Other AGM business included:
The AGM approved a minor change to the constitution to remove the requirement for two committee members to authorize all payments from the Society’s bank account. This was not particularly practical with the committee spread out across the country, and rather meaningless with the majority of transactions now being conducted online.
The AGM also agreed a clarification to the constitution following a membership enquiry from the United States. It was agreed that full membership of the Society should only be available to those who reside in the UK (plus IoM and Ch.Is). Associate membership would be available regardless of location. The Committee would review the status of the Republic of Ireland following Brexit.
The AGM heard that the Breed Standards Sub-Committee, consisting of David Clements, Carolyn Southern, Andrew Chitty and Val Grainger will be considering a number of options for the future development and improvement of the breed in the UK. Watch out for their reports in future newsletters
A member proposed, and the AGM agreed in principle, that members of the Society’s committee should have their annual subscriptions waived. The committee has subsequently investigated this proposal and has decided not to implement it; instead a reduced committee member rate of subs will be paid. The committee felt that this was fairer, and it also avoids any tax complications.
The AGM approved a proposal to upgrade the Society’s web-hosting package. This has now been implemented allowing greater capacity for the Society’s website and emails – including space for the new Newsletter!