30th April we held our Annual General Meeting where we confirmed
the appointments made by the Board during this past year,
re-elected two incumbents and also confirmed the creation
of a new chair on the Board and the appointment of Greg Talibon
as the first "E-Chair".
Yes, the lunch was our treat, but it was still great to see
the number of members who took the time out of their busy
day to share a very important part of running an association
in a fair, balanced and open way, and it is vital that it
continues in this fashion to maintain its vitality and openness.
It was heartening to hear from our Education Chair, Kevin
Breen, on the great steps being made by an invigorated Education
Board. It felt really good to be able to report on the continued
popularity of CMA's social side - the lunches, the golf outing
(this years is already booked out), the picnic (which has
become a "must attend" in most calendars), the softball
- continuing even though this season will be played in a public
arena by two teams sponsored by the CMA - and the continued
huge success of the conference in March.
But some words, descriptions and social networking events
are construed in different ways and also regarded with varying
amounts of importance by different people or in different
locations around the world. This was brought home to me during
the winding down, after the official part of the AGM.
There I was, waxing lyrical about how pleased we were about
2014 when a gentleman, not that much older than me, made the
comment that when I mentioned the creation of the "E-Chair",
the first thought that popped into his head was that this
was some sort of "Electric Chair" with all of its
violent associative images. That was a dose of cold water.
I am sure that E-Chair Greg Talibon will have a much more
positive effect on CMA to counter-act any such negative interpretations!
On the social networking side, having not visited the Far
East for several years, I spent the week following the AGM
in Singapore and discovered that Karaoke is alive and flourishing.
It is still a vital part of many business evenings, with many
singers actually being quite good! I quickly disillusioned
both myself and them that I could match their tuneful efforts.
We do have of places where Karaoke can be enjoyed in and around
our New York area, but in no way is it so much a part of our
business entertainment - different part of the world, different
importance. I am not so sure about a CMA Karaoke evening though.
are always welcome