The 2015 Robert Burns World Federation AGM & Conference was held at Peebles Hydro, Peebles on 4th- 6th September 2015. This year we had almost 140 delegates in attendance.
Friday evening’s dinner was informal with several delegates providing the evening’s entertainment which was enjoyed by all in attendance.
President Jim welcomed a large number of delegates to the AGM on Saturday morning. Overseas guests were introduced and received a warm welcome.
On Saturday afternoon, Prof. Gerry Carruthers presented a seminar on “Burns Brotherhood” and Mike Duguid followed with a presentation on the Chronicle Digitisation Project.
Chains of office were exchanged on Saturday evening with Peter Hughes receiving his Presidential Chain of Office from Jim Thomson before he presented Jim with his Past President’s Medal.
Before dinner, grace was delivered by Conference Convenor, Jim Gibson.
The Queen and Her Majesty’s Forces - Dr Peter T Hughes, President, RBWF
Toast to the Scottish Borders - Bobby Kane, Senior Vice President, RBWF
Reply - Cllr Jim Brown, Vice Convener, Scottish Borders Council
Toast to the Robert Burns World Federation - Jimmy Gibson, Conference Convener
Reply - Dr Peter T Hughes, President, RBWF
Vote of Thanks – Ian McIntyre, Junior Vice President, RBWF
After dinner and speeches, the delegates were then invited to take the floor, accompanied by the Andy Kain Band. The singing of Auld Lang Syne brought to a close a very successful conference.
Delegates were invited to Sunday Morning Worship where President Peter Hughes, Immediate Past President Jim Thomson and Margaret Anderson contributed to the order of service.