Myra Finch, a Friend of the Society, was elected to Chair the Society's Executive Committee in 1996. After a few months of getting to know its workings she concentrated on raising awareness of the Society through increased publicity and on communication with the membership. This resulted, by April 1999, in an increase of over 33% in the number of Members and Friends.
With the arrival of Richard Pinkney on the Committee in the autumn of 1997, a more ambitious programme of events was undertaken. In 1998, as well as the Anna Airy Award Exhibition and the Annual Open Exhibition, he arranged a show of members' water-
The Society had taken the plunge in 1996 and acquired a computer and printer which enabled the Committee to raise its typographical standards generally and in particular revive the Newsletter thereby keeping the membership regularly informed of the Committee's activities and aspirations, circulating news and views whilst promoting the forthcoming programme of events.