January 31, 2001

RSPBA Millennium Group Meeting a Good Start

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s (RSPBA) Millennium Implementation Group meeting of January 21, 2001, in Glasgow, Scotland, went well.

In what was the group’s first meeting, it was agreed that the Millennium Group Report of January 2000, which was approved in principal at the RSPBA’s 2000 annual general meeting, will be implemented in an agreed sequence, and that the principals contained in the report cannot be renegotiated by the Implementation Group.

Additionally, Alistair Aitken, who was chairman of the Millennium Group, will chair the Implementation Group. The membership of the group includes five from the original Review Group and six from representing branches.

Members of the Implementation Group have also agreed not to stand for office with the RSPBA for three years after the
group’s work ends, and will not seek employment with the RSPBA for same period.

“This is great news for the pipe band world,” said one Scottish Grade 1 bandsman. “Things really seem to be coming together finally for the RSPBA, and I hope it continues.”

On the subject of conflict of interest, perhaps the most contentious element of the original proposal, members of the group will not be allowed to participate in project sub-groups in which either they or their colleagues recognize a possible conflict.

The group also has agreed that a new spirit of openness with RSPBA members and other interested organizations around the world ensue.

The Implementation Group’s next meeting is scheduled for February 25, 2001, in Glasgow.


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