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By Honorary Treasurer, Simon Oliver, acting as Membership Secretary for the year.

Report for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Summary

The past year has seen some significant challenges and advances in the handling of membership and recruitment.

Recruitment

The graph below highlights the significance of the change to online recruitment.

GLD Recruitment rates by month and year (Green Liberal Democrats Treasurer, Simon Oliver)

Online payment was initiated in August 2017 and had an immediate effect. Every month since then has been the best total for new members of any previous year (discounting the year when conference was moved to October). Our total new members to date in 2018 is more than the total for every previous entire year bar 2017, before the usual autumn conference surge, and I anticipate that we will exceed 120 new members for the year. We have recruited 153 new members during the past 12 months (as of Sept 1st 2018), which is three times our historical annual rate.

The impact on income of all this can be seen in this graph:

GLD Membership Income (Green Liberal Democrats Treasurer, Simon Oliver)

Our income to the end of August is about £1,400 above what it was this time last year. It is anticipated that annual membership income (net of administration fees) will exceed £10,000 this year. Note that these totals may not tally exactly with the treasurer's report, which shows gross membership income, accounting for go-cardless fees, as well as some anomalous payments received from incorrectly recorded members that are yet to be chased down.