Minutes from the AGM of Linlithgow Climate Challenge on 17th May 2010 at the Linlithgow Canal Society’s Tearooms, Manse Road, Linlithgow.
Present: Peter Roberts, Alan Brown, Kerstin Bonau, Anne Daly, Dorte Al-Gailani, Dorothy Lundgaard, Mel McEwan, Annette Greenfield, Rose Hill, James Hiddinga, Morag Parnell, Joanne Brown, Chris Cook, Peter Fairweather, Sheana Roberts, Elizabeth McG, Tracy Curle, Jennie Geddes, Sheila Redfern, Alan Caldwell, Maire McCormack, John Buckley, Marian McPhillips, Geoff Lee, M Dunning, Lesley Anderson, Corinne Anderson, Avis Aitken Smith, Colin Galloway, Kirsty Leonard, Kevin McPhillips, David Keddire
Apologies: David Tait, Marshall Green, Helen Morrison, Jenny Hammond, Dave du Feu.
The meeting was opened by a welcome from the Chair to the second AGM of Linlithgow Climate Challenge.
1. Minutes from AGM 28th May 2009 have been made available on the web. It was noted that the services of Grant Barclay will no longer be utilised, as Andrew McKellar, a member of LCC has now volunteered to carry out the work. Formal approval of the minutes was proposed by John Fleming and seconded by Kirsty Leonard.
2. The Annual Report was spoken to by Peter Roberts and Alan Brown having been posted on the website earlier in an attempt to limit paper usage. There was recognition of the many achievements of each of the subgroups over the last year and also recognition of the further funding support received from CCF which has allowed recruitment of additional staff to support our volunteer resource. Rose and Annette will support on House Audits, James on the bulk purchase of solar, Dorte on transport and the Springfield initiative and Mel on local food promotion, production and consumption. A Calendar of Events will soon be published on the web and our vision for the future in the form of the 2015 Strategy can already be found there.
3. Financial statement was presented at the meeting and will be made available on the web. William Ross as Treasurer spoke to the accounts indicating a healthy financial situation in line with budget projections. Kevin McPhillips asked whether there was any likelihood of further funding from CCF beyond March 2011 and was advised that although it is felt unlikely that it will be withdrawn completely, it would be prudent for us to consider ideas already up and running in other areas, e.g. Comrie Development Trust in terms of income generation. The formal acceptance of the financial statement was proposed by Sheila Redfern and seconded by Peter Fairweather.
4. Election of Honorary Officers resulted in Peter Roberts, William Ross and Kerstin Bonau being unanimously re-elected to serve as Chair, Treasurer and Secretary respectively. In addition John Buckley has agreed to serve as Vice Chair and Tracy Curle as Minute Secretary. Members should now renew membership online. A membership vote on whether to become a transition town is now underway and members who didn’t vote at the meeting should indicate their views online. On the night, votes in favour 19, votes against 1.
5. AOCB A vote of thanks was made by John Fleming to the Office Bearers and the team for their commitment and hard work with special thanks to those that helped organise the event / food / drinks. There being no further business, the meeting moved to a presentation by Alan Caldwell of Alan Caldwell Associates who spoke on community planning, regeneration and a low carbon future and how this relates to finance and making things happen. Examples cited were Comrie and Westray Development Trusts. Key ingredients for success were described as co-ordinated, community involvement to achieve an agreed strategic plan. This was followed by a successful swap of vegetable plant seedlings.