Minutes of the 17th AGM
Held at Burleigh Court Loughborough
Saturday 18th June 2010.
The meeting was opened by our Chairman Jim
Husband at 1135 hrs; the Chairman welcomed the members and
introduced the committee.
The Chairman then read out the list of
departed members and the Act of Remembrance was read out by
Gerry Kane to the lowering of the Langeleben standard by bearer
First to speak was the Secretary who gave
the apologies of those members who for various reasons could not
attend. The minutes of the 2009 AGM which had previously been
published and distributed were deemed to be a true record of the
meeting, proposed by Paul Croxson, seconded by Tom Perkin and
accepted unanimously by the floor.
The Chairman then introduced our Assistant
Secretary John Richardson who read out messages from our
President Major General Peter Baldwin and also the Bürgermeister
of Königslutter Herr Ottomar Lippelt.
The Chairman introduced our treasurer Gerry
Kane who gave a detailed account of the association’s income and
expenditure, which while showing a healthy balance was slightly
diminished because of the unexpected costs incurred over the
commemorative stone weekend.
Gerry advised the floor that he would be
collecting monies at the end of the meeting for the cost of the
evening buffet. The acceptance of the accounts proposed by Rod
Goddard and seconded by Dave Thomas was again unanimous.
Secretaries Report: See separate account
Election of officers: All the committee
members agreed to serve for the following year and were
Any other business:
Member Steve Vaughan
thanked members for the generous donations received in
sponsoring him for his 100 mile charity walk in aid of the
MacMillan nurses that he participated in last July. (Over £1000
Member Jud Charlesworth queried the
lateness of this year’s reunion; the Secretary explained that
Burleigh Court was fully booked for
the usual May bank holiday weekend and also for the two weekends
Member Paul Croxson proposed that for
future UK reunions we
could perhaps extend an invitation to local members who could
not otherwise afford the time or expense to attend the full
reunion but would like to pop in just for the AGM or for a drink
and a chat with fellow members. The Secretary replied that this
would not be a problem as the hotel was open to non residents
and all members would be advised accordingly for the next UK reunion in
It was agreed that we should return to the Königshof Hotel in
Königslutter, ideally to coincide with the town Schützenfest; we
are hoping that Schützengilde can agree to revert to the end of
May/early June timetable. Assistant Secretary JR will keep us
informed on the arrangements.
Dave Thomas informed the meeting that he
was looking into the possibility of hiring a coach in the UK for
making the five day return trip to Germany an economical
proposition for our members. He has received quotes that
dependant on interest could bring costs down immeasurably. He is
still looking into the logistics and would keep us informed.
The meeting closed at 1250 hrs.
Because of the clash with the Dannenberg
reunion a few members have had to miss out being with us this
year and offer their apologies...
Tom Neal, (who misses his first ever
Langeleben reunion). Ray Armstrong, Denis Weir, Steve Jarvis & Steve Yates.
Others who for various reasons could not
make it and offer their apologies are Neil Mapp, Jim Coglan,
Colin Knapman, John Ralphs, Ted Vert, Bill Lloyd, Bob Ridley
John Gant, Dave Liddell and our esteemed newsletter Editor
Marlene Brooks, who as some of you may know is recovering from
major surgery. Never-the-less Marlene has asked me to remind you
all that we need lots of photos and articles from you for our
next issue of the “Listening Post”.
I welcome you all to our 17th
AGM and reunion. We were a little concerned that this year’s
reunion would seem somewhat of an anticlimax after last years
gathering in Königslutter, (how do we follow that), but we need
not have worried as we have some 94 members and guests with us
this weekend which is a very encouraging turnout.
I would especially like to welcome the
newer members and those of you that are attending your first
reunion, may it be the first of many. I have not yet heard any
complaints regarding the accommodation and assume that you all
find the rooms to your satisfaction.
It has been another good year for
recruitment, 14 new members have joined us since the last AGM in Germany, and brings our live
membership in total, to 420.
Sales of the DVD of last year’s memorial
reunion have been slightly disappointing, (75 only sold so far) and we have yet to
recover the production costs, I have brought plenty of copies
with me and they are available to all at £5 per copy.
Any raffle prizes that you are generously
donating should be given to our Chairman Jim Husband sometime
I hope that you all enjoy the weekend,
especially this evening’s function.