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Annual General Meetings over the Years

The MGS is legally required to hold its General Assembly, open to all paid-up members, between 1 October and the end of each year. The first President, Sally Razelou, realised that members keen enough to travel to Greece to attend a business meeting deserved to be pampered, so in the first couple of years (1996 and 1997) they were hosted in local members homes’ and driven out on a few semi-organised excursions.

As early as 1998 the meeting moved abroad for the first time, hotels were booked and the excursions were planned in greater detail. Eventually the custom was established that in two years out of three the Annual General Meeting, referring to the business meetings including the General Assembly and the events organised for the participants, would be held in a mediterranean-climate region, ideally where there were enough members to do the organising. In the third, election, year the AGM would be held in Greece, although not always in Athens.

So it has been that over the years members have been invited to some of the loveliest parts of the mediterranean world where they meet up with friends, old and new, in the warm October sunshine.

Our aim is to recall all the Annual General Meetings that have been held since 1998 with a few notes to acknowledge those members involved in all the hard work. For the early years the reports published in the MGS journal The Mediterranean Garden are reprinted as a reminder of gardens visited, sights seen and venues used. For later AGMs the pages which were prepared for the website will be reposted. As we add to this section we will announce it on the Home page.

1998 Mallorca, Spain
With Heidi Gildemeister as MGS President, the AGM was taken off to her island home of Mallorca where she and her husband made arrangements for a fabulous weekend. Freda Cox reports.

1999 French and Italian Riviera
Another garden-packed weekend with a General Assembly as an excuse for MGS friends old and new to get together. Local Branch Head Kimberley Peters and Joanna Millar saw the events they had arranged much appreciated by the 60 participants. Freda Cox reports.

2000 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
With no local branch in Sicily, MGS Secretary Barbara Diamantides organised the AGM from Athens with the help of Dr Marcello Cascino and Alison Richards on the ground. Fifty participants were charmed by the island, the plants and the landscape. Yvette Varvaressou reports.

2001 Athens, Greece
With Barbara Diamantides still wilting from the organisation of the previous year’s AGM, she enlisted Fleur Pavlidis and Sally Razelou to take charge of the arrangements in Athens, and MGS Treasurer Vivien Psaropoulou to accept pre-payments for the first time. Freda Cox reports.

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