The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council‘s (GJRC) 2018 AGM and Awards Ceremony was held on 30 May at the Jewish Care Scotland, Walton Community Care Centre.
The Co-Presidents Nicola Livingston and Evy Yedd jointly chaired the meeting.
Their address to the meeting covered a wide range of subjects including the Education Action Group, Alliance Forum, Holocaust Memorial Day, Anti-Semitic Hate Crime, and of particular note, the death of Martin Morris, a member of GRS, its Executive and a long-time GJRC Council member. The work of many new and long serving contributors to the modernisation, development, and success of GJRC was also recognised.
The AGM’s theme was Interfaith; presentations were given by Philip Mendleson (Chair of Interfaith Glasgow), Lynnda Wardle (Weekend Club Officer), and Maureen McEnroe (volunteer), who gave a very personal description of the work and the pleasure she derived from her involvement in the Interfaith activities.
In the Awards Ceremonies GRS member Freda Kostick and Claire Miller were presented with the Philip Jacobson Award for services to the community. The award was presented by the two Co-Presidents:
Back in April 2000 Claire Miller and Freda Kostick both saw an advert in the Jewish Telegraph, inviting people interested in volunteering to come along to Jewish Care Scotland. On the day the room was packed and they sat down at the same table and got chatting. It turned out that they both lived on the same street. Freda didn’t drive so Claire said to her: “If you volunteer on the same day as me you will never be without a lift.”
Eighteen years on and Freda and Claire are still volunteering for Jewish Care Scotland and Claire still picks Freda up every Wednesday morning. They have been with the organisation through lots of changes and they have seen staff, clients and volunteers come and go. Freda says: “Jewish Care Scotland is a lovely environment; there isn’t any other place like this. We get a lot of satisfaction. The club members are full of interesting stories and laughter. It’s a happy place.” Claire says: “I’m getting on now, but I’m still good for a blether!”
This is what our volunteers add to the organisation and Claire and Freda’s warm, welcoming personalities bring colour to the Aviv Club clients, many of whom live on their own and attend the club for friendship and support. Jewish Care Scotland could not provide the breadth of services it does without our dedicated volunteers. Clients describe Jewish Care Scotland as a lifeline and volunteers such as Freda and Claire are its lifeblood.
With their years of service to Jewish Care Scotland and the community I believe Freda Kostick and Claire Miller are worthy winners of the Philip Jacobson Award and we are delighted to have them here tonight to receive their awards.
The AGM was completed with the election of the Officers and Trustees—to which Richard Townsend and Linda Wolfson (GRS Co-Chairs) were elected GJRC Trustees.