6. Treasurer’s report – Gordon Farquharson
Accounts; Copies were circulated. Gordon said that the association maintained solvency and a small margin had been made on events last year. The £1,016 surplus from 2008 is to be kept to make sure a positive balance is maintained and there is always a small amount to cover bookings etc for the gathering.
Gordon thanked clan members from the UK and abroad for contributing to the Culloden stone fund. It was a remarkable effort to raise the money so quickly.
Braemar Castle fund. Gordon said that the Braemar Community Trust have good fund raising mechanisms in place so the Clan will not do anything separate but will promote and support the trust and they, in return will try to identify income from Clan members, for information.
The biggest cost is the infrastructure of the castle needing over £1million to render the outside. If UK members wish to contribute the trust can reclaim tax provided gift aid donations are made.
There were no questions concerning the accounts.
Acceptance of the accounts - Proposed Maureen Farquharson. Seconded Kevin Farquharson. Approved unanimously.
Subscriptions; proposed to remain unaltered. This means that standing orders will not need to be changed as we tend to loose people when this happens. Proposed Ian Farquharson. Seconded Desmond Quaite. Approved unanimously.
From the floor, Erika farquharson suggested that PayPal is looked at as a way of collecting the subscriptions and overseas payments in the future.