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Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held at Europe House, 14:45-17:00 on Monday, 21 January 2013

 

Chairman William Horsley opened the meeting with a short tribute to our friend and fellow member, Colin Bickler, who died earlier in January.

He went on to review AEJ activities during 2012, thanking all who had given their time freely in the cause of making the year a success for the section, notably Margaret Hughes and Michael Springate.

He congratulated David Lennon on his election as AEJ Vice-President and thanked him for his work as UK Events Director. He also thanked Celia Hampton for keeping this website afloat.

The accommodation provided at Europe House was greatly appreciated. Constraints on availability at lunchtime had grown, but the alternative times (1.30 or 6.30 p.m) were difficult for the section or its guests, or both, to accommodate.

Individual initiatives that facilitate relations with other associations were to be encouraged, but the mood of the meeting was against the AEJ itself creating formal links with other bodies.

Margaret Hughes reported membership at 42 – a record in recent years – and good attendance at our 10 lunchtime meetings in 2012. As a result, our finances are far from being beyond repair.

Taking the Treasurer's report by Michael Springate and the proposal to raise the lunch fee to £25 together, the meeting was concerned that expenses tend to outrun revenue each year, so eroding our prospects in the medium to long term.

The lunch fee was last raised from £15 to £20 in 2002. There was a clear consensus that it should be raised again with immediate effect to £25.

There was also a clear consensus in favour of extending lower rates to young members.

 

 

Reaction to a proposal to raise the membership subscription by £10 to £40 was less clearcut, although it could not take effect until the year 2014 in any event. The proposal was informal and had not been made by the Treasurer.

Accordingly, the meeting voted unanimously in favour of the following motion:

The fee for lunches should be raised by £5 to £25 from the next meeting. Special rates for journalists aged up to 25 are to be £10 for membership and £10 per lunch. It was agreed that in the next 12 months we should look into increasing the annual membership fee by £10 to £40.

The Chairman's, Secretary's and Treasurer's reports were approved.

Finally, the three officers were re-elected, nem con:

Chairman: William Horsley

Secretary: Margaret Hughes

Treasurer: Michael Springate

A message from Rick Thompson, regretting his unavoidable absence, was read out:

I would like to nominate Margaret, William and Mike to be re-appointed as our officers for another year, with David continuing to be our guests and events organiser.  All four have done a really great job in 2012 – unpaid volunteers remember.

Celia Hampton, 22 January 2013

 

 

 

 

Chairman's report

Secretary's report for the AGM

Meetings