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AGM
2018 AGM - Sunday 13th May

The 2018 ECBA AGM will be held as usual at Barleylands starting at 17:00.

As last year - to encourage attendance - it will be preceeded by the Mixed Teams of Four. It is to be hoped that as many participants as possible will stay on for the AGM. 

2017 AGM - Sunday, 14th May

The 2017 ECBA AGM will be held as usual at Barleylands starting at 17:00.

As a new departure to encourage attendance it will be preceeded by the Mixed Teams of Four. It is to be hoped that as many participants as possible will stay on for the AGM. 

Agenda

  1. Welcome by the Chairman
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the last AGM (14th May 2016)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Report by the Hon. Secretary
  6. Report by the Hon. Treasurer
  7. Appointment of the Hon. Examiner for 2017 - 2018
  8. Report by the Hon. Tournament Secretary
  9. Report by the Hon. League Secretary
  10. Proposal to increase the number of boards played in the Essex Seniors Cup
    • Proposed by Peter Scotting. Seconded by Paddy Murray
  11. Proposal to consider ways of funding improvements in performance of the A and B teams possibly by discontinuing the subsidy for the Tollemache
    • Proposed by Ray Clarke. Seconded by Paul Mollison
  12. Election of Officers and Committee members for 2017 – 2018 (see the Candidates List below)
  13. AOB (see Note 1 below)

Notes

  1. Please note that anything raised under AOB cannot be put forward as a proper proposal nor can it be formally voted upon. This is intended as a chance for members to air their views on topics not included in the agenda. The Committee will take note of matters of interest and discuss them at their next meeting.

 

Committee Candidates List

Audrey Hartley and Keith Thompson have resigned from the committee but all other members are willing to stand for re-election. The officers seeking re-election and the vacancies are:-

  • Hon. Chairman: Paul Mollison
  • Hon. Secretary: Sue Thorburn**
  • Hon. Treasurer: Linda Fleet
  • Hon. Tournament Secretary: Val Mollison**
  • Hon. League Secretary: Bernie Hunt
  • Hon. Publicity Officer: Pat Johnson
  • Hon. Education Officer: Vacant
  • Hon. Web Master: Theo Todman
  • Hon. Committee Member: Dennis Valtisiaris
  • Hon. Committee Member: Vacant

** Sue was co-opted on to the committee in November 2016 when Nicole Cook resigned and Val Mollison took over as Tournament Secretary. Sue is willing to stand for re-election.

Nominations

  • Hon. Education Officer: Tanya Genthe
    • Proposed by Paul Mollison. Seconded by Theo Todman

Vacancy

  • Hon. Committee Member
2016 AGM - Saturday, 14th May

The 2016 AGM of the ECBA was held at Barleylands on Saturday, 14th May starting at 5 pm. As usual it began with the meeting and prize giving, followed by a cheese and wine buffet and finishing with a friendly teams of four game of bridge. Teams were made up on the day and there were several Committee members available to help form the teams of four. Congratulations to the winning team: Catriona Lovett & Mike Harbour; Susan French & Pat Johnson.

The turn-out was much improved on last year, and thanks go to club secretaries for encouraging their members to attend. 

Agenda

  1. Welcome by the Chairman
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the last AGM (16th May 2015)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Report by the Hon. General Secretary
  6. Report by the Hon. Treasurer
  7. Appointment of the Hon. Examiner for 2016 - 2017
  8. Report by the Hon. Tournament Secretary
  9. Report by the Hon. League Secretary
  10. Proposed Changes to the Constitution (see Note 2 below)
  11. Proposal to reduce the Quorum for an AGM from 25 to 20
    • Proposed by Paul Mollison. Seconded by Chris Taylor and Pat Johnson
  12. Election of Officers and Committee members for 2016 – 2017 (see the Candidates List below)
  13. AOB (see Note 1 below)

Notes

  1. Please note that anything raised under AOB cannot be put forward as a proper proposal nor can it be formally voted upon. This is intended as a chance for members to air their views on topics not included in the agenda. The Committee will take note of matters of interest and discuss them at their next meeting.
  2. The proposed change to the Constitution is as follows:-

 

The Committee proposes that the Constitution should be changed to alter the composition of the committee as follows

  1. The position of Tournament Secretary should be renamed "Chief Tournament Director"
  2. Remove the position of Membership Secretary
  3. Add a new position of Publicity Officer

 

Section 3.1 of the constitution then becomes:-

"The management of the Association shall be vested in the following:-

  1. Hon Chairman (who acts as the chairman of the committee)
  2. Hon Secretary
  3. Hon Treasurer
  4. Chief Tournament Director
  5. Hon League Secretary
  6. Hon Education Officer
  7. Hon Web-master
  8. Hon Publicity Officer
  9. Two elected members

All Committee members must be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting by a simple majority of the paid up members of the Association attending the AGM."

 

2015 AGM - Pictures from the Prize-Giving
  • 2015 Alaric Cundy & Chris Megahey (May & Baker) SE League Div1
  • 2015 Alaric Cundy & Chris Megahey - Teams of 4
  • 2015 Bernie Hunt & Paul Mollison - National Pairs trophy
  • 2015 John Sutcliffe & Mike Harbour (Ladies+Tramps) SE League Div2
  • 2015 Keith Thompson - Club Pairs (Loughton BC)
  • 2015 Marcia Levan-Harris - Championship Pairs Consolation
  • 2015 Marcia Levan-Harris - Gwen Herga Ladies
  • 2015 Paul & Val Mollison - Teams of 4 Plate
  • 2015 Peter Scotting - Switch Cup
  • 2015 Tony Philpott - Seniors Cup

Photos from the prize-giving. In most cases Tony Philpott is presenting the award, except in one case where he is receiving a trophy from Val Mollison. 

ECBA AGM - 16th May 2015

The AGM of the ECBA was held at Barleylands on Saturday, 16th May 2015, starting at 5 pm. Presentation of trophies took place before concluding the formal Agenda as the meeting was initially short of a quorum. There followed a cheese and wine buffet and a friendly game of bridge.  Teams of four could be made up on the day and there were several Committee members available to help form the teams.  All members of the ECBA and the affiliated Clubs were welcome to attend. 

Agenda (Final)

  1. Welcome by the Hon. Chairman
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the last AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Report by the Hon. General Secretary
  6. Report by the Hon. Treasurer
  7. Appointment of the Independent Examiner for 2015 - 2016
  8. Report by the Hon. Tournament Secretary
  9. Report by the Hon. League Secretary
  10. Alterations to the Constitution - see below
  11. Special resolution: For the 2015-16 season onwards, all small/medium (eg. up to 20 tables) Sunday ECBA bridge events be held at Barleylands.
    Proposer: Paul Mollison, Seconders: Chris Taylor and Val Mollison.
  12. Election of Officers and Committee members for 2015 – 2016
  13. Special Resolution re Thanks
    Proposer: John Williams, Seconders: Albert Kitchin and Alison Spencer.
  14. Any other business

 

Election of Officers

The Officers seeking election or re-election are:-

Position Nominee Proposer Seconder
Hon. Chairman Paul Mollison Audrey Hartley Theo Todman
Hon. Secretary Val Mollison Audrey Hartley Brian Davies
Hon. Treasurer Linda Fleet Dennis Valtisiaris Margaret Curtis
Hon. Tournament Secretary Sue Taylor Dennis Valtisiaris Theo Todman
Hon. League Secretary Bernie Hunt Val Mollison Ted Cockle
Hon. Membership Secretary Nigel Bardsley Margaret Curtis Ted Cockle
Hon. Education Officer Keith Thompson Paul Mollison Val Mollison
Hon. Web Master Theo Todman Sue Taylor Chris Taylor
Hon. Committee Member Dennis Valtisiaris Chris Taylor Linda Fleet
Hon. Committee Member Audrey Hartley Tony Philpott Alison Spencer

 

Changes to the Constitution

There are two proposed changes:-

  1. The first is to replace "Teacher Liaison" and "Youth Liaison" with "Education Officer", which reflects the combination of these roles and with the EBU's creation of the EBED organisation. Proposed wording:
    3.1 The management of the Association shall be vested in the following:
    1. Hon. Chairman (who acts as the chairman of the committee)
    2. Hon. General Secretary
    3. Hon. Treasurer
    4. Hon. Membership Secretary
    5. Hon. Tournament Secretary
    6. Hon. League Secretary
    7. Hon. Education Officer
    8. Hon. Web-master
    9. Two elected members
  2. The second change is to rectify the omission of a reference to President and Vice President within the Life Members paragraph. Proposed wording:
    The Committee of the Association may honour long standing members for their services to the Association by electing them as the President, Vice-President or as a Life Member of the Association. The President and Vice-President may attend Committee Meetings but have no voting rights. A Life Member of the Association shall be given a sum each year, equal to the direct membership of the EBU enabling the member to join the EBU as a full member by this method, if necessary. These apply only to those members continuing with full membership of the Association.