|AGM with an add-on|
Lincoln University Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting for 2014 had a different twist to previous AGMs. Both the Association’s Patron, Vice-Chancellor Dr Andrew West, and the latest Bledisloe Medallist, Dr Stephen Goldson, were unable to attend to address alumni, and following the meeting members attended a Tuesday Lunch Club function at Lincoln’s Famous Grouse Hotel…on a Friday!
In place of the Patron’s address, Chancellor Tom Lambie gave the AGM an update on developments at the University covering the qualifications review, the Better Business Case, and - following a question from the floor - the ‘Lincoln Hub’. He told members that the University was now having ‘whole of Government’ conversations talking about Lincoln’s contribution to the country overall.
The Chancellor also pointed out that the Association is now 110 years old. It had its inception in 1904 and is the oldest university alumni association in New Zealand. He noted too that the current President, Jo Spencer-Bower, has a direct family link back to one of the Association’s founders, Basil Seth-Smith, who was a student at Lincoln in 1892.
The President, in her address, said that 2013 had been a landmark year in the modern history of the Alumni Association with the negotiation of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the University, adoption of a new set of Association Rules, and refinement of the electronic platform for enabling members, the Association and the University all to communicate efficiently with one another. A hard copy ‘annual report’ was presented at the meeting.
At the luncheon following the AGM alumnus Monty Monteath gave members a rundown on proposals to produce a published history of the Rural Field Cadet (RFC) movement and invited those present to spread the word and provide contributions of photos, documents and other relevant material.
As noted above, the 2014 Bledisloe Medallist – Stephen Goldson - was unable to attend this year’s AGM on the appointed date and the traditional Bledisloe address will now be delivered later in the year.
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