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The quarterly Wine List

I was, as I always am, excited when the thick envelope with the new list thumped onto my doormat.

I read through it, looking for the new entries.

I find it a lot easier to use when looking for wines of one region or country than the website.

I like being tempted by the glossy offers in each mailing.

I keep the paper-backed size list, and frequently refer to it.


I keep the lists . I wonder if anyone else does and how far their colection goes back.

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At the AGM, we were promised a more flexible scheme by this autumn…

From the 2019 AGM minutes…

"The CEO confirmed that the balance of mail and email would be looked at when the website
is re‐platformed. The aim was to allow members to have choice on how The Society
communicates with them and to put them in control of this. This would help to reduce costs.
However, it would take some time to put this in place, possibly around **September 2020.
The CEO asked members to bear with management in the meantime. "

Wrong autumn I think…


I’m not sure that is an accurate record. And it is certainly not the first time we have had a promise that something would be done (see other threads here).

So the written AGM minutes are wrong then?


such is the power of the minute secretary and the chairman, who approves them before they are circulated….

They’re not wrong, they merely reflect what should have been said, not necessarily what was said. :slight_smile:

….such memories of corporate life

I was being a bit sarcastic…:slight_smile:

I think that if one reads the wording around the answer in full, it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t Sept 2019 that was being referred to. Had it been so, the answer would have been more specific and less ‘aspirational’ I think.

I know what you mean about minutes, but in something like this, I think it goes past more than one set of eyes. I know that in my experience of corporate life, board minutes went to quite a few people for sign off, particularly on their own section.

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I like Sir Humphrey Appleby’s view on minutes:

Sir Humphrey: It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member’s recollection of them differs violently from every other member’s recollection. Consequently, we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, from which it emerges with an elegant inevitability that any decision which has been officially reached will have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials and any decision which is not recorded in the minutes has not been officially reached even if one or more members believe they can recollect it, so in this particular case, if the decision had been officially reached it would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, and it isn’t so it wasn’t.


A few others have clarified already (thanks, all!) but just to confirm - September 2020 is correct.

It ties in with a website replatform, an absolutely huge undertaking which has always had a launch date of autumn 2020, and such a massive piece of work should also mean a wide variety of benefits for members - including the mailing preference centre. :wink:


I wonder why he is a Sir

Fictional Character I see now.
At one time I went to an anglican Church where the Chair of the PCC was a Sir . He had apparently been awarded the Knighthood for political services to the Conservative party. The Vicar was a socialist. The Vicar never called him"Sir"

Contradiction in terms, surely?

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Don’t ask me, ask Jonathan Lynn or Anthony Jay, though Anthony is no longer with us.