of young, enthusiastic family men and women out there in Milton,” he said.
“I am confident that they would gain a lot of satisfaction by being part of this organisation and contributing to the community in which they have chosen to raise their children.”
So passionate is Mr Bryant about the survival of MPI, he has offered his business premises as the venue for the AGM on Tuesday February 19 from 5.30pm at Akwa Surf Shop.
“I encourage anyone who has an interest in their community to come along – we will have plenty of chairs, so I hope we have a good turn out,” he added.
MPI is a non-profit, community organisation working for the benefit of the local community, helping local businesses and promoting the village of Milton as an attractive visitor destination.
The organisation is also responsible for running the Milton Market Days that attract not only local spending but also tourist dollars to the region.
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CALL GOES OUT: Akwa Surf Shop owner Matt Bryant is encouraging more Milton residents, families and business owners to breathe new life into Milton Promotions Incorporated.
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