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.
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.
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.