|Central Flying School Association|
MINUTES OF THE AGM OF THE CFSA HELD AT THE RAF CLUB ON 29 OCTOBER 2019
AM (Ret) Sir Dusty Miller Patron
23 other CFSA Members
ITEM 1 - WELCOME
1. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the 2019 AGM and Lunch and said that he hoped that everyone was enjoying the day. His aim was to keep the AGM as short as practicable.
ITEM 2 - APOLOGIES
2. Apologies had been received from 20 members; their names are at Annex A.
ITEM 3 - MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
3. The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true and accurate record.
4. Matters Arising:
a. RAF College Cranwell Memorial Statue of Lord Trenchard. The previously agreed donation of £1000 had been made. The President stated that it had been done with the proviso that there should be mention on the plinth of Lord Trenchard's founding connection with the Central Flying School. He had received an assurance that this would be included.
b. CFSA Rules. The draft changes to the CFSA Rules had been circulated to the full membership (now standing at 167). Amongst the changes proposed were the discontinuation of Honorary Membership; membership of those not fulfilling the normal CFS Staff criteria would be by invitation and a normal membership fee would be charged. Inter alia the rules had been de-gendered and the use of email for correspondence and electronic bank transfers for payments had been included. The changes were unanimously accepted by the meeting. (Secretary's note: the rules displayed on the CFSA website have been amended).
ITEM 4 - FINANCIAL REPORT
5. The Hon Treasurer had provided the committee officers with a copy of the CFSA Fund Balance Sheet from 2 Oct 18 to 25 Oct 19 (at Annex B). This had been circulated to those attending the AGM. The Hon Sec gave the meeting a summary of statement, which showed a final balance of £6972.73. However, he explained that once the bill (approximately £2000) for the current function had been paid, the closing balance should be close to £5000. This was in line with the Association's previously agreed financial plan.
ITEM 5 - FUTURE EVENTS.
6. The President stated that the majority response to a survey, carried out in 2017, was that the Association should aim to hold or participate in three events per year. These would normally be a formal dinner in the spring, attendance at the Cranwell Families Day in the summer and a lunch at the RAF Club in the autumn. He pointed out that the Cranwell Families Day this year had not occurred because of the RAFAT's long absence in the USA over the summer. He then reminded the meeting that HQ CFS had decided that there would be only one CFS Dining-In Night, to be held annually in Spring (April/May) from 2019 onwards. This "Celebration of CFS" would include all QFIs who had graduated during the preceding 12 months, and the CFSA would continue to be invited to hold their Reunion alongside this function. Subsequently, HQ CFS had decided to hold separate, more informal, events for graduating CFS students, so neither they nor their associated waterfront QFIs would attend the Dining-In. Moreover, in April this year restrictions placed on CFS by York House Officers Mess (YOHM) had meant that the formal dinner, without graduating instructors, was actually held at the International Bomber Command Conference Centre (IBCCC)Lincoln. Nineteen CFSA members had attended this function, with a total of 56 dining. Although the event was enjoyable, the lack of contact with the newly graduated instructors and their Waterfront staff, which had been so good at the previous year's YOHM function, was regretted. It was hoped that the spring 2020 Dinner (at which Comdt CFS and several other senior CFS staff would be dined out) would revert to YHOM.
ITEM 6 - AOB
a. CFSA Prize. A suggestion had been received from Sara Barclay-Hudson that the CFSA sponsor a prize to be awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to flying training by a QFI or QHI. During some prior consultation, the President had discovered that CFSA had previously sponsored the Trenchard Trophy for this purpose. However, it appeared that for reasons unknown it was presented for only 3 years (2003-5). He undertook to pursue the matter further and report back to the membership. Action: AVM Mackay.
b. Subscriptions. Sara Barclay-Hudson, who had also proposed the sponsorship of a CFSA prize, explained her proposal that the CFSA Life Membership Subscription of £10 become an annual subscription. She wondered whether such a move would give the Association more financial flexibility and security. She suggested that if this proposal was accepted then payments be made only by Standing Order or Direct Debit. Various viewpoints were put forward and discussed, including one member's experience of running another service association, in which he had found that chasing members for their annual subs took up most of his time. A vote showed a majority in favour of not changing the subscription at this time but holding it in abeyance for the future.
c. Patron and President. AVM Mackay announced that after the meeting - and subject to members' approval - he would be handing over the President's baton to Air Cdre David Bentley, who was present with his wife Wendy. This was passed unanimously. AVM Mackay thanked all present for their continuing good fellowship, the Committee for their excellent work, and the Patron for his support. AM Sir Dusty Miller then announced that he in turn was stepping down as Patron after 7 years. He thanked AVM Mackay for his sterling efforts as President over a long 'tour length' and proposed that Gavin now take up the role of Patron; this proposal was greeted with applause, carried unanimously, and accepted by AVM Mackay
ITEM 8 - DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
15. Decision. It was decided that the date and place of the next AGM be held as decided by the CFSA Committee.
Action: CFSA Committee
President, now Patron, CFSA
Annex A: Apologies for Absence
Annex B: Statement of CFSA Account for Period 2 October 2018 to 25 October 2019
ANNEX A TO THE MINUTES OF THE AGM OF THE CFSA HELD AT THE RAF CLUB ON 29 OCTOBER 2019
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
ACM Sir Paddy Hine, ACM Sir Richard Johns, AVM Peter Dodworth, AVM Boz Robinson, Air Cdre Simon Bostock, Gp Capt Rod Clayton, Gp Capt Tom Eeles, Wg Cdr John Brown, Wg Cdr David Symons, Sqn Ldr Peter Bruce, Sqn Ldr Tim Dean, Sqn Ldr Jim Duckham, Sqn Ldr Peter Frame, Sqn Ldr Jim Gardiner, Sqn Ldr Pat Murray, Maj Pat Nolen USAF, Flt Lt Nick Goodwyn, Flt Lt Mel Jenkins, Flt Lt Leo Nash, Mr Glynn Leaney
ANNEX B TO THE MINUTES OF THE AGM OF THE CFSA HELD AT THE RAF CLUB ON 29 OCTOBER 2019