Assynt Field Club’s AGM 15 January 2015

February 22nd 2015

Assynt Field Club’s AGM 15 January 2015

Article first published in the Assynt News and Northern Times during February 2015

Assynt Field Club’s 2015 AGM was held recently with much of the area still receiving its electricity from generators due to recurring power cuts following the recent bad weather. Despite a short power cut at the start of formal proceedings the Chairman, Andy Summers, welcomed those present and gave a concise summary of the year past. Andy spoke about some of the highlights from the various outdoor and indoor meetings; new, rare and curious wildlife sightings from Assynt; projects which the Field Club are developing and finally he looked forward to the 30th Anniversary events planned for August 2016.

Andy then handed over to the outgoing Treasurer, Julie Grey, who presented the accounts for the year which were summarised by her before being accepted. Julie, who has served the Field Club diligently as Treasurer for the past 5 years, was thanked by Andy for her work and was presented with a gift to mark the occasion.

Bill Badger from Elphin had intimated that he would be willing to stand for the position of Treasurer and as such was duly proposed and seconded to take on this increasingly demanding role.
With both Andy happy to remain as Chairman and Gwen Richards as Secretary the formalities were brought to a close and a number of notable wildlife sightings over the past month were then discussed.

The informal part of the evening followed and, as usual, did not disappoint. A two part quiz devised by Gwen, who had asked six 3 – 10 year olds to describe 12 wild animals in their own words and then draw, between them, 30 wild animals, caused more difficulty than she could have ever imagined! Eventually the scores were read out with Andy Summers taking first place closely followed by Avril Haines. To save their embarrassment it is probably best not to reveal their scores but suffice to say they did not break 30!

The evening was then rounded off with chat over a superb buffet and washed down with wine and non-alcoholic beverages which were provided by the much valued anonymous donor.

The next indoor meeting will take place in the Assynt Centre, Lochinver on Thursday 19th February when Roz Summers, Countryside Ranger, will give a fascinating presentation ‘Touching the Apuseni mountains of Romania’. Entry is £3.00 with under 16’s free.

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