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The Chairman's Letter
by Austin Meares

As published in the July 2011 magazine

Thanks to the efforts of our hard-working Secretary, David Sleep, an enjoyable programme was arranged for our last meeting on 9th April. There was something of interest for philatelists and non-philatelists alike. However, it has to be said that the gathering seemed empty without the presence of Alan Game, Maurice Allward and Roy Ellender who are no longer with us. How we all miss their company and their enthusiasm for PISG and all it stands for.

Those of you who were unable to come to the Spring meeting will be unaware that we have a new Treasurer in Alan Fillmore. Alan, a committee member (and known to many members for his remarkable collection of miro wood carvings) put his head above the parapet and volunteered his services. Whilst Alan will be our official treasurer, the annual accounts will be prepared and presented by Paul Burnett, also a committee member and well-known philatelist. Both will work closely together to ensure that our finances are kept in fine fettle. We are indeed extremely grateful to both Alan and to Paul for undertaking this vital service to the Group.

It is important that we all remember the role played by Joyce Ford following Alan Game’s untimely death on 2nd November 2010. Being our auditor, Joyce has a better knowledge of our accounts than anyone else and she kindly agreed to manage our finances on an interim basis pending the appointment of a new treasurer. The Group owes Joyce a great debt of gratitude for helping out at such a sensitive and difficult time.

At each committee meeting much time is taken up in discussing our membership. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, there are those who find it difficult to pay their subscription on time and ignore chaser letters. This is all very time consuming and in future those defaulting after a reminder has been sent out will be struck off and no further copies of the UK Log will be sent. Your co-operation is requested so that the whole operation of collecting annual subscriptions proceeds more smoothly in future.

I look forward to seeing you at our Autumn meeting on 1st October, 2011, meantime enjoy the Summer.

Austin Meares

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Number 43 • July 2011