Outgoing Chairman Peter Staples opened the meeting expressing his thanks to members for their support during the year and then handed control of the proceedings to President Reverend Christine Gillespie.
ATTENDANCE: President Reverend Christine Gillespie and 32 members present.
APOLOGIES: 6 apologies received from members.
MINUTES: Minutes of the 39th Annual General Meeting agreed correct and signed by President. No amendments, corrections or matters arising.
GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT: At close of previous season (2015/2016) 61 members were registered on Forum records.
–Dave Essam left us during the summer recess.
—5 new members joined during the last season.
—1 member left our database as he could no longer attend.
At the close of the season (2016/2017) 64 members were left recorded on our books although there are a number we are unlikely to see again due to age/ infirmity.
Continued publicity through Harrogate Advertiser/ Church Website Links, Harrogate Library and Tourist Information Centre as well as our own Website. Personal member advocacy still best recruiter and two Programme of Meeting cards issued to help facilitate this.
PROGRAMME SECRETARY’S REPORT: Another year of strong attendances and an all time record at February 14th Open Meeting of 51. Charitable Donations totalled an impressive £645.
Special Anniversary events were well supported– Daytones Group and Malcolm Neesam and good reception afforded to Professor Dixon (Ilkley Water Cure) and Michael Duncombe (Musical Memories of the 50’s and 60’s). Open Meetings and Members Morning also well established and received.
Thanks to all Tuesday Helpers and Officers and appreciative of Honorary Life Membership Award.
New Season commences Tuesday October 3rd 2017.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Very adequate Bank Balance of around £495 going into new season.
Donation to Church for room usage proposed and agreed at £850.
Secretarial Honorariums (2) amounting to £100 proposed and agreed.
No increase in fees/subs in next season
Discussion re funding defibrillator for Church Premises— to be agreed by Church and Forum Members to consider how we can support if it goes ahead.
HARLOW MENS FORUM OFFICERS 2017/2018.
President: Rev. Christine Gillespie.
Chairman: His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson.
Vice Chairman: Michael Cochrane.
Second Vice Chairman: Richard Wright.
General Secretary: Neil Ramshaw.
Programme Secretary: John Taylor.
Treasurer: Roy Smith.
Registrar: Derek Simpson.
Church Contact: Mike South. Peter Belton.
Catering Officers: John Clark; Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft. Reserve: Richard Brooks.
Auditor: Chris Butterfield.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
—Anniversary Spring Lunch Tuesday May 2nd 12p.m. for 1230p.m. at Ascot House Hotel.
—41st Season of Harlow Men’s Forum to commence Tuesday October 3rd 10a.m. for 1030a.m.