Minutes for 25th April 2017

Minutes of the meeting of Coleraine Probus Club
38 members were in attendance.

Apologies: Jim Archer, Des Johnston, Cecil Leitch, Billy Platt, Nigel Semple, Cecil Spotten, John Tan and Derick Woods. (8)

The President, Mike Turner, welcomed members to the meeting. He then introduced this morning’s speaker Keith Brown the topic of his talk being “The National Garden Scheme”.

Keith Brown, originally from the Burnside Road in Portstewart, gave an interesting insight into his career and contacts in the Electronics Industry. On taking early retirement and being interested in garden design, Keith while living in England, decided to become a volunteer with the National Garden Scheme. He joined the Warwickshire County Team. The NGS operates in England and Wales helping garden owners to open their gardens to the public. Through entry fees, teas, slices of cake and plant sales impressive amounts of money is raised for charities. 92% of funds raised going to the beneficiary charities. Keith concluded his presentation with photographs of various gardens, ranging from country estates to cottage gardens, including some photos of his own gardens.

A question and answer session followed the talk. A summary of the talk is available in the speaker’s record book and here on the club website.

A vote of thanks, proposed by John McKegney, was passed to Keith by the President. The members showed their appreciation of an excellent talk.

Weekly Business:
The minutes of 11th April 2017 were read, approved by the members, and signed

Matters arising: None not covered by the agenda.

Correspondence: A letter was received from the Altzheimer’s Society publicising carer support group meetings which take place on the first Tuesday of each month. The next date is Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Bushtown Hotel.

Joe Alcorn reminded members that there will not be a lunch in April. The next lunch will be held on Tuesday 9th May and this will be preceded by the Club Quiz. Menus for this lunch are now available and menu choices should be returned at the next meeting on 2nd May 2017.

Welfare: Nothing to report; an apology was received from Cecil Spotten.

Treasurer: Nothing to report; apologies were received from Nigel Semple and Derick Woods.

A.O.B. Ken Parkes said he was sure that members had interesting stories or life experiences that could be shared at Probus meetings and the speaker’s committee would be happy to slot a presentation into the agenda. Help could also be given in the preparation of photographs and slides.

Next meeting: Will be held on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 when the speaker will be Judith Lavery on The subject of “The Danger of Internet Scam”.

The President thanked members for attending and looked forward to seeing them at the next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12:05pm.

Signed Mike Turner;
Date: 2nd May 2017.