|Club Chairman Richard Watson LRPS gave a warm welcome to about 26 members and guests to the AGM and Secretary Dave Gray read the list of apologies
Members were asked to approve the 2017 AGM minutes which had been circulated to members beforehand and there were no matters arrising.
Richard began with a huge thank you to the committee for their hard work over the year. "We would not have a club without their dedication and enthusiasm." he said.
The highlight of the year for Richard was the Charlie Waite talk. "To meet and hear from one of my photographic heroes was a real thrill."
Huge thanks to Robert in particular who put so much work in to making the evening happen. Our biennial exhibition is always a great showcase for the club and this season was no exception.
Richard said he felt that the programme has been stronger than ever this year, with a range of interesting speakers to cater for all tastes. The year on year increase in the speaker budget pays dividends and helps attract outside visitors to the higher profile evenings. Thanks to Robert for his unstinting efforts in pulling the programme together.
I would like to thank Pam for continuing to act as Webmaster and for the website which is an important shop window for the club and it reflects very well on us.
Thanks also to Jean for providing the tea and biscuits all season.
As she comes to the end of her term as Competition Secretary, Richard wanted to pay particular thanks to Caroline for the huge amount of work she has done on our behalf in the last four years and we are looking to replace her with three people!
It is great to see the high standards being set by the Beginners — we will all need to be on our toes next season.
Thanks are due to the other committee members. Craig has done a great job as Publicity Secretary and our profile on social media has never been higher.
Lynda has been a very accurate and conscientious Treasurer - special mention to Peter Tasker who has stepped in to collect the money on the door in the last few weeks.
Frank continues to steer our competitions with other clubs through his role as Battle Secretary, with much success again this season.
Steve has been a supportive Vice-Chair this season, chairing meetings when asked and offering some good challenge as a new committee member.
Lastly to two of the less visible roles. Dave is a great Secretary, sending out regular emails to members and making sense of our committee meetings through his accurate minute taking.
He and Robert do a brilliant job of running the Landscape Group, that adds so much to club life.
Mike Saunders has worked hard for the club in a variety of ways from setting up the room, to making the tea and building a new storage cupboard to keep our equipment secure — thank you Mike.
Richard said he hoped he was leaving the club in a good place with a healthy bank balance, a strong membership base, a friendly atmosphere and a high standard of photography.
He would like to see the Nature Group re-started, more local trips to encourage everyone out with their camera and perhaps Club Instagram page next year.
He wished Steve Hardman well in taking on the Chair’s role and knows that he will do a great job.