The MSG AGM & Auction March 17th 2012
The Annual General Meeting
Report & pictures by Nick Hackney
The Annual General Meeting went briskly [not that members were overly keen on getting to the lots in the Auction]. The Minutes of the previous AGM were approved, as were all the Officers Reports for the current year - no startling issues were raised. In the Elections all the Officers standing were re-elected. We welcomed Martin Roper as Publicity Officer, who has taken over from Mac McClaren who wishes to focus on his role as Newsletter Editor. Votes of thanks were passed for the excellent services of Joe Robertson who has stood down as a Committee Member, and Mac McClaren for his work as Publicity Officer. A vote of congratulations was passed for Len Stanway's stunning Volume 3 of Malaysia and the Federation of Malaya - Their stamps and Postal Stationery - Volume 3, 1994 - 2009 and Revenue Stamps.
The Hon.Auditor was re-appointed, and the Programme for 2012-2013 agreed. The progress of the Study Projects was reported, and they look very good but inclined to take longer as the successful research unearths more seams of treasure to mine!
The Cost Reduction programme was presented by the Chairman, to bridge the gap between total income and expenditure. The great issue is that we need volunteers to run more Auctions, to increase Group income! Subscriptions cover just over half the cost of servicing subscriptions [these costs being mainly Meetings, Postage,The Malayan Philatelist, and the Newsletter]. We would like all members to seek to recruit more members, as word of mouth and personal introduction seem to be the most effective way of getting new people to join! But it is so important to get volunteers to run auctions! Write to the Chairman today!
The audience focussed on the imminent AGM!
The AGM starts
The Chairman, Susan McEwen answers a question, on her right Carl Stott, Treasurer and on her left Dominic Morris, Hon.Secretary
The March 17th 2012 Auction
The Auction was pretty eventful with some lots achieving eye opening prices. I thought Lot 359 estimated at £25, which fetched £460, was a stunning price for a postcard. Early lots from Straits Settlements got pretty high prices. Lot 4 saw £720 [reserve £400]. Lot 6 saw £560 [reserve £250]. Most lots sold. Our thanks and congratulations go to Dr.Michael Waugh who managed & organised the Auction, preparing the catalogue, and handling all the arrangements and postal bids.
The viewing starts
The viewing continues
More of the Lots
Just before the Auction ......
The Auction begins, from left to right Mike Waugh, Peter Cockburn, and Carl Stott
The audience at the Auction
A full report of both events will be in the Newsletter.
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