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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.

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