It was good to see a good turnout of members for the AGM. That indicates your respect for the Club and the way it is run. This was followed with some outdoor group shot tips.
I feel I should start by highlighting what a good year it has been for the Club, despite many unpredictable hurdles we faced.
The Club membership and weekly attendance has grown along with the bank balance. I expected both of those to fall due to all the changes. More important to me, we have retained the atmosphere we all enjoy so much.
We all should thank those members who lend a hand in the running of the Club, as many have been overloaded with work. In the forthcoming year, we need to share that work load more evenly. With more helpers, we can maintain what we are currently doing and will give us the ability to react to the direction you want the Club to go in. There are many small tasks that need doing, like looking after the loan table, or putting the vacuum cleaner around when needed at the end of the evening. We need to make it easier for you to help us setting up and putting things away. I will be asking the people involved in running meetings what help they need so a list of helpers can be draw up. If you would like to lend a hand, or have a skill that could help the club, please let me know.
It would seem that many people join the Club in order to better understand their cameras, so more one-to-one or small group activities would be possible with some extra help.
Perhaps we could look in to why people leave the club, or do not join and make adjustments to the meetings if needed.
Nominations for the new committee were announced, and all posts were uncontested. Each nomination was put to a vote, with each achieving a very large majority. Thanks for re-electing me as Chairman. Something I did not expect, as I have not achieved all I set out to and I have made mistakes on the way, but with all that was going on, this was unavoidable.
The New Committee
Chairman: Tim Grimes
Vice Chairman: George Pope
Secretary: John Saunders
Webmaster: Ian Durston
Treasurer: Shaun Regan
Programme Secretary: Thomas Macrae
Liaison Officer: Jo Parsons
Club Officers (non-committee)