Hemel Hempstead Bridge Club
Chairman’s AGM Report 2011-12
During the past year we have continued to run Duplicate Bridge nights on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (including Bank Holiday Mondays). All evenings use duplimated boards and I would again like to thank David Blasebalk for running the Duplimate machine.
The club’s membership has remained constant, and the average number of tables per week increased slightly over last year and is now only marginally down on five years ago. Thursday evenings are marginally down on last year, but this was more than offset by an increase in members attending Tuesday evenings.
The Christmas party was held on the first Thursday of December after last years trial, and we had the same turnout. Susie organised the food with herself, the committee members and Pat Henry bringing specific items. I’ve received good comments about the food, so many thanks to all those who contributed. Again we managed to hold the ticket price at £9; I think that’s pretty good value for food and wine plus the hire of the hall.
At this years A.G.M. we are putting forward a change to the Club’s Constitution. The E.B.U. and the Herts Bridge Association are recommending that all clubs have a proper Disciplinary Procedure. Without one, a club could put itself at risk (albeit small) of being sued for “deformation of character” if it should ever dismiss a member. We have taken the proposed Disciplinary Procedure and adapted it to suit Hemel Hempstead Bridge Club. We will have to amend the Constitution to incorporate this procedure.
Finally a big thank you to all those who have served on the Committee; Cliff Short, Paula Morton, Helen Robinson, Susie Bond, David Blasebalk, Tim Cooper and Pat Jacobs.
I would also like to thank Derek Gowlett for organising Tuesday’s bridge; all our Directors; Roger Edmonds for the web site; Anne Short as our membership secretary; Margaret Goodwin for acquiring our provisions and Cynthia Wheatley for bringing the milk each week.