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Minutes of the 2012 AGM (pdf)
Notice is hereby given that the 35th
Annual General Meeting
Brighton Marina Yacht Club Limited
Will be held on
Sunday 19thnd January 2014
Brighton Marina Yacht Club, Medina House, Park Square, Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 5UT
Commencing at 13:00hrs
or soon as possible thereafter.
Voting members are encouraged to submit nominations for a Voting Member to be elected to the Board of Directors at the AGM; nominations may be submitted for Director Seats or Flag Officer Seats.
Voting Members are persons holding a Full Membership, or a Life Honorary Membership, of Brighton Marina Yacht Club.
Director Seats are: House Director, Directors without portfolio. n.b. The Board may create additional Director Seats as felt necessary or as the Voting Membership request by resolution for discussion at this General Meeting.
Flag Officer Seats are: Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Finance Director, Rear Commodore Cruising, Rear Commodore Diving (nominated by the Dive Section membership), Rear Commodore Motor, Rear Commodore Racing.
Seats currently vacant are: Rear Commodore Cruising, Rear Commodore Motor, House Director.
Please see attached notices for details of how to submit a resolution for discussion, to nominate a Voting member for a Director Seat or to nominate a Voting Member for a Flag Officer Seat.
Any questions concerning this meeting should be addressed to the Club Office at the address above or posted via reply to the email.
The 34th Annual General Meeting of the Brighton Marina Yacht Club Limited was held on Sunday 2nd December 2012 at the Brighton Marina Yacht Club.
At that meeting Peter Dilloway-Thompson continued the role of Commodore. Graham Allen became Vice Commodore. The posts of Rear Commodore Sail Cruising Rear Commodore Motor Cruising became vacant. John Moore and Robert Stiles became directors. Dean Wetton resigned as Treasurer and was replaced by Phil Thomas.
The full list of Board Members and Officers can be seen on the Officers page.
The Admiral's Cup 2012 was awarded posthumously to Paul Scully.
The text of the Commodore's Report and all the other reports can be seen in the panels below. Click the head of each report to open or close it.
Commodore’s Report 2012
May I thank all who attended this year’s AGM on Sunday at the Club, at which I ran through a verbal report summarizing the issues and achievements attained in this current year following my appointment as your Commodore in November 2011.
We are still in the grip of a continuing insecure economy and have been, without much improvement since 2009. I had hoped that by now the light at the end of the tunnel would be turned on again, but no, it would seem that we shall have to wait in order for us to gaze in awe at the actual prospect of an alternative Clubhouse; but do not doubt our determination to achieve this when the switch is thrown.
In conjunction with Robert Stiles, he and I met with Premier Marina Co. last month with Richard Saville their Estates Manager who outlined a verbal summery of an agreement that they would wish us to enter into. However up and until this date 2/11/12 we have not received a preliminary draft heads of terms that we could discuss, therefore I cannot shed any positive light other than conjecture which may be inaccurate. I can however assure you that when we have reached an amicable agreement I will issue a report to the membership outlining the details therein.
Following on from the subject of our clubhouse you will have noticed that with agreement from the board we have with the sterling help of many volunteers given the exterior of our club premises a very much needed spruce up. I am so very pleased and grateful to all of you who gave of their precious time, to assist me in this hard work. We have however, still more to do to complete the majority of the planed work.
Hopefully we will be able to complete the security and safety barrier agreed in principal with the planning approval we now have from Premier, and before much longer we can re-occupy the West wall parking area.
You will have seen the new Spinnaker Murals that will grace the East wall, they have been standing at the end of the Clubhouse, these Spinnaker murals were produced by Julie Anne Gilbert and her fellow artists from JAG, Madeira Drive, from an original idea my wife Evelyn had. Those of you who were at the prize giving will have seen them lit up against the black backcloth featured against the background end wall. We are grateful to Julie Anne for the wonderful interpretation she brought to bear on these very eye catching colorful murals.
We have adorned the interior of our club with several attractive and useful artifacts this year namely the 1875 Broadwood Grand Piano a gift from me to the club which I am pleased to say has been very enthusiastically played both at our very successful Regatta Party this year and on several occasions on Sundays after racing. It will be in addition to its use as a display platform, a welcome sound at future fine dining evenings I am sure.
Also we have purchased the beautiful BMYC Brass Bell so grandly displayed at the East end of the clubhouse, a bell engraved with the apt initials TBA to signify the it is to be announced what in fact we feel we should dedicate it to. This bell was noticed for sale in a North London Antique shop and purchased on our behalf by a colleague of Ben Tranter who then passed it on to our club for purchase, and a fine example it is to behold.
I am pleased to report that this years Indian Summer Regatta was in fact as described, warm and balmy in direct contrast to the first scheduled date which I decided to cancel due to severe weather. The party evening was a tremendous success we made a big impression on the legs of the many of us who jazz jived the night away. No eligible female member that evening was safe from the enthusiastic invitations to exhaust themselves (on the dance floor) courtesy of Peter Whittle, and, I have to admit myself amongst the many who danced enthusiastically until the end.
I am also delighted to report that after several adverts posted to the membership we now have two new heads of department. The first request was for a membership secretary and I am delighted to introduce to you Flo (Florence Hubert) who I know has been introducing herself to those of you who have been present in the clubhouse during her attendance on Sundays and some evenings. Please give her all your help and support in this post which she is making very much her own. Also an especial thank you to Irene Munachen for her help and assistance together with Colin Scarff who have given Flo so much help and advise leading up to her taking over this important position.
My second response was answered by Geraldine White who I am sure you all know from her long association with our club. Geraldine has been appointed Social Secretary and I can’t think of a better more bubbly personality to fulfill this role, I am looking forward to the coming year starting I am told by a club attendance in January at The Rocky Horror Show, cross dressing optional but big on make up! Please give as much support as you can to Geraldine in her enthusiastic efforts to revitalize our social program which she is filling in rapidly as we speak.
Those of you who attended the AGM will have noticed that we are privileged to have as our new Finance Director Phil Thomas, who I am delighted to say accepted my invitation to take up this position despite his knowledge that I have something of a hidden agenda lurking in the back of my mind. Phil has an incisive well organised mind which I am sure will benefit the club Board of Directors greatly.
My thanks to Dean Wetton for his time given to BMYC as Finance Director, who for reasons of family ties coupled with his responsibilities to his busy finance company have left him less opportunity to give of his valuable time than he would have wanted; this has in consequence left him no option but to tender his resignation as Finance Director of BMYC. On behalf of all his sailing colleagues and members of the board, may we all wish Dean the very best of success for the future.
It may have amazed some of you that we have made a trading profit this year with the support and enthusiasm given to events culminating in a spectacular number of attendees at the last prize giving dinner, I am told we had 78 booked and 76 sat down to a very full menu which we enjoyed served as it was by no more than three of our girls who worked tirelessly behind and in front of the bar ensuring the evening was a success. My thanks to all who ensured that this, the last of this years prize giving evenings, was so well catered for.
The evening of the prize giving was lent a subtle ambiance, with lit candles casting their glimmering radiance reflecting on glassware and silver cups lending an atmosphere of opulent well being sitting as they all were on a highly polished rosewood grand piano in a silver candelabrum (thank you Pauline for taking the trouble to polish it so well)
Rob Mclean RCR led the evening as master of ceremonies accompanied by the sartorially attired and elegant Pauline Allen faultless as ever in her role as hostess handing out the glass and silverware without any hitches.
We have made some board changes resulting from the retirement from duty of Robert Stiles and Dean Wetton therefore it is my pleasant duty to welcome Graham Allen as our new Vice Commodore and Phil Thomas Financial Director whose appointments commence from this years AGM. May I on behalf of the membership and Board offer our congratulations on their appointments and wish them every success in these posts for the future.
BMYC has a new Club Administrative Secretary, her name is Celia Clothier, she is a member of the club and has attended many many times (quote from the much missed Round The Horn BBC radio satirical show) that’s if you were born in the 40’s and early 50’s otherwise get the CD’s. Celia takes over from Colin Scarff whose repertoire of facts and figures will be much missed however Celia will be assisted much to her relief by Colin who is continuing to make sure race results and NOR are posted in accordance with our high standards. I am very grateful to Colin for the hours he has put in to making us all aware of subtle changes that if not attended to would leave us in the proverbial mire. I am sure we shall all be pleased with Celia who I wish every success.
Now I absolutely must talk about the one subject that deserves an abundance of praise and thanks. It’s a bit of credit to all the owners and participating crew members who have given a massive help to Club Class. Lynne East together with her helpers and lecturers who have each week ensured that a continuity of learning both on and off the water has benefited so many, regardless of weather be it inclement or down right dreadful even to the extent that to a man/woman there has been an acceptance that the Autumn course be extended by one week because of this. This shows the commitment our club and its members have for their chosen sport, their willingness to impart this enthusiasm to others in the belief that the enthusiasm shown will bear fruit giving uplift to the recruitment of like minded sailors that is our future, very well done indeed.
Following a well attended membership committee small changes have been made to reflect the need to keep up with inflation consequently we have had to increase the full membership fees by £5.00 which represents an increase of only 1.6% above inflation that has resulted from the benefit of a year which has shown a small trading profit enabling a slight reduction in race fees reducing them to a sensible more manageable sum of £15 per race in both IRC and PY from the current amount of £17 saving the owners a significant sum.
The decision to reduce race fees has been made as the money invested in this and last year’s program for the laying of new buoys, sinker weights and chain will not be required again for several years; therefore providing they do not wander off on holiday again, these automatic lightweight polyurethane flashing buoys should give us years of service.
I am very happy with the result of our investment into the renovations essential for the continuing service of Admiral Jack, she has become a smart reminder of the enormous contribution made by our main sponsors Sussex Yachts and the hard work their staff invested both in time and resource into this wonderful vessel, so generously gifted to BMYC from our very own Admiral, Jack Voss; I am confident that she will serve us well for another thirty odd years after which I shall be 100 (I should be so lucky).
May I end by commending the several committees and members of the board who have supported the smooth continuation of all aspects required to ensure the smooth seamless running of our Yacht Club. They are all deserving of your thanks and appreciation, for without the unstinting hard work of these special members we would be in a very different place.
And finally I would like to wish every one of you, and our loyal hard working staff who give us such enjoyable attention and happy service, a very very happy Christmas, and a bright; prosperous and happy new year, with the hope that you all have fair winds and exciting sailing in 2013, my very best wishes to you all.
Peter G Dilloway-Thompson
REAR COMMODORE RACING - 2012 REPORT FOR THE AGM 2ND DEC 2012
This year has been a very challenging year for yacht racing at BMYC. The weather has been very much against us this year and has affected our racing income as it has done across the rest of the departments, especially the bar and galley income. The construction of the new offshore wind farm is also now well under way after numerous consultations with them, and we hope that this will not affect us in years to come.
On a brighter side we have had some notable successes within the club whilst racing away from home:-
- Jeneral Lee 2nd in class 3, competing in the Little Britain beaten by 1 point against a yacht with a World and a European Champion on board.
- Sleeper – 3rd in class 3 in Antigua Race Week and 3rd in the Swan Worlds in Puerto Cervo, Sardinia.
- All Talk competed and flew the flag for BMYC in 1720 Europeans held once again in Ireland
- Diamond Jem selected to trial for Commodores cup which they narrowly missed being selected, by a narrow margin of 1 point which equates to 4sec which had they have been 4 sec quicker would have had them placed 2 places higher and deservedly selected, very well done.
- Shmoking Joe at Cowes Week 2nd in J111 class and Redeye 6th in class 2
Other notable achievements are that we now have a almost completely new set of racing buoys that are much more serviceable than their predecessors and that have recently all been inspected and serviced so we should be able to rest assured that our enviable race marks will be there for some considerable time to come and with the new No.6 John Rolfe Memorial Buoy that provides a much more exciting and challenging race course to sail around.
Of course our newly renovated race committee boat “Admiral Jack” is something that we can all be very proud of. In it’s new flag blue livery and sign writing, it sits resplendent amongst the very smart race yachts that regularly surround it. We have an excellent team of regular crew aboard her now. Special thanks goes out to the Coxswain Nick Cornford and Malcolm, John and indeed our newly qualified driver Quentin Serrells and his son and head fisherman George.
Next year we hope to be able to improve on our performance with the return of Jochem The Speed Doctor coming to train us all up again just before the Sussex Regatta at the end of March which we will be hosting in 2013 and possibly for the foreseeable future.
Also we need to put together a challenge team to win the Dieppe Dash Cup back off the French team that took it from us last Easter and also look at potentially winning the rally at Arun Yacht Club next August.
In 2012 we had a variety of talks and lectures which we hope to embellish on to keep us ahead of the game in 2013. Special thanks to Duncan MacDonald, Mike Relling, Jochem Visher, One Sails and Alan Baser from the RYA for helping make this happen.
Club Class has been yet another fantastic success in 2012. Lynne East and her team of enthusiastic helpers must be thanked for their tireless support of this institution. Club Class raised more money for the club than any other section this year and we are all very proud of the club class team and hope that we can rely on their continued support in 2013
We hope to be able to expand on this facility by encouraging more boat owners to get involved by volunteering their boats and helpers and also to look at a “buddy” system where we can get crew from other boats to share the knowledge (maybe on days when they are doing Race officer duty) to help others learn and improve their knowledge of yacht racing.
We are lacking a cruising section and cruising commodore so we hope to be able to build on this in 2013. Any interested parties would be most welcome.
I am looking into trying to get a youth squad off of the ground within the club to help inject new blood into the club and I’m currently speaking with Sussex University and the Brighton Sailing Club to see if we can work something out here. Any suggestions on how we can improve on this would be greatly received.
We have an exciting offshore series lined up for next year headed up by Steve Trigwell from Kokomo and this promises to be a great success. Hopefully we can all support this and enter into as many races as we can during the year to come.
Just a reminder that we intend to blow off the Christmas cobwebs with a fun race on Boxing Day (11am start) if you care to join us, and finally I would like to thank all of you that support racing at BMYC without which there would be no racing section.
Rear Commodore Racing – Brighton Marina Yacht Club
Diving Section Report
This season has been terrible for diving with loads of dives cancelled, and when we have managed to get out – poor visibility.
There has been only one dive this year when the divers came back saying “FANTISTIC”.
Seasearch Dives. Of the three dives planned all three have been cancelled due to the weather.
Weather permitting we still hope to get some Seasearch Dives in this year. (These are dives we are involved in trying to survey and establish Maritime Conservation Zones).
At least we have been successful diving on and surveying the Racing Buoys this year!
A few dives were done early this year but the main effort took place in August when ten divers set out to sort out the buoys. The majority of divers cleaned the mussels from the buoys and chains while in each case on buoys 1, 2, 4 and 6 two divers surveyed the chains from the sinker to the buoy. Buoy No. 3 had just been deployed and did not require attention.
This resulted in a further two dives on number 4 buoy to re-attach the safety bridle with a return trip still to do to reinforcing the bottom chain which is well worn. We would like to do this dive this year if possible.
No. 1 buoy needed much more work with divers attaching a safety bridle chain to the buoy and past the main pivot point to the main chain below. Also attached was an eighty kilogram weight to the main chain to help it regain its erection!
In total 38 individual dives have been done on the racing buoys this year.
Peter van der Boon
Rear Commodore Diving
HOUSE REPORT – October 2011 – September 2012
From the beginning of 2012, some large changes have been made to the way the bar/galley operates. For many years, the bar/gallery has been run by a steward or similar, with part or the whole of the operation being leased out to the steward. This meant that the Club did not have full control over its own bar and galley or the true financial picture.
Since January 2012, the full bar/galley has been been under the control of the Club with a full financial position available month on month. Up to the last steward being let go, there was a loss for the year of over £5,000. This basically equalled the profit made the year before. A decision was taken to remove the steward before the situation worsened and for the club to take over the running. A bar manager was appointed, together with a semi-permanent galley crew, all reporting directly to the R.C. House. After a initial settling-in period, I’m please to say it’s running smoothly with a break- even point being reached and I believe for the first time in years, an account cost is available for the running of this part of the Club. What we need now is more use of the club, particularly during the week, as I believe we could greatly increase the turnover and thereby profit, without increasing to any great extent, the costs. Please see the chart re turnover & costs including wages. A lot has been learned in the last few months. The future is looking good and the team are looking forward to improving the service and quality that the bar/galley can offer the members and their guests.
On other matters, it’s greatly encouraging that a decision was taken that whatever is happening around the marina, we have taken the view that we will be in the existing Clubhouse for another 5 years. So with the enthusiasm of our Commodore and others, improvements to the Clubhouse are going ahead, i.e. painting of the veranda, more furniture, new signs and graphics for the outside and inside, a porch to be erected etc. etc. With our new social progress to be announced for 2012, the House looks forward enthusiastically with our members to an active, enjoyable and hopefully, profitable New Year.
Rear Commodore House
MOTOR SECTION ANNUAL REPORT.
2012 has been the worst season that I have seen this section ever have.
There are very few BMYC motor members left.
The regular group we had would set off whenever the weather and conditions allowed but they have all now left Brighton and are based in either the Solent or Weymouth where there is more chance of travelling off for a weekend with more protection from the sea conditions and far less distance to get to other marinas.
With fuel prices as high as they are now on top of maintenance costs for a motor boat many don’t use their them anymore or have sold up.
When you take into account that a weekend cruise to the Solent and back can cost more than a fortnight’s holiday for 2 abroad in the sunshine then one can understand why this section has died off.
There was a trip to the Eastbourne air show and all who went had a good time but most were not members and it was organised by BMBHA
My efforts to gain new members have produced no fruit so it is time for me to stand down as Rear Commodore of Motor Section and give someone else the opportunity to bring some fresh ideas to it.
Total Membership :- currently BMYC is running at 318 Members.
For the purpose of the accounts which are quoted at the end of September, the membership income figures account for somewhat less, 230 Members in fact. This is because, as is usual, we account for the 51 current Autumn Club Classers separately. This is also because the 230 head count excludes the 37 Members who have either joined since the end of September (17) or joined throughout the year under the Premier Marina Deluxe Berthing contract (20), for which we invoice at the end of the year. So 230 Members for the purpose of the accounts, of which 202 were full members and 28 were Social Members.
318 Members at present is terrific. For a large part underpinning these figures is our enthusiasm for racing. When, by November, many yacht clubs have hung up their salty boots for the winter, at BMYC we put on some more layers and about a quarter of our Membership base continues to enjoy some more sailing. We ought to be extremely proud of this feature of our club. I mentioned the Autumn Club Classers earlier. Well, Club Class continued to be a successful flagship for the club this year. With the support of our kind skippers and boat owners, BMYC introduced or reacquainted over 100 people to the joys and sport of Yacht Racing at our club.
I am pleased to be able to step down and hand over to Phil Thomas with the club in reasonable financial shape. Over my tenure we have put in place an investment strategy and financial controls. I would like to thank Philip Ayton in particular for his hard work on the accounts and day to day running of the club. His work is detailed and goes on behind the scenes and is often not noticed. Similarly Colin Scarff has provided a safe pair of hands to review and implement so much of this and I would like to thank him too. Volunteers like this are the backbone of the club.
I have been cautious – and not yet invested our diversified portfolio. I had felt that with the Euro crisis, there may be some problems, now I have concerns about the impact of the so called US “Fiscal Cliff” – this should be clear by January, perhaps I had been too cautious but I would prefer that way rather than too risky. I will work with Phil to implement the strategy then.
I have also been a bit slack though in not investing the surplus cash into the deposit account, it’s a long story involving a number of signatures and for this I apologise to the members, but the forms are now with the bank and we should be able to put the surplus cash on deposit shortly.
Last year when I presented these accounts, we expected that we may be overstating them as we had a reasonable expectation that the bar profits may have been overstated. However as the position was sensitive and uncertain I decided to leave them as they were in the knowledge that we would be able to offer full disclosure this year and to do so last year might exacerbate the situation. John Boyce, Director of House, offers more detail on this.
In more detail, the income statement:
Note that the turnover and cost of sales figures are not comparable from 2011 as the bar process was different. Profit is down, driven primarily by the bar, which we will cover in more detail.
Balance sheet: Fixed assets are up as we capitalised the improvements to Admiral Jack.
We now have the stock back on our balance sheet and debtors is reduced, again this is a function of the different bar process, so numbers are not directly comparable.
Creditors are up – bear in mind this is a function of how we accrue for membership, which is up. The membership year and accounting year are out of sync by half a year, so most of creditors is half of the membership fees which are essentially prepaid.
Total assets are marginally up on last year and this is comparable.
Notes, Note 2 Here we offer more detail on the income and expenses.
Membership is up, not by number but by revenue.
Bar and Food – here the numbers are I alluded to earlier, bear in mind the drop is not as dramatic as it looks we expected last year was overstated by some £5k in that we were not sure we would be able to recover it all.
Other is the sectional income, and we offer more detail at the end.
Normal admin has stayed constant and is reflective of the premises and day to day functions.
Last years one off costs as a reminder £3.2k for New Clubhouse Design and £788 for fire expenses in excess of insurance compensation received, totalling £4,015
Depreciation (non-cash expense) is now a more significant overhead of the club's P&L account, after the spend on Admiral Jack.
Note 4 fixed assets, already covered
Note 5 Creditors, already covered
Note 6 merely reflects the retained profits.
I believe the more detailed breakdown is self-explanatory. Heating has gone up, the reduced accounting fee is a relflection of us changing the way the accounts were going to be done and therefore last years expense essentially was a prepayment of this year. That will go to about £600 next year. In the Bar and Food section the “Franchise” shows the results of that regime, and the “Club” shows the new process.
Phil Thomas may have some comments, and I will take any questions.
Minutes of the thirty fourth AGM of
Brighton Marina Yacht Club
held on the 2nd December 2012
Present: Pete Tyler (President), Peter Dilloway Thompson, (Commodore),John Moore
John Boyce, Rob McLean, Peter van der Boon, Graham Allen & Pauline Allen
The President opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and then asked the Secretary to
read the notice convening the meeting.
Apologies were received from:Greg & Barbara Parish, Peter Stone, Eva & Tony Scott, Eric Cox, Tina Eglington, Flo Hubert, Dave Cobden, Katie Street & Nick Denyer.
The minutes of last year's meeting were available and were adopted.
Proposed: Phil Thomas
Seconded: Lynne East
The Directors reports were then given, a copy of each is attached.
Peter Dilloway Thompson then moved for the adoption of the reports. Adopted
Seconded: Paul Dupret
Dean Wetton then presented the accounts and invited questions from the floor. He said that last year the losses were overstated. It was asked whether a levy of £1 should be put on people using credit cards and this was thought to be a bad idea. Also the idea to change the end of the financial year to coincide with the start of the membership year was not agreed upon.
The accounts were adopted
Seconded Lynne East
The Election of Officers and Directors
Commodore: Peter Dilloway Thompson
Vice Commodore: Graham Allen
Rear Commodore Racing: Rob McLean
Rear Commodore Diving: Peter van der Boon
Rear Commodore House: John Boyce
Treasurer: Phil Thomas
Rear Commodore Cruising; Vacant
Rear Commodore Motor: Vacant
Director: Robert Stiles
President: Pete Tyler
Secretary: Pauline Allen
All positions were uncontested and therefore all were duly elected.
The present auditors were willing to continue in office and a proposer and seconder were asked for
Proposed: Phil Thomas
Seconded: Geoff Bryant
However Phil Thomas indicated that the auditors were under review.
The cup was awarded posthumously to Paul Scully for his services to the club via the diving section. Paul du Pret received the cup on his behalf.
In view of the new system advocated by Rear Commodore House both Pete Tyler and Phil Thomas expressed the hope that the bar/galley would move into profit in 2013.
It was asked whether a Direct Debit could be started which would be say £10.00 per month which would encourage members to join as an alternative to paying a lump sum in April.
The point was raised about the Administration Secretary as it was felt that the post should have been advertised but as the Commodore pointed out, there was very little time between the present incumbent leaving and a new one joining. Also the contract was probationary allowing a period 3 months to assess their suitability.
The Racing Commodore said that they were thinking of holding a race from Fecamp to the Solent as some yachts would be going there after the Royal Escape race for Round The Island race. Phil Thomas said that the J111's were holding a one design class race at Le Havre so they could also join in.
The club recently acquired a mounted bell engraved BMYC and it was decided that it would be called the Commodore's Bell which would be presented to those members whom the Commodore considers have worked hard for the benefit of the club. The Commodore then presented bottles of English Sparkling Wine in recognition of their services to the club to Lynne East, John Boyce and Philip Ayton and their names will be the engraved on the bell mounting.
Dean Wetton was thanked for all the work he has done in his position as Treasurer.
It was proposed that next AGM will be held no later than the last Sunday in December 2013.
This was carried unanimously and the meeting retired to enjoy the Rum Punch at the bar.