MCS AGM – Silk Trader, Macclesfield - 13 December 2018
MCS Vice Chairman’s Report
Kate Bonson, MCS Vice Chairman, began her report by welcoming the members present, and remarking that this would be the 34th AGM of the Society, as the Society was founded in 1984.
It had been a slightly unusual year, as the drought in the summer meant that, for the first time anyone could remember, HALOUS (Have A Lock On Us) had to be cancelled, due to Bosley locks being closed because of a reservoir water shortage.
The Society had, however, enjoyed the usual monthly meetings. with eight excellent speakers, as well as the usual Members’ Contributions at the last AGM. All the speakers were most ably selected and organised by Meetings Secretary Stewart Smith, who even managed to find a replacement speaker when one of those booked had to cancel at short notice. Stewart also organised the food at the last AGM, enjoyed by all present.
The Society Dinner in February at the Church House in Bollington was enjoyed by 22 members.
Kate expressed her appreciation of the efforts of the Secretary, Duncan Learmond, in organising and minuting the committee meetings, and Treasurer, Piers Lambert for keeping an eye on the Society’s bank account. She also mentioned the great effort both these committee members had expended in running the Volunteer Action Groups up and down the canal, which are a great help to CRT in keeping the canal in good order.
The support, help and advice of other members of the committee, Caroline Learmond, Trevor Hunt, and President Ian Edgar, is much appreciated.
And we must not forget our much-acclaimed quarterly newsletter, ‘Milestone’ so ably edited and produced by Angela and Patrick Marks.
To wind up her Report, Kate asked for donations to the Society from those attending meetings (payable at the door) as this would help our finances, since the Membership Subscription is just enough to cover the cost of Milestone and postage.
MCS Honorary Treasurers Report
Piers Lambert, MCS Treasurer gave us the summary on our financial state. A copy of the financial statement was copied and a handout provided to members. This was audited gain with help from Allan Mackellar who was thanked for his help.
Our current account status was positive based on the latest bank statements, but £233 less than our position last year). However, the hard facts are that the true cost of membership was £22:30 per member and not the
£10 that we pay, and also that Milestone represented 40% of our costs or £9:60 per member. The loss of income, especially from HALOUS could not be tolerated for more than a year with a potential shortfall of £1380:00 over our heads unless we can increase income in 2019. Members were encouraged to give a donation at each meeting, Trevor suggested a figure of £2 per person as a reasonable amount, another suggestion was to ask for donations in Milestone and on the website, and also that any visitors should be charged for meeting attendance.
The conclusion was that we should see how the donations request helps and if it does not we will have to review and take additional action.
1.The Society Dinner will be held on 21st February 2019 at the Windmill pub, price £21 per head. Places limited to 25, 6 names already on the list. Members were encouraged to contact Kate if they wanted a place at the 2019 meal.
2.Tony Bonson has offered to lead the task of generating a new canal map he requested that photos are needed ASAP for the new edition of the canal map leaflet. Plus, those who have offered to update the map need to get their feedback to Tony early in the New Year. It is hoped that the leaflet will be printed in time for the start of the next boating season. Trevor confirmed that Heritage Boats did pay for their advertisement on the map when it was initially printed, it was agreed that they should be approached for a similar donation for the re vamped map, if they decline then the opportunity should be opened for other potential advertisers/sponsors.
3. MCS are holding a Photo Competition in the New Year. Further details from Duncan or Piers available in January. The objective of this event is to increase awareness of the canal and our society to the general public. The competition will be open to all and we will get help and guidance where needed from Macc camera Club. More details to follow but we will promote this competition and the canal on display boards at local libraries and also through the local press, and the winners will be selected and announced in mid-Summer.
4. In 2021, it will be 190 years since the building of the Macclesfield Canal was completed. Members were asked to give this some thought and come back with any ideas.
5. Tonight’s Raffle (proceeds to MCS), many thanks to those who contributed prizes and also those who bought tickets ..........
6. Kate confirmed that the current members of the committee will continue in their current roles, but that we were seeking other members to join the committee and anyone interested should contact Kate.
The AGM was followed by sandwiches and mince pies and then members presentations from Duncan, Tony, Jim and Piers ..............