Leeds FDG Spring News 2012

Dear all,
I have posted on the new website a May bulletin to keep you up to date with what is happening with the branch, but as is customary, this newsletter is a more detailed account of the AGM and the future program.

The AGM was held at the Old Modernians Cricket Club on 28th March 2012.  The meeting was opened at 7.30 pm with apologies for absence from Simon Dowling and Peter Chambers.

The secretary (Andrew Bentley) gave his report including the results of the Roy Jones cup (won by Peter Andrews yet again!) together with comments about the various speakers who had attended our monthly guest nights. Malcolm Johnson had demonstrated his techniques for tying large numbers of sea trout and salmon flies, Steve Cooper showed us how to prepare a partridge skin and brought his shop full of materials, John Tyzak tied some tiny flies, Ben Dobson gave a fascinating insight into the fishing at Stocks reservoir and Roger Beck rounded off the guest nights with an examination of the flies he uses to catch fish but which are not necessarily pretty to look at.

The treasurer  (Margaret Bush) presented her summary of the accounts as follows :-

Income from the raffles and the annual dinner made £654. There was an increase in the room hire of 25% which was not offset by an increase in attendance and the branch subs were down on the previous year. Committee expenses of £538 included £312 for a new computer hard drive and miscellaneous expenditure of £269 including £133 for insurance. The treasurer concluded her report with the statement that branch funds remained in a healthy state in spite of a small excess of expenditure over income. J Lee proposed and D Hild seconded that the  treasurers report should be accepted and this was carried nem con.

The Chairman, (Jean Whitehead) delivered her report and wished the branch all the best for the future as this was her last meeting as Chairman. She thanked Andrew for services to the branch over the last 5 years and presented him with a voucher for fishing tackle as a gift from the members.

The meeting then moved to the election of officers.

Andrew Bentley was proposed and seconded as the new Chairman.

Michael Pattinson agreed to accept the post of secretary and Margaret Bush accepted the post of Treasurer. The committee consisting of Jim Brown, Steve Bielby, Peter Kirby-Smith and Jerry Lee were duly elected.

Under AOB the following items were discussed and agreed.

1. Meeting times to remain the same.

2. Subscriptions to be £5 annual sub, £5 guest nights and £2.50 tying night sub.

3. It was agreed for the moment to retain the supper on guest nights.

4. Andrew Bentley gave a summary of the results of the questionnaire

5. Nick Pinches asked that members should receive notification of the election results and the new secretary agreed to do this.

6. Some Discussion followed about new speakers.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm