SCARBOROUGH FIELD NATURALISTS
MINUTES OF THE 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Held at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus on Tuesday 9th December at 7-30pm.
The President, Robin Hopper, welcomed the 21 Members and Guests present.
Apologies for Absence: Mick Carroll (Past President), Brian Walker (Treasurer), Robert Clark, Melanie Earle.
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting for 2013: These were displayed, agreed and signed as a correct record.
Matters Arising from the Minutes: None.
Correspondence: None received relating to the AGM. The YWT Winter Programme and the Yorkshire Geological Society November Circular had been received.
Secretary’s Report for 2014: Ian Glaves gave a brief review of the Society’s activities over the year. Attendance at meetings was up slightly from 19 to 21 average. Membership was down by 5 to 36. Some proposals for the coming year were outlined. A full copy of the report is attached to these minutes. The report was adopted unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report for 2014: In the absence of the Treasurer, Brian Walker, due to illness in his family, the income and expenditure sheet was displayed and the Secretary gave a very brief explanation. A small profit had been made on the year, although the AGM expenses still had to be deducted, resulting in an approximate £50 loss. The report was adopted unanimously. A copy of the report is attached to these minutes.
Agenda Items: No items for discussion at the AGM had been received.
Election of Officers and Committee: The President, Robin Hopper, had agreed to stand for a further period of office. The Secretary, Ian Glaves, was standing down, as was the Treasurer, Brian Walker.
Secretary: Nomination – Brian Walker, proposed by Robin Hopper, seconded by Ian Glaves, elected unanimously.
Treasurer: Nomination – Frank Sheader, proposed by Brian Walker, seconded by Robin Hopper, elected unanimously.
Committee Members: Nominations for three vacancies.
Robert Stark – proposed by Robin Hopper, seconded by Ian Glaves.
Brian Cockerill – proposed by Robin Hopper, seconded by Ian Glaves.
Pauline Popely – proposed by Louise Thompson, seconded by Robin Hopper.
All three candidates were elected unanimously.
The 2015 officers and Committee would be:
President: Robin Hopper.
Past President: Mick Carroll.
Secretary: Brian Walker.
2015 AGM Minutes cont.
Treasurer: Frank Sheader.
Committee Members: Pauline Popely, Robert Stark, Brian Cockerill.
As there was no other business, the AGM closed at 7-45pm.
The speaker invited to give the Presidential Address was Dr John R Mather, BEM, DSc, who gave an illustrated talk p.
Dr Mather has the largest private collection of bird specimens in the UK, collected over many years of birdwatching, usually of found dead birds or from the shooting fraternity. He outlined his work at the Knaresborough Ringing Station, and with the aid of photographs of his preserved specimens, gave a fascinating account of some lesser-known aspects of bird biology, including nestling development, moult, skeletal structure, racial and sexual dimorphism, gynandromorphism, plumage aberration and parasites.
The President thanked Dr Mather for a thoroughly interesting talk. The meeting closed at 9-05pm.