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The Probus Club of Stokesley and District Minutes of the 336th meeting held at 10.00 in Stokesley Town Hall on Tuesday 20th October 2015 Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 20/10/15

1. There were 33 Members present and 4 Apologies.

2. The Minutes of the last Meeting were accepted as a true record.

3. There were no Matters Arising.

4. The Chairman read part of the Eulogy to Arthur Bartley. Arthur had been a founder of the Club and a past Chairman. A minute’s silence was observed to mark the major contribution he had made to the Club.

5. There were two Guests: Michael Sheffield who was a guest of John Richardson and Jim Smith, a guest of Mike Humphrey.

6. Committee Reports
The Treasurer reported that Maj Chuhan had joined the club bringing the Membership to 50. He requested that Members send their menu choices and payment for the Christmas Lunch to him no later than the next meeting.

The Secretary had nothing to report.

The Website Manager thanked the Club for his Get Well card. He confirmed that the website had all the current information. He advised Members of another bogus email with an infected attachment, which poses a risk to banking and card security. Unknown emails should be deleted.

The Speaker Finder said that he is preparing the Programme for 2016-17. He requested suggestions for Speakers be made fairly soon if they are to be included in next year’s talks.

7. The Chairman noted that support for coach trips had not always been sufficient to cover costs, but that minibus transport might enable smaller trips to go ahead. Visits to the Lavender Farm near York and to the Aston Martin workshops were possibilities. He will raise the subject again at the February Meeting. From the 2016 theatre programmes, Guys and Dolls at the Newcastle Royal is a possibility. He would be pleased to receive any suggestions from Members.

8. 13 Members attended lunch at The Dudley Arms on 30th September. There was 1 Apology. There was general agreement that it had been a success with a good venue and excellent value. Dates suggested for 2016 were 6th April and 6th September. Chapters in Stokesley, the Royal Oak in Great Ayton, Chadwicks in Maltby and the Crathorne Arms are being considered as possibilities. The choice for April will be made at the February Meeting.

9. AOB. Alwyn Boulby thanked Members for contributing to a collection for the Stokesley Poppy Appeal, which raised £26 at the Meeting. The Chairman entertained Members with recollections of his time working as a student during the holidays. He had worked for Derek Whiting at the Post Office over Christmas, but his stories of working as a driver at Hintons were the best. His attempts at taking the initiative had not always met with the approval of the transport manager! Somehow the company survived until it was taken over. Michael Sheffield drew the Lucky Draw prize of a set of Military books, which was won by Keith Bell.

10. The next Meeting will be on Tuesday 17th November. The speaker will be Chris Robinson, who will talk on ‘Churchill the Warrior’.

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