Annual General Meeting, Nov. 19, 2019 Minutes

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President David Saunders called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 24 members present. Executive member Bob Malone was unable to attend due to a health problem at home.

George Rickard welcomed our speaker, Clarington Fire Chief Mr. Gordon Weir.

Mr. Weir presented a wealth of information to the audience. He explained one example how fire was created after a youth placed his sweater over a hot computer with the lid closed. Some fires are caused by cheap electrical cables that heat and flare into flames. Barn fires from wet hay spontaneous combustion are common and grass fires from railway sparks keep them busy in the fall. Blocked couches are hard to extinguish because of the type of construction. Larger more dangerous events like the propane yard conflagration north of the 401 present challenges that strain their resources. Fire trucks can now change stop lights to green on the #2 as they approach intersections and $25,000.00 E Tools are available to open crushed cars without hydraulic hook up. Mr. Weir distributed books with pictures of fires and car accidents that he had collected over the years. Two service dogs are used to assist members that have been exposed to unsettling events. With the responsibility of five fire stations and sixty members, Mr. Weir is a very busy man indeed!

Rod McArthur thanked Mr. Weir for his excellent presentation.

Previous Minutes:

Secretary Warren Tait read the minutes from May 21, 2019. Rod McArthur moved that they be accepted and Carl Good seconded. This was carried.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer George Rickard reported that as of October 31st the bank balance was $1,177.94. George made a motion to accept the report and Joyce Kufta seconded. It was carried.

New Business:

Tuesday 2020 general meeting dates: March 3, May 12, September 22 and the Annual November 24.

Tuesday 2020 executive meeting dates: February 11, May 5, September 15 and November 17.

The following executive was presented for the year 2020:

President: David Saunders, Past President: Robert Malone, Secretary: Warren Tait, Treasurer: George Rickard, Directors: Marion Saunders, Rod McArthur and Terry Angiers.

After three requests for nominations from the floor, a vote was taken and Rod and Terry were accepted.


North Village Secondary Plan discussion will be held at the Newcastle Pentecostal Church on Nov. 21.

Palliative care calendars are now available for sale to help the Hospice.

Date of Next General Meeting:

The next General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The speaker in March: Mayor Adrian Foster.


Moved by Noel Gordon at 8:50 p.m.

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