The IOA held a successful AGM on 18th April 2015 at the Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield, Leics. The President Richard Lumley gave the members present a report on how he felt they had achieved in the past year 2014. He felt the membership had held stable and the sales of rings had once again improved, what is most pleasing is the sales of ID Coded rings, this stood at 17,500 and yet other well known organisations feel there is no need for ID Coded rings well this shoots that point down. New products had been introduced and have all been selling well and also the online shop was also doing ok. A number of points need addressing re this sales page and this would be looked at in 2015. The IOA had decided not to take a coach trip this year to the Gouden Ring show and this proved the correct decision as just before the show all sales birds were stopped in Belgium due to a out break of Bird Flu in Holland. The show in itself was a huge success with a record entry of 5700 birds and the President’s best friend and fellow gloster breeder Rik Spillbeen won the Gouden Pin for best in show (he has been trying for 20 years to win this award). Treasuer Brian Preddy gave a very full in depth report on the sate of how the finance’s had done in 2014 and once again the growth was tremendous he felt no other organisation could come any were near to what the IOA had achieved but he was quick to explain it was all down to hard work from the committee, and the backing of the members. The election for the new committee was straight forward as only the standing members had put their names forward again to serve for 2015/16. A new member was welcomed onto the committee Richard Lawson from Kent but this still left one short for the full nine who could sit, so once again Ernsto Gracia from Gibraltar was elected to be a co-opted member.
The meeting closed at 12-15pm.