Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Today was the day for the AGM of the British Residents Society. For some considerable time now there has been some mud slinging going on between the current committee members and the old guard, who believe that there are some things going on that are against the society regulations.
Unfortunately some have been leaking info to the press, resulting in headlines such as “BRS in Turmoil” and the current committee members have responded by posting all sorts of stuff on the website, basically slating the old guard which is very bad news. In fact at one time, only three weeks ago I put in nomination papers for the committee, but when all this started going on I sent a formal request to withdraw my papers, I decided that I did not want to be part of this fracas.
Anyway at the start of the meeting, the Acting Chairman, acting because of the resignation of the previous chairman (both of them ladies as it happens) started slating some of the previous committee members and naming them outright. This caused much shouting and demands for her to withdraw the comments and to resign. The major crux of the arguments were because the new team believed that they where superior to the old guard, who had for years set up and grown the BRS to where it is today. The two final nails in the coffin were firstly the Acting Chairman openly using her Treasurers Report to be deliberately critical of the old guard and suggesting that they lied about the accounts and secondly when they lost the vote on the resolution that husbands and wives should not jointly be committee members, a situation that existed with the current committee. With that all of the existing committee resigned one by one, having said that they where only doing the job to benefit the members. I don’t think mass resignation reflects this statement, but the whole meeting was riotous and it was only a credit to Nigel Holman, the Honorary Secretary, that he managed to get some sort of order restored and the AGM brought to a proper close .
Anyway next Saturday’s paper will be interesting and in the meantime we will have to see how the next twelve months goes with old members back in the saddle.
Joan and I had collected Anne and David, Anne being the previous Chairman who had resigned some couple of months ago after a serious confrontation with another committee member, so after we all four went off to a restaurant in town for a stiff drink and a super lunch. Well earned we felt.