The Scottish Region AGM was held in the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont on Wednesday 19 February 2014 at 19:00 when the Chairman for the evening, Secretary J McAlpine welcomed the members, thanking them for their attendance.
Our Secretary in his report noted that it was agreed at the last AGM that we would continue to run the Region for another year and review that position at this meeting. Therefore, it was with some regret that he reported that the average attendance over the four meetings ending December 2013 was down to seven. He noted that over recent years appeals for support from the Regions' working members have, with the exception of the usual four or five, fallen on deaf ears, leaving us to rely on the regular group of retired members to help keep this Region active, and as this group depletes it raises the question as to whether we can survive for much longer, bearing in mind that speakers today are difficult to come by and we certainly cannot justify asking someone to come and speak to such embarrassingly low numbers. This, in turn, more or less defeats the object of running regular meetings.
Though strictly speaking his Chairman's duties ended last May, Arnott Aitken as past Chairman again expressed his disappointment in the lack of response to our appeal for support in securing the future of the Region and the specific request to attend this AGM, particularly from working members with whom the future of this Region lies.
Election of office bearers
We were pleased to advise the meeting that HP Doherty has accepted our invitation to take the chair for a second time, and having been an active member since 1970 and Chairman from 1992-95, this appointment was unanimously agreed and he was duly installed as Chairman.
Chairman: H P Doherty
Hon. Secretary: J H McAlpine
Vice Secretary: A F Florence
Hon. Treasurer: A P Ramsay
Committee: J H McAlpine, A F Florence, A P Ramsay and P Murray were re-elected en bloc.
Public Relations Officer: P D Ramsay
Meeting venue: Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont
EGM arranged for Wed 1 October 2014
Feb, March, April subject to review
Annual Dinner: Inchyra Grange Hotel, Friday 23 May 2014
Scottish Region reports
P D Ramsay gave a brief report on his Scottish Region reports to Council and his attendance at the Chairmen and Secretaries meeting at Whitchurch on 5 October 2013.
Various other matters relating to the Region were discussed and in particular, the poor response to our repeated requests for members' active support, and as a result, it was the general opinion of the meeting that the Region had just about run its course in its present form. It was agreed that the committee would look at what options there might be to maintain its survival. These options will be put to members in writing and they will be asked to let us have their views prior to attending an EGM, arranged for Wednesday 1 October 2014 at Inchyra Grange Hotel.
Arrangements for our Annual Dinner, on Friday 23 May 2014 are in hand, with H P Doherty as Chairman. Further details will be available at our March meeting.