The Extraordinary General Meeting on the 20th March at Woodbridge was ordinary (and orderly) in everything but name. Our President, Pauline Stainer - and if you haven't read her wonderful and serene
poetry, there is treat in store for you! - opened the meeting and created an aura of calm, which persisted throughout the proceedings.
Fred Ellis, the Chairman, who everyone agrees has been a dynamo of energy for the last three years, spoke briefly and movingly about his decision to resign. He accepted that he had tried to bring about change that was out of kilter with the wishes of the membership. A new Chairman, Anne Boileau, was elected and several of the former committee members who had stood down, including Ivor Murrell and Ian Griffiths, have come back. I was delighted that our own Colin Whyles is now the new membership secretary: I am sure we are going to see some spectacular improvements in the website.
I personally was saddened that the Society has lost Fred Ellis, but his style of leadership was undoubtedly challenging. I am sure that we haven't heard the last of his Poetry Anglia. Plurality is a great asset in the world of poetry, and there has to be a place for the sort of dynamic, headline-grabbing approach that he was developing.
So all appears to be calm - could it have been a good choice to hold the meeting on the day of the Equinox?