The Register’s Annual General Meeting was held on 17 March and we were pleased that around 30 people attended considering the weather forecast was for snow. One member even braved the journey from Northamptonshire in his Wolseley 15/50!
Members enjoyed a light buffet and the opportunity to chat and browse the Regalia and Publications stalls before the meeting began. Copies of the minutes of the meeting can be obtained from the Secretary but below is a summary of key points.
In his review, the Chairman reported that 2017 had been a successful year. As well as the usual measures, including a good National Rally and a sound financial position, we had achieved many of the objectives set for 2017 in the Club Plan. These included:
- The List of Recorded Vehicles and Membership List are both now available online through a secure members login
- Huge growth in our used spares operation – ten times what it had been previously
- Major re-manufacturing project undertaken
- Our website has been upgraded to be ‘tablet-friendly’
- Links with other clubs have been strengthened
- Search for archive premises is underway
- Show-stand presentation has been improved
- Six-Ninety Super Profile has been published.
The Chairman then thanked the committee and team members for their work. The Treasurer introduced the accounts which were approved by the meeting. Other officers reported on Spares, Regalia and the Club’s short-listing for two categories in The National Car Club Awards: ‘Best Car Club Contribution to Charity’ and ‘Unsung Hero’. The awards will take place on 24 March at the NEC Restoration Show.
The meeting elected five core management committee posts: Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Around 35 co-options to various posts, including Technical Advisers, were noted.
After the conclusion of the formal business, the members who are due to receive long membership awards this year were announced, including the first to reach 50 years’ membership. The John H. Brindley memorial award was also presented to the Member who had recorded the highest mileage in his Wolseley during 2017.
To round of the afternoon, there were two guest speakers:
- Christopher Madeley from Chaucer College, Canterbury gave a talk on ‘From Wolseley Motors Ltd and Ishikawajima in Tokyo to Isuzu Motors Ltd’
- Ray Newell, Secretary of the Morris Minor Owners Club gave a talk on ‘The objectives and purpose of the Morris Vehicles Association.’
The afternoon concluded with the Publicity and Press Liaison Officer summarising the many Wolseley anniversaries the Register is celebrating during 2018.