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Burnham on Sea Woodturners club
Annual General Meeting
Held on the 30th May 2018 at the Methodist Church Hall, Burnham on Sea
Attendees: 16 of the 24 club members
(Apologies received from Rob Brown)
Chairman – George Foweraker
GF welcomed the 16 members in attendance to the 2018 Annual General Meeting and thanked everyone for their support over the preceding year and in attending the regular monthly sessions and other club activities.
Firstly, we remembered 2 club members, Richard Hooper and Jim Hester, who sadly died during the last 12 months.
Club members were reminded who the relevant committee members are and the valuable role of the committee in ensuring the running of the club for all involved:
• Chairman -
• Secretary – Ray Blake
• Treasurer – James Whitmore
• Webmaster -
Maurice Davis (not in attendance) relinquished his Treasurer role on the committee with effect from the AGM and he was thanked for his work in the role. His replacement, James, was thanked for taking over this vital role at such short notice -
GF reminded club members that if they wanted to become a committee member then they should please express their interest to him. Significantly, he announced that this coming year would be his last as Chairman. Having founded the club 8 years ago he felt it was time for a new face at the helm and indeed felt that it was good for the health and development of the club that other committee members were similarly rotated possibly on a 3 or 4 year basis. He said that whilst he will still enjoy being involved in club activities, the fact that he is planning to reduce some of his work commitments, and together with increased family commitments, now is the right time to make the change. The club members fully appreciate all the work that George has put into the club over the last 8 years and fully support him in this move. George confirmed that he will be happy to continue his quarterly “Drop-
David Langan commented that the number of visits to the website, both first time and repeat visits, had reduced by 40% over the last 12 mths for no known reason other than perhaps the reduction in club membership and the dropping of all-
With the outgoing treasurer Maurice not being able to attend, JW was not in a position to give a detailed picture other than to say that there were sufficient funds in the bank as of the date of the AGM. However, the committee had done some projections recently and come to the conclusion that in order to maintain the number and quality of demonstrators at the club monthly meetings it was necessary to raise the monthly meeting fee from £3 to £4 from the June 2018 meeting. This was unanimously agreed by the members present. Statement of club financial status can be made available to club members on request.
Participation at the Show and tell sessions on club night have been improving and is encouraging for new members to see work and discuss with the individuals. This years AGM was no exception as can be seen below …
… notable for the number of bowls in the style of Liz Kent’s “Green Dragon” bowl which she demonstrated at the club April meeting, and also notable and fitting that GF won the monthly prize for his attractively decorated bowl.
During the year a successful coach trip was arranged to the Black Country museum on the 8th July 2017 and a visit to the Axminster Tool Centre training and distribution centre was well attended and enjoyed as always.
Of concern to the committee was the fact that club membership has declined over the past 12 months with a few new members being welcomed but a greater number having left due to death, illness or other unknown reasons. As mentioned earlier this puts a strain on club funding -
Club members were asked for suggestions on future events for 2018/19
• Monthly meetings
• GF regular open workshop events
• Christmas meal