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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974

The Secretary's Page

After each Annual General Meeting we start another year of the life of our Society and the administrative problems which are involved. Your Committee have always felt that an AGM is the place where the members can have the opportunity of having their 'say' in running the Society affairs, as well as conducting the official business. This year was no exception to the Quainton practice and the topics ranged from the predictable question on what should preserve to the interesting proposition concerning the size of the Committee.

Our Rules state that we shall have up to seven elected members serving on the Executive Committee plus an equal number of co-opted members less one. Our policy has always been to have the widest possible representation on the Committee and, as a result of this policy, we have always held a full complement of co- opted members. It is now felt that we should increase the number of elected members and following this proposition I am looking into the possibility of revising our rules to meet the requirement. It is very gratifying to have so many members showing such an interest in the administration of the Society that they are clamouring to serve on the Committee and any revision to the rules will bear in mind the importance of having a representative structure embracing the interests of all the sub committees. This aspect will have my priority.

The Executive are also very pleased to be working under the simple Society principle and not to have to face the inevitable complications which arise from a Society and Company combination. As it is at Quainton all our members have a right to share and partake fully in the management of our Society. The individual member knows that the result of his hard work and the use made of any monies our Treasurer manages to collect will be devoted entirely to the objects of our preservation centre. This is the law and it is another advantage of our charitable status. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for the keen interest shown by members at the AGM. It is all just as it should be!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1974 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

The Secretary's Page - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974

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