What a wonderful AGM & Conference weekend at the Grand Central Hotel. The President's Gathering/International Quiz event on Thursday evening proved a great success and the winning team was - Ayrshire Past Presidents - well done. Friday morning saw a packed agenda for the Board meeting before Conference registration in the afternoon. On Friday evening we were enthralled by Mark Kydd and Michelle Bruce with Mike Gibb's production of Clarinda - very enjoyable. Then it was over to several of the 'volunteer' guests who offered their own entertainment by way of poetry or song. The AGM began at 10am on Saturday morning, during which we launched the Year of the Haggis 2014 project. Cllr Jim Todd, Provost of East Ayrshire, very kindly presented Outgoing President Bob Stewart and Incoming President Jane Brown with a haggis from local Kilmarnock butcher Ian Faulds. On Saturday afternoon, Helena Anderson-Wright and Irene Furneaux gave a presentation on their new book Enlightened Burns. The Mitchell Library was open specially for delegates wishing to view the Burns artefacts held therein. Alternatively, Glasgow & District Burns Association had very kindly organised Open Top Bus Tours of the city. What a busy afternoon! Almost 240 guests attended the formal dinner on Saturday evening, with a drinks reception courtesy of Glasgow City Council, attended by the Lord Provost's representative, Bailie Jonathan Findlay. The exchange of Chains of Office took place just before dinner as Jim Thomson passed his Junior Vice President chain to new JVP Peter Hughes, Jane Brown passed her SVP Chain to Jim Thomson then Bob Stewart passed the impressive President's Chain to Jane Brown. Jane then presented Bob with his Past President's medal. Bob has been a wonderful ambassador for the Federation during his year in office and Jane Brown will be a great ambassador in the year ahead.