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(The Annual General Meeting took place in London during 2001 because there was no British Congress that year; members had been invited to attend a joint European congress in Ostend, instead.)
Marjorie Boulton paid tribute to William Auldís massive literary output. She used the figure of a tower with many windows, each revealing a different vista, and thus illustrating the diversity of Billís talent. An hour was, of course, not sufficient to do justice to his output; but we are grateful to Marjorie for enlightening us with such vivacity, wit and high-powered Esperanto!
Edmund Grimley Evans presided during a well planned AGM.
Bill Walker and Derek Tatton ably condensed the complex Wedgwood negotiations concerning moving HQ to Barlaston which have now produced a legal contract. There contribution was enthusiastically applauded.
David Kelso spoke about his vision for his post as Director of Development, emphasising his desire for support and suggestions from the membership.
Terry Page spoke about his role as Congress enabler, summarising some of the results of a survey which he has just conducted, and emphasising that he is open to further comments and proposals.
David Bisset indicated that publicity had been deliberately modest during this time of transition; but that work had already begun concerning how to market Wedgwood, the web site had been kept current (members were urged to look at it regularly and commend it to others), posters and leaflets were ready but awaiting a change of address, and that the range of greetings cards for the internal market had been increased.
ETA and KELI also held their AGM s during the day; Terry Page led a congress discussion group; and MANCOM (which was re-elected without change) met.
EAB expresses thanks to all participants and to those who gave reports. The Bloomsbury staff were especially helpful; and the catering from Silva's Cafe was copious.
Marjorie Boulton is due particular thanks for an enthralling lecture.
After a superb buffet supper provided by the London Club, the main feature of the evening was a talk by the recently appointed Director of Development of EAB, David Kelso, on the subject of "Lifelong Learning", in which David explored a range of educational issues, woven into an account of his own educational life, from nursery school to his time as HM Chief Inspector for Post-School Education in Scotland. His talk (in Esperanto, naturally) was followed by a lively discussion session, picking up on some of the controversial ideas prompted by the talk.
The second half of the evening was an enjoyable contrast, a solo presentation by Stephen Thomson of Appleby-in-Westmorland (and former President of EAB) of an impressive range of Esperanto songs, original and translated and ranging from the comic to the epic, accompanied by Stephen's guitar and interspersed with Stephen's inimitable commentary and reminiscences. Perhaps most remarkable of all, Stephen succeeded in bullying his audience into joining in for quite a few of the better-known songs!
A most enjoyable evening, which concluded for some in a local hostelry where the scope and versatility of Esperanto was on display to the regulars.
The AGM of the Esperanto Association of Britain will take place on Saturday 31st March 2001 in Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London. The church is well situated off New Oxford Street near Bloomsbury and Covent Garden.
Dr. Rainer Kurz, the President of the German Esperanto Association, will deliver an important lecture re the organisation of the Esperanto Movement.
There will be a wide selection of books, publicity material and Esperanto sundries. Catering will be available within the venue. A prologue to the AGM will take place on the Friday evening at the London Esperanto Club at which Dr. Kurz will also speak. Please record these important dates in your diary. Further details will appear in Update.
1000 Registration and coffee
1045 Lecture + discussion
1545-1700 Specialist meetings and MANCOM
The address of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church is: 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London. It is just off New Oxford Street and within walking distance of Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.
There are many small hotels in Bloomsbury. Please contact the London Tourist Board for details.
The London Esperanto Club has kindly agreed to arrange a Festvespero on the Friday evening between 1830- 2200. Dr. Kurz will be the speaker.
The address of the London Club is: The Fred Tallant Hall, 153 Drummond Street, London. It is situated 200 metres west of Euston Station. [Postscript: the club has since moved - see the club's website.]
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