Eleven members attended the AGM which was followed by the usual Branch meeting. The Chairman, John Hall, welcomed one and all, especially Dennis and Margaret Cooke, who had the Minutes of the last AGM were read by Secretary Fiona Farrelly, and these were subsequently approved and seconded.
Fiona had recovered from her recent fall and was sailing along merrily.
The Chairman went straight to the Treasurer’s Report, which was the first since the passing of our beloved Duncan
A Statement of Account was given to every member present and would be attached to our Branch Newsletter. We are in good financial health and we could look forward to fair weather ahead.
There were no queries from members present and he thanked all those who had made donations and had helped to keep us afloat, plus, of course, the monthly raffle and the annual subscriptions. He added that Duncan was sadly missed.
John reminded us of the inaugural meeting in 1987 when 20 members were enrolled. Our present strength is 47 but we had lost two shipmates, Stan Pugh and Duncan Hill who had crossed the bar during the past year. Although he had taken over the chair in very rough seas but he was pleased to say that we were now on an even keel and making good progress. He thanked his Committee: Fiona for her secretarial work, Rita for her marvellous work in deciphering his typing and completing the Newsletter, Roger for his work in the accounts and Sheila Hill, who continues the job of sending birthday cards etc, on behalf of the Branch, to our members. He gave a special mention for Chaplain Norman Evans for giving us spiritual guidance.
The Branch Meeting then followed.
The Minutes of the last meeting were approved and seconded.
The Treasurer reiterated that our financial state was very satisfactory.
The Chairman referred to our forthcoming events:-
Following the raffle and there being no other business we all retired to the bar and then enjoyed the usual excellent lunch.
- The CFVA Reunion at Bracklesham Bay 2-5 May 2008
- Turkey and Tinsel party at Cavendish Hotel Eastbourne 10-14 November 2008