Bolton MRT Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers

Tonight 51 team members and one guest, including 32 Full Team Call Out list members, 4 Reserve Call Out list members, 11 Trainee Team members, 4 members of our Support Group, and former team member Iain Peel, attended our Annual General Meeting and our Election of Council Officers held this evening at our Ladybridge Hall Base/HQ. Proceedings were opened by our Chairman Ken Oakes, who presented his excellent and comprehensive Annual Report , in this his final year after five years of office as Chairman.

This report was followed by our Team Leader, Garry Rhodes MBE Annual Report which reflected on all the happenings in the Team of the previous 12 months and the many successes in the Team that have characterised the previous year, plus an outline of the 138 x separate operational incidents attended in 2010 and the twenty attended so far this year.

The final report presented was made by our Treasurer Johanne Lamb, who happily reported on the continuing very healthy state of our finances, which go from strength to strength thanks to the many small and large donations, grants and bequests received this year, she also outlined to all present the very major expenditure that will be happening soon in late spring 2011 when the team takes delivery of three brand new Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulance vehicles.

Finally our Treasurer Johanne Lamb stressed the importance of Gift Aid being applied within the team with regards to external donations and membership donations (although this entails a lot of hard work and paper chasing, the end results bring a large financial boost to the team).

Our election of Officers followed which saw very experienced team member Craig Lamb aged 52, a Financial Consultant from Swinton, elected for his first term of office as Chairman. (Craig has been a previous Team Training Officer)
Our Team Leader, Garry Rhodes MBE aged 53, was re-elected to the Team Leader post for the 23rd consecutive year, with a similar re-election of Geoff Seddon aged 60, as Deputy Team Leader, a post he has held for the last 19 years (with previous service to the team as Team Leader).

Elaine Gilliland aged 43, was elected for her second year of office as our Training Officer.

Two other members voted newly into Team Council positions this year, joining Craig Lamb in their first year in office, were Alistair Greenough aged 39, who became our new Equipment Officer (Medical) (A post Alistair has previously held) and Steve Fletcher aged 29 became our new Equipment Officer (Communications and Lighting)

All the Officer posts elected this year (eleven posts in total) can be viewed under the Membership area of the website.

Particular thanks were noted to our auditors Howard, Matthews, Lloyd of Bolton who, as ever, gave us tremendous support in auditing our Team accounts.

The meeting, which opened at 20:05, was officially closed with midnight looming.