Mike Ford, birding guru, bird ringer and past chairperson of Hermanus Bird Club, joined the Club Committee together with newcomer Roy Moulton.
They were elected unopposed at the Annual General Meeting in the Fernkloof Hall on Wednesday 10 February, replacing Margie Ogston and David Watson, who both retired.
Chairperson Craig Holmes thanked Margie for her wonderful work editing the Oystercatcher newsletter and as Vice Chairperson, and David for his work as Treasurer, Membership Secretary and unofficial entertainer at various Club functions.
Mike was Chairperson from 2003 to 2006. He joined the Club in 1999 and joined the Committee as Secretary at his first meeting.
That was soon after he and his wife, Valerie, had moved to Hermanus.
He was trained as a bird ringer after retiring as Executive Director of Liner Services at Unicorn Shipping.
His interest in wildlife and birding began when he spent many hours as a boy in New Forest, Hampshire, England, where he was born 74 years ago.
He came to South Africa in 1965 after marrying Valerie, a South African.
In announcing the two nominations Craig described Roy as eminently qualified to take over David’s role.
“Roy had a senior role at Consol Glass for many years and after retiring helped La Vierge with their financials. He is also a Director and Treasurer of Whale Coast Conservation.”
He is married to Dawn.
The portfolios wil be finalised at the first Committee meeting, in March.
The evening began with a talk by Club member Wolfgang Schenk on his experiences as a taxidermist.
His interest in that field was stimulated by his visits as a schoolboy to the museum in the German town of Kassel, where he grew up.
The meeting was attended by about 80 members, including all four past chairpersons of the Club.