President's Report

I cannot believe we have just held our last Council meeting for 2018 , this year seems to have flown by.

We had an extremely busy meeting and I am so grateful to Council agreeing to meet for 3 hours on Thursday afternoon instead of the usual 2 hours.

We had many issues on the agenda to get through, starting as usual with the correspondence which is dealt with individually.

We had so many legitimate complaints regarding the October Reading Sale, in view of this, Council voted unanimously to take action, there is a separate notice on here with the decision taken.

Sadly once again we are having to deal with letters of complaint regarding Social Media disrepute, this is a problem for all Societies these days.

Council previously agreed that only one letter of warning would be sent informing anyone in breach of our Social Media Policy that further action may be taken if they continue to bring the Society into disrepute.

On behalf of Council I would like to congratulate Mrs Mary Davenport who organised the very successful Breed Show despite the appalling weather this year at Malvern, it ran like clockwork. Well done Mary!

The  2019 Breed show on Shetland is proceeding well with over a week of activities to welcome and interest visitors, we are all looking forward to attending.

We held a very successful Judges Assessment Day in the South East area which proved to be a very interesting day.  A full report will appear in the magazine shortly.

Anyone interested in applying to become a judge will find all the information on this website.

It was agreed to continue with RedPin Publishing for the magazine in 2019.

On the Friday morning we welcomed a visit from Louise Gillies of Johnston Carmichael accountants who gave us a financial update. She said we are on track and they will continue to check for any advantageous changes for our benefits.

They are very happy with Victoria's handling of our accounts at this stage.

I would like to thank our 6 Council members who are leaving us this year; Ms Ann Irvine, Mr Andrew Britland, Mr Ninian Johnson, Mrs Debbie Pittard, Mr Julian Walters and Mrs Mari Williamson for their commitment and input over the last 3 years.

We look forward to welcoming our new Council members in  2019 - Mr Guy Hurst, Mr Peter Tindale, Mrs Carol Laignel, Mr James Slater and Mr Nick True.

It was also agreed by a unanimous vote that our new Vice President for 2020 will be Countess Anne De La Warr.

On behalf of myself and all of Council we wish all our members a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jill Jones