The SBMS Annual General Meeting
The SBMS held its AGM 2014 on Sunday, 28th September 2014 in Redditch near Birmingham.
As you probably know, this was a particularly momentous and crucial AGM.
Not only it included the election of a new Council, but it also witnessed the vote on whether the SBMS should be registered as a Charity.
The AGM was well attended. Dr Molham Entabi, the SBMS General Secretary, confirmed that the meeting was in quorum.
The meeting was generously supported by two pharmaceutical companies, Astra Zeneca and Astellas, whose representatives were in attendance to answer queries about their products.
At the start of the meeting, Dr Hassan Dibs Wazait gave a short talk on Prostate Cancer
Dr Ghanem Tayara opened the meeting, welcoming the Members. He then handed over the meeting to Dr Farouk Nahhas, an eminent Neurosurgeon from the University of Aleppo Medical School, who has moved to the UK about two years ago. Dr Nahhas gave a brief talk, welcoming Members and urging them to continue with their support to the healthcare needs in our beloved Syria.
This was followed by a brief overview of the SBMS activities in the past 12 months. Dr Nizar Hammodeh reported on funding of medical centres in Syria and Lebanon, followed by an impressive presentation from Dr Rami Tabbakh and Dr Fadel Moghrabi on the training courses run by the SBMS for colleagues inside Syria.
Dr Redwan El-Khayat then reported on the pioneering project of Psychiatric Clinics set up in Northern Syria, southern Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, to provide psychiatric and psychological support to victims of the current events in Syria, including traumatized children.
Dr Anas Anjari reported on the ground-‐breaking National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs, and Dr Molham Entabi gave an overview of the outstanding work he and his team have been doing to provide state-of‐the‐art eye care for the people of Syria.
Dr Tayara then reported on the work of UOSSM, and on the cooperation between it and the SBMS. Dr Hammodeh presented the financial report, and Dr Entabi gave an update on the SBMS Membership.
After a short break, the meeting reconvened to listen to a lively debate about the “pros and cons” of becoming a Charity. Presntations were given by Dr Talaat Atassi, Dr Mounir Hakimi, and Dr Omar Abdul Gabbar, highlighting the various issues relating to the subject. This was followed by voting on the new Council, and on the issue of Charity Registration.
At that point, Dr Ghanem Tayara explained that, in accordance with the SBMS by laws, the incumbent Council has completed its term, and would resign with immediate effect. The General Secretary, Dr Molham Entabi, would continue with his role, until the election of the new Council. Dr Entabi explained the voting process.
The final list of candidates contained thirteen names, including two for the position of President, following the complete withdrawal of three candidates, and the withdrawal of three further candidates from the nomination for President.
Once the ballot papers were collected, the counting took place under the close supervision and scrutiny of a committee consisting of three highly-‐respected SBMS Members: Dr Farouk Nahhas, Dr Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal, and Dr Taghleb Alrahbi.The result for the vote on registering the SBMS as a Charity was announced first, confirming that the move was rejected by 74 votes to 28, with 2 invalid ballot papers.
The result of the vote for Presidency was announced next, confirming that Dr Ayman Jundi was elected as President. The committee then announced that the following candidates were duly elected to the Council for a two-year term:
Dr Ayman Jundi – President
Dr Abdulazim Saffaf
Dr Hassan Dibs Wazait
Dr Molham Entabi
Dr Nizar Hammodeh
Dr Abdullah Mawas
Dr Ammar Darwish
Dr Abdullah Hanoun
Dr Asaad Alasaad
Dr Jundi, the newly elected President, spoke on behalf of the new Council, stressing that the Council is deeply humbled by the trust of the Members, and pledged that the new Council will spare no effort to enhance the growth of the Society and defend the interests of its Members.
The success of the SBMS AGM 2014 was the last in a long line of tremendous activities and immensely impressive achievements brought about by the hard work and dedication of the outgoing Council, for which the SBMS is very grateful and deeply indebted.
We would like to thank Miss Sarah Eaton, the SBMS Volunteer Secretary, for her immense hard work in the run-‐up to, during, and after the AGM, and for the superb organisation and professionalism with which she co-‐ordinated the proceedings.
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