AGM and talk by Chris Thompson – Charlotte Couchman writes:

YTI’s 2017 AGM was held at York’s Quaker Meeting House on Wednesday 5 July, and was followed by a fascinating talk by YTI member Chris Thompson about Phonetics and the Scripts of India.

Twenty-four YTI members gathered at 17:30, grabbed a coffee or tea and biscuits and settled down to discuss the serious stuff. All the committee members with specific roles gave their reports on the year, which had been another very successful one for YTI, with many new members and exciting events. Paul and I stood down from our role as coordinators, and other committee posts were taken on by new people or simply reshuffled. A new committee post was created, Mentoring Secretary, which I shall initially be occupying while I try to get YTI’s mentoring scheme off the ground. The meeting also saw us say thank you to Sabine Horner for her wonderful work as Membership Secretary and to Peter Cummings for his equally excellent work as Treasurer, and the giving out of several very acceptable thank-you gifts! Paul and I are very excited about using our Theatre Vouchers sometime in the not too far distant future.

The meeting finished pretty much on time, at around 18:45. After a mad scramble for more hot drinks and biscuits, we sat down once again to listen to Chris’s talk, which was intriguing and very good fun. He included amusing video clips and several questions for the audience, some of which we proved hopeless at answering, particularly the ones requiring us to distinguish between the many different Indian scripts.

Chris’s talk finished just before 20:00, at which point a few people left. The rest of us tucked into one of the Meeting House’s excellent sandwich buffets – as usual there was far too much food!

Thank you everyone for making 2016-2017 another fabulous membership year and we look forward to more wonderful events now the group is in Kerry and Raquel’s capable hands.