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MINUTES OF THE 270th MEETING 2012

Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Luker, Dobson K, Thurston, Roberts A, Boyle, McKie, MacCallum, Manning, Rodda, Evans G, Nutt BEM, Curnow, Stone, Bladen, Thurston, Smith K and Archer (20).

Apologies from GI’s – Potts, Rennie, Bennett, Jennings, Minall, Walker.  

The 270th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 8th November 2012.

The President opened the Meeting at 2008 with our customary two minutes silence to remember those who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts past and present.

On completion of the two minutes silence we continued with our Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.

Minute Proposals: Prior to seconding the Minutes of the 269th Meeting GI Luker did question their accountability as there was a statement that read, “A well built good looking chap!!” (Obviously none existent in our Association!!). The 269th Meeting Minutes were Proposed correct by GI McKie and Seconded by GI Luker.         

Treasurer’s Report: 

The cash statement was read out. 

Below is an outlay of the stock that I hold and prices. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of these goods then please contact me. I now have in my possession one of the new style t-shirts in XL priced at £25. Anyone interested in purchasing please contact me through the usual channels.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

10

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

Secretary’s Report:  Nothing.

Social Secretary’s Report: Apologies. However, emails have been hitting the streets reference our Gents Night and I do hope people have been keeping in contact with Mike via the website. 

Vice President:  Would like a dits session at the Dinner, so any juicy stories about your oppos that you would like kept quiet, write them down legibly and hand to the Vice on the evening or forward them to his email address prior.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  GI’s     

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s    

Sick Note:  

Our Thoughts are with you all and you know where we are.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL

Presidents Charity:

Association Website:  Our website is up and running www.westcountrygunners.com .  There is still not enough action occurring on it though.  The Joining button is now operative.  Please visit and add your comments.  If you have something that you would like included on the site, email it to our Webmaster (Ray Lester).  It is hoped that eventually the Committee will be able to input themselves without relying on Ray all of the time.   

We also have our attached forum http://www.westcountrygunners.com/forum/phpBB3/index.php

Don’t forget that these Forums are there for you to express yourselves, dit on, etc.

Portsmouth Website: www.rngia.com - don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.  

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s  

(Prez: Thanks Guys) 

Next Raffle:  GI’s

Raffle Winners: GI’s Evans G, McKie, Stones x 2, MacCallum x 2, Bladen, Morgan, Curnow, Luker and Paul the Landlord x 2    

Tonight’s raffle raised £201 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, a huge Thanks to everyone for their contribution.

AOB: 

GI MacCallum: Entertained us yet again with his merriment of jokes.

GI Rodda:  While carrying out his weekly veterans visit to Stonehouse Division talking to the recruits he was blessed with the presence of their Divisional Officer, who Jan hadn’t been introduced to before.  Being the gentleman that he is he introduced himself and questioned if the Officer had just come from a sea billet? Their reply was “No, I have just returned from 15 months maternity leave”. 

GI Evans G:  Good to be back in the Association and look forward to attending future meetings and functions. (Good to have you back Crash)

 GI Nutt BEM:  Was quick marching himself through town yesterday, minding his own business, when out of the corner of his eye he spotted someone that looked very familiar. It couldn’t be though as they were wearing a tea cosy on their head and looked as though they had been dressed by the Rider Foundation and being led along by a young attractive lady, who I imagined was their carer. On closer inspection he wasn’t someone moving on to a new Big Issue selling pitch, it was our good friend GI MacCallum

GI McKie: Would like to make it known that GI Baker T, after making a big commotion about our President using an I-Pad at meetings, didn’t have the decency to be present to witness the President back to having paper in front of him. Oh, and not forgetting “Lovely Jubbly”

GI Bladen: Quick update on my health situation. I am now fighting on five fronts, two new ones since the last meeting I attended. My Egyptian Oncology surgeon has a wonderful sense of humour, the first question he asks you “Do you mind if my trainee doctors and nurses come in with me?” His second “You’re looking well Mr Bladen, I had you dead 12 months ago”. As all the trainees are looking in the other direction my surgeon and I are laughing our heads off.  That aside, radiotherapy is the way ahead, they’re not going to use chemotherapy as that brings on the illness and they don’t see any need in making you ill just for the sake of it.

My son joins the Navy on the 16th January 2013 having passed his aptitude test with 100%.

GI Morgan: Received my extension of service last week which keeps me within the RN until 2015

The Meeting closed at 2058

The 271st Meeting will be held on Thursday 13th December 2012 at the St.Levans Inn.

That’s All Folks. Subs are now due for 2012.  Please pay GI Cook ASAP. 

Still only £10 per annum plus a £5 joining fee.  Full Members get a £5 discount for the Ladies Night Dinner and the Branch Dinner so why not pay up now and feel better for paying less at these prestigious Serials.

Any Dits, nostalgic pictures or queries - contact me on:

Ahoyshipwreck@sky.com

See you at the next Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA     

Yours Aye

Sam & Steve

 

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