BANGKOK ST. GEORGE’S SOCIETY

 

MINUTES OF THE 2016 AGM HELD ON TUESDAY 17 TH JANUARY, 2017

AT THE FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON HOTEL BANGKOK

 

 

Apologies: John Hocking, Ray Bloom, Sue Steel, Abbie Evans, Liz Khan, Kevin & Vici Burrell, Kevin & Ann Hellon

 

1. PRESIDENTS’S REPORT

Good evening everyone and many thanks for coming along and supporting us at our AGM this evening which as you know, due to the mourning period for the King, we had to postpone from November.

 

It has been a very enjoyable year for me as President and I have been supported by a fantastic Committee. We kicked off 2016 with an Intersociety pub night at Bei Otto’s organized by John Hocking which included copious amounts of Germany sausage and some interesting beer drinking games.

 

Our main social event of the year was of course the Annual Ball on St. George’s Day in April at the Royal Orchid Sheraton which was a great night and as always many of the Committee were the last to go to bed as dawn rose over the Chao Phraya. The event couldn’t have taken place without the incredible help and support of the Committee so please let me once again extend thanks to all of you for making it such a success.

 

The Intersociety Brexit Pub Night on 24 th June at Bistro 33 which was free to members, proved a big success, despite or perhaps because of, many drowning their sorrows over the referendum result. Maybe we tempted fate by naming it Brexit night in advance but who could have guessed the outcome when we planned the evening.

 

Regarding sporting events, Ray Bloom sends his apologies and could not be here this evening but as Golf Convener sent me the following written report:

 

“At last year's 1-day event on Saturday, May 21st at The Vintage Golf Club, St Andrews won, then St Patrick’s, followed by equal 3rds, St  Georges and St David’s.  Not a great result for us, but it was a good day and a great evening. This year's competition will be held over 2 days, hosted by the St Andrews Society, with dates set for May 20 and 21.  We have been planning to play at the Rayong Green Valley course and a booking has been made.  However the Conveners have heard strong rumours that parts of the course will be renovated, starting early April.  The start date is being determined by the Green Valley club receiving funding for the renovation.  At the moment, we are trying to get confirmation from Green Valley on their renovation programme and putting together some options on the venue.  The Conveners will meet tomorrow to discuss and formulate Plan B.”

 

In other sporting events, we held a successful Intersociety bowling night in September at Siam Paragon attended by members of all 4 Loyal Societies – it pains me to say it but the Scots were the overall winners with their ladies in particular doing well. There have been calls to repeat it this year, so we will work on that.

 

St. George’s participated in the Intersociety Pool Tournament in March organised by the St. Patrick’s Society. Many thanks to Leonard Stokes for putting the St. George’s team together who were unfortunately unlucky on the night just losing to St. David’s. The tournament was eventually won by

a team representing the Isle of Man. Leonard will again be organizing a team for this year’s event to be held after Songkran.

 

Our number of paid-up members currently stands at 33 and many thanks to Ghaff Khan for working hard to remind members to pay their subs. Membership is also helped significantly by our loyal and supportive Golfing contingent. Following the last AGM, the Committee agreed that Membership

fees would stand at 500 baht per person, per year and fees are now due, apart from golfers who can renew in May. This year we again hope to be able to offer a free pub night in June to Members and also a reduction on Members’ tickets for the Ball in May, so it is worthwhile renewing.

 

Our main charities in 2016 were the Gift of Happiness Foundation which we were delighted to support both financially and by offering Eddie our stall and a helping hand at the British Club Car Boot Sales. Following a suggestion by Liz Khan, we also made a donation to the mother and baby unit at the Fatima Centre which allowed them to purchase much needed mattresses. In addition, we made donations to the Pattaya Centre for needy young mothers and their children.

 

Going forward into 2017, we have already started working on the Ball at the Royal Orchid Sheraton which will be on Saturday 27 th May, 2017 so please put that date in your diary. It’s being held later this year due to clashes with Thai public holidays and Easter. Of course if any members have ideas for future society events, please do share them with us as. All suggestions are very welcome or if you would like to help out in any capacity, especially with the Ball organisation, that would be hugely welcome. In the meantime, many thanks once again to all the 2016 Committee and of course to all our Members for your wonderful and generous support last year.

 

Laura Smith (President 2015-2016)

 

 

2. TREASURER’S REPORT

 

The Treasurer presented the Society accounts for the period November 2015 to January 2017. Our current balance stands at just over 60,000 baht higher than this time last year. The 2017 Ball deposit of 100K has already been paid to the Royal Orchid Sheraton. We made a net profit from the 2016

Ball of 125,000 baht, mainly thanks to sponsorship, of which 90,000 baht has already been donated to charities, namely the Gift of Happiness Foundation, Pattaya Shelter Centre and Sister Louise. We still have funds remaining from last year to allocate to Welfare. In conclusion the net profit from the 2016 Ball along with a stronger balance sheet at the start of 2017 places us in a strong position to cover expenses for the coming year with scope for additional charitable donations.

 

Martin Smith (Treasurer 2015-16)

 

 

3. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT AND OFFICERS 2016-2017

 

 

We received the following resignations from the 2015-16 Council:

 

Ann Hellon who is standing down as Ball Ticketing, Andy Lewis who is leaving us due to time

 

constraints, and Abbie Evans who now lives in the UK (but has offered to help wherever necessary).

 

 

Laura thanked them all for their very significant contributions over the past years.

 

 

Regarding the 2016-2017 Council, there were no nominations from the floor and the following

 

Members were therefore elected unopposed:

 

 

President: Laura Smith

 

Joint Vice Presidents: Gale Bailey & John Hocking

 

Treasurer: Martin Smith

 

Golf Convener: Ray Bloom

 

Website: Kevin Hellon

 

Membership: Ghaff Khan

 

Welfare: Angela Stafford

 

Ball entertainment: Paul Jackson

 

General members: Carole-Ann Eastgate, Hasan Khan and Sue Steel

 

 

4. A.O.B.

 

 

Leonard Stokes whilst preferring not to be a full-time Council Member, volunteered to help in any way to organize non-Golf related sporting events such as a team for the Intersociety Pool Tournament, a potential Intersociety Bowling evening and/or a darts tournament. Laura expressed her great appreciation for all his support.

 

 

The President expressed her thanks to Members for electing her as St. George’s President for 2016-2017 and gave special thanks to everyone who has volunteered to be on the Council for the forthcoming year and welcomed back past-President, Angela Stafford. Finally she thanked all Members for attending the AGM and their continuing support. There being no further business the 2016 AGM was adjourned.

 

 

 

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