Outgoing president Clive Thawley opened the annual general meeting of Moffat Probus Club and thanked everyone for their attendance.
As there were no new committee members proposed, the current members will continue their diligent services to the club.
Mr Thawley then presented the Probus regalia to the newly elected president, Safa Ash-Kuri, who expressed his appreciation at the honour for the year and proposed to co-opt Don Moir to the committee.
He laid out his manifesto and pledged to achieve six objectives during his year of office – evaluate and install a hearing loop system; to provide more interesting and versatile speakers; to create further collaboration between Probus Clubs within the region; increase membership by 10 per cent; enhance social activities between the Moffat membership both collectively and individually; and to check the feasibility of establishing a club website.
The speakers’ themes for the year will be: health, safety and environment, farming, banking, education, sports, policing and fire protection, travel and places of interest, hobbies, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Moffat and district related activities, current affairs, and energy.
On September 20, with the fist theme of health and safety, Graham Roberts will deliver a talk and demonstration on emergency life support which will include resuscitation and general first aid.
There is an invitations for wives and partners to attend the meeting.
A full programme of speakers is now in place up to Christmas but more are needed for afterwards with suggestions and volunteers welcome.
Tom Mulholland congratulated Safa on his new role but felt, during a discussion on identity pictures accompanying a member’s details in the handbook, a slight concern that photos of the membership may be circulated too widely and not confined to members only.
An aged member openly admitted to being vague in recalling names to faces and said the photos were of great help to him. It was agreed that the use of members pictures should be on a voluntary basis only.
The new president thanked Clive and committee members Chris Howard, Adam Anderson, Gordon MacEwen, Willie Goudie, George Meades, Don Moirand Ian Lewthwaite.