24th September 2021
In the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Newsletter dated Aug 2021 there was a statement that said: “Ann Shimmin has stepped down from the role of Club President. The post is now combined with that of Vice-President until the next ballot for Club Officers ad Committee in 2022. “
In regards to that statement Ann has sent the following:
“When the last SGHC Newsletter was sent out I was delighted to be able to introduce myself as the newly appointed President for the period 2021 - 2025. I viewed this appointment within the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club - of which I had been a member since 1977 – as great honour. I would also like to take this opportunity thank my proposer Chris Ormsby (Yazid) and my seconder Tessa Abbott (Burydown) both of whom have been members of SGHC for a great deal longer than I have - for their confidence in me.
Sadly, I could be viewed as the shortest serving President in history - without explanation in some detail as to why I was never President first instance. Trawling through SGHC Club rules very recently in an attempt to find something that could help strengthen the constitution of Saluki Welfare Fund I became aware of one small word that I had never previously noticed relating to the nomination of SGHC President.
It was the word ‘continuous’. I had most certainly accumulated great deal more membership than the three years I had understood was necessary for my nomination. But my membership had lapsed at one stage. Investigation by myself revealed that it not been re-instated until August 2018. This left me well short of qualification for nomination.
I have always been a great believer in the strength of all Club rules. The basis is most certainly a framework written to enable the Club to function. However, some have also been incorporated by successive committees to ensure that specific situations - as and when they have arisen – never occur again!
Ignorance of the rules = foolishness. Ignoring the rules = stupidity. Therefore, there was no personal option for me to ignore (as a convenience) the fact that I was ineligible for nomination as President in the first instance. (My proposers were unaware of my lapse of membership and I had never considered it.) I advised SGHC Officers and Committee immediately and stood down from the committee.
There is a great deal of work ahead for the committee with the Centenary Celebrations. 2023 is now just over 15 months away and I know that your committee are putting great effort into making it memorable. I wish them every luck. Also please remember throughout SGHC as a whole the success of 2023 – plus of course the next 100 years - depends completely on membership support.”
Helen Haywood, chairman of the Saluki Welfare Fund has sent the following update
“There has been a lot of rumour and misinformation spread about since the Saluki Welfare Fund AGM on August 14th 2021.
The current named Trustees, Officers and Committee members would like to reassure the wider Saluki community that we are working quietly and hard in the background to ensure the Charity Funds remain safe and that the viability of SWF is maintained, enhanced and that it remains as the primary KC recognised breed rescue for Salukis.
As was stated at the AGM, the Fund’s Constitution and Working Practices will be updated and an SGM called specifically for the purpose of validating the changes proposed during the coming year if possible.
Meanwhile, firstly we would like to ask anyone who may have applied to rehome a Saluki through the charity, to re contact us via the website as the contact details held and posted by the ex-Northern Warden never arrived at its destination, so appears to have been lost.
Secondly, there has been much concern about certain aspects of finance within SWF, and we would like to reassure everyone that ongoing investigation into these is following Charity Commission guidelines. Any findings will be reviewed independently and acted upon if needed when investigations are complete which is unlikely to happen very quickly.
Thirdly, we are contacting all known re-homers recorded since March 2018, as despite recent input prior to the AGM there are many significant details still missing from the records and to maintain Rescue support for all dogs this is vital. If you or anyone you know wishes to contact us to ensure we have correct details logged for you and your rescued hound, we will be delighted to hear from you.
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