Essex Branch AGM 8th May 2017 Minutes of the meeting.


Minutes of AGM 8th May 2017

Meeting opened at 20:43

Number of members present: 20

Apologies of absence:
Barry Boyten & Tim Harrison

Agreed minutes of last meeting:
Proposed & Seconded: Paul Nicholls & Roger Beadle
All members present voted in favour

Matters arising from last meeting minutes: Nil

Chairman’s report: (Written by Barry Boyten – read out by branch secretary)
First I must apologise for my absence but my holiday has fallen on this date and couldn’t be changed. Welcome to all the branch members, once again another good year for the branch. As usual all the rallies were well attended by the members, it makes me feel good to see so many attending the rallies and this is shown by the times we have received the best turnout trophy, please keep it up.
The International rally was well attended by our branch members considering how far we had to travel and we had a good collection of singles there, well done to those who rode them all the way, well done guys !!!!!!!!!!
This year we are helping Mike McVey to hold the National rally in Suffolk so will need many volunteers to run this event, as we wish it to be a great success as to keep up with the Essex tradition, so please help.
Also Mike is trying to raise the Suffolk branch from the ashes, I wish to thank the committee for their hard workover the year, thanks to Brian our treasurer for keeping the funds in order. Thanks go to Alan for all his hard work at keeping us all informed of events in the club and the national events .
This year we are holding our 40th anniversary on our BBQ event and hope to have a good turnout from all the UK branches more from Alan on this.
We look forward to seeing you all in the year.
Safe ridding, Barry Boyten – Branch Chairman
Secretaries report: (Alan Throssell – Essex Branch Secretary)
Once again we achieved a strong presence at every major NOC event in the last year.
In May a dozen Essex branch members travelled across Europe to attend the International rally in Italy.
In June a few branch members attended the Norfolk branch anniversary rally.
In July 19 branch members went to the Norton festival in Dorset which incorporating Norton Day at Sammy Millers Museum.
The annual Branch camping weekend and BBQ at Weeley came next, this was another successful event enjoyed by all attendants
In August many branch members made the journey to Cumbria for the National rally. Where we won for the third year running, the George Child Trophy for best branch turnout.
In the same month many Essex branch members made their annual expedition to the Begonia Rally in Belgium.
October saw our branch annual stand at the Copdock Motorcycle Show, creating plenty of interest in our Nortons on display.
Our annual dinner in March this year, at the Norton pub, ended the successful year.
Treasurers Report: (Brian Harriss – Essex Branch Treasurer)

Several copies of the “Income Expenditure accounts for year ending 30th April” were handed out to members and Brian talked about the figures. Brian reported that the profit was up this year at £174.43p. The branch camping weekend cost the club this year a mere 0.75p. The income from raffles during the year (£86.10) would be rounded up to £100 and given as a charity donation to the Essex Air Ambulance.

Election of Officers:
It was proposed that as the present Branch Officers are happy to continue, the members present would vote for the main committee positions ‘En Bloc’.
Proposed & Seconded by John Birch & Nigel Darken.
All members present voted in favour.

Chairman: Barry Boyten
Secretary: Alan Throssell
Treasurer: Brian Harriss
Webmaster: Paul Nicholls

It was proposed that the new branch sub committee will consist of the following members:-
Sub Committee: Derek Fox, Tim Harrison & Roger Beadle
Proposed & Seconded by John Spalding & Mark Gelsthorpe.
All members present voted in favour.

Annual Branch Subscriptions:
Treasurer’s recommendation to stay at £5:00 per year.
All members present voted in favour.

Events – National & Branch:
Eight or nine branch members indicated that they will attend the Suffolk Rally in June.
Only two members indicated that they have booked for the “InCider rally” in September.
Members agreed they would like to continue displaying their Nortons on a club stand at the Copdock Motorcycle show in October. The branch secretary will apply as usual.
Both Graham Adams and Nigel Darken suggested we need to organise branch runs. None have been organised so far this year. The secretary suggested that members should inform the committee of any ideas, once a venue and date is decided, the secretary can email out to all members the details and arrangements.

Any other Business:
Derek Fox proposed that to avoid clashing with other events going on in the Bell on AGM night, we could move the AGM to another night possibly the April club meet.
The secretary suggested we change branch meetings that fall on a bank holiday to the following Tuesday (the next day) instead of the following Monday. After a short discussion this was then proposed & seconded by Paul Nicholls & John Spalding all members present voted in favour. The secretary is to inform the Roadholder editor to make the changes in the magazine.

Meeting closed at 21:00

Alan Throssell – Essex Branch Secretary

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