SSCBA Sim Pairs - 15th August
Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 07931702776, text or email.
It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and end of sessions (loading the dishwasher), don't leave the director to do everything!
If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact Terry Maltby or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.
At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.
A host system runs on Tuesday evenings whereby if you arrive at the club without a partner not later than 7 p.m. then the "stand by" for that evening will be called in to play with you.
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A number of members sadly have health issues effecting their immune systems. Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.
Firstly I must pay tribute to Arthur Bloxham, who has been our president for many years and was a great supporter of our club; he will be sadly missed.I now have the pleasure to welcome our new President, Ivor Clarke a member for over 30 years.
My second year, as captain culminated in a very difficult AGM which included having to deal with all the changes being proposed by the EBU. That AGM had been preceded the week before with a very good dinner at the Brocton Village hall, which was repeated again successfully last night. Another incident immediately followed the AGM last year. Enquiries were initiated, to change the venue for the afternoon sessions, which I have to say troubled me greatly. For members to even consider splitting the club was very disappointing, but further to not inform the committee, was for me and members of the committee disrespectful in the least. Had such a division taken place I would not be standing here today in front of you and I doubt very much if Stafford Bridge club would have survived for much longer. So for all those who have stood by the club and supported its continued growth and prosperity I can only say a truly heartfelt “thank you”.
At the last AGM, the club members voted to remain affiliated to the EBU with the caveat that I write to the EBU expressing the club’s grave concerns regarding the Pay-2-Play element. I did write and then on 7th October 2009 at the EBU shareholders’ meeting, the decision to implement the Pay-2-Play scheme was finally ratified. Thus the new EBU Pay-2-Play scheme commenced on 1st April and Ann has achieved wonders with the installation of the new database and ensuring that all our members (who will now be members of the EBU) have their personal data accurately recorded or not as their request may be. All club members will now become members of the EBU. Also, as agreed at the previous AGM, for this current year the club will not be implementing any additional charges for table money. The annual subscription also remains at £10.00.
Your committee during this year has achieved quite a few positive changes. A working party cleared out the office, decorated the kitchen, installed new tables in the kitchen as well as two comfortable chairs. Pat obtained samples of possible new club chairs since we still have concerns regarding the current ones but the members voted to retain the ones we still use. Mike also arranged for a new, and most useful, cupboard to be constructed in the entrance corridor. So we have not been idle and we still have substantial funds to support the club. I will leave the details of the club’s finances to our treasurer, Ann.
My thanks to those who have served our club. Firstly, our late President Arthur, who played regularly on Wednesday afternoons, enjoyed playing in the Shelley and he attended most of our committee meetings. Then, Ivor as my vice captain for this year I thank you for all your support. Pauline as secretary is always around chivying me to ensure things get done. She does a great job in preparing the minutes of meetings etc. and she has also been very supportive of the Friday evening sessions. Mike and Pam have managed the club competitions and Mike has also been very helpful with all the work we have achieved within the club and of course with the directing duties. Also I must thank the support from Pat, Ivor and Mike for their great help with duplimating the boards. Ann, took on the role of our new treasurer for this year and she has been very successful, and has agreed to continue as the club’s webmaster. I must also record our thanks to Cliff for his work as the club’s auditor and I do sincerely hope that he will continue to provide this service.
Our club continues to provide a “stand-by” service for Tuesday evenings which has been most helpful to those arriving without a partner and certainly does encourage newcomers; so my thanks to all those who support this namely Ann, Peter, Ivor, Arthur and Derek. With the sad death of Arthur we now do need a volunteer for the 4th Tuesday stand-by. Particular thanks must go to Bryan for all his work with the running of Monday and Wednesday afternoons and for Sheila for her diligent attention to the overall condition of the club and Doug Simmonds for all his hard work with the teaching sessions. These started on a Friday evening in October and then with numbers and demand increasing Doug ran another session on a Tuesday afternoon.
Our club dinner last night was again a great success with 52 members and their guests present and for the second year was held at Brocton Village Hall.
Very sadly four other members of our club died during the year, Dennis Greenwood, Dorothy Jamieson, Peter Lowe and Patsy Palm.
Tony Aspras, Linda Laughlin, and Sheila Palmer have all made good recoveries from their illnesses this year.
Then, in September we also had two special birthdays: Barbara Cooke reached the wonderful age of 90 and Bryan Purslow just a mere ten years behind. We celebrated with a small party on Wednesday afternoon 7th October. I was privileged to interview Barbara and persuaded the EBU to publish a short article and photograph of her in the EBU Bridge magazine.
Christmas parties: We enjoy these each year and the parties on Wednesday afternoon, Friday evening and Tuesday evening have all been successful.
Competitions: I will finish with a few words about the club competitions. It has already been agreed that in future, in the event of a tie for first place, a shared award will be made and split ties will not be resolved to give a single winner. Then we intend to discuss with the new committee some small changes to some of our competitions.
All other club competitions will remain in their current format.
Thank you for your attention, patience and cooperation.
David DrinkwaterCaptain 16th May 2010