Wednesday, 03 March 2021

Henley Ladies Probus Club

THE club’s 21st annual general meeting was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club on February 9.

Mary Barrett, the chairman, welcomed the good turnout of members as well as two guests.

The minutes of the 2016 annual meeting were read, approved and signed.

The treasurer Pat Walker reported a healthy bank balance and distributed copies of the accounts.

She has thanked the auditor, Julian Pearce, for his services.

Pat was thanked for her services to the club as she has now handed over the role of treasurer to Susan Beswick.

The adoption of the accounts was proposed by Irene Lindsay and seconded by Pam Richardson. All agreed.

In her chairman’s report, Mary said that 2016 had been another good year for the club with nine new members and a variety of interesting speakers.

She mentioned the death of our member Jill Bland.

Mary said how well she had been supported by the committee so that, although she had become a temporary chairman, she would be happy to stay for one more year.

The room erupted with applause.

Pat Burton, our founder and president, thanked the committee for keeping the club going so well.

The committee was elected en bloc as follows: Mary Barrett, chairman; Audrey Richardson, secretary; Marion Whitaker, speaker secretary (all for one more year); Susan Beswick. treasurer; Catherine Black, member secretary; Barbara Baxendale, registration secretary; Barbara Fletcher, badges and ticketing; and Ann Downing.

The proposer was Pam Richardson and the seconder Sarah Spong.

Barbara Baxendale read out the new constitution, which has been tweaked to make it more acceptable for the present age.

The new format was adopted after being proposed by Hazel West Manning and seconded by Sarah Spong.

The next annual meeting will take place on February 8, 2018.

The meeting concluded with a short, illustrated talk by Rolf Richardson entitled “From pharoahs to Photo Shop”.

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