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2018 AGM

2018 AGM

After a short meeting prior to the AGM to discuss pending items the managers moved upstairs to the main hall to host the 253rd Annual General Meeting of the Kilbarchan General Society. A small number of members joined the Managers. The chairman, Mr Stephen Vaughan ~ Preses, called the meeting to order and Mr A M Connell ~ Officer read the minutes of the 252nd AGM in the absence of the late Mr John Connell ~ much missed Clerk and friend. The minutes were adopted. Mr Vaughan then asked the assembly to rise and observe a minutes silence for those members called home in the past 12 months. The minutes of the managers meetings were approved as read and Mr James Farmer ~ Treasurer rose and gave his report on another successful year. The Societies accounts are available on the OSCAR website for public scrutiny. Our internal Audit found the books to be in their usual good order and Mr Farmer asked to address the meeting with some memories of the late J Connell. Mr S Vaughan gave a short speech thanking the managers for their help over the past year then proposed Mr David Blair as Preses of the Society and presented him with the Chain of Office and the Chair. Mr Blair ~ Preses gave a short acceptance speech to say he was honoured to accept the post and proposed Mr Scott Tennant as his Vice Preses. The meeting then moved on to the election of Managers due to retire and willing to serve another 3 years. Mr E Black, Mr S Vaughan and Mr J Wallace were re-elected unanimously. The death of John Connell caused a bit of a crisis and the Preses was in the process of asking the Officer to take over those duties when Mr J Wallace proposed Mr S Vaughan for the roll this was seconded my Mr Farmer. The Officer and Treasurer were re-elected unopposed and Mr Farmer announced he would be reliquencing the position at the 254th AGM. Mr Vaughan assuming the role of Clerk created a position on the Management Team and Mr I Richie graciously accepted the nomination. The Preses invited the assembly for refreshments at the close of business The New Preses being congratulated by the Past...

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Sportsmans Dinner 2018

Sportsmans Dinner 2018

Saturday 6th of October was the Society’s Sportsmans Dinner with Craig Brown CBE as our speaker, the event was well attended and local MSP Tom Arthur joined Craig, the Preses and Mr Wallace at the top table. The evening began with Grace and then a fine meal of soup, steak pie and trimmings then cheese and biscuits to finish. Tom Arthur MSP had joined us to present a framed copy of the motion that he raised in the Scottish Parliament recognising the work we do in the locale and that we are the oldest charitable institution of our kind. Craig Brown is best known as the manager of the Scotland international football squad but has been involved in the game at all levels as a player, coach and manager. His mix of stories, jokes and anecdotes had the audience enthralled throughout. During a comfort break the Preses got to the fundraising part of the night with a giant football scratchcard and the auction of 2 bottles of whisky, a signed Aberdeen football, a 4 ball at Gleneagles and a signed Scotland jersey. Many thanks to everyone who bid on these. Craig Brown then took a question and answer session with many and varied questions from the audience. The Preses would like to extend the gratitude of the Society to Tom and Craig for attending as Craig especially had had to drive from Aberdeen to be with us. With our guests away home the members and guests of the society concluded the night with a right good...

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St Vincent’s Hospice

St Vincent’s Hospice

On Wednesday 30th of May the Preses accompanied by Mr E Black, Mr J Farmer, Mr O Jones, Mr I Ritchie and Mr J Wallace were invited by June and Simon of St Vincent’s Hospice to visit and tour the facility. The Society had made a donation that helped provide Smart TV’s in 8 rooms and June explained how much of a difference this made to patients; simply being able to check e-mail or use the internet can alleviate the isolation or boredom of treatment. The group enjoyed the tour of the building and gardens very much, the Preses suggesting to the Treasurer we might invest in a brick  for the woodland walkway. Most were surprised at the variety of treatments on offer and the range of facilities available. We stand by our offer to help if we can, while providing the £6,000 a day it takes to run the hospice is beyond our means we hope to be able to help with spot projects. Thanks again to June and...

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2018 Burns Supper

2018 Burns Supper

The 2018 Burns Supper was under new management this year and nerves were fraying as the Preses turned up without any of the stuff needed to organise the tables at 2pm. Upon his return the Managers set to and had the place organised and ready for the caterers to dress the hall in no time at all. The early kick off always causes a panic in the days running up to the event and it’s always the same question, “So, it’s 6:30 for 7?” “No, it’s 5:30 for 6, we have a lot to get through.” Stephen Vaughan was Chairman this year, his first time chairing this and he had a few eye opening moments. After the Managers had corralled our guests into the main hall our Piper, Michael Kerr, led the top table into the room. The Preses introduced Mr David Blair, Mr Geoff Urie, Rev Stephen Smith and Mr Ian McCosh before Piper Kerr led in the haggis; carried this year by one of our new Managers Mr David Dunlop with Mr Scott Tennant carrying the whisky. Mr Alan Gordon toasted the haggis and the Vice Preses Mr David Blair said grace, the company sat down to a fantastic repast of Cockaleekie soup, haggis and neeps, Steak pie and champit tatties and finishing with cheese and biscuits. Once again our caterers had excelled themselves. After the Loyal Toast we had a short interval to let the caterers clear the tables before a selection of Burns songs. Andy Hay, our resident soloist was unable to join us this year due to ill health and Mr John Armit had stepped up to the mark. After a brief hiccup between himself and Norrie Currie the musicality of Burns was celebrated in fine style. The Rev Stephen Smith then proposed a funny, poignant and thought provoking Immortal Memory before Alan Gordon donned the guid blue bonnet and regaled us with the cautionary tale of Tam O’Shanter. After the briefest of intervals Norrie and John led the company in singing The Lass O Ballochmyle before Mr Geoff Urie rose to Toast the Lassies with aplomb. Ian McCosh gave a reading and the company stood to sing our very own crowd pleaser, The Habbies O Kilbarchan. Mr Norman Kerr OBE gave a very well thought out and witty Toast to the Society and after a short break Piper Kerr treated the company to...

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