The branch had its Annual General Meeting at the Silver Bridge Inn, in Duncan, on March 21st. Photo by Silver Bridge Inn.
This is a view of our luncheon and meeting room, the Fireside Room. Don Mayers is being hypnotized by his laptop while Tom Mercer is wondering if anyone will show up for his talk, as they await the arrival of other branch members.
Another view of the Fireside Room showing the fireplace and one of Steve Cowan's educational displays.
Members start to arrive.
Gary Mitchell is greeted by Laurie Patten while John Neill looks on.
Lynn Patten is sitting just in front of one of the educational displays.
This photo and the following two are close-ups of a three-panel display made by Steve Cowan. The materials were funded by a grant from the Royal Bank of Canada, which was obtained through the efforts of Don Mayer. This is the left panel and highlights the history of the Canadian flag.
This is the middle panel and shows an example of a type of cadency (called differencing) currently favoured by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
The right panel gives a brief overview of the granting of arms.
Members have just finished a delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches.
Laurie. Gary and Don discuss a printout of arms.
Tom Mercer (branch director and master glazier) prepares to give his presentation "Heraldic Representation in Stained Glass". Below are a few slides from his presentation, which covered examples from medieval times to his own work.  It was a very interesting display of heraldic stained glass.
Branch president John Neill gives his annual report to the membership. He outlined the year's accomplishments as well as upcoming events, in particular the national conference to be held in May in Victoria, which the branch is hosting.
Branch treasurer Don Mayers gives the financial report.
Gary Mitchell (branch Secretary and nominations officer) oversaw the choosing of a new board. Since there was only one nomination for each position, all positions were filled by acclamation. The new board is shown below:
|Heraldic Advisor||Laurie Patten||(appointed by board)|
|Blazon Editor||Darren George||(mid-term, Tom Mercer filling in)|
|Webmaster||Lee Van Horne||(mid-term)|
The new board subsequently convened and appointed Vanessa Bramhill as the ex-officio member of the Nominations committee.