Dear SOTS member,
Welcome to our 11 new members, elected at the January Meeting, and a happy new year to all. There isn’t much to report today, except to remind you that we have a new website thanks to the hard work of Jon Stokl, http://sots1917.org/ – it will always come up if you Google ‘SOTS’; though hearing I was doing some secretarial work for SOTS, the bright young new curate at my church looked it up and found ‘Soldiers Off The Street’, a charity aimed at preventing homelessness for those who no longer are able to be employed in what they were trained to do, and he commended my taking up of this worthy cause.
The Meeting in Durham went very well with our new president Adrian Curtis at the helm, and though there were reports of chilliness in some rooms, Collingwood’s dining room seemed to have had a makeover which made the canteen dining style we are now used to seem a little more elegant, if not as in the days when we used to be served over our shoulders by waiters. On the plus side, no-one gets summer pudding dripped down the back of their pale linen jacket any more. Excellent porridge too. I enclose a classic view I took of Durham on the day the Meeting started, in case anyone missed seeing it, the Wear swollen by the Winter of heavy rain.
The main business to pass on is from the secretary David Shepherd: In addition to the Society’s own meetings, we understand that members are active in organizing other academic events of which they may wish to make the membership aware. Such notices should be sent to me and should be limited to the most basic information which should include contact details and or a URL for further details. Please also send a copy to the information officer, Jonathn Stokl: email@example.com so that it may be included in the ‘news’ part of our website.
I’m away until Wednesday evening so won’t be able to reply to emails until then.
With best wishes for the new year,
SOTS membership secretary