New WoolOn head sought, emergency meeting called

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Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan says he is certain Alexandra’s WoolOn Creative Fashion Event will continue in “good heart”, despite a lack of event chairman and an emergency AGM being held.

The Central Otago District Council said in a statement on Tuesday WoolOn could be in jeopardy if a new chairman was not found, but Mr Cadogan subsequently said he was confident the event would continue.
“I have faith that there issomeone brilliant in the community that can fill this [chairman] role. It’s just a matter of that person coming forward.”

The CODC statement said the previous WoolOn co-chairwomen, Leonie Williamson and Karla Sanders, both stepped down from their roles at the AGM on November 6.

With no current committee members willing to chair the group, the meeting was adjourned to November 19.

Mr Cadogan said the previous chairwomen had done “a momentous job” and a professional event manager would be employed for the next event.

But without people being willing to step into the roles of chairman and secretary, WoolOn was “in jeopardy”, he said.

WoolOn used to be held as part of the Alexandra Blossom Festival, but broke away from the festival in 2016 to become a separate entity and establish charitable status.

Mr Cadogan did not believe the change in structure for WoolOn had contributed to its current situation.

“It [breaking away] was the right thing to do – it allowed WoolOn to grow in the direction it needed to . This [lack of chairman and the emergency AGM] is just a bump in the road .. ”

Finding a venue for the WoolOn event would also be discussed at the emergency meeting, as the venue for the last two events was no longer available, Mr Cadogan said.

The emergency AGM will be held at Alexandra Community House at 7pm on November 19.