The AGM was held in the Dewar Centre, Perth on Saturday, 9 April, the first time we had used this venue. 37 members attended the AGM. There were reports from Peter Willimott, David Batty, Anne Butler, Stewart Logan and David Fraser. Peter gave an overview of the past year. David B. reported that finances were in a healthy state, and recommended that the yearly subscription be kept at £20, unchanged for the last seven years. He also brought us up-to-date with Mountain Reporting. Stewart gave the Archivist’s report. David F. described the many issues with which he was currently involved in developing a greater TMS internet presence. In her other rôle as Meet Secretary, Anne reported on the success of meets over the last year, and the promising programme of meets for the year to come.
Some of the Committee
Peter Willimott finished his term in office, and was thanked for his wise helmsmanship over the last two years. The newly elected office bearers were Stewart Logan as President, David Batty as Vice-President, Alf Barnard as Treasurer, and Alex Thomson, Bill Taylor and Jim Robertson were appointed as members of the committee. Anne Butler continued as Secretary.
In recognition of his contribution over many years, Derek Sime was invited to become an Honorary member. This was sprung on him at the AGM, and to everyone's delight he accepted. Hamish Brown was also invited to become an Honorary member, and had also accepted. This was partly in recognition of his enormous achievements on the hills and in writing about them, but also because of his contributions to TMS over the years.
After a buffet lunch we had an excellent afternoon of varied and interesting talks.
David Batty and David Fraser talked about the recent developments in Mountain Reporting, including the widening internet access, and they showed us all how worthwhile this major project is.
Rob Woodall, first person to complete the Marilyns, gave an absorbing and entertaining talk on eventually summiting the St Kilda seastacks Stac an Armin and Stac Lee, and then segued to an account of his extraordinary productivity ranging from bigworld mountains, to various lists of UK hills, to protruberances.
David Gordon then talked about his (voluntary) work for the McofS on landscape and access. This was a fascinating and absorbing insight into issues that we all care about, but don't always understand the complexities or how planning operates.
After coffee, we were treated to a superb presentation by Michael Cowan on his trip from Cumbria to Beijing by motorcycle. This was witty, informative, struck just the right balance for a non-hill talk, and was very well received.
To finish, we had the now-traditional Mountain Quiz. Alf Barnard was unable to present this year because of family committments (vide infra) and Roderick Manson and Tom Barnard kindly stepped in and very ably and skilfully compèred this session. What a depth of knowledge TMS members have!
The new President, Stewart Logan, thanked all the speakers on our behalf, and brought the meeting to a close.
Several members were unable to attend because of school holidays. The AGM next year is therefore on 1st April 2017, before the holidays. Going on the experience of this year's very successful event, everyone should mark this date in next year's diary and aim to be there.