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Sunday, May 16th: Annual General Meeting
The venue for this year’s AGM will be Bill Kinsey and Lynn Read’s
home at 7a, Belfast Close, off Belfast Road, Emerald Hill (phone 302812).
Our great thanks go to Bill and Lynn for agreeing to host us.
Tea and coffee will be served at 9.30 am, and the meeting will start at
10. After the meeting, we will have our usual botanical walk.
Bring your lunch and a chair, and please also bring a plate of eats to
share for tea.
Those who have not yet paid their subs for 2010 be sure to do so before
the meeting starts so that you’ll be able to vote on any pressing
Directions: Take Second Street out of town and turn left into Lomagundi
Road at the traffic lights. Belfast Road is at the second (and non-functional)
traffic light. Turn right into Belfast Road. Belfast Close is the 3rd
road to the right and 7a is at the top of the Close. There is only room
for 3 or 4 cars inside, but there is parking in the Close.
Saturday, May 22nd: Visit to McDonald Park, Avondale
As has been reported in Tree Life and elsewhere, McDonald Park is under
threat from developers. The purpose of this afternoon outing will be to
create a list of trees and other plants in order to establish exactly
what is present at this site.
Directions: McDonald Park lies on Cambridge Road, which runs across the
Avondale Ridge between West Road and King George Road.
It is well known as the site of a municipal swimming pool. We will meet
in the car park at 2.30 pm.
FOR THE AGM ON 16 MAY 2010
I have pleasure in presenting the Chairman’s report for the year
1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010.
This is my ninth annual report as Chairman.
In February 2009, Zimbabwe adopted multi-currencies, prominent among which
were the US$ and the SA Rand, and this change brought almost immediate
monetary stability, negligible inflation and an easing of the dire shortages
of goods and fuel.
The Society’s financial problems also eased at the same time and
although I do not know the up-to-date financial position as I write this,
I expect that the Treasurer’s report will show a satisfactory situation.
During the year, we managed to maintain a complete set of 3rd Sunday outings,
but had very few walks led by Tom in the Botanic Garden and none of my
4th Saturday walks. Tree Life appeared in every month except for April
2009. We held two ‘Show and Tell’ afternoons in May and November
and these went very well.
There are also encouraging signs that our membership is increasing slightly.
The outings were as shown in the following table:
April 2009 Lanark Game Park
May Belfast Close, Harare (AGM)
June Mfuti Farm, Cromlet Rd
July Jacana Yacht Club, Lake Chivero
September Christon Bank
November Ruzawi School
December Val D’Or
January 2010 Winch’s home, Umwinsidale
March Bally Vaughan
Once again, I am very grateful to Meg Coates-Palgrave for leading a number
of these outings and to Tom for leading the Botanic Garden walks.
I am also grateful to Bernard Beekes for writing up many of our outings.
The figures show that a significant improvement in membership. Special
mention must be made of Richard Oulton, who led a successful recruiting
drive at Dandaro.
The mapping scheme continues and remains in the capable hands of Maureen
Bill Kinsey has continued as editor of Tree Life, often having to cope
with last minute changes and a shortage of material. I am very grateful
for his help.
Terry will be reporting on this at the meeting.
The website has been very reliably maintained by Odette Lind.
The Committee consisted of Ruth Evans (Secretary), Terry Fallon (Treasurer),
Eva Keller, Richard Oulton, Mimi Rowe and myself. J-P Felu joined during
the year. My sincere thanks go to all of them for their hard work and
support on behalf of the Society.
Sadly, after 7 years as Treasurer, Terry has announced that he will be
stepping down from that post. I would like to thank Terry for all the
work he has done, especially bearing in mind the extraordinary difficulties
of the period in which he was Treasurer.
We are very fortunate to have found a replacement in Bill Clarke, well-known
to us as our regular host at Val D’Or near Arcturus.
At the suggestion of Meg Coates Palgrave, the Society ran a successful
appeal which resulted in sufficient funds to carry out 3 fumigations at
We have to report the sad news of the death of Meg Childes, one of our
Honorary Members, and a very regular attender at our meetings.
We also said farewell to Bernard and Nome Beekes, who have emigrated to
the UK. Bernard was exceedingly active in the Society in leading outings,
devising and running courses for beginners, writing up our outings and
was also an expert photographer.
During the last 2 years, I have heavily hinted to the Committee and membership
that a change in Chairman would perhaps be beneficial to the Society.
We all know the disadvantages of a leader who stays too long. Although
I remain convinced that a change of Chairman would probably be a good
idea, I am happy to stand as Chairman for another year.
In conclusion …
The year saw an improvement in our financial position, a small increase
in our outings and activities and signs of improvement in our membership
numbers. I think that this augurs well for the future.
CONTACT TEL. NUMBERS
Mark Hyde Home 745263
Cell 091 233751
Ruth Evans Home 331198
Terry Fallon Home 481076
J-P Felu Home 304916
Eva Keller Home 339368
Richard Oulton Home 870540
Mimi Rowe Home 882719
Tree Life Editor Home 302812
The Tree Society’s e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ruth Evans)
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