This year’s AGM was held at the A K Bell Library in Perth. The Library was also hosting the Munro Legacy Exhibition and a change in venue was proposed to allow those members attending to view the exhibition. Also, based on feedback from previous years, members had requested an increase in the amount of time allowed for the social side of the meeting over lunch and coffee breaks. This additional time was programmed into the day and was very well received.
The AGM was attended by 52 Munro Society members and 10 guests including those invited from the SMC, Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, The Grampian Club, The Cairngorm Club and the Scottish Wild Land Group (all of which had helped in the preparation of the exhibition).
Acting President Anne Butler opened the meeting with a report on the activities of TMS over the last year, highlighting the success of the Munro Legacy Exhibition and the Society’s involvement in the media coverage of the centenary commemorations. Bill Taylor presented Norman McNab with an engraved hipflask and a bottle of malt whisky to thank him for his invaluable work in preparing the exhibition. Anne also noted the success of the ‘Scaling the Heights’ publication with 150 copies sold to non-members in the 6 months since publication.
Hon. Secretary Ann White was away travelling in Nepal so her report was delivered by Alan Watt. Alan announced an expanding membership (now standing at 325) and the success of the 3 meets and Annual Dinner held in 2018.
Hon. Treasurer Alf Barnard gave a detailed financial report and members voted to keep the subscription at its current level of £20.
Anne Butler was elected President and Bill Taylor as Vice President. Irene Leckie and Bill Wheeler were elected to the Exec. as new committee members.
Lunch was an excellent spread and the increased time allowed members to catch up with old friends and view the exhibition.
After lunch Robin Howie gave a talk entitled ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’, a nostalgic look at hillwalking over the last 6 decades. Alison Higham gave an interesting and well illustrated talk on the history of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club. This was followed by a talk from Hamish Johnston on Professor Heddle and his influential work alongside Munro in tabling the Scottish hills over 3000ft.
The day was rounded off with the highly entertaining and participative mountain quiz. The quiz was prepared by Bert Barnett and delivered by Alf Barnard.