We had a very good Annual Meeting at which we looked back at the range of meetings we have had and plans for the future.
David Holohan, who as Talks Convener has done a magnificent job over the last few years, is standing down to spend more time on his writing activities. He is not lost to us, and will continue to work with Andrew Sheppard on the East West Journal.
However it does mean we will need a new Talks Convener, and in the meantime I will stand in. We owe a big debt of gratitude to David for the work he has done.
Ideas and contacts will be very welcome and already our former chairman Daniel Salbstein has come up with some suggestions. At this point I would draw your attention to two meetings I have arranged which are William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital on February 8th, and Alexander Kamarenko, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Russian Embassy on February 24th. Full details of these two talks, and the programme as it unfolds, will be circulated in January.
As I mentioned at the Annual Meeting, we are a voluntary society so that means all of us are unpaid, but it also means we need members to either join the committee or offer to give a hand, even just serving the drinks beforehand, to reduce the burden. Do let me or Ute know if you can help.
Finally, may I urge you to come to our first event of the year, our “Traditional Russian Old New Year Party” which will be held on January 15th 2016 at the Civil Service Club,13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ, 6.30 for 7.00pm. It includes live Russian music and is great value with a three course menu, welcome drink and a half bottle of wine.
Let me wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year and I look forward to celebrating the New Year together!