SOA AGM 2017
The 2017 SOA AGM was held in the Golf Inn, Gullane, following on from the Scottish Orienteering Championships. The meeting, a highlight of the SOA year, was well attended. Following on from reports by Directors and Staff, a vote was taken on the proposal to discontinue the Scottish Score Championships. New Directors were voted in unanimously. Minutes of the meeting will follow once approved.
SOA President Roger Scrutton welcomed attendees, and was pleased to note that the turnout would have constituted a quorum under the previous articles of association. Apologies and a list of attendees was duly noted and last year’s minutes were swiftly agreed. Stef Lauer had asked that Directors and Staff contributed only three highlights to their reports published in the AGM Booklet, and during the meeting highlights were highlighted and extra information volunteered. Ian McIntyre, Treasurer and long serving member of the Board, received a hearty round of applause for his sterling service over the years as he finally stood down having taken the SOA through some challenging changes including the move to charitable status and increasing governance requested by sportscotland. During a time of austerity and cuts it is excellent news that sportscotland has increased their contribution to £80,000 (ring-fenced against development). This recognises the efforts being made by the SOA and the clubs to grow membership, our key target. Ian was optimistic about the Financial Outlook, certainly up to the end of 2019.
There was much discussion about the proposal to discontinue the Scottish Score Championships – good points made for and against. The result was very close, and the decision for the proposal was carried by a single (proxy) vote.
Accounts were approved, the reserves policy approved, changes to articles of association and byelaws approved. Ian Doig, Ian McIntyre and Pauline McAdam stood down as Directors, but Pauline was immediately re-elected to serve another term as Secretary. The SOA Board also welcomes Anne Hickling as the Development Director, David Henderson as the new Finance Director and Richard Oxlade into the new position of Strategy Director.
Roger announced the Presidents Medal was being awarded jointly to Robin and Sheila Strain, a great team and partnership who had contributed so much towards orienteering in Scotland.