|THE SECTION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Chichester Park Hotel, Chichester - Sunday 4 December 2011
|One hundred and twenty-three members booked in for the day which started off as usual with coffee/tea and hot mince pies. Menu choice cards, printed by the hotel, were set out in alphabetical order and collected by their recipients. On 28 November I take the list of participants with their menu choices and ask the computer to put the names in alphabetical order for easy reference. Unfortunately this separates some members from their partners as they may have different second names so in some cases I use second name abbreviations (to keep the names in order). This year the person at the hotel who typed up the choice cards decided to fill in the second names in full and this resulted in some guests being 'married off'. Sorry about that, I have made a note for the 2012 AGM to remind the hotel not to change the second name abbreviations.
The formal meeting started promptly at 11.30am and after welcoming everybody Chairman David Gray asked the MC representative, Club Chairman Jim Fleming, to present long service badges. A splendid 50 year badge to Dave Carpenter, a 30 year badge to Ann Bray, 20 year badges to Derek Johnson, Kate Meachem and myself and one of the new 10 year badges to Fred Fruth.
The Secretary then read out a long list of 'Apologies for Absence' from members unable to attend including one from Chris Atkins who had advised that his father John had passed away the previous Wednesday morning. John had received his 20 year badge in the post and was due to be presented with it at this meeting.
The Secretary said that the minutes of the 2010 AGM had been circulated and asked if it was the meeting's wish that the Chairman should sign these as being a true record. The meeting agreed and the minutes were duly signed. There were no matters arising.
David asked the meeting for an indication of interest in a possible visit to Hampton Court Palace in 2013 and there was a very favourable response. He went on to give his report saying that it was good to see so many attending and thanked David Steel and Dick Lees for their contribution to the Section as they were not standing for re-election. David Steel was presented with a small token of appreciation (Dick to be thanked separately due to his absence on health grounds). David said that we have enjoyed another year of successful events, mentioning the Golf club venues and the Hog Roast organised/hosted by Tony and Daphne. He said that Batman and Robin had organised this year's, highlight, rally to the Cotswolds and explained that although there was no Memorial Meeting in 2011 it would return for 2012 along with an interesting mix of other events. David thanked the Committee for supporting him during 2011 and mentioned other members of the Committee for their 'major contributions'.
Secretary Ted began his report with congratulations and two apologies, firstly to the members who cracked the computer generated menu choice code and secondly for the cunning code (mentioned above) to thwart the alphabetical listing by the computer. He recalled some of the centenary Spirit of Ecstasy celebrations, gave out the generous total of 2012 Section contributions to date, congratulated our webmaster and also mentioned that there had been one new nomination to the Committee. The draft programme for 2012 had been distributed to the meeting and he mentioned the forthcoming lunch at the Old Tollgate restaurant, the South of England Rally venue and the Section Annual Rally to Derbyshire. He thanked the BW's and the other 'unsung heroes', asked for any topics that members would like discussed at next year's Conference and also mentioned the available Szigeti Wine lists.
Treasurer Andrew Honour confirmed that the published Section draft accounts had been examined and approved. There were no questions from the floor. Derek Johnson proposed that the accounts be adopted and David Steel, seconded the motion. Carried nem con. The re-appointment of the Examiner, Michael Marriage, was proposed by Ted Meachem and seconded by Dennis Windows. Carried nem con.
Simon Buck, Darren Collins, David Gray, Andrew Honour, Tony Leach, Ted Meachem, Maurice Pitchford and Chris Tween had signified their willingness to stand for re-election to the Committee. Additionally one other member, Ray Thatcher, had been nominated and agreed to stand for election. In the absence of any other nominations the Chairman asked if all those standing could be elected en bloc. Proposed by John Bray, seconded by Peter Parkinson. Carried nem con.
The draft programme for 2012 had been distributed to the meeting. There were no questions from the floor. Tony Leach confirmed that the flyer/booking form for the Derbyshire Peak District Rally had been distributed at this AGM and gave a short résumé.
Under AOB, Barry Jones said that our donation to St Wilfrid's Hospice had been announced at the Chichester Theatre.
After closing the formal meeting at 12.10pm the Chairman asked Jim Fleming, the Club Chairman, to say a few words. Jim said that it had been a good and busy year for the Club which included the Windsor and the Spirit of Ecstasy celebrations. He felt that the key to success was the Sections' ability to produce good event teams. At the recent Claridges launch of the Year book (which contributed £80,000 to RREC funds) two remarks made were that the Year Book was the finest motoring publication of the year and that the RREC was the most respected car club in the world. Our attendance at the NEC was most worthwhile and signed up forty-four new members. Unfortunately Bonhams had decided that they could not support the Annual Rally in 2012 but it has been confirmed that H&H Auctions will attend and hold the usual reception. The new SHRMF company had now been incorporated and that five out of the eleven Directors were RREC appointed/nominated. The only real outstanding item on the settlement of the lease was the level of rent which Jim felt that given the lease terms should be zero. He reported that a new Swiss/French Section had been formed.
Andrew Ball of RRMC (for eight years) addressed the meeting saying firstly that our Section member, Fred Fruth, was his mentor and then gave a résumé of the company's year and its involvement in events. There had been record production, possible touching 3,000 motor cars in 2011 and now available through eighty-five dealers worldwide. There were now 1,000 employees and the company was about to start a ten million pound expansion of the Plant. Andrew finished by saying that there would be a stronger focus on heritage in 2012.
David Gray thanked both Jim and Andrew for speaking and asked the members to vacate the room to allow the staff to set up the dining tables.
The newly elected committee posed for a magazine photograph and held a very short meeting at which David Gray, Ted Meachem and Andrew Honour were all re-elected respectively Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
Shortly, one hundred and twenty-one members sat down to the usual traditional Christmas lunch (or variations of) efficiently served by the hotel staff. The general impression was that the meal was excellent and the best to date. Many members congratulated committee members on an all-round splendid day.
Ted Meachem - Section Secretary
|Photos: Ian Burt|