The Boys’ Brigade Buchan Battalion held its Annual General Meeting on April 23 at Strichen.
Office-bearers for the year were appointed for the coming year.
Michael Strachan was returned for a third year as President of the Buchan Battalion with Duncan Leel Snr being appointed Battalion Vice-President. Mrs Yvonne Duthie remains as Secretary with Maria MacLennan serving as Treasurer.
The AGM appointed a training team which is composed of Duncan Leel Snr, Martin Dunbar and Alastair Russell.
This year, Mr Dunbar completed a course to become Brigade Training Officer meaning he is now qualified to deliver courses around Scotland.
Mr Andrew West was appointed to the role of Battalion Queen’s Badge Advisor. The President expressed thanks to Mr West for his continued dedication to the Queen’s Badge and for overseeing the seven badges being awarded in Buchan this year.
Mr Steve Wilson was co-opted onto the Executive as a Duke of Edinburgh Award Advisor and will keep the Executive informed of its progress. The DoE, it is hoped, will complement Queen’s Badge work and lead to boys gaining another national award.
Mr Jim Muirhead was appointed Honorary President, whilst Bob Sim and Alasdair Brodie are appointed as Honorary Vice-Presidents. Henry Duthie MBE continues as an Honorary Life Member.
During the evening the President said he had been encouraged by turnout at some of the Battalion competitions.
The Company Section competitions will be reorganised, and the trophy will be donated and named in memory of Andrew Buchan (1st St. Combs) who passed away last year.
The number of boys joining the Brigade was steady and increasing, the only threat to this progress being the lack of new leaders joining. Recruitment of new officers and leaders will be a priority in the coming months.
It is hoped that visitations will be carried out in the next session in order for the President to gain an insight into the needs of the Battalion.
The Battalion has much to be positive about as it looks forward to another session.