Held on 1st December at the Meri Bar in Çalış the AGM was brought forward to facilitate the installation of a new committee. Full minutes of the meeting will be available on the website soon for interested parties to download, but in the meantime we can summarise the meeting as follows.

Pat, Stuart and Suzanne had all decided to stand down from the committee of the club and in their place it was unanimously agreed that new officers are:

Co-chairs: Pauline Ruck and Pauline Holton.

Treasurer: Graham Ruck

Membership Secretary: Steve Bohane assisted by Shirley Vaughan.

The ‘Fethiye Times’ will now be dropped from the Club’s name, as no member of the Fethiye Times’ team remains on the committee, instead the Club will simply be known as ‘The Garden Club’. However, don’t panic, as we will continue to announce and report meetings on the Fethiye Times website, as we do for all local charities and organisations.

And the new brooms are already sweeping clean. Pauline Ruck has devised a poster advertising for new members that should soon be displayed in bars, restaurants and other watering holes favoured by foreign residents around the area. Volunteers have come forward to act as local representatives for recruitment and any queries about the Club. They are:

Çalış: Barbara on 0541 710 5371 or 613 6781.

Kayaköy: Chris & Steve on 618 0027 or 0537 465 2044.

Ovacık: Shirley on 616 6678 or 0538 838 5419

Üzümlü: Pauline Holton on 665 5764 or Pauline Ruck on 665 5779.

Anyone with questions who lives in Fethiye, or any other of the local areas, should contact either one of the Pauline’s.

Membership for 2011 will remain at 10TL and the new committee have already devised an interesting programme of meetings for January – May 2011. We’ll wait to announce that until the end of December – that quiet week between Christmas and the New Year.

So why not make a New Year’s resolution to join the Garden Club?

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Fethiye Times’ Gardening Club held on Wednesday, 1st December at Meri Bar, Çalış commencing at 2pm.

Present: Pat Temiz – Chair Stuart James – Treasurer

John Watson Jean Watson

Beverley Morris Leslie Morris

Mal Lewington Jenny Lewington

Shirley Vaughan David Groom

Steve Bohane Chris Bohane

Chris Robinson Marjorie Askey

Ron Askey Pauline Holton

Les Holton Janet Evans

Maurice Evans S. F. Brown

C. Brown Pauline Ruck

Graham Ruck Lyn & Barbara (no surnames given)

1. Election of new officers

It was unanimously agreed that new officers be appointed as follows:

Co- chairs Pauline Ruck & Pauline Holton

Treasurer Graham Ruck

Membership Sec. Steve Bohane assisted by Shirley Vaughan.

Pat, Stuart and Suzanne were thanked for all their hard work running the Club for the past five years. Pauline Ruck then took over as Chair for the rest of the meeting. Stuart announced that the financial position was very healthy and he would hand over the funds and accounts to Graham following the planned Christmas meal on 4th December.

2. Name of the Club

The Club was originally set up using the Fethiye Times (FT) website to seek members and with Pat and Suzanne from the FT team as officers hence it was called the Fethiye Times’ Gardening Club. As officers had now changed the Club name could also be changed although Pat would continue to be a member and would ensure that announcements and reports of meetings were posted on the website.

It was agreed that the Club would henceforth be known as ‘The Garden Club’.

3. Programme for January – May 2011

Pauline Ruck presented the programme which is as follows:

5th January 2pm Maurice & Janet’s, Çalış – The Winter Lob

16th February 2pm Graham & Pauline’s, Üzümlü – Pruning (note this is not the first Wednesday).

2nd March 2pm Steve & Chris’, Kayaköy – Informal Get Together

6th April 2pm Pat & Chris’, Yanıklar – Bring & Buy Plant Sale

4th May 2pm To be arranged.

4. Any other business

Pauline had prepared a poster to advertise the Club and asked for local representatives to volunteer their names for inclusion on the poster with a phone number so interested parties could make contact prior to becoming members.

Local representatives were agreed as follows:

Çalış – Barbara on 0541 710 5371 or 613 6781

Kayaköy – Chris & Steve on 618 0027 or 0537 465 2044

Ovacık – Shirley on 616 6678 or 0538 838 5419

All other areas Pauline Holton on 665 5764 and Pauline Ruck on 665 5779.

Pauline agreed to distribute copies of the poster to all local reps at the Saturday gathering and they would then arrange for the poster to be displayed in local bars/restaurants.

It was agreed that the membership subscription for 2011 should remain at 10TL for the whole or part year.

Finally Pat was presented with a large bunch of flowers as recognition for her work with the Club.