Member votes have been tallied from the 2021 ballot.

Diane Amison-Loring, a Brewster ringer now living in Florida, has been voted an Honorary Life Member of the Guild. Helen Haller provided this statement in support of her nomination:

"I hereby propose that the Newsletter (Clapper) Editor of the North American Guild of Change Ringers (NAGCR) for the past nearly ten years, Diane Amison-Loring, be granted Honorary Life Membership in the NAGCR."

"Diane stepped into the editor’s role in April 2012 after several issues done by interim editors and has performed it faithfully despite various personal setbacks and complications, including a move to Florida.  She has been responsive to suggestions, and the quality of The Clappers she has produced has been uniformly outstanding. Laying out such varied and rather technical material (officers reports; articles, often with illustrations; peal and quarter peal reports; and area reports — as well as announcements and ads) so that it is well spaced on the page and making the number of pages always come out divisible by four, is a challenging task. The Clappers are good-looking (one could almost say professional…), very well laid out, and a pleasure to peruse or consult, whether in print or online. Diane has announced her intention to retire from the position at the end of this year, so this is the perfect time to take this most appropriate step."

The ballot also included two minor by-law amendments which were both passed by a majority of the ballots received. The amendments:

  • Extended the time to return member ballots from four weeks to six
  • Reduced the time limit to make nominations after the AGM from 30 days to 14

Bruce Butler, President, would like to thank the 146 members who took the time to cast their ballots. He would also like to thank Rick DuPuy and Mary Platt for their help in organizing the ballot.