ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE LION RAMPANT CONCLAVE
11th September 2016
The Conclave paraded into the living room at the Red Lodge and the opening ceremony was performed and the Conclave AGM was opened.
David Starritt KCSR GCSM Commander
Elaine Starritt DSR Vice-Chancellor
Gordon Wackett KSR Marshall
Jeannie Wackett DSR Deputy Marshall
Anne Stephen DSR OSM Banner Bearer
Michael Stephen KSR OSM Chaplain, Cross bearer
Melanie McLellan Junior
Ross McLellan Junior Sword Bearer
Richard and Moira Scott
Grahame and Isobel Smith
Ian and Sabina Cameron
Albert Thomson (Prior of Scotland Confraternity of the Knights of the Most Holy Trinity)
Stuart and Ruth Crook
Simon and Mary Welfare
Minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and the members agreed they were correct and accurate.
As Rhoda was unable to attend copies of the accounts were distributed amongst the members. These accounts were audited by Gordon and Jeannie Wackett and found to be in order.
Election of Treasurer:
Gordon Wackett was elected to be treasurer for the coming year, having been proposed by David Starritt and seconded by Anne Stephen.
Members were reminded that there are no promotions within the Conclave are possible, as all offices are deemed to be of equal status. Within the Order as a whole, Chevalier Michael Stephen and Dame Anne Stephen have each been promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order of St. Mark (OSM). Others have been offered promotions, but these are dependent on the recipient going to the AGM in Peterborough to receive it from the Grand Master. These offers will stand only until the meeting in May 2017.
Within the Conclave
Commander David R. Starritt KCSR, GCSM
Deputy Commander Ian R Cameron KSR, MSM
Chaplain Michael A. Stephen KSR, OSM
Vice Chancellor Elaine J. Starritt DSR
Marshal Gordon Wackett KSR
Treasurer Gordon Wackett KSR
Lecturer Grahame J. Smith KSR
Lecturer Isobel Smith DSR
Director of Music Rhoda Ross DSR
Almoner (hon) Melanie E. McLellan
Deputy Marshal Jeannie Wackett DSR
Sword Bearer (hon) Ross A. McLellan
Banner Bearer Anne Stephen DSR, OSM
Captain of Guard Ian R Cameron KSR, MSM
The Commander then proceeded to present and update members and visitors with their attendance medals.
Donation to Inspire
Donation of £400 which was proposed at our last meeting has been agreed to be given to Inspire – Commander to arrange with Inspire in Inverurie to present the cheque on Saturday 19th November with as many members of the Conclave to be present, photographer from local paper and P&J to be arranged by Anne.
It was also agreed that the raffle for Christmas hamper should be drawn at this time too.
The lucky square board is filling up nicely with only about 40 squares to fill.
Easyfundraising.co.uk was previously mentioned and to be looked into again by Anne and Gordon.
Ian Cameron has been in touch with M&S re bag pack for later this year but as was not present at our meeting no information re same at present.
Gordon Wackett suggested an indoor car boot sale. Ideally would be held in Inverurie masonic hall, charging £10 a table to the general public, we would provide either teas/coffees or soup lunch. This was agreed and will look to hold this on Saturday 1st of April 2017.
Actions needed: book hall ?
Sell tables ?
Arrange catering ?
Recruitment and retention:
The Commander again stressed the importance of trying to recruit new members to our Conclave as we are such a small group. We need more members to allow the Conclave to become a stronger Conclave and to fill all the positions as at present some members are doubling up their duties.
No changes to report.
The Commander thanked everyone for attending and welcomed our guests.
He also wishes our poorly members a speedy recovery.
The Commander informed everyone that to involve all our members, next year’s outing in June 2017 will be to Stirling where our joint lecturers Grahame and Isobel Smith will arrange the agenda for our weekend visit.
Weekend as above, to be confirmed by our Lecturers.
Our guest Richard asked if all our meetings were held in people’s homes? The Commander explained that as we knew we were going to be a small group attending this meeting, it had been agreed in June this year that we would have our BBQ at Ian Cameron’s. However due to a clash of holidays it was changed to the Red Lodge, Tarland.
He also mentioned where we have held our previous meetings.
Melanie McLellan asked what her duty as almoner was – explained she is in charge of fundraising as she has shown a keen interest in same.
The Conclave was then closed and followed by a BBQ and very sociable evening.