There was an excellent turnout of 45 members for the annual general meeting of the Furness and South Lakeland Fellowship at Barrow in Furness Masonic Hall. It saw Gary Neal stand down from the post of chairman. A committee member for 21 years, and chairman for the past 19 years, Gary decided it was time to step aside and let someone else pick up the reins.
Under his chairmanship Gary has seen the fellowship, which is entirely self-funding, go from strength to strength. A varied annual programme of events ranging from guest speakers to trips away has always proved popular with the members and has helped their interest going. No doubt things will continue in a similar vein under the new chairman David Smith who is taking over from Gary. David’s previous experience in the roles of secretary and vice-chairman will certainly keep him in good stead.
Group chairman and fellowship president Peter Schofield was on hand to lead the tributes to Gary and thank him for his service over the years.
On behalf of the Province, fellowship patron David Grainger also extended thanks to Gary for the many hours of work he has put in over the 21 years in ensuring that the Furness and South Lakeland Group has a vibrant and successful fellowship.