This year our branch had a very special venue for our Annual General Meeting, Government House in Victoria, on March 4th. Photo by Government House.
Branch president Steve Cowan welcomes members and guests to Government House and to the annual lunch and AGM. To his right are Thandi Williams (director of operations for Government House) and David Gustavson (our newest and youngest member). And to his right is Don Mayers (treasurer).
At the south table are Connie Mayers, Denis Ostercamp, Brian Hutchison, Sir John Cave-Browne-Cave, and Lady Susan Erling-Tyrell.
At the south table are John Neill, Cyril Lane, Cheree Lane, Penny Underwood, Les Underwood, and Tom Mercer.
Susan starts off the tour in the main hallway in front of a photo portrait of Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon positioned between the Letters Patent for Her Honour's grant of arms.
The Healing Pole was carved by Luke Marston of the Coast Salish.  It depicts a shaman, surmounted by an owl, holding a butterfly and represents the shaman preparing medicine to heal the friendship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples. It was commissioned in 2008 by Steven Point, Judith Guichon's predecessor, and installed in Government House in 2009.
Here are portraits of past lieutenant governors, their honours Robert Gordon Rogers, David Lam, Garde Gardom, and Iona Campagnolo.
This one is of the most recent past lieutenant governor, Steven Point.
This is Government House's main dining room.
Light beams stream in from the south windows into the Ballroom.
Here are some typical examples of the stained glass found in the Ballroom, depicting flora of British Columbia. Each new lieutenant governor chooses a plant to be added to the collection.
At this point, Thandi Williams, the director of operations, begins to assist Susan with the tour and provided numerous anecdotes from the royal tour last Fall.
This is the hallway that services the royal suites.
This room was used as a playroom for Prince George and Princess Charlotte during the royal visit last Fall.
What better way to end the tour?
After the tour, Branch president Steve Cowan opens the meeting and gives his annual report. Next, treasurer Don Mayers gives his financial report, outlining the branch's strong financial position.
After the president's and treasurer's reports, Gary Mitchell (nominations officer), oversees the choosing of a new board. Since there was only one nomination for each position, all positions were filled by acclamation. Last year, one director position was vacant, and still is. The new board is shown below:
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The position of the Ex-officio Nominations Officer is currently vacant.