A well-attended and positive AGM has resulted in greater awareness among parents of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the need for volunteer effort in securing the future of the group and its hall.
In the annual report, section leaders Simon Desborough, Dave McGinlay and Peter Buxton emphasised the importance of camps, discipline, community involvement and badge work.
Treasurer Ross McWhinnie welcomed the benefits of termly fees and highlighted the continued strength of the group's fundraising. Over the next year, as well as the roof and the electrics/insulation, the group will make the purchase of new equipment a priority.
Chairperson Avril Nicoll reflected on the number of people - leaders, parents, and others in the community - and the sheer variety of tasks which contribute to the smooth operation of the group. She called on those present to appreciate that everyone involved is a volunteer, and that we all need to consider how we can contribute so that the group is still here for future generations.
District Commissioner Arthur Pearson praised Laurencekirk Scout Group for its financial management and effectiveness. He had brought a number of certificates for leaders recently received from the Scout Association to mark their appointments. He explained that Beavers will in future be able to camp once the leaders have completed the appropriate training. Arthur is also leader of Mearns Explorers, and parents of Beavers were interested to learn more about the progression that Scouting offers from 6 years upwards.
Avril Nicoll agreed to stay on as Chairperson, although warned that due to changing work circumstances she may not be able to complete the year. Ross McWhinnie is staying on as Treasurer, and Paul McMillan and Mandy/Alan Mowatt were re-elected. Alan Anderson, Karen/Andy Makepeace and Pam Walsham also agreed to join the committee. All three section leaders are happy to continue being part of the committee, and Iain Simpson indicated his willingness to work towards becoming Group Scout Leader.
Avril Nicoll said, "The questions from the floor were particularly useful, and we will now be more proactive in seeking help from parents, whether that is for camps, activities or the hall refurbishment. We will continue to set up small groups to organise fundraising events, and try to identify more parents with the expertise and contacts to help with the next stage of the hall refurbishment. We will also be looking at introducing electronic invoices and direct banking for fees."
The full 2011 Annual Report is here.