Sunday 17 February 2019 at 17h05
Minute of Meeting of Odenwald Association
held on 13th November 2018 at 7.00 p.m. in Municipal Buildings, Falkirk
Present: Walter Simms (Chair), Anne Simms (Secretary), Andy Christie, Myra Christie, Neil Durning, Rod Aird, Fiona Aird, Terry Hunter, Gray Allan, Isabella Allan, Neil Clark and Kathryn Grainger.
Apologies: Christine Webster, Charles Tibbles, Laura Jenkins. (received notification after meeting from Jean Tait, Emma Gillanders, Christine Gannon, Joe O’Hanlon, Mark Allison)
Walter welcomed everyone to the meeting, then introduced the speakers for the evening, OA members Neil Clark and Kathryn Grainger, who gave a very interesting talk about their recent trip to the Falkland Islands where they met some of Neil’s online piping pupils, took part in musical workshops and concerts, and visited some of the memorial sites from the Falklands War. A more comprehensive account of the talk can be found on the Falkirk Twinning website.http://www.falkirktwinning.org/odenwald/news/falkland-islands-presentation
Members then enjoyed German style refreshments while Isabella ran the raffle which raised £21 for OA funds, after which the business part of the meeting commenced.
2. Minute of Previous Meeting
The Minute of the previous meeting held on 10th October 2018 was approved as a correct record, proposed by Gray Allan and seconded by Rod Aird.
3. Matters Arising
Update on Schottische Nacht 2019 – a list of the number of rooms required for the hostel, and who will stay in them, has been forwarded to Franziska. Anne is still waiting to hear from a couple of people here and in Germany before provisionally booking hotel rooms.
Provost Buchanan has not yet responded to the request for a meeting to discuss possible funding. Gray will chase up Cllr. Allyson Black, and Walter will also approach the Provost, either direct or through Ewan McWilliams (Members’ Support). Rod Aird suggested contacting a councillor or two to see if they have funds available.
Programme for next year – the May meeting has still not been finalised. One suggestion is for a trip on the Maid of the Forth but the timetable for 2019 is not yet published.
German students on work experience – Beate has now written to the Provost and is awaiting a reply. This will be mentioned at the same time as the request for funding.
Anne has now heard from Elaine Mitchell about the proposed joint Quiz Night. This will now be sometime in January or February. She (Elaine) will organise this so all the OA has to do is sell some tickets and provide raffle prizes. It will be an opportunity to meet with members of the Falkirk and District Twinning Association, raise awareness of twinning, and hopefully raise some funds too.
4. Secretary’s Report
Andy has received a communication from Detlef Kuhn. The Odenwalders are proposing to come over to Falkirk in October (6th – 12th) 2019 travelling with Charlie Wissmuller’s company, so there would be both SLV members and the general public. They would like to have a Scottish-themed evening as part of their tour and Walter has made enquiries at the Torphichen Inn. A three-course meal with one drink would be £19.50, and OA members would provide the entertainment. That would also be the week of the OA Open Evening.
There will be no meeting in December so the next meeting will be the Annual Dinner at the Hotel Cladhan. Anne handed round a list so that everyone could sign up for this.
5. Treasurer’s Report
On behalf of the Treasurer, Anne reported that there is currently £1,724.64 in the bank account. Some members have not yet paid their subscription. Anne will remind everyone of this. Membership cards were then handed out to the members who had paid.
6. Any Other Business
There was no other business.
7. Date of Next Meeting
It was agreed that the next meeting (the Annual Dinner) would be held on Tuesday 8th January at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. in the Hotel Cladhan, Falkirk.