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MINUTES OF THE 282nd MEETING 2013

Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Walker, Pointon, Luker, Dobson K, Roberts A, Luther, Baker T, Lowther, Lynch, Cook C, Phipps, Horswill, Richardson, Bennett, Curnow and Peplow (18).

Apologies from GI’s – Potts, Boyle, McKie, Macintosh, Manning, Lloyd, Beer, Thurston, Nutt BEM, Stone, MacCallum, Westall, Nuttycombe, Jewell, Archer, Rennie and Lester.

The 282nd Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 12th December 2013.  

The President opened the Meeting at 20:05 with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.  Thoughts and Prayers were offered by him to GI Timms who suffered a family bereavement to night prior.

Minute Proposals: The 281st Minutes were Proposed by GI Morgan and Seconded by GI Dobson.

Matters Arising: GI Luker pointed out that the President was pretty clever offering Apologies for his absence and yet was still reported as opening the November Meeting.  The Prez was in fact attending a Charity Dinner in aid of his chosen Charity; the Torpoint Athletic U-13’s Football Team.

The President advised that he would comment in his report regarding the report already made about his imminent resignation.

Treasurer’s Report: 

The cash statement was read out to the members present. 

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.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

5

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

 Secretary’s Report:  The following Committee positions are up for election at the January Meeting and all proposals are to be placed in the book please or to myself via email before the Meeting:

 Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary

 Social Secretary’s Report: The new date for the Members Dinner is Friday 24th January.  I kindly request that all correspondence be with me by Tuesday 14th January.  This is a second opportunity for those that couldn’t make the first date, so if you are interested in attending, please contact me prior to the cut off date.

We are looking at holding the Ladies Night in the Plymouth Aquarium towards the end of May so watch this space for further developments.

 Vice President: This may well be my last full Meeting as Vice President.  The time has arrived where this position and those of Treasurer and Secretary require filling. If we want this Association to go from strength to strength, and the Committee to function correctly, we need to ensure that we have people in the relevant seats. So I ask that people step forward for the good of the Association and fill these very important positions.

 Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  GI’s Phipps, Cook C, Horswill, Lynch, Peplow, Bennett and Luther.   

 Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s McKie, Byrd (heading to States), Jewell (in Gib), Boyle, Potts (Funeral), Westall (out on it in London), Nutt BEM (CinC Nag Homes birthday), Rennie (no pink slip!!), McIntosh (wife ill), Beer (working), Tidball and Thurston..

       Sick Note:  None to report.

Happy Birthdays: Apologies to those who have had birthdays since GI Cook’s on 19th November.  I have had a problem with my Plaxo which should hopefully be sorted for next month’s Meeting.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL

Presidents Charity: Torpoint Athletic Under 13’s kit.   It is still the intention to support the Team with waterproof / windproof type tops for the side line during inclement weather but I am still in negotiations with the Torpoint Athletic Youth Management at this time.

Association Website:  Our website is up and running www.westcountrygunners.com .

Guest Book – Please visit and add your comments. There is still not enough action occurring even though the President of the Portsmouth Association has responded himself through it. Big Mac remains convinced that nobody wants to speak to him as he always seems to speaking to himself.  So if for nothing else, visit the site and say hello to Big Mac.

If you have something that you would like included on the site, email it to our Webmaster (Ray Lester).  Ray has done a brilliant job of amending the website as soon as I request anything.

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

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

Merry Christmas Wishes were Rx’d from GI Rennie (for the Minutes apparently). 

Merry Christmas Wishes to All also from GI’s McIntosh, Nutt BEM, Beer (tough one for him), Byrd and Boyle (believe it or not).

The Patron also sent his regards and Wishes to All for an enjoyable evening tonight and a Merry Christmas.  He was invited to attend but was sadly unable to.

GI Ralph Bladen

Standing Down:  On Thursday 10th January 2001, at the 140th Meeting,  GI Jack Honey stitched me up to take over from him just one Meeting after he was elected President.  That now means that 12 years have now passed as have 144 months at the helm and 142 Meetings.  This means that I have actually served half of the entire life of the Association at its helm and so at the AGM I will definitely be standing down.   I have thought long and hard about this decision and the 189th Meeting is as good as any other to hand the reins over to new blood and new ideas.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute and it has been a great privilege to undertake but it is time to go.  I shall obviously continue at 150% between now and then but others should start getting involved to ensure that the Association continues well into the future.  I have done my bit – now it’s time for you to do yours.

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Baker T, Mckie, Lowther, Roberts FMTH, Phipps, Horswill, Clark, Cook and the wonderful Mrs L. I believe that our Landlord also contributed – Thanks Paul.

Next Raffle:  GI’s Dobson, Luker, Lynch, Morgan, Cook C, Horswill, Peplow, Luther, Pointon and

Swain (D).  

Raffle Winners: GI’s Pointon, Horswill, Lynch, Lowther, Phipps, Richardson, Dobson K, Cook C

and Horswill (donated to January raffle – Prez: Thank You).

Tonight’s raffle raised £165 towards the Presidents Charity.  

Thank You to everyone for your contributions.    

AOB: 

GI Walker:  It was mentioned in October that I will be going out to India in January to assist schoolchildren with their Maths and English.  What I would like from the Association is a monetary donation to purchase things like iPads, MP3 players, talking books etc. I also want to take clothing as this is another very much needed commodity, especially for girls, but boys also.

(Sec: Our President and Treasurer quickly looked at the current finances, especially the outstanding President’s Charities of which there was a balance of £366.36 from 2011, and a swift decision was made to donate the outstanding monies from the 2011 Fund to Mike to assist with his campaign to help the children in India).

GI Bennett:  Big Mac sends his best wishes to everyone for Xmas and the New Year.

GI Cook:  GI McKie will begin mentoring at Saltash College from January so I’m sure that everyone here around the table would like to wish David all the best wishes with his new job.

The President Wished ALL present A Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

The Meeting closed at 20:46 

The next Meeting (283rd) will be held on Thursday 9th January 2014 at the St.Levans Inn. 

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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