Aurora Bridge Club is now located in Newmarket, Ontario:
406 Millard Ave., NVA Building
Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1Z9
Aurora Bridge Club Annual General Meeting - June 9, 2017
11:05 Anna Kennedy called the meeting to order.
Anna made her opening remarks, commenting on her first year as president of the club. She stated that she was very impressed with all the volunteers and directors who participate in the functioning of the club. She thanked them for their service and help and presented them with thank you cards.
Sally Carter thanked Anna for her hard work for the bridge club, and her strength in leading the club through a difficult year.
Doug Gordon presented this report on the overhead projector, explaining that the club's fiscal year ends in May. He reported that the club is in good financial shape. Table fees for the year just completed were up 6-7%. Membership was up 28%. Investments have not been touched and there is a reserve cash fund in the bank.
Club Manager's Report:
Nancy Louwman explained her role as liaison with ACBL and her organization of sanctioned and special games. During the year Nancy organized several special games - Senior Pairs, Erin Berry rookie-master , and Jane Johnson Appreciation games were all successfully held. In October there will be an Instant Matchpoint game for which one gold point will be awarded for the winning pair in each direction. Nancy suggested that more games for new players were needed and that the Sunday games would start up again in the fall. She also is responsible for supplies for the club.
Anna Kennedy took this opportunity to thank Nancy for her hard work. Nancy was presented with a bottle of wine. Anna also thanked Nan McLean for her many years as club secretary and all the things, such as the introduction of the bridgemates, publishing the club directory and providing computer services, that she has done for the club over the years.
Nomination of Executive:
As past past president Olly Smolak reported that the list of candidates for executive positions had been posted 6 weeks ago as required by the club constitution.
Slate of candidates: President Anna Kennedy
Vice president John Jarman
Treasurer Doug Gordon
Secretary Gayle Connor
Nominations were opened to the floor. Having no new candidates presented, Jo Cummings moved that the slate of candidates be accepted as is. Peter Blakemore seconded this motion and the slate of candidates was passed.
The Club's Move:
Olly Smolak gave his report on the town council's decision to tear down the building where the bridge club currently resides. He has been told that there is no Town of Aurora property available for the bridge club. On Monday June 12, 2017 a report will go to council which includes the status of our building. This report will likely not include any provision for the bridge club. On June 20 the town council will discuss the recommendations in this report.
It was suggested that a committee be struck to develop a strategy for this public meeting, so that the bridge club will have a voice at the council meeting. There was discussion of possible ideas about how to approach the town. Request was made that if anybody knew of any possible sites for the club, they should be brought forward. Try to be proactive not reactive about this move.
Doug Gordon surveyed those in attendance to see if charging $7.00 table fees would be agreeable, so that we would have more revenue for rent of a new place. This increase was agreeable to those present.
Anna Kennedy thanked the volunteers who had made sandwiches and helped prepare the lovely lunch we would have after the meeting. She also thanked Cobbs Bread for donating the bread for the sandwiches.
Adjournment was 11:55
Executive Meeting - Friday, June 2, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 4:10 p.m. by Anna Kennedy.
Those in attendance - Anna Kennedy, John Jarman, Doug Gordon, Carol Gordon, Lynn Gowan, Lynn Schmidt, Nancy Louwman, Olly Smolak, Gayle Connor
Minutes of last meeting adopted as is - moved by Lynn Gowan and seconded by John Jarman
Purpose of this meeting is to define the agenda for the Annual General Meeting on June 9, 2017.
1. Opening remarks and thank you to people who have contributed significantly to the club - Anna Kennedy
2. Club manager's report - Nancy Louwman
3. Treasurer's report - Doug Gordon
4. Report on facilities and classes - Olly Smolak
5. Questions from the floor
6. Election of officers
Additional discussion items
- Still no place for the club to go. Nancy will try to get Aurora residents to call councillors to tell them we need help finding a place. Perhaps contact Aurora Banner about our predicament.
- Olly informed us that a report is going to council on June 20th and this may contain a temporary solution for the bridge club. Will know more next Thursday.
- Anna and Nancy will check out a possible club site on Edward St., and will contact Frank Stronach to see if he has anything to offer. Increase in table fees was discussed if the rent at a new place is higher.
- If we rent a place for the club, we may want to have bankruptcy insurance and/or other types of insurance. The need for insurance should be investigated. Lynn Schmidt will check that out with her husband who is a lawyer.
- John Jarman raised the question of charitable donations by the club, especially to the Cancer Society. In the future we might hold a dinner and bridge charity event.
- Perhaps we need a social committee.
- Doug Gordon will bring the most recent monthly club financial spreadsheet to the AGM.
- John Jarman intends to run for Vice President but will be away for the AGM.
- Nancy thanked Anna for all her work trying to find a new place for the club.
Adjournment - 5 p.m.
Minutes of Aurora Bridge Club
Friday, April 28, 2017
Anna Kennedy, John Jarman, Doug Gordon, Lynn Gowan, Nancy Louwman, Olly Smolak, Lynn Schmidt, Carol Gordon, Gayle Connor (substitute secretary)
Mark Garel (work commitments)
Anna Kennedy called the meeting to order just after 4 pm.
1. The minutes from the October meeting were adopted, as moved by Carol Gordon.
2. Date for the Annual General Meeting was agreed upon - AGM to be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11 am.
3. Club Manager's Report - Nancy Louwman gave the following report.
-Sunday games are continuing into May
-revenue is up from last year
-special games coming up in October
-2 STAC games per year - they are over for this year
-Club Championship will be in May
4. Treasurer's Report - Doug Gordon gave the following report
- the club is in good shape
-the club has 2 accounts - the operating account is stable and the investment account has not been touched. These accounts will be left as is until the club's move has been decided.
Lynn Gowan presented a new membership list to be used as memberships are paid in May. Date the membership is paid should be listed and data checked as memberships are paid. A dedicated person should be assigned to collect the membership fees. Membership list will be kept updated by Lynn Gowan and Gayle Connor.
6. Moving the Club
-a list of possible places to which the club might move was presented and discussed.
-no really feasible place has been found.
-Olly had met with Al Downey, Head of Parks & Recreation, who will present a report about our move to council. This report will try to have solutions for our move by the end of May. An executive meeting may be needed at the end of May to discuss this report after it has been sent to council.
-the town council does not yet have a plan for the building we occupy, so they will give us lots of notice about moving. We may not need to move by the end of June.
7. New Business - keeping the website up to date was discussed.
8. Next executive meeting will be held when there are new developments with regards to the move and the building
Anna Kennedy moved that the Meeting be adjourned at 5:00 pm. This was seconded by Gayle Connor. Motion carried.
Minutes of AURORA BRIDGE CLUB EXECUTIVE MEETING
OCTOBER 28, 2016
Present; Lynn Schmidt, Jo Cummings, John Jarman, Olly Smolak, Nancy Louwman, Carol Gordon, Anna Kennedy, Lynn Gowan
Absent: Mark Garel
Anna Kennedy, President, called the meeting to order at 4:00pm
Minutes of the last meeting were read and motion to accept by Nancy Louwman and seconded by Jo Cummings. Carried
Jo Cummings reported that the finances are still in the black. Motion to accept by Lynn Schmidt and seconded by John Jarman. Carried
Nan McLean requested an opportunity to speak at this meeting. Her concern is the inequity of the stratification of the open games. Some very good players are playing in the lowest stratification because they are not members of ACBL. Should there be a way to determine their appropriate level? Motion made by Nancy Louwman to address this issue at the next meeting. Seconded by John Jarman. Carried
a) The survey indicated that a majority of players would like the Sunday Games to resume. Executive decided to start with 2 Sundays a month until the end of March. Nancy Louwman will set a calendar for these games.
b) Since our club is mainly seniors they had concerns regarding the air quality and wheelchair accessibility. The town will not change any of these things, so as long as we stay in this facility these issues will remain status quo.
c) Some players commented on the condition and smell of the bathrooms. J. Carpenter, our contact re the rental of the building has contacted the cleaners regarding this issue. He recognized the issue and said he would see to improving the situation.
Nancy Louwman motioned to cancel all future Executive Dinners. Seconded by Carol Gordon. All were in favour.
Motion made by Jo Cummings and seconded by John Jarman to give all executive members 6 free plays. Motion passed.
Date for the Christmas Lunch and Game to be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Details will be posted at a later date.
Janet Hodges has agreed to do publicity for the Club. She will contact the local newspaper and the food bank to see if representatives can come to our Dec. 11th fundraiser for the food bank.
Club Manager, Nancy Louwman will continue to run sanctioned games and will also have 1 NAP game, STACS twice a year, run 1 Jane Johnson game, continue the Erin Berry rookie/master game, ACBL wide Senior game and an ACBL instant match point game.
Motion by Nancy Louwman and seconded by Jo Cummings to have Medhat Fawzy as our Webmaster. Approved by all. The Webmaster will not be a member of the Executive.
Lynn Gowan raised a safety concern about the chairs. Anna Kennedy is going to research where to best buy some new chairs.
Lynn Gowan raised the question of the Swiss games. Lynn moved that we have the “8 is enough Swiss game” scheduled for January, February and March. Seconded by Olly Smolak. Motion carried. Club Manager will schedule dates.
Motion by Nancy Louwman to adjourn meeting at 5:10pm. Seconded by Carol Gordon.
Minutes of Aurora Bridge Club Executive Meeting
Tuesday , September 13, 2016
Time: 5:55 pm
Those present were:
Marg and Paul McFarlane, Jo Cummings, Anna Kennedy, Nancy Louwman, John Jarman, Mark Garel
1. Minutes of Executive Meeting, June 8, 2016.
No errors found
Motion to Approve : Marg McFarlane
Seconded By: Jo Cummings
2. Treasurer’s Report – Jo Cummings
Still operating ‘in the black’
3. Coffee Jar
Sometimes it is empty at end of game. Directors should bring this to players’ attention
4. Members Fees
Discussion to raise Annual Membership Fees from $10 to $20 in January 2017. Prospect of eliminating the need for players to pay for coffee and tea.
Motion to raise fees by Paul McFarlane.
Seconded by Anna Kennedy
5. Special Games
Rookie Master set for Oct 18. Fee is $7 .
Oct 17 is Swiss Teams. (Jane Johnson Event. Extra MP’s) Fee is $7.
Increase from $5 to $7 to offset US rate exchange
Motion by Paul McFarlane
Seconded by Anna Kennedy. Approved
6. Manager’s Report
Read to all.
Motion to Approve by Marg McFarlane and Seconded by Jo Cummings. Approved.
7. Motion to add Lynn Gowan as a Member-at-large on the Executive
Motion by Anna Kennedy and Seconded by John Jarman. Approved
8. New Business
Survey by Anna Kennedy to be sent to all Members in 3rd week of September. Request to fill out and return as soon as possible.
Need to vote on Head Director to replace Paul McFarlane. Discuss at next meeting?
Andy Williams will be asked to become Webmaster . Motion by Jo Cummings. Seconded by Nancy Louwman. Approved.
Meeting Adjourned at 6.59
Marg MacFarlane opened the meeting at 11:00 a.m. on June 19, 2015, by thanking everyone for attending the meeting, pointing out that this is not a privately owned club, it’s a Members Club relying upon all our members to participate. She then introduced the Executive. Marg thanked Medhat for his services above and beyond the call of duty. The other person Marg gave thanks to was Nancy Louwman, who stepped into the frey without any prior knowledge of what the post of Club Manager entailed and she’s done a marvelous job for the Club.
Nan McLean moved the adoption of the minutes of AGM 2014 as circulated on the web. Seconded by : Eileen Watson. CARRIED.
Our finances are doing just fine - we have a good contingency fund just in case we have EXTRA big expenses. We’re still subsidizing our Stat game to the tune of (often $9.00 per table). Our table count is up by 100 plus over the previous year. Jo opened the floor to Questions.
● What kind of long term investments do we have? Jo referred this question to Olly who indicated that most of them went to bonds, the last one we purchased was a balanced fund containing income securities “so their all fairly - fairly safe”.
● Is there any comparison to last years investment as to how much money we’ve made? We put in some money from our bank account ($6500 or $7000) that had accrued then we added from our bank account funds to make a $10,000.00 investment, which is about 4% earned.
Olly Smolak reminded us of our position that we would need a lot of money when we had to leave our current premises and our balance would be needed in the future.
CLUB MANAGER’S REPORT.
Nancy Louwman thanked everyone for their co-operation during her transition into the post of Club Manager. We have a wonderful group here who appreciate and help each other.
Nancy requested that we sign-up for the Aren Barry Rookie/Master game to be held on Thursday Evening October 22nd 1015, standard american Yellow Card event. Next year we’ll look at some additional R/M games. Nancy presented Free Plays for our volunteers.
● Doug Farmer Garbage & Miscellaneous
● Wally Browne Chair Repairs
● Jean Bongard Friday Coffee
● Dave Neil Pop Person
● Eileen & Paul MacIsaac Procurer of Coffee & supplies
● Pat Lent Assistant Partnership Person
● Debbie Ingram Cookie Person
● Don Jackson Friday Cashier
● Jackie Simone Coffee Helper
Nancy ended her report with the statment “If you have any suggestions please just let me know, I’m there and I’ll listen”.
STATUS OF OUR TENANCY.
Olly Smolak informed us that the process is cyclic, based upon the municipal elections, and this is just after an election and it’s at least the third term. “There is no discussion about this building right now, that will probably be reserected within the next 6 months or so” Comments and Questions from the floor insued.
● A statement about the United Church to be built having space for rent. Discussion, Marg MacFarlane to contact Church representative to discuss the rental situation to be proposed by the United Church.
● We are on a month to month basis and could leave after 1 month’s notice, however Council has guaranteed 6 months notice should they terminate our tenancy.
● The question of safety opened a discussion, re the safety of our entrance. The lock was discussed as to whether we should spend the $200.00 and install a new door opener. Show of hands indicated that it was a go. Marg & Nancy to pursue contacts to determine what our next step should be.
● If there was a lawsuit would the Town or the Club be liable? Discussion.
● Should we look into obtaining a defibulator here? Discussion. To be investigated by Anna Kennedy and reported back to the Executive for resolution.
ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS.
Marg MacFarlane turned the balance of the meeting over to Olly Smolak to handle the elections. Olly stated that it is his responsibility as Past President to present the slate of Officers who have all agreed to stay on in their capacities as :
President : Marg MacFarlane
Vice President : Anna Kennedy
Treasurer : Jo Cummings
Secretary : Nan McLean
Frank Hendriques moved the nominations be closed. Seconded by : Mary Tang. CARRIED.
Marg MacFarlane thanked Anna Kennedy and her group for the wonderful luncheon they prepared for us once again.
Jacquie Simone moved the meeting be adjourned. Seconded by : Carolyn Liddy.
MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE MEETING
Friday May 2, 2014
The meeting was held at ABC on Friday May 2, 2014, at 4:15 pm.
Those present were:-Olly Smolak Linda Lord Anna Kennedy
Jo Cummings Virginia Smereka Marg Farmer Paul MacFarlane
Marg MacFarlane Nan McLean Shirley Hulbig.
Jo Cummings spoke about the increases in our fees amounting to $3000.00. Table count is down over the past year by : approximately 90 tables. Jo to send a copy of her analysis to the executive members.
Linda Lord spoke about personal anniversaries coming up for Don & Lena Jackson, as well as Pat & Gary Morris. After discussion Linda moved that : We in some way acknowledge, whether it be free plays or a cake.
Seconded by : Marg MacFarlane. OPPOSED.
PLANNING ANNUAL MEETING.
AGM date : Friday June 13, 2014 at 11:00 am. Anna Kennedy and her group to make the sandwiches. Marg Farmer to prepare the sign-up list to include the statement that “Lunch is only for people who attend the AGM”. Marg Farmer volunteered to make the Carrot Cake for the lunch.
No wine or beer, just coffee & tea.
SHOULD WE CONTINUE THE COMMON GAME?
Lengthy discussion about the sign-up sheet resulting in Jo Cummings moving that : We carry on the Common Game for another three months and then do another evaluation. Seconded by : Paul MacFarlane. Marg
MacFarlane suggested that we announce at the AGM about why we’re doing it and that we’ll do a new survey at the end of three months.
September 1, 2014. Olly Smolak to talk with the Common Game people about the advantages both the experienced players and non-experienced players can expect to get from using the Common Game. The result of Olly’s conversation shall be put on the web site. Vote taken and CARRIED. (Nan McLean voted against).
SHOULD WE HAVE A SUNDAY GAME?
On the agenda at Olly’s request. Anna Kennedy indicated that the Wednesday night group wants to continue with the once a month Sunday Game. Further discussion regarding running a pre-lesson supervised game for the people right out of lessons, which Olly declined to run. Linda to look into what the costs would be to run that kind of a game.
Nan McLean moved that : we continue with the Executive dinner, with the proviso that only the dinner is paid for out of Club funds. Seconded by : Marg Farmer. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
Jo Cummings moved the meeting be adjourned. Seconded by : Paul
MacFarlane. Time 5:16 pm
President ____________________ Date ______________
Secretary ____________________ Date ______________
MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE MEETING
OCTOBER 30, 2013
The meeting was held at ABC on October 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm
Those present were:-
Marg MacFarlane Paul MacFarlane Olly Smolak
Virginia Smereka Marg Farmer Anna Kennedy
Linda Lord Shirley Hulbig Jo Cummings
No executive member received the last meeting’s minutes.
No further report. (The Executive receives a copy of the Treasurer’s Report
every month from Jo).
Linda Lord moved that : we remove the percentage & the traveler features
from the remote display. Seconded by : Jo Cummings. Discussion.
CARRIED. To be readressed in a month.
Discussion re furniture replacement of chairs, card tables and side tables.
We agreed that we’d wait for a sale of the side tables and then purchase
them without any further need for approval. We agreed to purchase 5 red
& 5 gray chairs. Linda to look further into purchasing at least 4 more good
December 8, 2013 at 11:00 am. Discussion, Anna Kennedy indicated that
the Wednesday night players would like to make the sandwiches again this
year for 90 people. She suggested that she be the purchasing agent for the
ingredients. Marg Farmer to place a sign-up sheet for goodies. Olly Smolak
to purchase the license and 24 beer & 6 liters of wine. Marg Farmer to
purchase 10 bottles of wine for door prizes. Players donate to the Food Bank and the game shall be non charity.
INVESTMENTS AT EDWARD JONES.
After discussion - Paul MacFarlane moved that : Fifteen Thousand be
transferred to the Investment Account at Edward Jones. Seconded by :
Marg Farmer. CARRIED.
Anna Kennedy addressed an issue that was bothering her regarding giving
out players personal phone numbers to people she doesn’t even know
herself. Discussion. Resolved.
The Wednesday night people would like to have name tags. Discussion.
Olly Smolack suggested that the Wednesday night group start the process,
and we can see whether we want to follow. AGREED.
Nan McLean indicated that she will have it done in two weeks.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POT LUCK DINNER.
Anna Kennedy indicated that the Wednesday night players would like to
have a pot luck dinner and game twice a year over and above their regular
Wednesday night game. Discussion. AGREED.
To be cleaned Saturday November 2, 2013. Discussion.
FREE PLAYS FOR VOLUNTEERS.
Discussion about free plays for volunteers. Marg Farmer moved that : We
give a free play to the volunteers on the day they volunteer. Discussion.
DEFEATED. Linda Lord moved that : She put together a plan on how to
reward our volunteers. Seconded by : Nan McLean. CARRIED.
The common game is a group of bridge clubs that use the same hand
records, there are no extra points. ACBL supplies hand analyses, however
players must be a member of ACBL to receive them. Discussion. AGREED
TO TRY IT. Starting Friday November 1, 2013.
Nan McLean indicated that it has been suggested to her that we could order
some of our refills for the bidding boxes as left handed cards. Tabled until
Paul MacFarlane moved adjournment at 5:09 pm.
President ________________ D a t e __________________
Secretary ________________ Date _N_o_v_e_m__b_e_r_ _2_,_ 2__0_1_
Minutes of Executive Meetings
June 17 AGM 2011
Minutes of Executive Meetings