MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BOOK COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA (SYDNEY DIVISION) HELD AT THE UNITING CHURCH HALL, TURRAMURRA, ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2005
THERE were 13 members present. President’s report was tabled and is reproduced elsewhere in the present issue of Biblionews.
Doug Mackenzie moved that Betty and Jeff Bidgood be thanked for their contributions to the Society over many years. This motion was carried by acclamation.
The Treasurer’s report for the financial year 2004/05 was tabled: Income of $945.00 was offset against expenditure of $3,695.55, giving an operating loss of $2750.55. This is expected in view of present policy of not requiring annual subscriptions, except for a one-off subscription for new members. Bank accounts now hold $20,934.60.
The Editor’s report was tabled. Brian Taylor reported that, to get the very late issues of Biblionews somewhat up to date, it had been necessary to produce the issues for September and December 2004 as a “double issue”, as had been done earlier in the year with the March and June issues. An incidental benefit of this was that it would halve the cost of producing the journal for 2004. He said that the September 2005 issue would contain his own paper on the influence of illustrated books of the German Insel publishing house on King Penguins and asked permission to use colour illustrations for the first time in Biblionews, since the two series in question relied crucially on colour for their effect. The Meeting gave him permission to do this on a trial basis with the prospect of colour becoming a feature of future issues, where this was justified in terms of need and expense.
The Editor reported that Dr Neil Radford, as well as taking on the role of Reviews Editor, had offered to continue the work begun by Jeff Bidgood of compiling for each March issue of Biblionews an index to the preceding year’s issues. The matter of publishing on CD-ROM an index to Biblionews taking up where John Fletcher’s published index finished was discussed. Dr Radford and Mr Bidgood offered to explore this.
Members of the Committee offered to assist the Editor in posting out Biblionews if he felt the need for their assistance, once Jeff Bidgood had finished showing him the procedure. The Editor concluded his report by thanking Neil Radford for his assistance and John Newland for his excellent work in preparing the journal for printing.
There followed the election of officers for the coming year. Dr Radford did not wish to stand for election as President again. Mrs Janet Robinson was proposed and seconded as a candidate and, since there were no further nominations, she was declared President. Associate Professor Mark Ferson accepted nomination as Secretary/Treasurer and was elected unopposed. Miss Rose Smith did not wish to be renominated for membership of the Committee because of her inability to make what she considered an adequate contribution, and Dr Radford was appointed to replace her, especially in view of his other work for the Society adverted to above. The Committee thus consists of Richard Blair, Helen Kenny, John Newland, Neil Radford Graham Stone and (ex officio) Brian Taylor.
The Meeting thanked Dr Radford for his extensive work for the Society in his capacity as President since the death of Dr Ben Haneman, and Rose Smith for her many years of service to the Committee and the Society generally.
In conclusion, it was agreed that the Sydney meeting dates for 2006, as recommended by the Secretary, should be: 4 March, 3 June, 2 September, 2 December, with all meetings being held in the hall of the Uniting Church, 11 Gilroy Road, Turramurra, unless otherwise advised.
Mark Ferson, Secretary.