Annual General Meeting - Friday 14th July 2017 at Forest Arts Centre, Walsall

The Band's AGM took place at Forest Arts Centre, Walsall on Friday 14th July 2017.

Apologies were received from R.Chapman, J.Campbell, P.Dale, S.Lacey

The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 13th July 2016 were accepted and any matters arising would be discussed within the meeting.

After Chairman Debbie Higham welcomed the attendees to the Meeting, she delivered her Report on the year July 2016 to date and praised the efforts of all the players and supporters of the Band. The progress of the Band in so many ways had been superlative over the past year and all the players should take credit for this, however the loss of players during the middle part of the year was very disruptive and every effort should be made by everyone to fill the seats as quickly as possible. She stressed the initiatives within and without the Committee and gave thanks to all the Members of the Band and her Committee.

The Treasurer gave his report on the finances of the Band and answered a number of questions - he stressed the need for continued vigilance of payments and alternative income streams. Considerable discussion took place regarding acquiring extra sources of income (other types of concerts - matinees, etc., 10-piece concerts, fund raising, generating constructive advertising and enhancing the Band’s media presence, plus others). The Chairman thanked the Treasurer for all his hard work over the year.

The ‘Chairman’s Award’ for ‘Player of the Year’ was awarded by the Band Players to M.Faulkner and the Bands Person of the Year, selected by the Band Committee, went to Ian Richards.

The Chair's Recognition Awards went to Joel Campbell and Paul Dale,

The Election of Officers took place with the following results:-

President - M.Sly

Vice Presidents - Pat & Malcolm Lacey, K.Layland, M.Sly and Mrs G.Wright

Chairman - S.Elliott

Vice Chairman - A.Gifford

Secretary - J.Dale

Treasurer - A.Lacey

Librarians - J.Dale

Committee Members - A.Jennings, L.Oxley

Trustees - M.Sly, R.Butler and M.Lacey

In Any Other Business, further constructive discussions took place regarding the future development of the Band, before the Meeting was closed at 10.00pm.

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