Approximately 40 members attended the festive pot luck dinner. A very good time was had by all!
Following the dinner, the Annual General Meeting was called to order by president Lise Bois.
The meeting was called to order by the President, who introduced District 3 President Penny Stewart.
Proceedings began with a motion to adopt the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 2016. There were neither questions, nor discussion of the motion which was deemed to be carried.
Year in Review: Lise ran through the highlights of a strong line-up of 2017’s speakers and the society activities, focussing particularly on the very successful Flower Show held in Wellington this year. The 2018 show will be held in Wellington in mid-June.
Membership: Membership is rising and currently stands at 80 members.
The financial report was provided to all present, and briefly presented by John Garside. There were questions from the audience (which may be addressed in 2018), but no changes were required to the 2017 report which was duly approved.
Auditor Appointment: on a motion from John Garside, duly seconded, the continuation of Auditor services from the current provider was approved.
Certificates of Appreciation
President Lise Bois awarded certificates to those people who had provided extraordinary service during the year. Below, left to right: John Clark, Lise Bois, Pat Stuckey, and Sandra Dowds [award recipient Jan She absent from picture].
Election of Directors
Penny Stewart took the ‘chair’ to deal with the election. Lise introduced the members who had agreed to stand for election (through the prior work of the election committee) and invited nominations from the floor. There being none, those standing were duly elected by acclamation.
Left-to-right below: Ursula Cattelan, Lise Bois, Nancy Kish, John Garside, Kathy Bondy, John Clark, Darlene Johnston, Sally Clark, and Hedy Brambat-Kellar.
Greetings from OHA
Penny Stewart gave a brief presentation with greetings from the OHA which wishes to thank volunteers (who contributed almost 520,000 hours of effort for the Association). Penny talked about the upcoming conference in Kingston for 2018.
Note: a more detailed account of Penny’s address is available as a 185kB Adobe pdf download here.
Kathy Bondy presented the society prizes for Flower Show categories as well as the monthly mini-show competition. Penny Stewart presented the prize for Kathy Bondy’s win.
Pat Stuckey: Best Iris
Pat Stuckey: Best annual/perennial
Pat Stuckey: Best Peony
Kathy Bondy: Overall mini-show points
The meeting concluded after Lise thanked all volunteers who had been involved with organizing the evening’s proceedings.
Photographs © by Bert Jenkins