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SECTION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH, CHICHESTER PARK HOTEL
Sunday 7 December 2014

Just over ninety members arrived to be greeted by coffee/tea and hot mince pies.

The formal meeting started at 11.30am and after welcoming everybody Chairman Chris Tween asked RREC Ltd Board Member Ian Hick to present long service badges: Forty year to Doug Skipper; Thirty year to Bill Cottell and Graham Bennett; Twenty year to Maurice Pitchford. Chris also announced that during the year Mark Tidy had been presented with his Fifty year badge and Michael Marriage had been presented with his Twenty year badge.

The Secretary, Ted Meachem, then read out a long list of 'Apologies for Absence' from members unable to attend including several members who, unfortunately, had to cancel at the last minute.

The Secretary said that the Minutes of the 2013 AGM had been previously circulated and asked if it was the meeting's wish that he should ask the Chairman to sign these as being a true record. The meeting agreed and the minutes were duly signed. There were no matters arising.

Chris said a special thank you to all the committee members for organising events and particularly to the new Editor, Ben Grew, for his input. He also thanked Ray Thatcher who was not standing for re-election but who had offered to assist in the forthcoming year. He continued by reporting on some of the 2014 events especially the new venues including the 'Churt' car collection and the West Country Rally. He then went on to mention some of the events planned for 2015 including the International Weekend and the Boppard Rally. Chris requested opinions on the type, number and timings of events as there had been a slight fall-off in attendances.

Secretary Ted began his report with an explanation of the name codes on the alphabetical listing of members' lunch menu choices that would be shown on the dining tables. He gave out the generous total of 2015 Section Contributions to date. As announced, Ray was not standing for re-election but Gary Wragg had come forward to stand for election.

He thanked and congratulated our webmaster, Ian Burt, on maintaining 'probably the best Section Website'. Ian has also designed and built the excellent International Weekend website.

Ted said that the draft programme for 2015 had been distributed to the meeting and particularly mentioned the International Weekend (Hands Across the Sea), with its location close to the Channel Tunnel and the channel ports, was hoping to attract some of the 32% of Club members who lived on the Continent and another third who lived in the south of the UK. He thanked the BW's and the other 'unsung heroes' for their work in organising events. Ted also asked to be advised of any topics that members would like discussed at next year's Conference.

Treasurer Tony Leach confirmed that the published Section draft accounts had been examined and approved by Nigel Bulpitt and signed copies were available. He said that the figures showed an improvement on last year. The overall finances were healthy. It was proposed that the accounts be adopted and the Examiner re-appointed, by Paul Lewis and seconded by Georgia Cheer-Ryley. Carried nem con.

Peter Allchurch, Robin Brailey, Darren Collins, John Forrest, Ben Grew, Tony Leach, Ted Meachem, Maurice Pitchford, and Chris Tween had signified their willingness to stand for re-election to the Committee. Additionally, Gary Wragg 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 Simon Buck-Honour, seconded by John Bray. Carried nem con.

Robin Brailey gave a presentation, with photographs, on the 2015 Boppard Rally outlining the programme and advising members to book early as it was limited to twenty five motor cars.

After closing the formal meeting at 12.07pm the Chairman asked Ian Hick, to say a few words. Up to last year Ian had been the leading light in the organisation of the North of England Rally for thirty years!

Ian said that he felt 'at home' with the welcome he had been given. He said that the Board of directors, elected at the RREC Ltd 2014 AGM, had introduced new corporate governance and communication procedures with the assistance of delegated Management Teams. Cost cutting procedures had been put in place and the annual subscription was due to rise by 2%, in line with inflation. Additionally there would be savings achieved by the reorganisation of the production of the Bulletin. The SZ Register had produced their first excellent magazine and a new Register for Goodwood motor cars had been formed. 2015 sees the respective celebrations of the Silver Cloud and the Silver shadow. Steve Lovatt is putting together a technical support team and will ensure the seminars do continue. Ian said the future, for the Club, is bright and that Lindsay Rowbotham is focusing on attracting new members. The SHRMF has a good relationship with the Club involving the archives and will now also run the Heritage Weekend.

Chris thanked Ian for his update on Club affairs.

The Secretary asked everyone to clear the room to allow the staff to set up the dining tables and for members to collect their Menu choice cards, printed by the hotel, from the Reception hall.

The newly elected committee posed for a magazine photograph. After drinks in the bar, members sat down to the usual traditional Christmas lunch.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary


 
Dining room.
AGM
AGM. Photos: Ian Burt