2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 2014 FCWM Annual General Meeting was held on 5 June 2014 in the Barney Danson Theatre of the Canadian War Museum. The meeting was presided over by Douglas Rowland, President of the Friends, and attended by about thirty members.
After the singing of O Canada and some opening remarks by Doug Rowland, the meeting was kicked off by the presentation of a couple of awards. The first was for the 2013 FCWM Volunteer of the year, presented this year to Mike Bedford. Mike was recognised for his tireless efforts and long hours spent in the cause of attracting new members and retaining existing members to the Friends.
The second was a special award present by Jerry Holtzhauer, Chair of the Resources Committee to the Book Store team for their efforts to maintain the book store and generate revenues for the Friends through the sale of used military books. Present to receive the award were Bob Hamilton, Peter Mace, Gary Furrie, Phyllis Reading and Brian Watson. A special tribute was made to Stephen Dunne, the architect of the current book store, who was unable to be present due to illness.
During these presentations a rendition of “March of the Volunteers” commissioned by Friend Gordon Foster and composed by local musician, Rachel Laurin was played by Mai-yu Chan on the organ.
The meeting recognised the following six new Silver Members (Friends for 25 years): Mrs. Joyce Bond, Ms. June Bushell, BGen David Edgecombe, Mr. Charles Jefferson, Col. Tony Tremblay, and BGen. Michael Webber.
Jim Whitham, Director General of the CWM, provided a few words of welcome before introducing Carolyn Dromaguet, the new Manager, Exhibitions and Creative Development and Learning for the Museum.
He was followed by a presentation by Tony Glenn of the Museum staff on upcoming exhibitions by the Museum to celebrate the many anniversaries being celebrated over the next few years, and particularly those associated with the centennial of World War I.
Doug Rowland then provided his annual report that can be found elsewhere on the web site. He also announced that he was approaching the end of his three year term and that he would be stepping down from the Presidency and handing over the reins to the current Vice-President, BGen (Ret’d) Linda Colwell who will become the first female President of the FCWM.
Doug leaves behind a rich record of achievement. He solidified the FCWM Committee structure and provided it with clear, achievable goals and objectives. He established warm and productive relations with the Canadian War Museum including the signing of an updated Memorandum of Understanding between the FCWM and the CWM. Finally, he was a constant and visible presence on behalf of the Friends, not only at events within the CWM, but elsewhere at relevant events across the country.
The Financial Report was then provided by the Treasurer, David Parr. The report reflected sound financial management with an underlying concern about the shrinking level of FCWM membership and its impact on revenues.
The AGM agreed to a couple of procedural resolutions pertaining to the need for a Public Accountant and to the number of Directors.
Charles Gruchy, Chair of the Governance Committee, then sought and received approval for the renewal/addition of the terms of office for the following Directors: Thomas Dent, Jim Muckle, Bob Hamilton, Wayne Primeau, Nigel Shaw, Douglas Rowland, Ed Storey, Katharine Trim, Charles Gruchy, and Brad White.
The President then provided a revised organisation chart for the Friends that reflected the inclusion of a new Research Committee and the expansion of the Communication Committee’s terms of reference to include Marketing. The new chart is shown below:
No new business was raised, so the President thanked the organisers of the meeting and, after the singing of God Save the Queen, adjourned the meeting.