2nd of September, 2011
The minutes of the previous AGM were read and approved.
Patrick Marks took the chair. The following nominations were made and approved:
AC to be secretary (PR proposed, AM seconded)
MP to be chairperson (AM proposed, MR seconded)
PR to remain as treasurer (AM proposed, MP seconded)JC to be vice-chairperson (AC proposed, MR seconded)
PR reported that our account has £117.54 in it.
Three cheques had been issued over the year. One had not been cashed, and would now have to be re-issued. MP to ask Alasdair Popple to send his invoice to PR again in order to settle the account. ACTION: MP
Mr M. Dobell had kindly audited the accounts.
It was agreed to follow up the email messages sent in April re. wholesale suppliers of Fairtrade goods, with another this autumn to all members of the St Andrews B&B Association and the St Andrews Hotel and Guest House Association. ACTION: AC
Besides encouraging use of Fairtrade products in their establishments, the following questions should be posed:
Do you use Fairtrade products in your business?
If so, which ones?
Please would you give us your contact details for our website directory?
MP reported that SFTF is compiling a comprehensive list of wholesale Fairtrade suppliers for their website, and that she had sent our information to them for inclusion.
ACTION: MPIt was agreed to have a discussion meeting to talk about some problematic issues that are brought up as arguments against Fairtrade, in order that we can counter these. Questions are to be circulated prior to the meeting. MP reported that Justrading (John Riches) will be looking for financial help from Fairtrade groups in order to increase their trading initiatives with Malawi; she will report back once more is known.
ACTION: MPSome form of competition may be held in St Andrews Week, e.g. involving town outlets.