An excerpt from the Chairman's Report given at the 2019 AGM, held at the UKCA Club Chlorakas, Paphos.
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2019 "Looking back I see this is the fourth report I have delivered at a St. Andrew’s Society A.G.M. During the time of my Chairmanship some things have changed but in the main the Society remains as it has been since its inception a quarter of a century ago. I was a member through some of those early years and learned to dance under the strict instruction of Alison Rennie. At that time the venue was the Ambassador Restaurant. A scruffy and somewhat gloomy looking place but which had the benefit of a bar! Maybe this is what encouraged non dancing members to come along and play cards or just watch us getting our feet in a tangle. This no longer happens but we do have many non-dancing members who participate in our events and enjoy them. The recent Burns Night is a good example. It may be easy for new members not to realise that though the Tuesday dancing evening is the backbone and mainstay of this Society it is not all of it. So I would like to welcome any of those members who are here and thank them for their continued support. The advent of communication on line is one benefit we did not have in those early years. Now we have a website created and kept up by Janine. On average more than 400 people visit it each week and at least 1500 individual pages are viewed, indicating people are taking an interest in what they see and are curious for more. On it one can find the list of Tuesday dances and watch them being danced. Janine is aware that many dancers take advantage of this and as a result learn new dances more quickly and approach them with greater confidence. It is also useful as an Archive of the Association as well as allowing people who may be unfamiliar with our Scottish occasions an insight into the style and quality of our events. It also enables the many visitors who find us to join in our Tuesday sessions. if you are on Facebook you can find us there too! If you have not yet taken advantage of this I suggest you do so when you get home! It has been another busy and successful year for the Society. The numbers at the Tuesday night dancing continue to grow, all happy to try out new dances as well as enjoy well known ones under the ever smiling, ever patient tutorship of Janine. During the past twelve months many activities have taken place. Most importantly the St. Andrew’s Ball. For the first time we employed a top quality Scottish band which was a great success. In October there was a showing of the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the UKCA followed by an excellent dinner. During the summer we enjoyed another outside evening at the Elea Estates. With an excellent buffet supper some simple dances and an amazing view it was a delightful, if chilly event. After a very hot summer, dancing restarted on September 4th. Practice of the dances for the Ball began in earnest. The final event of the year was a Christmas Ceilidh on the last dancing evening of 2018. It was very relaxed and informal occasion to which everyone brought delicious offerings to the buffet supper. As I am sure you all realise these various events are a result of many committee meetings and hours of work by the committee members and others. I must mention by name Irene whose negotiating skills result in high standards and low prices and it can take many visits to a venue as well as phone calls and emails to ensure the Society gives its members good value for money as well an enjoyable occasion"