LOWDOWN Summer 2010 page 11

THE BRANCH AGM

– 21st March 2010 – Old School Hall, Cuckfield.

Along with Crufts, another fixed point on the calendar at this time of the year is the Branch AGM. As with the dog championship show, this annual event seems to come around at an alarming speed.

It was good to see the familiar faces present, plus a few members attending the AGM for the first time. It was especially good to see Chris Cooper, though not wearing his trademark look of shorts and wellies.

Also, special mention should be made of Kim Culyer-Dawson, who had travelled from distant North London – delayed only by her Sat-Nav and problems experienced feeding her African Snail (no, please don’’t ask!).

Chairman Brian opened the meeting and warmly greeted everyone.

After the formalities of approving last year’s Minutes and Matters Arising, Brian read out his up-beat report.

The Secretary’s report followed. In it Rosemary formally announced her retirement from office and thanked the committee. Brian praised Rosemary‘s part in saving the Branch from near demise, some years ago.

Michael’s report as Treasurer highlighted the healthy state of Branch finances. After a quick trawl through the audited accounts, Brian praised Michael’’s forty four years of dedicated service in this office.

Frankie mentioned in her Branch Representative’s report the new Kennel Club Breed Standard and the various personnel changes affecting the BHC committee. She said that proposed changes to the Rule Book will directly affect the Branch – especially the requirement for postal voting for officers and committee members. Brian thanked Frankie for her forceful defence of the Branch at recent BHC committee meetings.

Your Editor praised the contributions that he had received from members and outlined the results of the recent Branch survey.

Webmaster Derek gave a virtual tour of his thoughts about the club web site – announcing South East Branch Facebook links and blogs etc. and explained some technical matters to an enthralled audience.

I awoke to Jean’’’s Walk Co-ordinator’’s report. She spoke of the new members who had suddenly turned up at our recent ‘meets’. She also invited suggestions for new walk venues, possibly away from Ashdown Forest.

Brian and Michael we re-elected as Chairman and Hon Treasurer; and Frankie was elected, unopposed, as Hon Secretary.

Any Other Business did not detain the meeting for long, and the meeting was closed.

We then hurried to the back of the lovely Tudor Hall for refreshments served with quiet proficiency by Jill, Jean and Sue.

(Ed. Frankie has asked me to state that she regards it as a tremendous privilege to serve the Branch in the position of Hon Secretary. She wants it to be known that she will be as accessible to members as possible.

Please contact Frankie by email at secretary@bassethoundowners.org.uk

Can you help serve the South East Branch?

Brian made an appeal at the Branch AGM for a suitable member who would like to join us on the Branch committee. He rightly thought that the ideal candidate should compliment and balance the strengths of the existing committee members.

With this in mind, and with an eye to the future, he said that the new member should be from younger generation so as to ‘give us a new slant’.

Is this you? And if so, what would serving on the committee involve?

Well, we have about four meetings each year – normally held on a mid-week evening. We plan the walks, Fun Day and other events; and generally deal with matters affecting the Branch. All you need is to have a love of the breed, and an enthusiasm to help fellow owners enjoy and celebrate these wonderful hounds.

If you would like to be considered to be co-opted onto the committee, or just get more information, please contact any officer or committee member.

Another thing

Also at the AGM, one of the matters raised from the floor was that the committee considers a use for some of its fairly substantial cash reserves.

Brian pointed out that we were custodians of this money, and that the committee would only consider worthy and serious uses. That stated, if you have a good idea that would benefit the breed or the Branch, please let any committee member know.

And finally

Our very hard working Basset Hound Welfare representative, Sue Sampson is appealing for anyone who feels that they can provide either long or short term foster homes for needy hounds.


Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Along with Crufts, another fixed point on the calendar at this time of the year is the Branch AGM. As with the dog championship show, this annual event seems to come around at an alarming speed.

It was good to see the familiar faces present, plus a few members attending the AGM for the first time. It was especially good to see Chris Cooper, though not wearing his trademark look of shorts and wellies.

Also, special mention should be made of Kim Culyer-Dawson, who had travelled from distant North London – delayed only by her Sat-Nav and problems experienced feeding her African Snail (no, please don’’t ask!).

Chairman Brian opened the meeting and warmly greeted everyone.

After the formalities of approving last year’s Minutes and Matters Arising, Brian read out his up-beat report.

The Secretary’s report followed. In it Rosemary formally announced her retirement from office and thanked the committee. Brian praised Rosemary‘s part in saving the Branch from near demise, some years ago.

Michael’s report as Treasurer highlighted the healthy state of Branch finances. After a quick trawl through the audited accounts, Brian praised Michael’’s forty four years of dedicated service in this office.

Frankie mentioned in her Branch Representative’s report the new Kennel Club Breed Standard and the various personnel changes affecting the BHC committee. She said that proposed changes to the Rule Book will directly affect the Branch – especially the requirement for postal voting for officers and committee members. Brian thanked Frankie for her forceful defence of the Branch at recent BHC committee meetings.

Your Editor praised the contributions that he had received from members and outlined the results of the recent Branch survey.

Webmaster Derek gave a virtual tour of his thoughts about the club web site – announcing South East Branch Facebook links and blogs etc. and explained some technical matters to an enthralled audience.

I awoke to Jean’’’s Walk Co-ordinator’’s report. She spoke of the new members who had suddenly turned up at our recent ‘meets’. She also invited suggestions for new walk venues, possibly away from Ashdown Forest.

Brian and Michael we re-elected as Chairman and Hon Treasurer; and Frankie was elected, unopposed, as Hon Secretary.

Any Other Business did not detain the meeting for long, and the meeting was closed.

We then hurried to the back of the lovely Tudor Hall for refreshments served with quiet proficiency by Jill, Jean and Sue.

(Ed. Frankie has asked me to state that she regards it as a tremendous privilege to serve the Branch in the position of Hon Secretary. She wants it to be known that she will be as accessible to members as possible.

Please contact Frankie by email at secretary@bassethoundowners.org.uk

Can you help serve the South East Branch?

Brian made an appeal at the Branch AGM for a suitable member who would like to join us on the Branch committee. He rightly thought that the ideal candidate should compliment and balance the strengths of the existing committee members.

With this in mind, and with an eye to the future, he said that the new member should be from younger generation so as to ‘give us a new slant’.

Is this you? And if so, what would serving on the committee involve?

Well, we have about four meetings each year – normally held on a mid-week evening. We plan the walks, Fun Day and other events; and generally deal with matters affecting the Branch. All you need is to have a love of the breed, and an enthusiasm to help fellow owners enjoy and celebrate these wonderful hounds.

If you would like to be considered to be co-opted onto the committee, or just get more information, please contact any officer or committee member.

Another thing

Also at the AGM, one of the matters raised from the floor was that the committee considers a use for some of its fairly substantial cash reserves.

Brian pointed out that we were custodians of this money, and that the committee would only consider worthy and serious uses. That stated, if you have a good idea that would benefit the breed or the Branch, please let any committee member know.

And finally

Our very hard working Basset Hound Welfare representative, Sue Sampson is appealing for anyone who feels that they can provide either long or short term foster homes for needy hounds.


Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts

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