BMC AGM 2018: essential information

Posted by Kate Anwyl on 17/05/2018

The 2018 AGM is taking place at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal at 1.00pm on Saturday 16 June. Read on for essential information about what is happening, and how you can be involved in the most important BMC AGM in years.

Why is the AGM so important?

The 2018 AGM will consider significant changes to the constitution (new Articles of Association) which will influence what the BMC can do and how it will operate. Although this affects the rights of all members, typically only a tiny minority will attend the AGM to vote.

Since democratic principles depend upon the involvement of as many members as possible, it is of vital importance that you do vote, so that the outcome will be truly reflective of what members want. As in previous years you will be able to vote by proxy and for this year an online system managed by the Electoral Reform Service will be available.

BMC AGM agenda documents

Note: all documents related to AGM Agenda items will be uploaded to the BMC website by 5pm on Friday 18 May, following the Members' Open Forum meeting that was held in Manchester on Tuesday 15 May.

2018 AGM Agenda

Item 4: Approval of 2017 AGM minutes

Item 5: Adoption of 2017 Annual Report

Item 6: Adoption of 2017 Annual Accounts and Auditors' report

Item 8: Ordinary resolution proposed by John Roberts and >500 BMC members

Item 9: Special resolution to adopt new Articles of Association, either:

9.a: Option A - as recommended by National Council, the Executive Committee and the ORG

Articles of Association Summary Note Plain English Guide

OR

9.b: Option B - as proposed by 44 BMC members (some of whom have subsequently withdrawn their support)

Articles of Association Summary Note

Item 10: Elections

10.a.I: Les Ainsworth or Lynn Robinson for President

10.a.II: John Roberts for Vice-President

10.a.III: Amanda Parshall for Independent Director

Item 10b: Re-election of Executive Committee members

How to vote

BMC members can cast their vote in person at the AGM or by proxy. Details about how to submit a proxy vote online will be emailed to members on Friday 18 May.

READ: How to vote in the 2018 BMC AGM

AGM schedule

Saturday 16 June, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
11:30 – 13:00:     AGM Registration (in the Function Suite)
13:00 – 18:00:     BMC AGM
19:00 –  late:       Buffet and annual awards presentations; late bar

The buffet is free to BMC members, but please let kate@thebmc.co.uk know you are coming so we have plenty of food for everyone.

In addition to the George Band Award, this year will see the inaugural presentations of two new awards:

  • The Rehan Siddiqui Award for exceptional voluntary contribution towards promoting equality and diversity in the BMC.
  • The Young Volunteer of the Year Award for exceptional voluntary contribution in climbing, hill walking or mountaineering and the work of the BMC.

Accomodation

Accommodation is available at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.  Please quote BMC AGM 2018 to receive a discounted B&B room rate.

Further information

Please contact Kate at the BMC; email kate@thebmc.co.uk


Your AGM: It's time to vote!

Don't let your vote go to waste. This year, there are two ways to vote: use the online voting system, or attend the AGM in person. Want to vote but don't know how? 

VOTE: How to vote in the 2018 BMC AGM

Know how to get to the AGM? Want to know what's happening, what you'll be voting on, and why?

THE EVENT: BMC AGM event details and agenda

Do you know who is up for election this year? There are candidates running for the position of BMC President as well as Vice-President. Find out more here.

PEOPLE: Elect the candidates you want to run the BMC

Detailed info on the BMC AGM and proposed changes

Your BMC is growing and it needs to stay relevant in an ever changing world. Changes are being proposed and will be voted on in the 2018 AGM. Find out more and why we need your vote. It's a complicated topic, so start with this one:

READ: It's your BMC, and we need your vote

We're asking our members to vote on some significant changes to the BMC's constitution. Part of the discussion is the relationship between the BMC and Sport England. (Article online soon). 

READ: What are Sport England Tier 3 and Tier 1 relationships?

There are two constitutions to vote for: Proposal A (as recommended by National Council) and Proposal B, proposed by a group of members. To learn more about the two proposals, you can read a detailed comparison written by BMC honorary solictor Martin Wragg.

READ: A comparison of alternative constitutions

How did the recommendations get decided? Read more about the process that lead to this stage, including the reports from the Organisational Review and more. 

READ: BMC Organisational Review reports

Watch the Open Forum debate

We held a debate in Manchester on 15 May for both options to be discussed. You can watch the livestream here:


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