Unfortunately, this signalled the
death knell for STARS. The new Secretary - who we won't
name for legal reasons - did not, in fact, keep to the
aims and ambitions that he had put forward in his
manifesto, which had basically been to expand and improve
the already excellent society. Unlike the newsletters
produced under Malcolm's reign, his were infrequent
and/or rather short affairs, usually written totally by
members (apart from the preface) rather than, had been
the case previously, often mostly by the Secretary.
Membership started, unfortunately, to decline.
The new Secretary - sorry, the title changed to President
when the subs increased! - then disappeared for some
considerable time, which irritated many members who, as
had always been the case, paid their subs to STARS on the
condition that certain items would be provided i.e. a set
number of membership lists and newsletters. When he did
reappear, it was to say that the society would be
reformed under a different name, that the newsletters
would only feature articles from members - he wasn't
going to write any - and would members like to continue
in the 'new' society.
It was at this point, knowing that we weren't the only
ones who had witnessed the deterioration of the society
under the new President and its steady loss of members,
that a few of us STARS members decided to get together
and form another society, with the same basic aims as
STARS under Malcolm and Paul's auspices, but with a
committee structure to try and make sure that it would
never grind completely to a halt if one man went down.