The 2014 Annual General Meeting was held at the Brae Burn Country Club and, as usual, the luncheon was excellent and our business was conducted nicely by our president, John Lee. Reports were given by each committee chair, beginning with the financial report by Tom Gossett. He reported that our finances are still in excellent shape, including a nice reserve for future exchange visits. John Lee gave the membership report and was happy to inform us that the membership has not decreased in the last year, but that we still face the ongoing challenging of increasing our membership. Ross Davidson presented the business committee report and said that the success of last year's primary fundraiser, the OTC breakfast was excellent and that he will soon announce the speaker for this year's breakfast. Next, Carol Decker gave two committee reports - Education and Events. She gave us the tentative dates of our student nurse exchange visits and the banquet which will be held in September at the conclusion of the visit of the Robert Gordon university students from Aberdeen to Houston.
A special celebration is being planned also in September to commemorate the 40th anniversary of our organization, and we will host visitors from Grampian/Houston who will come from Aberdeen to participate in this momentous event.
John Lee reported on the activities of the Sister Cities of Houston, which includes 17 organizations, most of whom do not have English as a primary language. John has attended the monthly meetings and indicated it has been a difficult task to moderate those meetings because of the language and cultural differences. Upon the conclusion of lunch, our Chairman Mary Metz, presented nominations for board members, after which an election was held to configure the board for the coming year.
The election resulted in one new board member, Kornel Rost, Vice President of Scottish Development International, who was elected for a 3 year term. The remaining board members are already serving and, along with Kornel, are as follows: John Lee and Ross Davidson re-elected for 3 year terms; Carol Decker, Stuart Gibson, John Fowler and Kevin Howard with 2 years remaining; Tom Gossett, Joanne Zumbrun and Quin McWhirter with 1 year remaining. Following the election, the board retreated for a short meeting and re-elected John Lee as president.
With thanks to the Brae Burn Country Club staff for the great food and service and to the HGA members in attendance for participating in this years AGM, the meeting was adjourned.