The AGM was held at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre on 14th April 2018 and was attended by 55 members. President Stewart Logan opened the proceedings with a report on last year’s activities, which included the meets, the Butterfield Memorial Lecture at the Dundee Mountain Film Festival, his appearance on an episode of the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip and the book being produced by TMS on the Heightings project. The aim is to have the latter available for sale at this year’s Dundee Festival.
Hon Secretary Anne Butler reported on the three meets during the year, which were unfortunately typified by wet weather. She also mentioned the successful Annual Dinner at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey. The membership has risen to 312 and we now have 852 Facebook page members.
Hon Treasurer Alf Barnard reported on the Society’s finances which are in a very healthy position. He recommended keeping the annual subscription at £20 for the 10th successive year, which was duly accepted by the members. There were also reports from the Archivist, the Webmaster and the Mountain Reports Co-ordinator. The result of the members’ vote for a new TMS logo was announced with some discussion from the floor on how some minor improvements could be made. The next steps are that there will be some minor tweaking to the colours and profile of the winning design before it is sent to be professionally rendered to produce a high quality digital image suitable for reproduction on books, clothing, etc.
David Batty was elected as the new President and Anne Butler, the new Vice President. Ann White was elected as the new Hon Secretary. David thanked outgoing President Stewart Logan for all his sterling work during his 2 years' office and presented him with a framed pen sketch of Slioch by artist Jeremy Ashcroft, suitably inscribed to record his term as President. Stewart's parents' house where he grew up as a boy was named Slioch. Michael Cowen and Frank Johnstone retired from the committee. Alan Watt and Mark Gibson were duly elected as new committee members.
Stewart Logan's Presentation
After a lovely buffet lunch Alan Rowan started the afternoon’s programme with a talk entitled ‘Munros v. Corbetts’. He outlined the relative merits of both groups complemented with some excellent photographs. Following this Barry Smith, the author of ‘The Top 500 Summits: A Lifetime of Hillwalking’ gave a fascinating account of how he came to write his book, describing his personal journey over the highest 500 summits in Britain and Ireland with a drop of at least 500 feet on all sides. After a coffee break Stewart Logan gave an amusing presentation called ‘Handstands at Midnight’, where he showed and discussed several short videos of various trips he had made as well as two pieces he was involved in: one for a German TV programme on Munro heightings and another for his contribution for an episode of the Antiques Road Trip when they were filming a sequence on Sir Hugh Munro. The afternoon session was concluded by an informal, entertaining Mountain Quiz, which gave many members ample opportunity to demonstrate their extensive knowledge of hills and mountains. Indeed the speed of answering was quite impressive!
Next year’s AGM will be held on 30th March 2019. The AK Bell Library in Perth has provisionally been booked for the event. The reason for the change is that 2019 marks the centenary of Sir Hugh Munro’s death and TMS are commemorating this landmark by having a Munro Legacy Exhibition at the library. Members will consequently have time to visit it whilst attending the AGM.
The New Committee