Minutes of the 21st Annual General Meeting
Held at Burleigh Court
on Saturday 6th
September 2014 at
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
APOLOGIES: The Secretary, Clive
Sanders, read out the apologies
of those members who for various reasons were unable to attend.
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
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.
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
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
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.
meeting closed at 1235 hrs.