The 2013 AGM was held on Saturday 7 December at the Endmoor Club near Kendal.
There was a good turnout of about 30 people, who participated in the business side of things, before enjoying refreshments, a raffle and a presentation by Ian Sutherland about our own show and how our members got on around the country this year.
A big thankyou to Ian, who kept us all entertained in his own unique style, with Jack Gott often the brunt of his jokes, but taking it in good spirit.
The business side saw Bill Gott and Jimmy Jones be involved for the first time in their roles as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.
The proceedings went very well, the committee and offices were re-elected en-bloc for another year.
It was voted that the subscription should be raised from £5 to £7, which was carried unanimously.
A good afternoon was had by all and we look forward to doing it all again next year.
Chairman's report from AGM
"As usual we start where we finished, at the AGM. Last year’s meeting saw Barry and Wendy retire from the committee after five years of dedicated service. As Barry covered two roles of secretary and treasurer, we had to find two people willing to take over these positions. Thankfully Jimmy Jones and Bill Gott, sat with me today, accepted the roles and we are all very grateful for that. Thankyou both for all that you have done.
After the business was over we were fortunate enough to get Dave Gillam, all the way from Essex, to talk to us about his dahlia year. I think we were all very impressed with the amount of commitment and time he spent growing and showing his dahlias, so thanks to Dave.
We then went onto the dahlia dinner which went very well once again. The night also included the presentation of trophies from our annual show as usual. There was a giant raffle again and also Frank Taylor’s musical interlude went down well. Hope as many or even more of you can join us this year.
Onto May and we welcomed Ian Sutherland, who again gave us an entertaining and informative talk, thanks Ian. We also included a plant sale which went well. Thanks to all who brought plants.
Then onto August and it was our annual show. After much deliberation at our spring committee meeting, we decided it was time to change the venue and Ingleton community centre was chosen. I think you will all agree that it was a good decision and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback. Thanks to all involved and we hope for even more next year. A more detailed report from our show secretary Andrew Richardson will follow.
Onto October when we welcomed Stuart Clensey and Ron Rimmer, who gave us an insight into all the stunning displays that they have put up in the Liverpool and surrounding areas over many years. It was very enjoyable, thanks Stuart and Ron.
Finally, a big thankyou to you all for supporting us over the last year, whether it’s been attending meetings, the show, dinner, supporting the raffle or in any other way, thanks very much.
All the best for Christmas and the New Year."
Show secretaries report from AGM
"It’s always a worrying time when a show changes its venue, we as a committee took this decision as we believed that we could provide a better show , but the proof of this would only be decided if exhibitors old and new turned up at Ingleton.
As it turned out we had nothing to worry about as twenty five exhibitors turned up with 251 entries .
Congratulations to Graham Macfarlane on winning the championship, Phil Watson for winning the Lakeland class with 13 entries and Doug Fishwick and Diane Carr for winning the intermediate section.
All classes were well supported, the small/min cactus classes were swelled by the welcome return of Jimmy Hegginbotham.
Poms and water lilies go from strength to strength. Another welcome returnee was Jack Gott who was rewarded with the trophy for most points in the show.
Our first thank you must go to our President George Towler who put his heart and soul into making this show a success as it was nearly in his back garden, it must have taken him a week to recover from it.
Thanks to our secretary Jimmy Jones and all the committee for all their hard work, especially those that kept us provided with tea and biscuits, and a special thanks to Anita (and Bill) for the excellent lunch.
Thanks again to our own Jimmy Jones and to Ian Hill, from Thirsk, for judging the intermediate section and to Ian Sutherland and Stuart Clensey for judging the open show. The stewards and helpers learnt a lot from their running commentary on what they were doing.
The day ended with a slow sale of the blooms that gathered pace and left us with as much money for club funds as last year.
Looking forward to even more success next year. Remember, if you liked the show tell a friend, if you didn’t TELL US."