President — June Buckland
Chairman — Gavin Wilson 📧 email@example.com
Treasurer — Muriel Hodder
Secretary — Kay Wilson 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments — Yvette Barton 📧 email@example.com
Membership — Pauline Harris 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
TO BE AGREED — Julie Minards 📧 email@example.com
TO BE AGREED — Vicky Bevan 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Director team comprises:
The Scoring Team comprises:
Carol Wildig (Team Leader)
In 2018, Claygate will start rolling out the wireless scoring system called BridgePal, which runs on smartphones and tablets. The implementation team today consists of Gavin Wilson and Carol Wildig, but more volunteers will be very welcome. We will provide as much help and training as each North needs to enter the scores into the handset.
Further information about BridgePal can be found here.
The minutes of the meeting of 25th February 2019 were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
GW expressed his view that the Club was trundling along nicely apart from the usual problems — i.e. scoring system, number of scorers, number of directors etc.
Nearly all members have paid their subs for the year. The committee agreed that the Club should remain in the EBU, as many members (particularly the newer ones) valued English Bridge magazine together with the accumulation of masterpoints.
GW said that he thought it important that the Club state what complexity of bidding conventions it would accept. He said he believed that the Level 4 designation (which the Club currently uses) could lead to the membership facing too many complicated systems, and that the Club should adopt Level 3. He said that Level 3 is basically the same as the "novice" Level 2, but with the 2♦ Multi also permitted. See https://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/blue-book/blue-book-2019.pdf for a full description of the various levels. The commmittee voted unanimously to adopt Level 3 for the Club for the time being.
Two more handsets have been purchased. The more tables the Club has, the more handsets required and the higher the workload on the WiFi router, and the greater the demand on the spare handsets waiting in reserve.
Julie Gardiner's offer to direct three sessions this year was much appreciated. The Club needs to have a roster of at least three regular directors to guarantee its viability.
BridgePal scoring is a technical job which requires some competence on both the PC and the Android handset. If the scoring system's reliability could be improved, it is believed members would be less reluctant to come forward to help. Aspiring scorers should be encouraged to help alongside the established scoring team.
On 9th September, neither Carol, Ruth nor Gavin is available, so the Club will revert to handwritten scoring at the table. Rowena has very kindly offered to total up the scores the next day.
All members of the existing committee said they were happy to be nominated for the next season, starting immediately after the March 2020 AGM. But there was a general view that new blood would be welcomed; anyone interested could be co-opted onto the committee right away.
The committee gave its approval for the Club's boards and scoring equipment to be used at the bridge tournament planned for 24th November at Claygate Tennis Club.
The committee agreed that the next meeting should take place at 1000 on Monday 25th November 2019 at Torrington Close.