PPBSO appoints new executives, passes rules at AGM
The Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) elected three new members of its executive branch and passed fourteen motions for new rules and rule changes at its annual general meeting, held at Canada’s Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.
Less than 5 per cent of the organization’s membership attended the meeting, which naturally had an Ottawa branch flavour to it due to the relative closeness to Canada’s capital. The 2004 AGM was actually the first in the Society’s history to be held east of Yonge Street, Toronto’s famous north-south dividing thoroughfare.
The organization selected three new executives by proclamation:
MacDonald takes over for Gary Moore, who resigned in October citing time constraints. As reported earlier, President Bob Allen decided to finish out his fourth two-year term, which ends in November 2005.
Allen reported on overall PPBSO affairs, stating that the organization’s status is sound. He called for an increased emphasis on education and instruction in the coming year, and set a goal of no later than 2006 for a completely electronic system for competitors entering events. Allen thanked various contributors to the organization, and gave particular thanks to long-serving Secretary Evelyn Hazzard and Sharon Duthart, the PPBSO’s administrator.
True to his policy of frank and fair discussion, Bob Allen concluded his remarks by asking the floor to ask questions of him, saying, “Now’s your chance – take a shot.” Instead of further questions, Allen was given a hearty round of applause for his ongoing work as president and his decision to finish out his term.
Outgoing Treasurer Gary Moore outlined the Society’s finances in detail, even suggesting that many financial statements can be “as confusing as a waiter in a Glasgow curry house.” He provided a simplified synopsis of the financial statement, which was also distributed, and concluded that the Society’s finances are in overall good shape.
Among other issues, Moore discussed several piping and drumming businesses that are delinquent in payment for advertising in the Piper & Drummer magazine, having a negative impact on cash-flow. Various measures were discussed for rectifying these problems.
Paraphrased, the following motions, passed previously by branches, were passed by the members in attendance.
After four hours, the meeting adjourned with most attendees looking forward to celebrating the Society’s year at its annual Highland Ball, where Champion Supreme winners perform and are feted.
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