Changes at the Helm
We have much pleasure in being able to report that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Australia has just reached its 3rd anniversary and shows no signs of slowing up. Indeed, changes in our structure make it likely that the Society will now go from strength to strength and deliver even more value to its members.
At a meeting of SMWS State Managers, held recently in Sydney, Managing Director John Rourke announced his retirement from the Board and Chairman André Tammes welcomed two new Board Members, Victorian Manager Chris Barnes and Andrew Derbidge. All State Managers were also invited to become active shareholders of the Society. This new structure should enable the Society to widen its boundaries, and attract new members.
Sydney Manager Bill McAndrew is also stepping down at this time with Andrew Derbidge taking over Bill’s role. Issues discussed at the meeting included Scotland’s role, feedback from member surveys, pricing and promotion of the Society. There were also some lively debates as to whether the Society should offer greater stocks of fewer whiskies or maintain its current diverse stocklist but limit quantities. If any members have any comments, suggestions or issues that they would like to discuss they are most warmly encouraged to contact their State Manager. Our programme for 2006 is now being formulated with a keen eye on tastings and events that will be entertaining and informative. As the festive season approaches we urge you not to be left wanting for a good single malt at Hogmanay.
A guid New Year to ane an ‘a’ and mony may ye see!
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