Minutes of the 23rd Annual General Meeting
Held at The Link Hotel, Loughborough
on Saturday 10th September 2016 at 1100hrs.
The meeting was attended by 45 members and proceedings were
opened at 11:00 hours by our Chairman, Rod Goddard, who welcomed
everyone to the Branch AGM, especially our friends from
Königslutter. The Chairman then read out the Act of Remembrance
followed by mentioning those members who had passed away since
our last meeting.
This was followed by a minute’s silence for
reflection of our fallen comrades. The Branch Standard was
lowered by our Standard Bearer, Tom Neal.
The Secretary, Clive
Sanders, read out the apologies of those members who for various reasons were unable to attend.
MINUTES OF 22nd AGM:
The minutes of the 22nd AGM
having previously been circulated on the branch website and in
the Listening Post were taken as read by the meeting.
Vice-President, Rod Goddard, began his address by welcoming
everyone in attendance and thanking them for making the effort
to attend the 23rd Branch Reunion. He then gave an address on
the future structure of the Royal Corps of Signals, which had
now completed its move to be part of the new ‘Super-Garrison’
centred on Beacon Barracks in Stafford. He then moved on to the
Intelligence Corps, which he reported as currently having 36% of
its personnel ”either deployed on or directly supporting over 10
separate and diverse operations”.
Clive Sanders, on
behalf of our Treasurer, John Rosson, read the Treasurer’s
report on the branch’s current financial situation. This showed
that for the year ending 31 Dec 2014, the Branch Finances stood
at £4457.58p. However, by 31 Dec 2015 the account had declined
to £3415.45p. This was mainly due to a donation of £698.45p,
made by the Branch to the Bürgermeister of Königslutter, which
has been forwarded on to the Rudolf Diesel School for children
with special learning needs in Königslutter.
The Secretary, on behalf of the Treasurer, then stated that it
was hoped that this reunion would raise funds to improve the
financial position of the Branch Accounts, so please dig deep in
your pockets at this evenings Raffle.
Branch Secretary, Clive Sanders, started his report by giving a
BIG vote of thanks to Dick Pickup, the branch’s Loughborough
Reunion Coordinator, for the wonderful job he had done in
arranging, rearranging and in some cases cancelling bookings for
this year’s reunion. He reported that the branch now consisted
of 443 members. He also thanked Tom Perkin, our web-site manager
and Marlene Brooks, the editor of our association magazine, the
Listening Post, for the continuing excellent work they are doing
to support our association.
Due to the passing away of our previous Branch President, Major
General Peter Baldwin, there is a vacancy for this office. Our
Chairman, Rod Goddard nominated Major General Tim Inshaw for
this post. This nomination was Seconded by Mac Peden and
unanimously carried by the members.
The current Branch Treasurer, John Rosson, stated that if any
other member wished to take on the role of Branch Treasurer, he
would not stand in their way, but the members expressed their
confidence in the wonderful way that Debra Nicosia, in the name
of John Rosson, was fulfilling this role and unanimously asked
John to pass on the thanks of the members to Debra.
Due to the current Branch Secretary, Clive Sanders, requesting
to stand down from the office, there was a vacancy for a new
Branch Secretary. The Chairman, Rod Goddard, reported that he
did have a volunteer, in the persons of Charlie and Jud
Charlesworth and Tom Allum proposed that they take on the
duties. This proposal was seconded by Jim Husband and the
members unanimously backed this proposal.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
The first item of AOB was where to hold our reunions in 2017,
2018 and 2019. Rod Goddard, suggested that the 2017 and the 2018
reunions should both be held in Königslutter. The main reason
for this was that our 2018 reunion will also be the celebration
of our 25th anniversary and he felt, that this very special
event should take place near to Langeleben in the town of
Königslutter. Heini Feddeck added that the Schützenkönig from
Königslutter has extended a special invitation for us to attend
the 2020 Schutzenfest in Konigslutter. This will be in order to
join with them in celebration of their 550 anniversary. It was
therefore proposed by Mike Sposito and seconded by Robbie
McCallum that the 2017 and 2018 reunions be held in Königslutter
and the 2019 reunion be held in Loughborough and this proposal
was carried by a large majority of the members.
The next item of AOB was the state of the Branch Finances and
there was much discussion about costs paid by the branch and how
the branch financial state could be improved. No clear decisions
were made at the end of the debate, but it was suggested that a
collection could be organized at the 2017 Königslutter to help
bolster the Branch Finances.
The third item of AOB was a suggestion by Rod Goddard that there
be a Service of Rededication at the Memorial Stone in Langeleben.
Hopefully a band can be found to provide music for this
occasion. This was agreed by a majority of the members.
The fourth item of AOB was a talk by Ilona Hawxwell on events in
Königslutter during 2017. This was followed by an address by
Horst Funke, during which he made a presentation to the Branch
The next item of AOB was initiated by our Chairman, Rod Goddard,
who suggested that a plaque be added to our bench in the
National Arboretum to commemorate our much missed President,
Maj. Gen. Peter Baldwin. Rod's suggestion quickly gathered the
support of the members and it was agreed that a plaque should be
obtained for the bench with a target cost of £25.00.
Finally, Rod Goddard thanked Tom Neal for serving as the Branch
Standard Bearer, more or less since the branch was formed. The
members responded with an enthusiastic round of applause for
Tom. Rod then asked for a member to volunteer to take on the
duties of Standard Bearer and much to the approval of the
members, Robbie McCallum was eventually persuaded to volunteer.
The provisional dates for
the 2017 reunion were agreed as 28th - 30th August 2017, but
this was dependent on the dates of the 2017 Königslutter Schützenfest.
meeting closed at 1235 hrs.