On a bright, sunny day, with a stunning, panoramic view from the glass wall bordering our meeting room at the Braeburn Country Club, we held our Annual General Meeting at mid-day again this year. We were privileged to have five original, founding members of the Houston Grampian Association present to participate in the meeting and they are shown here on the left, Mickey Carmichael, Ida Lou Nicholas, Helen Schmolke, Aurise Bain and Jack Hume.
The meeting was upbeat, due to the very successful year we've had and the anticipated even more successful year ahead. We were also treated to a very special vocal presentation of British, Scottish and Irish songs by Elizabeth Sjoberg at the end of the meeting, done acapello and beautifully sung.
With a perfect blend of long-time members and new members, the gathering was informative and entertaining, we again had representation from the English Speaking Union with us. They have attended and participated in many of our recent events and we are honored at their interest and participation. The webmaster is especially grateful to Moira Holden who not only worked in organizing the meeting, but also took all of the photos for this year's event, and she is shown to the right with our guest vocal soloist, Elizabeth Sjoberg.
Our meeting this year was also organized in large part, by Rebecca Roberts, shown to the right, who opened the meeting and who coordinated the introduction of our procedures. Prior to lunch, she introduced our Chairman, Mary Metz, who offered welcoming remarks to the group and then turned the meeting over to our president, Aurise Bain and we proceeded to conduct the annual business reports and elections, with each committee chair discussing the activities of their responsibility. Following the committee reports, board members were elected to replace the outgoing directors. Elected for the first time to the board, was Carol Decker from Scottish Development, and re-elected to the board were John Fowler and Rebecca Roberts. Immediately after the election, the 2010 board members retreated to elect a new president for this year, and as a result, our new president is Ross Davidson. He is shown to the left with outgoing president, Aurise Bain.
Both have worked tirelessly in the past years to lead the organization and to make sure that our key activities and events have been successful. Ross has chaired our OTC breakfast for the last two years and under his leadership, it has grown increasingly profitable and has attracted excellent speakers. We look forward to his leadership of the entire organization with great hope for an enriched schedule of successful activities.
Everyone agreed that the meal prepared and served to us by the Braeburn Country Club, was excellent, and was a highlight of our gathering. Shown below are some of the happy folks who were on hand to enjoy fellowship, a great meal and a well-conducted business meeting, and topped off with most enjoyable entertainment.