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Anguilla Archeological and Historical Society Limited

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE SOROPTIMISTS HALL THE VALLEY ON 18 AUGUST 2010

 

PRESENT:  President Kenn Banks and 21 members


 

 

1. Commencement:  The meeting began at 7:25 PM. 

 

2. Introduction and Welcome:  President Kenn Banks chaired the meeting and welcomed all present.

 

3. Adoption of Agenda:  The following agenda was adopted unanimously.

AGENDA

1         Ascertainment of Quorum                                     (By-law 7.4)

2         Introduction and welcome

3         Adoption of Agenda

4         Confirmation of the Minutes of last AGM of 24 March 2009

5         Matters arising

6         Treasurer’s Report

7         Report of Board of Directors

7         Election of two members of the Board                   (By-law 9.1)

8         Appointment of Audit Committee                           (By-law 19.3)

9         Any other business:

i. Presentation on Fountain Cavern by Dr John Crock

10       Adjournment

 

4. Confirmation of the Minutes:  The minutes of the previous annual general meeting of 24 March 2009 which had been circulated to all members by email and copies placed on the AAHS website and were unanimously adopted. 

 

5. Matters Arising:  Nik Douglas requested clarification of the status of documents donated to the AAHS for safekeeping.  Steve Donahue responded that the achieves building had been cleaned and better organized, and that the society has purchased special storage boxes for the keeping of documents.  Also, some artifacts are kept at the National Trust building, and that currently, there is no archivist in Anguilla.

 

6. Treasurer's Report:  Treasurer Steven Donahue reported on the status of the finances of the company.  A copy of his report marked Appendix 1 and is attached to and forms part of these minutes.

 

7. Report of the Board of Directors:  President Kenn Banks delivered the Report.  A copy of it is marked Appendix 2 and is attached to and forms part of these minutes.

 

8. Elections.  Members of the Board Bob Conrich and Joash Proctor stood down and the election process was handled by Kenn Banks and Steve Donahue.  Duly nominated and seconded the following persons were elected to the Board for a period of one year:  Joash Proctor and Lawrence Stott.

 

9. Any other business:

           (i) Dr John Crock:  Dr. Crock made a slide presentation on the work to date being done with the Fountain Cavern, and progress with the site being n=made a World Heritage site.  He discussed at length the work that needs to be done to have the site nominated, and the fact that he has officially been asked by Government to help prepare the submission – which he has agreed to.  His presentation was followed by a lively question and answer period.

 

10. There being no further business, the meeting ended at 9:25 pm.

 

 

 

 

Submitted: Don Mitchell CBE QC

 

 

 

APPENDIX 1

 

ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

ANGUILLA ARCHEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

1 APRIL, 2009 - 18 AUGUST, 2010

(ALL AMOUNTS IN US$)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOUNT

Heritage Trail

US$ Checking

 

EC$ Checking

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPENING BALANCE

$0.00

$3,527.75

 

$910.69

$4,438.44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Inc

$0.00

$8.80

 

$0.00

$8.80

 

Membership

$0.00

$584.76

 

$20.01

$604.77

 

Merchandise Sales

$0.00

$0.00

 

$0.00

$0.00

 

Other Inc

$5,693.21

$1,450.00

*

$0.00

$7,143.21

 

TOTAL INCOME

$5,693.21

$2,043.56

 

$20.01

$7,756.78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donations

$0.00

$1,030.00

 

$0.00

$1,030.00

 

Advertising/printing

$1,655.98

$360.00

 

$290.00

$2,305.98

 

Misc.

$0.00

$98.99

 

$0.00

$98.99

 

Merchandise

$0.00

$0.00

 

$0.00

$0.00

 

P.O. Box

$0.00

$52.08

 

$0.00

$52.08

 

Utilities

$0.00

$122.96

 

$0.00

$122.96

 

Other Exp.

$2,500.00

$1,826.64

**

$0.00

$4,326.64

TOTAL EXPENSES

$4,155.98

$3,490.67

 

$290.00

$7,936.65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDING BALANCE

$1,537.23

$2,080.64

 

$640.70

$4,258.57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREDITS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage Trail Pledges

$150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage Trail Plaques

$2,908.65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Repayment of advance below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** Includes $1,450 advance for Maritime research & $376.64 for Heritage Trail reception

 

 

Appendix 2

 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S 2009-2010

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S 2009-2010

The Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society held its last AGM on 24th March of 2009 at the TRC.  At this meeting a Board for running the affairs for the Society was elected it was composed.

       President                   Kenn Banks

Vice President                      Aileen Smith

Treasurer                  Steve Donahue

Secretary                   Don Mitchell

Members                   Bob Conrich

Joash Proctor

 

The Board has completed several ongoing activities from the previous year and has initiated new ones during the period.  In this report we will touch on some of these and update members on future plans.

 

2009 SHIPWRECK SURVEY

On of the ongoing projects last year was Shipwreck Survey Project headed by Ms Lili Azevedo as part of her PHD programme at the University of Southampton in Heritage Management. 

 

The Survey took place July 1-22nd 2009.  The team surveyed potential sites from both shore (snorkel) and boat. The party of ten persons from overseas was joined by members of the Society and with the help of fishermen and other Anguillians, was able to survey a number of the island’s reefs and make some fascinating discoveries.  Visits were also made to youth groups and a Children’s field trip was organized. 

 

A public presentation of the findings of the study was made in July 2009. We would like to thank all those persons who assisted. Special thanks are extended to the Governor’s Office for its substantial financial support and to the Government of Anguilla for its in-kind support.   A full report of the survey is found on our website.

 

The team leader Lilli has extended her stay in Anguilla to complete her PHD programme and has been of great assistance to the Society in other areas.

 

UPDATE EL BUEN CONSEJO

At our last AGM we reported on our efforts to recover stolen medallions from the El Buen Consejo.  Member might be aware that over 100 hundred of these were returned to Anguilla by the FBI in May 2009. The AAHS tried to persuade the GOA to press charges in the US courts against the offenders but this has not happened to date.   We continue to vigilantly seek out any other instances of Anguillian artefacts being removed by treasure hunters.  Late last year we alerted the police of another case, this was also raised with the US authories but to our knowledge this has not been pursued. 

 

MV MEPPEL/HILDA

The MV Hilda (Meppel) was one of the vessels used in the evacuation of Dunkirk sixty years ago.  It was sold to and Anguillian businessman and eventually sunk as part of an underwater reef project in the 1980’s. During Huricane Luis in 1995 it was shifted and lost.  Following request from relatives of the evacuees, with the help of Doug Carty the HMS Iron Duke and other local fishermen, we were able to locate the wreck. It is hoped that the history of this ship could add some value to our underwater heritage, and to sustainable dive tourism in Anguilla.

 

CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society has endorsed UNESCO's 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.  The endorsement supports internationally accepted standards in underwater cultural heritage management.  It places the AAHS in good company, among those organisations leading the way in protecting underwater cultural heritage. The Convention is a benchmark for many countries that have chosen to ratify it and adopt its annex as a best practice document.

 

With their endorsement, the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society recognizes the importance of protecting all of Anguilla’s underwater heritage, rare and common, known and as yet undiscovered as an intrinsic and significant parts of Anguillian culture.  Importantly, the society’s endorsement will enable benefits of all research and discoveries facilitated by the AAHS to remain the property of the people of Anguilla and those who come after us.

 

 

HERITAGE TRAIL

The Anguilla Heritage Trail is a joint project supported by the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS), the Anguilla National Trust (ANT), the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) and individual and corporate donors. 

 

This Heritage Trail is a project envisage several years ago by the AAHS in the 1990’s. At that time Aileen Smith and a team of dedicated volunteers worked hard towards this end but we were not able to find the resources to complete the project.

 

This time around we have had the dedicated efforts of Ms Lilli Azevedo, who I mentioned earlier spearheaded the project and saw it through.  This is just the start.  We expect this trail to grow over the years to become a major vehicle in delivering the facts of Anguilla History to residence and visitors. 

 

We must thank those whose were involved in getting the project moving and those who so generously donated.

 

BOB ROGERS RECORDING

At the last AGM we had an interesting presentation by Mr Bob Rogers on the Anguilla Revolution. We recorded the presentation for posterity but it was also our intention to have this available for sale. However we have not been able to finalise copyright issues.  We hope this will be resolved soon.

 

HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS

The AAHS has been working to secure various collections of artefacts on Anguilla History. Some of these include:

 

ALFRED WEBSTER COLLECTION through his son Mr Louvan Webster

GOVERNOR GODDEN COLLECTION.  We are also hoping to get some slides from Cannon Canning which might be included.

 

OGEES HODGE'S MURALS. We have had the assistance of Carol Richardson and Fred Randall in photographing these murals before they are destroyed with the view of putting them on our website.

 

AAHS REVIEW

Work on the new Archaeological Review has not progress much since last year. We are still seeking assistance for the writing of articles to complete the project.  We hope there will be a more positive report next AGM.

 

WEBSITE

We invite members to visit our website to keep abreast of the work of the Society.  There you will find articles, pictures, reports minutes of meetings and other historical information and links.

 

We look forward to your continued support.

 

Kenn Banks

For the Board of AAHS

 

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