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 From the President
Report of the 47th AGM of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists

I would like to inform those members not able to attend this meeting about some of the highlights of the AGM.
You will all have seen the agenda on the NZSG website or in the magazine The New Zealand Genealogist.

There were no matters arising from the 2013 AGM so the next item was the election of Council for the term 2014 - 2016.
The following NZSG members were elected
President Gay Williams
Treasurer Robyn Williams
Council ( in alphabetical order )
Peter Gibson
Gill Knox
Wayne Marriott
Ruth Rye
Roger Washbourn
Triona Williamson
Diane Wilson

The President's Annual report highlighting Changes and Challenges as well as Achievements for the past year was presented and approved.
The presentation of the Financial Report and Statement of Accounts 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014 and the Treasurer's report was also presented and approved.
The discussion of the motion to increase the annual membership subscription was lively with many present speaking in favour of the proposal. Others cautioned regarding the possible loss of members and there were innovative suggestions regarding how to save for your
annual subscription. When the vote was put, a clear majority supported the increases listed below
That from 1 August 2014 the annual membership subscriptions be set at:
Ordinary - $85.00 ($15.00 increase)
Joint - $ 104.00 ($15.00 increase )
Institutional - $140.00 ($15.00 increase)
Youth - $30.00 (No increase)
It is now up to our organisation to provide the services our members need so that belonging to the NZSG is a 'must do'
The joining fee remains at $15.00 and the Auditor William Buck Christmas Gouwland Ltd were reappointed for the 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015.
The presentation of the Annual Report of the Ted Gilberd Literary Trust TGLT followed and the announcement of the TGLT Family History Award was made to Dorothy Dowgray for the best 'Family History' article published in The New Zealand Genealogist during 2013

NZSG Awards
The Kevin McAnulty Award for a published family History in book form, an optical disc, or an e-book, was awarded to three members Ian Barton, David Harrop and Brian Davies.

The Lucy Marshall Award for the best 'How To ' article in the NZSG magazine was awarded to Bev James.

NZSG service awards were awarded to
Sandra Metcalfe
Edward Fenn
Joan Hickey
Garth Houltham
Margaret Pearson
Lynette Westcott

Then was the most significant award - An NZSG Life Membership presented to Lily Baker - received with great acclaim.

Details of the date of New Zealand's Family History Fair and the AGM in 2015 are yet to be confirmed.

More information regarding the AGM and conference will be in our August magazine, but I thought you might like a preview.

Gay Williams
NZSG President 2014 - 2016

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