February ’06 Back to Business

Perhaps it’s not so odd that photographs of our business meetings are as scarce as hen’s teeth!

Prue’s minutes continue to be very informative, on into 2006, and as the New Year rolled on, we held our 26th business meeting (can we have had so many already?!) on 6th February. President Margaret Stonehouse called us all to order at 8:00pm upstairs in the Golden Lion.

Corinne Ashburner, coincidentally one of our Guiding Lions, but this evening in her role as District 105NE Youth Team Chairman, presented a very informative talk about Lions activities in the Youth Programme within the Lions Club International umbrella.

Then we dealt with a lot of correspondence, and a couple of funding requests (which we forwarded on to the next Board Meeting for assessment). Steph Jamieson’s scrapbook was needing more photographs, but the book itself was looking good.

After the Beer Break, a tradition that seems to have been a hold-over from the days of the West Tynedale Round Table, the officers’ reports were documented.

  • Community Service: Nigel Baynes reported on the Christmas Lights and the Carol Singing, and intimated that he’d send around an organising email to coordinate a further Dene Clean in the early spring
  • Fund Raising: Peter Aldcroft reported on the collecting with Santa’s Sleigh. Carrie Winger was delighted that the Burns Night Supper had raised over £1000! Trevor Newman noted that the May Fair planning was moving on (these were in the days, we remember, when the May Fair was considered a Fund-Raising event).
  • Fun & Games: Julie Humes was cheerful about the Christmas Party, but some reservations had not been filled on the night, leading to some shortfall of financing. It’s not clear how Christine Hutchinson, caterer for the event, was or was not paid for her services. Looking ahead to February’s 3rd Charter Night, on the 24th.
  • Publicity: Larry Winger reported on the weekly Allen Valley Notes in the Hexham Courant, in which details of Lions activities were usually described at length!
  • Webmaster: Cliff Calvert is busy getting the May Fair website up and running.
  • Programming: Fran Wraith will be getting another schedule of our future activities out soon.
  • Immediate Past-President: Trevor reported on his activities as the new Zone Chairman
  • Secretary: Prue will appreciate any update from members on contact details
  • Treasurer: Graham Girvan reported that we have some £5000 in our charity account, for distribution to good causes, and that our general account, from which we run Lions business, had taken a hammering, but the next six months dues were due from members.
  • Vice-President/Membership: Rosemary Grainger was not present, so Margaret reported that new members will be inducted at Charter Night
  • President: The next Board Meeting would be on the 2nd of March.
  • Any Other Business: Ann Potter announced her annual duck race to raise money for Catton Chapel; Sylvia announced the dinner dance celebrating Allendale Golf Club’s 100th anniversary; Lynda McGregor (WiMo) wondered who all might be going to the Tynedale Beer Festival on 15th June; Larry reminded everyone that the Village Hall & Recreation Ground charity was holding its AGM at the end of the month, to which all were invited.

And that was just about it for the Business Meeting. Steady as it goes, then. Oh yes, the regular toast to Elsie Eye (LCI).

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