Manx Ornithological Society – first meeting of 2016 ‘Tour of the Falkland Islands’

Richard Norris, Hon Treasurer & Membership Secretary of the Manx Ornithological Society has written to club members today with details of its first meeting of 2016 and a reminder about subscriptions.

Dear Members,

A reminder that our first meeting of 2016 is on Tuesday 5th January at 7.30 pm at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall, when John Hellowell will be our guide for an illustrated “Tour of the Falkland Islands”. John is a director of Manx BirdLife, and passionate about wildlife and the Falklands, to the extent he bought one of the Islands to keep as a wildlife sanctuary! It promises to be an interesting and informative evening, and I hope to see you there.
Union Mills Methodist Church Hall is next to the shop on the corner where the Strang Road joins the main Douglas to Peel Road. Car parking is available behind the hall, with access from Strang Road. Tea or coffee and biscuits will be available  before the meeting (from around 7.15 pm). At this time of year, there is always the potential for the weather to disrupt our plans, so if the weather seems really bad, please check your email for a possible cancellation notice before setting out.
 
May I take this opportunity of reminding members who have not already paid that 2016 subscriptions are now due (£5, or £10 for couples who both wish to be members). This reminder does not apply to new members who joined from September onwards, as their initial subscription covers 2016 membership. Payment can be made at our meetings or sent to me at the address below (cheques should be made payable to Manx Ornithological Society). If anybody would like to pay by standing order in future, I will be happy to provide the necessary bank details.
Best wishes to you all for 2016,

Richard Norris
Hon Treasurer & Membership Secretary
Lhie ny Greiney
Surby Road
Surby
Port Erin
IM9 6TD
 
For more information about the Manx Ornithological Society, see the special page here.

Manx Ornithological Society: AGM and Vice-Chairman’s Evening

Richard Norris, Membership Secretary of the Manx Ornithological Society, sent an email to members on 27th February, with information about the AGM and Vice-Chairman’s meeting taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

Dear Members,

A reminder that our next event is our Annual General Meeting and Vice-Chairman’s Evening on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30 pm at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall. Once the AGM is over, our Vice-Chairman and Secretary Anne Kaye will talk about her experiences of birding and wildlife on Scottish Islands.

Part of the business of the AGM will be to elect your Officers and Committee members.  There are vacancies on the committee, so if any of you would like to help in the running of your Society, or would like to know more about what is involved, please contact Richard Selman, Anne Kaye or me as soon as possible.  

Those of you who attended our last AGM will have heard Anne announce her intention to stand down as Secretary of the Society at the end of her term of office. She is sticking to this, but is standing for re-election as Vice-Chairman.

Janet Thompson, who joined the committee as a co-opted member after the AGM last year and has worked closely with Anne on the organisation of the programme for the coming year, has been persuaded to stand for election as Secretary. When this possibility was first discussed some months ago, she made clear that a prior commitment would prevent her attending the AGM, and so you will not be able to meet her on this occasion.

The latest edition of “Peregrine” is with the printers as I write, and we hope copies will be available for purchase at the AGM. It is a bumper edition with 136 pages, and includes Manx Bird and Ringing Reports covering both 2010 and 2011, the Manx Bird List for 2014 and much else besides. The price if bought at the AGM will be only £5 (compared with £7.50 for the previous issue). Copies of the previous issue are still available, and can be snapped up for £3 if bought together with the latest issue.

Union Mills Methodist Church Hall is next to the shop on the corner where the Strang Road joins the main Douglas to Peel Road. Car parking is available behind the hall, with access from Strang Road. Tea or coffee and biscuits will be available  before the meeting (from around 7.15 pm). As always at this time of year, please check your email before setting out if the weather is so bad that you think we might have to cancel.

Thanks to members who have responded to my recent reminders about 2015 subscriptions being due, and a final nudge for those who may have overlooked their payment (£5, or £10 for couples who both wish to be members). If you have decided not to renew, please let me know, so that we can avoid unnecessary postage costs and emails. On a formal note, anybody who wishes to vote at the AGM (in the event of a contested election), must have paid their subscription before we begin. This also applies to anybody wishing to join the committee. 

 

Best wishes,

Richard Norris

If you are not a member of the Manx Ornithological Society, but would like to know more, please see the special webpage about the society here.

Manx Ornithological Society: January and February talks update

Richard Norris, Membership Secretary of the Manx Ornithological Society, sent an email to members on 22nd December, with information about the indoor meetings in January and February 2015.

Dear Members,

We have decided to swop round the speakers for our next two meetings, in order to give Chris Sharpe more time to prepare his talk on “Birds on a Swedish Island” (he did not return from Sweden until earlier this month, and after 6 months away and with Christmas to contend with, an early-January talk would have been too much to expect).

Accordingly, Richard Selman will give his Iceland talk on Tuesday 6th January, and Chris’s talk will be on Tuesday 3rd February. 

I will still be sending out my usual reminder with confirmation of the time and place nearer the time.

Seasonal good wishes,

 

Richard Norris

If you are not a member of the Manx Ornithological Society, but would like to know more, please see the special webpage about the society here.

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