The AGM was held at Birnam Institute on 1st April 2017 attended by 52 members. President Stewart opened the proceedings with a report on the past year’s activities. He paid particular thanks to Derek Sime, Anne Butler and David Fraser for their endeavours over the past year as Newsletter and Journal Editor, Meets Secretary and Webmaster respectively. He also thanked Jim Robertson for his role as Co-ordinator of TMS support to Mountaineering Scotland in monitoring of Run of the River Hydro schemes. He was pleased to note that membership had now reached 300.
Hon Secretary Anne Butler reported more fully on activities including the three meets held during the year, the Annual Dinner, our continuing support to Mountaineering Scotland’s winter safety lectures, attendance at the Dundee Mountain Film Festival where our Honorary President Robin Campbell gave the Irvine Butterfield Memorial Lecture and the continuing growth in the TMS Facebook page to 450 members.
Hon Treasurer Alf Barnard reported on the Society’s finances which continue to be healthy. He recommended a continuation of the annual subscription at £20 for the 9th successive year and this was accepted by members. There were reports from the Archivist, the Webmaster and the Mountain Reports Co-ordinator. A proposal to support Mountaineering Scotland and John Muir Trust with £250 each towards their costs challenging the Caplich Windfarm development was agreed by members with the committee authorised to consider a similar sum next year if finances permitted. President Stewart outlined the rationale for recommending that the TMS logo be revised.
Immediately following the AGM, Alan Dawson of Pedantic Surveys gave a short presentation on the heighting of the East Top of Mullach nan Coirean. It has actually been confirmed at 916.6m high, making a case for it to be regarded as a Munro Top. A detailed survey report has been submitted to the Ordnance Survey and SMC.
After lunch there were presentations by member Jim Robertson on his trip to Everest Base Camp; Kevin Lelland from John Muir Trust on Access and Landscape; member Iain Park on his newly published book “Eye to the Hills” about a lifetime of hillwalking focussed around the scouting movement; and member Alan Rowan - known to us as “Moonwalker” - on some of his hillwalking experiences. The event was ably rounded off by member Bert Barnett with a mountain quiz run on informal lines. Next year’s AGM will be held on 14th April 2018 at the Birnam Institute.