Jim Lawrie, our
Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were
read out from John Burton, Bryon Shaw, Bill Farr, Geoff Futcher,
Brian Bailey, Kevin Burnett, Tony Cash, Steve Cox and Pam
main business started, Mike Freeborn announced to the Club the
death, this day, of Mr Fred Eatwell. A respectful minute’s silence
was given in his memory.
With all the
birds’ benched (any Blue Series) and ready for discussion later
after Les Underwood had judged them, we looked at the birds during
asked for support from our members for the Dorset BS Spring
Convention and Show that will be held on the 19th May
this year. Roger Carr will be acting Chairman, Alan Marchant the
speaker and Brian Reese judging the birds.
Trip on May 25th is still on; Mick to give latest details
soon on visits?
/ Tony Cash had sent via email to all members the 2018 accounts for
members to read at home to see if there were any ‘anomalies’ that
they would like to raise tonight .
Minutes of AGM 2018:
taken as a true account by members and there were no comments.
David Rice, started by saying a thank you to everyone connected to
the club for the work they did and apologised if he had forgotten
President David Rice welcomed the continuing success of the Club and
wished the Club future success.
of New President:
Malcolm and Pam Freemantle were joint President(s) elect and
Malcolm was duly handed the Chain of office from David Rice.
Photographs were taken and Malcolm said a few words of
appreciation for this honour. The meeting also took the
opportunity to offer its congratulations to Malcolm having
his 87th birthday yesterday.
report: the Chairmen considered the Club to be the premier Club in
the South, evidenced by its Gold Open Show status held for several
years; its success over the last three years by winning the L&SCBS
inter -Club competition; its regular high member attendance at
monthly meetings, and having an interesting programme of events,
including attracting top quality speakers throughout the year. (This
was due to the good offices of the General Secretary, Tony Cash.)
The Club had also been innovative in offering a Reward Scheme to
encourage exhibitor participation at its annual Open Shows.
Cash's unavoidable absence due to health reasons, no formal report
was made. However, the Chairman was confident that he too would
share the sentiments already expressed about the growing success of
Report and Membership
Report and Membership updates - Peter Merritt took the meeting
through the accounts highlighting the main features. In particular
that the Club had made a profit of £343.92 at the 2018 Open Show.
This was significant as most Clubs operated at loss. The main
reasons for our success was the eagerness of the Club members
supporting the Club through sponsorship and donated birds to raise
funds by auction. He explained that the Club’s finances were in a
very healthy state, holding a bank balance of in excess of £4,000.
We also had a membership of over 40. The Club expressed its
appreciation of Peter's stewardship of the finances.
Bill Butler from London was welcomed as a new (and paid up) member
of the Club.
Officers - as the new President, Malcolm Freemantle took the Chair
for the election of the Chairman. Jim Lawrie was prepared to serve
in this capacity for this next year, and there being no other
nominees, was re-elected as Chairman. He then resumed the Chair for
the election of other officers' positions.
explained that Tony Cash had previously circulated to the membership
the names and positions that individuals were prepared to stand for
again. There being no further nominations from the floor it was
proposed by David Rice and seconded by Ray Nicholls that these
appointments should be confirmed. The list of positions filled is
attached It was also raised from the floor that there should be an
appointment of a Vice Chair. Mike Freeborn agreed to stand for this
position. This was proposed by David Rice and seconded by Andrew
Open Show -
much had been previously mentioned, and Peter confirmed that we
would be in the same school hall as last year.
President - having spoken privately beforehand to Malcolm
Freemantle, the Chairman explained that conventionally the
appointment of President was for a three year period of office.
However, on this occasion it seemed prudent for the President Elect
to be selected now rather than next year, just in case Malcolm was
at any time unavailable to carry out his Presidential duties. The
Chairman invited Andy Thorpe to accept this position, which he did,
and this was then formally proposed by the Chairman and seconded by
AOB - the
chairman explained that the Committee had initially decided to
withdraw the financial reward scheme but that on reflection wished
to re-instate the scheme, due to the changed circumstances of
abolishing the Beginner Section and that the Club had sufficient
funds to pay for the scheme, that the Club should be invited to
express its own view. After lengthy discussion the proposal to
continue with a Reward Scheme was agreed by a majority
An even more
lively discussion ensued over the merits of Special awards of
£30 for Best Novice Young bird and Any Age. The general mood of the
meeting was that by abolishing the Beginners Section, hitherto
beginners would face increased competition with established Novices,
and that the reward on offer would not prove to be a sufficient
incentive for increased entries at the Open Show. There was a
general preference for more tangible and enduring rewards to be
offered to the Novice section. It was proposed that Rosettes down to
the first 10 for each of the Any Age and Young Bird classes should
be awarded. This proposal was carried by a majority vote.
proceeded to raise a valid point about patronage awards. For several
years the South Hants BS open show schedule has referred to
patronage rewards beings given to the clubs' own members
successfully exhibiting at the show. However, no such awards have
been made in recent years. It was agreed that this anomaly should
be rectified for the 2019 Open Show. Peter Merritt agreed to look
into the rewards that could cost effectively be made.
The AGM closed
at 9:10 pm.
refreshment break, Les Underwood judged birds brought that evening.
He then explained why he had positioned the birds the way he had and
that he had judged them on the basis of birds he would use under
closed the meeting at 9:50pm and thanked those present for their
attendance and wished them a safe journey home.