Retiring President’s report to AGM – 29 Feb 2020

As I have been President for both 2018 and 2019, my report covers both years, with concentration on the past year.

Although bereft of our clubhouse, the members have been very strong in supporting the club and turning up for meetings. This has been to me one of the best aspects of club membership.

Over the past two years I have had nothing but support from all seven committee members, and I would like to thank them individually for their work on the Committee of Management.

Alf Petralia has been a great Vice President; always supportive and always around when something has to be done.

Both John Bateman as Secretary and Daphne Huang as Treasurer have excelled, and we are very grateful to John for updating our Constitution.

John Pollard has always been constructive, and has spent a lot of time searching out new possible locations for our clubhouse, while Samuel Pollard has found time from his University studies to do artwork for the club.

Last, but by no means least, Dennis Remmer has put so much of his great talent in getting us so well placed to have a new clubhouse at the new Yeronga Community Centre (YCC) development.

While thanking members for their efforts, one can’t fail to note Ron Parker’s sterling work, assisted by Alf Petralia, in carrying the Club Table Sales to greater heights.

Finally, I know that all members will join with me in a big thankyou to David Beard and the Carina PCYC for so willingly providing us with a place to meet regularly.

2019 has been a year in which members have been much exercised in setting up our layouts at various venues. The HO gauge “Midlands” and one of our DCC  layouts were mounted for the big two day Brisbane model railway show, while we ran “Midlands” and an N gauge layout, provided by Graeme Ross, at a one day show at the YCC open day. We also set up and ran “Midlands” and our N gauge layout, “Cylo”, at a PCYC open day later in the year. If the results of setting up and demounting our layouts has proved anything, it is that both our main exhibition layouts are very portable. The designers and builders have done an excellent job.

I have enjoyed my Presidency, and would again like to thank the members for their support.

Barry Chiswell

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