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Minutes of business meeting held at 11.00 on 19/02/19

1. There were 40 Members present and 8 Apologies.

2. The Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th January were Accepted.

3. The Chairman thanked Members for donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the benefit of Brain Tumour research.

He had received a phone call from the Children’s Society thanking Probus for their donation

He told the Meeting of a talk entitled ‘It’ll be fine’ at Christ Church in Great Ayton, the story of 4 women rowing across the Atlantic. Proceeds will go to Marie Curie.

Keith noted that in January, 50 of the 53 Members had either attended the Meeting or sent Apologies, a remarkable demonstration of the commitment of Members.

He confirmed that the Christmas Lunch had been booked at the Wainstones Hotel for 10th December.

Keith advised that, following the question of a year’s free visits to York Minster at January’s Meeting, the Minster had advised that this did not apply to group bookings.

Derek Whiting had written an article for the D&S Times on the York trip.

4. There were no new Members.

5. Alex Smithson was a Guest of the Chairman.

6. The Treasurer said that the Club had made a profit of £25 on the trip to York.

The Secretary called for Nominations to the Committee for election at the AGM in April. The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were all retiring. Derek Whiting and Chris Lee had reached the end of their terms of office as Ordinary Committee Members. Derek was willing to stand again and Chris Lee was willing to stand as Treasurer. Maj Chuhan had completed his 3 year tenure as Auditor and was willing to be reappointed.

The Website Manager was absent but had nothing to report.

The Speakerfinder had completed the Speaker Programme for the next year. The programme cards would not be issued until May because of changes to the Committee Membership following the Elections at the AGM.

7. The Chairman said that the Committee had discussed changes in the Committee roles with the aim of sharing the workload. The new Treasurer might not wish to organise the Christmas Lunch. Speakers will be asked to provide a synopsis of their talks. In the absence of this, the Speakerfinder will produce these. If he is not present, then the Secretary or the Chairman will produce one. This will reduce the work of the Secretary. To reduce the Chairman’s workload, Peter Robinson had offered to organise Members’ Lunches. The Club needed to find volunteers to  organise trips and the Christmas Lunch. This posed the question whether these volunteers should be Members of the Committee. Two Members, Kevin Clifford and Graham Howard, had volunteered to stand as Ordinary Members of the Committee. Members had no questions on these proposals.

8. The Trips planned for 2019 were ‘The King and I’ at the Sunderland Empire on 6th June and ‘Les Miserables’ on 26th September at the Newcastle Royal. Keith said there were still places available if anybody else wished to go to either of these.

Various suggestions for other trips were considered and Members were asked to indicate their support for these. On shows of hands, it was decided that:

A combination of a visit to Auckland Project and the Shildon Railway Museum should be taken forward. There was insufficient support for trips to Temple Newsam, the Buddy Holly story at Darlington Hippodrome, Kynren and Durham Lumiere. The 2020 programme for the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm would be researched to identify shows which might be of interest. Maj Chuhan suggested that following the two theatre visits this year the next trip should be a visit in order to maintain a good balance. Jim Gannon remarked that for local trips, there would be cost but little benefit in the Club organising coach transport. Keith noted that in this case, any group discount at the venue would be unaffected.

9. The Chairman said that the In Memoriam section of the Club Website was set up to remember those who had passed away for one year. He would ask Stefan to take down the article remembering Clive Addison who died a year ago.

The Fun Draw prizes were Memory Activity Books won by David Storry and Peter Robinson. Keith offered to continue the Fun Draw if the incoming Chairman wished him to do so.

10. The next Meeting will be on Tuesday 19th March with Peter Atkinson talking on ‘Is everything relative?’.





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