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West Midlands Regional Group AGM

WMRGThe West Midlands Regional Group (WMRG) held its annual general meeting in December 2018, at the Birmingham Midland Institute, the current home for the monthly lectures. The committee for 2019 was elected. Stepping down was the chairman, Dan Welch, who served on the committee for six years and had led the group for the past four. 2018 was a very active year for the group with ten evening meetings, four field meetings and a representation with promotional poster at the GA conference at the University of Birmingham.

Befittingly, Dan received the very first Certificate of Recognition award from the Geological Society—an award he had proposed at a regional group meeting at Burlington House. The WMRG also awarded him with an inscribed glass memento for his dedicated services.

As his last duty as serving Chairman, Dan had the honour of presenting WMRG awards to the 2019 field trip leaders in recognition of the time and effort taken to plan and lead the widely applauded trips. Receiving the awards were Julie Schroder for leading two walks looking at the building stones of Birmingham city centre, Andrew Harrison for his leadership role examining the Palaeozoic of The West Midlands, and Graham Worton for his leadership around the Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve, a site of special scientific interest.

Above, Dan Welch with his Geological Society Certificate of Recognition and his award for four years’ service as WMRG Chairman

WMRGRight, Julie Schroder, Andrew Harrison and Graham Worton receiving their inscribed 2018 field trip leader awards from the WMRG




Staff matters

Angela Edwards, Facilities Manager, Janine Benn, Fellowship Secretary, and Will Foreman, Education Assistant, left the Society last month. The Society wishes them all well for the future and thanks them for their valuable contribution to its work over the years.