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2018 National AGM Report

posted 28 Oct 2018, 06:28 by Pat Scott   [ updated 28 Oct 2018, 11:15 ]
The National Annual General Meeting took place on 20th October 2018 at the Union Jack Club.
Meeting opened at 11:00 with Prayers, Exhortation and Silent Tribute.  The Chairman then welcomed those attending. The Minutes of the 2017 AGM were accepted as a true record by those present and attended on 7th October 2017.  Proposed Pat Scott; Seconded Alex Saint. Agreed unanimously.

Reports from the National Chair and Hon Secretary were read out including a message from our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The National Treasurer announced that the TSB UK Account balance to carry forward is £7,702.81.  The Malta HSBC Reunion account balance to carry forward of 467.25. The accounts had examined and agreed by Examiners Julia Gaw and Alex Saint.

The National Secretary read out the names of those willing to stand for election and the following were elected:
National Chairman: Ray Wrigglesworth; Hon Secretary: Pat Scott. Hon Treasurer: Alex Saint. These were all agreed unanimously. Auditors elected were Julia Gaw; Pat Scott and agreed unanimously.

It was agreed that as the National Accounts are in a healthy state there would be no increase in the branch levy.

The Appointment of Annual Malta Reunion Organisers were:
Organiser: Pat Scott; Assistant Organisers: Alex Saint, Barry Wenman and were agreed unanimously. The Malta Reunion will take place on the 12th to 26th April.There was discussion on the disappointment several members had with the Preluna this year, and Pat will investigate alternatives.  However, the costs of other comparable hotels is considerably higher. The costs will be published on this web site shortly.

National AGM 2019 will be hosted by West Branch; West Branch Secretary reported it will be held again at the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth.  The date to be finalised but likely to be early October 2019.

West branch proposed there should be an introduction of postal/proxy voting for National AGMs.  This is due to the advancing age of some members and the difficulty and cost associated with travel, it was put forward that voting should also be allowed via email and was agreed unanimously. This will require an amendment to the constitution.

West Branch proposed the ex officio office National President for Mrs Julia Gaw, if she is no longer standing as Association Chairman, this position should be awarded to her in recognition of her years of service and hard work. Agreed unanimously. This will require an amendment to the constitution.

West Branch also proposed that if Mr Michael Gaw is no longer standing as Hon Secretary, he should be awarded Honorary membership in recognition of his years of service and hard work, this was agreed unanimously.

Under Any Other Business Sue Hudson mentioned that she would like to have permission to add updates to the Facebook page that come from the web site that she manages on the Malta War Diary. Is was agreed that this was perfectly acceptable. 

The Chairman closed the Meeting at 12:15 at which point Mr Michael Gaw congratulated the appointments of the Principle Officers and wished them success in their new appointments.

The Chairman thanked those present, and for their input on all the agenda items and for their continued support of the George Cross Island Association.