Chris Slater opened the meeting and thanked all attending, some travelling from as far away as Cornwall. She said that she understood travelling was difficult, but it would be nice to see more people attending. She said that if no items for the agenda were received then everyone must be satisfied with the way things are run.
She also thanked all who had been involved in Rescue, Breed Clubs for their donations and allowing stalls at their shows and not forgetting the fund-raisers, without them we would not be able to do all we do to make dogs' lives better.
Sadly, most of the collies now coming into Rescue have issues. She thought computers had made it easy to advertise and find homes for unwanted dogs, but if this proved difficult they passed them on to Rescue.
Since the last A.G.M. 35 dogs had found new homes, 25 are being cared for on permanent foster and 5 were waiting for a new home.
Finally, she asked if anyone in the West Country could help out as it is a huge area and there are only two people who cover it at the moment.
Over the year we have held our own. Vet fees, boarding and fostering costs were down, sundries were down, but most of all fundraising was up. The Sponsored Walk did so well we managed to claw back the money we were down last year.
On the down side, a lot has been paid out in the last three months and not a lot paid in, but with Christmas Card and Calendar sales and other things we should be able to hold our own in 2018.
CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS
The Chairman commented again on the fact we had clawed back the loss we made last year.
He then thanked the Secretary for all the hard work she put in, even though it sometimes stopped him from using the telephone !
He gave special thanks to Pauline Bradbury and her band of helpers for there organisation of Collie Chaos and the Sponsored Walk around Carsington Water.
He also thanked Samantha Hale for all she does to make life a little easier for the Secretary, and said it would be very remiss of him not to thank Annette Rebmann for her work on the Website and preparing and editing the Newsletter and Margaret Birch for her organisation of the Sponsorship Scheme, which brought in quite a lot of revenue.
Last, but not least, he gave thanks to everyone who re-home, home check new families and transport dogs around the country. Without all of you, there would not be a Collie Rescue and then what would happen to the breed.