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MINUTES OF THE 301st MEETING

Members present  GI’s –Thurston, Jewell, Pointon, Luker, Clarke, Prout, Horswill, McKie, Curnow, Dobson, Taylor, Jewell, Cook S & Potts

Apologies from GI’s Lewis, Holmes & Baker

The 301st Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 13th August  2015

The Vice President opened the Meeting at 20:00 with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and AWW’s

everywhere.  

Crossing the bar:   NIL

Minute Proposals: The 300th Minutes were proposed by GI Luker and Seconded by GI Clarke

Treasurer’s Report: 

Books are on the table for anyone to look at.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

5

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

Secretary’s Report:  

The extra ordinary meeting to be held on 8th October, proposals book is on the table. There are two proposals in the book but one needs a seconder.

Social Secretary’s Report:

Unless there are any objections I am looking at China Fleet Club for our Gentleman evening with 4 different menus roughly costing between £25 to £35 a head. I will be looking at getting Ladies night earlier in the year possibly around Valentines or Easter.

Vice President:

If you have a proposal ensure you are a paid up member and your seconder is also.

I saw Fred Perry in his car he wound down his window and said “I’ll be there tonight”. He’s not here as promised, 1 bottle of port.

Presidents Report: 

Please accept my apologies for not being here tonight, I am attending my family holiday and as such, have prioritised this over our Association.

Firstly, I’d like to welcome GI Danny Horswill into the Committee, it’s a pleasure to have him here.

The 300th Meeting and AGM wasn’t the most comfortable meeting I’ve been to but did highlight some issues that certainly need addressing.

It was stated that your elected committee are lacking a certain amount of cohesion and are not providing the service you expect from the Association. In response, I have to agree with a lot of what was said and aim to rectify all shortcomings but it also needs to be said, the finger needs to be pointed at all of us rather than the few.

On 27 July 2015, the committee gathered in the St Levan Inn in order to discuss and identify the points raised and ultimately rectify these issues, ensuring a long term solution and certainly not a “quick fix”. I speak on behalf of everyone in the committee that it is an honour to be elected by the majority and we all take the part we play in the continued lifespan of the West Country GIs very seriously.

1.    I accept that we, the committee went into the AGM ill prepared without ensuring all mandatory proposals for the AGM were inputted into the Proposals Book.

2.    I accept that the AGM did not run as an AGM should.

3.    I accept that your elected committee should have driven this much more diligently. 

The other thing I’d like to discuss is professionalism & integrity from the members.

1.    Only fully paid up members in this Association have a voice and a vote.

2.    It is down to you to ensure you keep yourself fully paid up if you wish to remain a part of the Association.

3.    If you make a proposal then take it seriously, you should be prepared to discuss your proposal at the agreed date of voting and also make sure your Seconder is fully up to speed with the details of the proposal.

I realise the last point refers to an isolated incident but the fact that it actually happened in the first place beggars belief!

WELCOME TO

GI Mike Taylor from Yorkshire

Apologies Rx’d from

GIs Baker, Holmes, Lewis

       Sick Note:

 GI Pilkington . 

 Happy Birthdays:

To my knowledge there are no paid up members enjoying a birthday in August

Presidents Charity:

I am in the process of looking at my next charity.

Association Website

Don’t forget, it’s not just a chat room for G I’s Boyle, McCallum, and Beer

Portsmouth Website: www.rngia.com

Portsmouth site has been taken down for the time being, it will be up and running when Mike gets on to it.

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

Raffle Prize donators:

GI’s Jewell, Clarke, Prout, Horswill, Cook S

 Next Raffle: 

G I Morgan (D), Holmes (D),  Perry(D), Horswill, Dobson, Pointon, McKie, Jewell(D)

Raffle Winners:

GIs Jewell, Horswill, Clarke, Paul the Landlord

Tonight’s raffle raised £70 towards the Presidents Charity.  

Thank You to everyone for your contributions.    

      AOB

     GI Mckie can some one please explain to me what went wrong at the AGM ‘cus I wasn’t there?

    (VP explained)

    Has anybody heard anything from Oggie reference photo’s?

   (VP) I’ve tried to contact her but as yet no joy

GI Cook S to my mind we run our association just right, it’s not an old man’s drinking club.  We are sat         here with a beer and having a good chat, enjoying our meeting, the only time it needs to change is for the AGM when we have to get a bit more serious and we all make sure everything is done correctly, and we are all paid up members.

The Meeting closed at 20:30

Meeting 302nd will be held on Thursday 10th September at The St.Levan 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.

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See you at the next Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA

Yours Aye

Nick  & Ty

 

Semper Strenuissima

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