Leighton Buzzard Bridge Club
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 4th March 2013 at the Rugby Club
The meeting commenced at 7pm.
1. Apologies for absence
Received from Cathy & Peter Ross, Maureen Westley, Eric Cohen, Peter Taylor & John Cardiff
2. Minutes of AGM held on 30th Jan 2012
Approval was proposed by A Mason and seconded by Peter Malpass.
3. Matters arising
It was mentioned that the timing of the display of the results had been changed as agreed.
No other matters arose.
4. Chairmans Report
The chairman thanked all those who had helped and advised her during her first year of chairmanship. The major issue during the year had been yet another change of venue but the move to the Rugby club had been very successful and it was hoped that we would now remain settled for many years. Thanks were given to Dave and Eric for all their help.
The second important change had been the introduction of a new competition rule requiring a set amount of attendances by members to enable them to qualify for winning club trophies.
Membership had remained stable averaging between 8 and 9 tables per week and team evenings had proved popular. Thanks were given to the people who took turns to direct the evenings. A new competition had been introduced , the Handicap pairs playing for the Gilling Trophy.
Externally, teams had been entered into the BBA teams of 8 and 4 events and 2 teams were presently playing in the league competition with one team in the knock-out Cup. Thanks were given to Peter for coordinating these teams.
Thanks were also extended to John for preparing the boards, to Stephen our permanent scorer, to Eric, Alan, Peter & Judi for opening and closing the clubhouse and to all the members of the committee in particular to Roger our retiring secretary. In conclusion thanks were given to all the members for their support of the club and a belief was expressed that the future of the club now looked very positive.
5. Treasurers report
Copies of the accounts were distributed to the meeting. The treasurer advised that our income had increased despite spending £500 on new tables during the year and that this increase was attributable to the reduction in the rent paid.
The treasurer thanked Cameron Cooke for auditing the accounts.
Approval of the accounts was proposed by Alan Williams and seconded by George Goddard.
6. Motions from members
No motions were put forward
7. Election of Officers
Roger Gaudoin resigned from his position as secretary and also from the committee.
The rest of the committee were re-elected. Proposed Stephen Bligh, seconded Peter Malpass.
Existing member Judi Malpass was elected as Secretary. Proposed Alan Williams, seconded Chris Watson.
Penny Bligh was elected on to the committee. Proposed Andrew Mason, seconded Roger Gregory.
The constitution states that there should be 7 members on the committee but in the absence of any other members wishing to stand, it was agreed to continue with 6 at the present time.
8. Presentation of Trophies
The following trophies were presented
Howell Trophy Anne & David Gilling
Charity Shield Derek & Janet Marsh
Gilling Trophy Chris Watson & Ian Wilson
Slammer of the Year Lorraine Curry & Roger Gregory
Ascenders (last 6 months) Stephen Bligh
Club Championship John & Ros Bateman
8. Any other business
Anyone requiring a partner/partner should now contact Judi Malpass.
It was suggested that in view of the number of evenings lost because of bank holidays and also through bad weather that we should consider playing on bank holidays in future. Some discussion took place regarding the weather issues that had arisen and also the problems of poor attendance where we had previously played on bank holidays.
It was agreed to discuss the possibility of opening on bank holidays with Dave the caretaker and also at committee with a view to putting a proposal to the members in the near future.
Andrew Mason gave a vote of thanks for the sterling job done by Lorraine and team during the year.
The meeting closed at 7.25pm.