Your article: Probus club’s annual general meeting

(l-r) Pocklington Probus Club secretary Harold Phillips, the club's new chairman Graham Ball and retiring chairman Julian Tremayne.

(l-r) Pocklington Probus Club secretary Harold Phillips, the club's new chairman Graham Ball and retiring chairman Julian Tremayne.

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The Pocklington Probus Club recently held its 20th annual general meeting in the Freemasons’ Hall in Pocklington.

Initially, the chair was taken by Julian Tremayne, who welcomed the members. The meeting considered reports by the chairman, secretary and treasurer, who each, in turn, commented on the year’s work and the very successful activities which had taken place.

Particular mention was made of the outings and specialist speakers obtained by the club’s unique method of ensuring that the membership has a direct input to the choice of speakers. The chairman noted that Vic Black, a long-standing member, had passed away and that David Sangwin had had to relinquish the post of honorary treasurer due to ill health.

He mentioned the new members who had joined during the year, at the same time indicating that there was always room for more gentlemen to join and contribute their expertise and experience to the club. David Watson had taken over the post of honorary treasurer at short notice but regretted that, because of serious delays caused solely by the difficulties within the bank, he had been unable to prepare an annual balance sheet, but would do so for the following club meeting.

He could, however, assure the members that the finances were in a sound position and that there was no need for any change in the current modest annual subscription. After the reports were accepted the chairman announced that there had been no further nominations for the posts of officers and committee members so he proposed that those nominated be elected ‘en bloc’. This proposition was carried and the chairman handed over the badge of office to Graham Ball.

Mr Ball addressed the meeting, describing how, as an ‘incomer’ to Pocklington he had found it a very interesting club and that he would do his best to further its interests for professional men in the district. He introduced members to a novel method of making more contact with the membership by discussing given subjects for a limited time in quick succession, a method which concluded the business meeting on a very cheerful note auguring well for the future of the club.