We held The York Astronomical Society’s AGM on Friday 4th October at the Priory Street Centre.
The following is my AGM Report for the society:
Martin Dawson gave us a brief report on the state of the society as Glen Berry, our current Chairman, couldn’t attend the AGM due to work commitments.
We have grown to a membership of over 150 in the last year and we are now one of the largest Astronomical Society’s in the country.
The society is going from strength to strength with lots of members being involved in public outreach, members’ observing and the upkeep of the observatory and general running of the society.
Simon Howard gave us a breakdown of the society’s finances. The main points being that we have made a small profit of income over expenditure this year.
Annette Newby had a slight technical hitch and couldn’t give a full report as the document refused to open on her iPad. So she gave a shortened report from memory. This being that the membership has been involved with numerous public events including Stargazing Live, scouts and schools. We have made repairs to the observatory and done general maintenance and made some improvements. The society also held some Members Only events this year, such as the Cookes Tour and Perseids BBQ, which was enjoyed by family as well as members.
There were only three matters to put to the membership.
1) A motion was put forward to increase the size of the committee to 9 by appointing an extra 2 general committee members. This was discussed and a vote was taken on this motion. An overwhelming majority were for and so this motion was passed.
2) A motion was put forward to apply for a HMRC Charity Number for the society to aid us in fund-raising. This was discussed at length, with various opinions, both for and against, being discussed. It was then put to a vote and an overwhelming majority voted for, with two abstentions.
3) The FAS has produced a Child Protection Policy and it is asking its member societies to adopt it for their societies. This was discussed at length with people voicing a great deal of concern over this matter. A vote was taken and it was decided by a majority to postpone a vote on adoption of this document until the Christmas Informal meeting on December 21st where we will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting for this purpose. In the meantime a vote was taken and it was agreed that we should post the Child Protection Policy on the YAS Forum and have an email discussion about this.
The present committee then stood down.
Thanks go to Hazel Collett for her 14 years of arranging the speakers for all the YAS meetings. She did a fantastic job of getting a very varied and interesting range of topics and speakers to entertain us, and at a reasonable cost. Hers will be a hard act to follow.
The following members were duly elected to the new committee:-
Chairman – Martin Dawson – First Supporter Annette Newby, Seconded by John Roberts
Treasurer – Simon Howard – First Supporter Richard Foleher, Seconded by Martin Whipp
Secretary – Annette Newby – First Supporter Alan Pounder, Seconded by Philip Jennings
Meetings Secretary – Martin Whipp – First Supporter Alan Pounder, Seconded by Jane Burch
5 General Committee Members:-
Julian Kay – First Supporter Martin Whipp, Seconded by Simon Howard
Glen Berry – First Supporter Martin Dawson, Seconded by Richard Foleher
Dave Armeson – First Supporter Annette Newby, Seconded by James Pickering
Richard Foleher – First Supporter Lauren Dixon, Seconded by Martin Dawson
Lauren Dixon – First Supporter Glen Berry, Seconded by Richard Foleher
Any Other Business
Jane Burch asked if we can look into getting permission to dispose of the tyres at the observatory. It was agreed to raise this at the next committee meeting.
The AGM was then closed.
Martin Lunn then gave us his “10 Daft Things In Astronomy”.
All the best,
The York Astronomical Society