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  Annual General Meeting 2013

The club's 2013 AGM was held at the Coventry Transport Museum again this year, with 36 members and guests attending, including Mike Scott from Hallets Oil and Nick Price, our professional website man.

Club Chairman Basil Craske opened the meeting, welcoming all present. Apologies were received from Richard Pink, Richard Hounslow, Peter Turvey,, John Liming, Dudley Watts, Tony Doyle and Rod Robinson.The minutes of the 2012 AGM were adopted unanimously.

The AGM continued with Basil Craske giving the Chairman's Report,and thanking all those whose hard work had made this such a successful year for the club. Next year promises to be even better. Basil thanked Les and Pat for organising their Cotswold tour, Harold for the Driffield event and Don and Leslie for the Teasdale Tour.

George Hounslow has taken over as Webmaster, working with Nick Price, and dealing with For Sale, Wanted and News items. Young people like George are the future of the club. Marilyn is now our Assistant Editor working with Barry Herbert. Having learned the lesson of Jeff Theobald, one man doing six men's jobs, we are now spreading the workload so that we should not get caught out again.

Numerous invitations are being received from organisations wanting the presence of steam cars. We can't flood events with steamers but if it is local why not go along. Prescott was successful again this year, the weather was just about OK. For those who want a blast up the hill it's easy to get an MSA licence. We congratulate Bob Dyke on Whistling Billy, which is proving very popular and promotes the club. Bob took it up the hill in the cavalcade. Look on our website for club regalia, there is still some stock.

The DVD is progressing and is hoped it will be ready for our 25th Anniversary, and there are funds in place. The decision has been made to charge for advertisements in the magazine and website to cover administration costs, likely to be £5.00 for members, £10.00 for non-members.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Chris Busk and showed that the club's finances were in good health. Chris followed this with the Membership Secretary's Report, and said that 45% of club members were overseas.

Membership Secretary Alun Griffiths said that he dealt with queries and requests from members and from the public, and promoted the club through press releases and publicity campaigns.
Arthur Thomson gave the Vehicle Registration Officer's report, and pointed out that although MOT testing was not required for pre 1960 cars (except for new registration applications) the owner is responsible for the mechanical integrity of his vehicle.

Magazine Editor Barry Herbert told the meeting that since taking over as Editor he had produced 9 magazines. More articles were wanted. Barry thanked the printers  Lavenham Press for their help and for the high quality of their printing, and told us that our website is now one of the biggest on the web, down to Nick Price's expert handling.

Ian Vinton read out the report from Tom Dawson, our North American representative. Tom gave us membership figures and details of the three major USA seam car tours.

The committee remained as before, no election being necessary.

During Any Other Business Les Nelson spoke of advertisement disclaimers, Barry Herbert asked if members had ideas how the magazine could celebrate the club's 25th Anniversary and Mike Mutters spoke of this years tour, which has already had a good number of entries. Before the meeting closed Mike Scott spoke to us of modern fuels and oils.

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