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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - REPORT

LIVE FROM THE NALC AGM

SAINT-PETER-EATON-SQUARE.jpg

Monday 16th May and it’s the NALC AGM at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia, so a rather smart part of London. It was built in the 1820s and is reckoned to be one of the most beautiful churches in London. The AGM is not in the church itself but, rather, in a very peaceful and pleasant meeting room which looks down onto the church. Outside it’s a warm sunny day.

There’s plenty of delicious food on arrival and a nice cup of tea. After a friendly welcome from Vivien and Kerry, Malcolm and Alex, we get down to business. We begin with a minute’s silence for departed friends and then Malcom Babb , NALC President, gives his report.  

 

President’s Report

Malcolm Babb, President, explained that we are now in the second year of MacMillan’s phasing out its funding for NALC over 3 years with various spending cuts such as the move to cheaper premises. So far, NALC has succeeded in bridging the gap between income and expenditure but the future will be very challenging. For 40 years, MacMillan’s grant covered all NALC expenses but now NALC has had to get involved in fund-raising as a matter of urgency. Clubs and individuals have responded with great generosity and Malcolm has been very busy contacting organisations who might be prepared to make grants or donations.

NALC’s education programme continues to grow reflecting the changes taking place with fewer laryngectomy operations in fewer locations and greater emphasis on prevention eg through vaccination. Liz Summers is about to conduct further research and is busy recruiting for the trials. The need for education was heighted by the case of a laryngectomee who contacted NALC to say that he had been given no information at all about NALC’s existence when he had his operation in London.

Professor David Howard has retired as NALC Patron after many years (for which many thanks) and has been replaced by Mr Nimesh Patel. Professors Martin Birchall and Patrick Bradley will continue as Patrons.

Malcolm gave particular thanks to CLAN Editor, Ian Honeysett, Jean Fraser for all her work keeping everyone updated on developments in the media, for Ivor Smith who is stepping down. The two key priorities going forward are fund-raising and replacing those officers who are retiring, for what will be a very challenging year ahead.

 

Association Secretary’s Report

Vivien Reed, Association Secretary, then reported on another busy year with a full review starting of all NALC literature, more packs being produced for talks & Patient Days (the next is on Humberside), the move of headquarters and the sending out of 4000 copies of CLAN (now at 12 pages) each quarter. She kindly mentioned that CLAN Editor, Ian Honeysett, is still going strong after some 34 years editing. She said there were currently 60-70 active clubs in NALC. Viwin the near future.ers should look out for Annie Humphries, a laryngectomee, who will be appearing on Countdown

 

Treasurer’s Report

Alex McGuiggan reported that cost controls have meant that NALC is currently breaking even (both equalling about £96,000 a year). A corporate donor has promised funding but this has not yet materialised.

 

Vice-Presidents’ Reports

Tony Hudson, Vice-President, reported on all the various visits he had made this past year and the various committees he was on.

 

Development of NALC

Malcolm then reported on the Development of NALC going forward with fund-raising and the literature review. He said that Professor Martin Birchall, who is President of the British Laryngological Association, had invited NALC to have a stand at their conference to promote all their various activities. He said that NALC had changed its constitution so that it can work closely with the other Head & Neck Cancer groups.

 

Elections

Malcolm and Alex were re-elected as President and Treasurer and three Vice-Presidents were then elected : Tony Smith, Tony Hudson & Gloria Tuck.

 

Club Reports

There were then club reports from Ann Muir (Speakeasy club), Gloria Tuck (Central London club) & Tony Hudson (Amersham club which had celebrated its 30th anniversary). He mentioned one recent talk they had had from their Town Crier. When he suddenly rang his bell, Tony feared they would evacuate the whole hospital! Lindsey Reid provided a written report on the Kirkaldy club who meet 5 times a year which included a trip to the Falkirk Wheel and the Summerlee Industrial Museum.

(With thanks to Ian Honeysett.)


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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - REPORT

LIVE FROM THE NALC AGM

SAINT-PETER-EATON-SQUARE.jpg

Monday 16th May and it’s the NALC AGM at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia, so a rather smart part of London. It was built in the 1820s and is reckoned to be one of the most beautiful churches in London. The AGM is not in the church itself but, rather, in a very peaceful and pleasant meeting room which looks down onto the church. Outside it’s a warm sunny day.

There’s plenty of delicious food on arrival and a nice cup of tea. After a friendly welcome from Vivien and Kerry, Malcolm and Alex, we get down to business. We begin with a minute’s silence for departed friends and then Malcom Babb , NALC President, gives his report.  

 

President’s Report

Malcolm Babb, President, explained that we are now in the second year of MacMillan’s phasing out its funding for NALC over 3 years with various spending cuts such as the move to cheaper premises. So far, NALC has succeeded in bridging the gap between income and expenditure but the future will be very challenging. For 40 years, MacMillan’s grant covered all NALC expenses but now NALC has had to get involved in fund-raising as a matter of urgency. Clubs and individuals have responded with great generosity and Malcolm has been very busy contacting organisations who might be prepared to make grants or donations.

NALC’s education programme continues to grow reflecting the changes taking place with fewer laryngectomy operations in fewer locations and greater emphasis on prevention eg through vaccination. Liz Summers is about to conduct further research and is busy recruiting for the trials. The need for education was heighted by the case of a laryngectomee who contacted NALC to say that he had been given no information at all about NALC’s existence when he had his operation in London.

Professor David Howard has retired as NALC Patron after many years (for which many thanks) and has been replaced by Mr Nimesh Patel. Professors Martin Birchall and Patrick Bradley will continue as Patrons.

Malcolm gave particular thanks to CLAN Editor, Ian Honeysett, Jean Fraser for all her work keeping everyone updated on developments in the media, for Ivor Smith who is stepping down. The two key priorities going forward are fund-raising and replacing those officers who are retiring, for what will be a very challenging year ahead.

 

Association Secretary’s Report

Vivien Reed, Association Secretary, then reported on another busy year with a full review starting of all NALC literature, more packs being produced for talks & Patient Days (the next is on Humberside), the move of headquarters and the sending out of 4000 copies of CLAN (now at 12 pages) each quarter. She kindly mentioned that CLAN Editor, Ian Honeysett, is still going strong after some 34 years editing. She said there were currently 60-70 active clubs in NALC. Viwin the near future.ers should look out for Annie Humphries, a laryngectomee, who will be appearing on Countdown

 

Treasurer’s Report

Alex McGuiggan reported that cost controls have meant that NALC is currently breaking even (both equalling about £96,000 a year). A corporate donor has promised funding but this has not yet materialised.

 

Vice-Presidents’ Reports

Tony Hudson, Vice-President, reported on all the various visits he had made this past year and the various committees he was on.

 

Development of NALC

Malcolm then reported on the Development of NALC going forward with fund-raising and the literature review. He said that Professor Martin Birchall, who is President of the British Laryngological Association, had invited NALC to have a stand at their conference to promote all their various activities. He said that NALC had changed its constitution so that it can work closely with the other Head & Neck Cancer groups.

 

Elections

Malcolm and Alex were re-elected as President and Treasurer and three Vice-Presidents were then elected : Tony Smith, Tony Hudson & Gloria Tuck.

 

Club Reports

There were then club reports from Ann Muir (Speakeasy club), Gloria Tuck (Central London club) & Tony Hudson (Amersham club which had celebrated its 30th anniversary). He mentioned one recent talk they had had from their Town Crier. When he suddenly rang his bell, Tony feared they would evacuate the whole hospital! Lindsey Reid provided a written report on the Kirkaldy club who meet 5 times a year which included a trip to the Falkirk Wheel and the Summerlee Industrial Museum.

(With thanks to Ian Honeysett.)


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