UK Reunion
Minutes of the 21st Annual General Meeting
Held at Burleigh Court Loughborough
 on Saturday 6th September 2014 at 1100hrs.

The meeting was attended by 43 members and proceedings opened by our Chairman Jim Husband who then introduced the members of the committee. The Chairman read out the roll of honour, this was followed by the Kohima Epitaph and a minute’s silence, as the branch standard was lowered by our standard bearer Tom Neal.

APOLOGIES: The Secretary, Clive Sanders, read out the apologies of those members who for various reasons were unable to attend.

MINUTES OF 20th AGM: The minutes of the 20th AGM having previously been circulated on the branch website and in the Listening Post were taken as read by the meeting.

PRESIDENTS ADDRESS: In the absence of our President, Major General Peter Baldwin, our Vice President, Rodney Goddard, Welcomed the members and thanked them for making the effort to attend our 21st Reunion. Rodney explained that he was standing in for our President, who was very unwell and was thus unable to make the trip this year and asked the floor to join him both in thought and prayer for Peter and Gail at what was a difficult time for them.

Rodney then gave a very interesting talk on a series of events that had occurred at Kimmel Park Camp during the First World War, which resulted in five members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, whose deaths were commemorated by 5 cast-iron maple leaves marking the graves of these soldiers.

TREASURERS REPORT: Gerry Kane on behalf of our Treasurer, John Plaskitt, read through a detailed report on the Branch's current financial situation, which showed that for the year 2013, the branch finances continued to be in a very healthy state. The branch started 2013 with an opening balance of £4182.42 and at the end of 2013, the closing balance stood at £4360.98. 

SECRETARY’S REPORT: The Branch Secretary, Clive Sanders, started his report by thanking Dick Pickup for the wonderful job he had done arranging this year's reunion. He also thanked Ernie Callaghan for all the help and advice he had given in Clive's first year as secretary. He reported that the branch now consisted of 448 members and asked the Chairman to welcome and hand New Member's Packs to our latest new members, Chris Jones and Mac Peden. Clive stressed that for the branch to survive we need to recruit new members and the attraction of having our Königslutter reunions coincide with the town's Schützenfest, served a very good incentive for new members to join the branch.

He thanked Marlene Brooks, for the continuing excellent work she was doing as editor of our branch magazine ,the Listening Post. He stated that a letter had been sent to the CO 14 Signal Regiment, informing him of our branch and inviting him to consider sending a marching party of his young soldiers to join us at next year's Königslutter reunion. Clive ended by saying that he hoped everyone liked the Identity Badges he had made for this year's reunion and asked everyone to hand them back to him before they departed.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS: The Vice President stated that the branch needed two new officers to take on the duties of Chairman and Treasurer. On the subject of the vacancy for Chairman he stated that he believed that the roles of Vice President and Chairman could easily be combined and therefore he would gladly volunteer to take on both posts. Clive Sanders thus proposed that Rod Goddard should become Chairman and this was seconded by Dennis Weir. John Rosson then offered to take on the office of Treasurer and Rod Goddard proposed and Clive Sanders seconded this proposal. Both positions were subsequently endorsed by the meeting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS: John Rosson asked the committee members to approve an advance by the branch to the Birgelen Veterans Association, with a view to coordinating our reunions with their association, so that people with membership of both organizations would only have one venue to attend. He pointed out that our President, Maj Gen Peter Baldwin,  always tried to attend the reunions of both organizations and it would make it much easier for him if he only had  to make one trip. The motion was strongly debated and finally Dennis Weir proposed that the secretary should write to the BVA to liaise on a common date for the reunions of both organizations. Ernie Callaghan seconded this proposal and it was put to the vote, which resulted in the proposal being rejected.

Stuart McCloud raised issues with last year's Schützenfest in Königslutter. He stated that people felt very crammed in and that the food was abysmal. The secretary offered to contact our Königslutter Reunion Organizer, John Richardson, on this issue. Ernie Callaghan pointed out that most people don't go to the Schützenfest for the food.

Robbie McCallum proposed that the branch send flowers to Marlene Brooks and Gail Baldwin as a gesture of support. Ernie Callaghan seconded this motion and the committee approved this proposal.

Horst Funke made a short speech and presented the branch with a trophy in German national colours.

Elona Hawxswell also made a short speech of thanks to the committee and pointed out that there were new places of interest that could be visited during next year's Königslutter reunion.

Jim Husband proposed  that next year's Königslutter reunion be moved back to the May period, as it was a cheaper option. Ernie Callaghan seconded this proposal, but when it came to a vote the proposal was unanimously rejected by the committee.

2015 REUNION: The provisional dates for the 2015 reunion were agreed as 28th - 30th August 2015, but this was dependent on the dates of the 2015 Königslutter Schützenfest.

The meeting closed at 1235 hrs.


Last updated 11 September 2014