I am fresh back from the annual meeting held in Puddletown Village Hall and am trying to thaw out after 3 and a half hours with inadequate heating.
The first part of the meeting was a presentation by professional beekeeper, Ged Marshall from Bucks, on maximising your honey crop. He is a good speaker but, unfortunately, he brought along an unnecessary powerpoint presentation which added little to what he had to say. Of course, the usual thing happened and the curtains were drawn to enable people to see the screen rather than Ged clearly. When the lights go down, so do the eyelids! I woke with a start three times during the talk and I noticed that the head of the person sat in front of me was also drooping, so I wasn’t the only one.
It is only during the last few years that the AGM has been preceded by a speaker and, to some extent, the ploy works as there were about 40 people present instead of the mere score who would probably attend otherwise, although some drifted away towards the end. For me, the best bit of the meeting was the socialising and snackery after the talk and before the meeting. Besides the usual cup of tea, there was pie and quiche and sausage rolls (I went round twice!) and then, chocolate and Guinness cake!
Although much of the business part of the meeting went by on the nod, there was some controversy. Ian Homer dropped his role as Education Officer as there was too little interest in education by the membership and little take up of the courses offered. Nobody stood in his stead and so there is a vacancy. Ian is continuing to run Dorset’s Convention and I was pleased to learn that Professor Robert Pickard, one of the best lecturers I know, is leading at this autumn’s Convention.
Nicky Hunt (her name since she went to Gretna and committed matrimony) has been trying for years to give up her Treasurership, a job she does excellently, and, once again, didn’t succeed. There is one person who said he might take it on next year if Nicky holds his hand, so all is not lost.
There was an argument over whether our magazine, Honeycraft, should go from paper to electronic format to save money. There was a show of hands and there was a slight majority in favour of an e-version, but, as it wasn’t a proposal on the agenda, no decision was made and it will be discussed at the Council. There might be a membership poll. Under a previous editor it was for a few issues in electronic form, but I don’t think it was too popular and soon reverted to paper.
Chairman, Chris Donaghy’s, 3 year term has expired and so he stood down, his place being taken by Lesley Gasson. I reported on the Annual Delegates’ Meeting, reading an edited version of my blog of 13th January.
The meeting dragged on until almost 5.30 with people drifting away towards the end. I helped with putting stuff away and was rewarded with a ‘doggy bag’ of quiche and cake!