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Secretary’s Annual Report 2018

The Association’s Management Committee met in full 5 times since the last AGM. The meetings were all well attended and your elected representatives worked hard to serve your interests.
As far as the Secretary’s work goes, I was pretty much kept going with email enquiries from visiting anglers and queries resulting from our online membership availability. The aforementioned remains a great success with 117 members, mainly visitors, joining online. Our overall membership was up by 40 in 2017 with visitors accounting for much of this increase. We set up a Facebook site for Management Committee members which makes communications and decision making easier for those who are friends. A competitions Facebook page has also been recently set up – one to keep an eye on and especially if you are looking for a boat partner.  
The Committee spent quite a lot of time in relation to work carried out on our site at Kirbister. We started to dig out an area of ground to enable tent access and some parking but were quickly stopped from doing so by OIC Planning who were tipped off by a member of the public. We then deliberated over whether we should apply for planning permission to continue the work, or to just re-instate. Lots of correspondence with OIC Planning followed. We eventually decided to apply for planning permission and were more that surprised to get this without any objections or bother. So we hope to complete the site works this year.    
Much of the remaining work will be covered in the Sub-committee Convenors reports, and I thank all those involved for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, and in particular the President and Treasurer for their excellent support.
Malcolm Russell – OTFA Secretary
27th February 2018