Packed house at Somerset County AGM...
Written on: 17th September 2017
Over 120 members of Somerset County Scouts, together with the Regional Commissioner, distinguished guests from our local communities and Girl Guiding, gathered at the Wells and Mendip Museum on Sunday 17th September for the county AGM.
Before the formal meeting, leaders were invited to participate in a consultation event – gathering our views about the direction and strategy for The Scout Association beyond 2018. The County Commissioner spoke at the AGM about the exciting developments and events in Somerset during 2016 / 2017 – and gave some examples of how Scouting is changing lives for our members.
Particular mention was made of a Beaver Scout from East Somerset, who has been awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct. Having learnt emergency aid skills at Beavers, he saved his Mum’s life by calling an ambulance – and looked after his little sister until help came.
His Leader, Peter Macey, was presented with a Commissioner’s Commendation by Elizabeth Henderson, CC. Renira Rutherford’s Commissioner’s Commendation was awarded for her diligent and successful organisation of the recent Explorer belt expedition to far flung Uzbekistan. Fran Wright retired from her post as County Treasurer after many years of dedicated service, and was specially recognised and thanked with an engraved vase and flowers.
A number of Leaders were warmly congratulated as their Wood Badges and Long Serice Awards were presented by the District Commissioners. Mr Bruce Poole, County Vice President, was awarded his certificate recognising 50 years adult service. The County is very proud of the growth we have achieved – 3% in the January 2017 census. 36 of our groups increased their youth membership during 2017, through hard work and quality programme delivery.
The County ‘Growth Group’ award certificates were presented by the CC to a large number of groups who were represented at the meeting. At the end of the formal proceedings, Matt Moore (District Youth Commissioner, Moors and Coastal) gave a heartfelt and fascinating insight into his experiences on the recent Uzbekistan adventure, followed by a slide show. The catering team did a grand job of providing tea and cake throughout the afternoon.