Convention 2009

Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton-on-Thames
2009 Convention Commemorative Card

Another new venue and indeed new county. On our Commemorative Card, specially printed for that event, it even said it “...is expected to be one of the biggest ever...” Two branches were also co-hosting, our “London Branch” and “The Hants and Surrey”, who actually meet in Guildford. We are not sure why we picked Walton on Thames, but it the area was and remains very attractive and we tended to prefer leisure centres as they have good car parking, and lighting, plus easy access for all throughout. We had good reports from the dealers who told us they were selling well. At 2 pm. Society members relocated in an upstairs room for the Annual General Meeting, where accounts were approved, officials elected, and reports read by a representative from each of our branches, plus by our President. This year, President Jenkins gave his final report, as he was retiring; being sworn in was his replacement, current Vice President Walton. A wag, several wags, find the similarity in name of our new President and our location to be amusing. Two new councillors were also elected, Messrs. Devaney and Mann. In other business, we bestowed Honorary Life Memberships to Messrs. Murray (who, it was revealed, has been on the council for fifty years), Croft (nearing a centenary of card collecting), and Farquhar (who has done such sterling work as our auctioneer).