In a delightful setting at the home of our president, Ross Davidson and his wife Anne, we held the Annual General Meeting to review the past year, to elect directors and officers and to look ahead to the challenges of the year to come. Anne Davidson prepared a most marvelous gourmet dinner for us which we enjoyed immensely prior to beginning the business at hand. She and Ross are shown to the right, at the beginning of our gathering. To the left is a photo of our outgoing president, Ross Davidson with our newly-elected president, John Lee, who will lead us into what promises to be a great year.
To begin our business meeting, Ross summarized our accomplishments for the past year, which included our highly successful OTC Breakfast, our Queen's Birthday Tea and our St. Andrew's Day quiz. Our principal and signature benevolent program was our student nurse exchange between Houston Baptist University and Robert Gordon University, underwritten by genrous contributions from The Wood Group and by our income from the OTC breakfast. Ross also summarized our gift to Sister Cities Houston toward the design and construction of a promenade which will lead up to the new Houston Dynamos Stadium. The OTC had been our principal fundraising event and was conducted in partnership with BABC and half of our profit from that event was given to BABC's partner BAFTX, which provided generous scholarships for two students in the UK. Susan Howard, president of BAFTX was present and offered thanks for our participation with them in the facilitation of their scholarships.
Ross acknowledged that HGA successfully executed a number of events during the year and further strengthened our relationship with BABC. He indicated that we had improved our financial profile nicely and heightened our profile in the community, further adding strength to our Sister Cities participation via the promenade project, and thanked our board for having conducted business in a professional manner. Looking ahead, Ross noted that we continue to face challenges in membership and participation and in how to remain relevant as an organization as the needs and makeup of our community continue to evolve.
Ross called on committee chairs to report on activities during the year and the first from John Fowler, our Treasurer, indicated a strong degree of financial health due to our successful OTC event, and John's recommendation that we exercise better stewardship of our resources by identifying more places and ways to share them in the community. A great deal of discussion followed regarding ways that we can make that happen. An election was then held for board members, and Joann zumbrun and Quin McWhirter were re-elected for three year terms, along with Tom Gossett, who had served as a board member and treasurer for us a few years ago. were elected to replace the outgoing directors, and the directors then moved to an adjacent room and elected John Lee to serve as our President. The meeting was adjourned with a high level of optimism regarding our challenges and the thing we believe we can accomplish this year.