ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY May 2nd 2007 @ 7.30pm – LION HOTEL, AULDEARN
All AS AGENDA
51 Members were present as per list attached to file.
Stuart Mackenzie –Ballindalloch, David McPherson Elgin T and C, Brian Cantlay- Elgin Rotary,
Douglas Macarthur, Mike Hulse, Douglas Howie, David Paterson, Alan and Susan Durno,
3) BEREAVEMENTS RECORDED
Ann Fraser Ardclach
4) MINUTES OF THE 2006 AGM (held 3rd May 2006)
These had been circulated and were adapted on the proposal of Colin McGregor (seconded Bill Fraser)
5) MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere
6) PRESIDENT’S REPORT
George Macarthur presented his final report before standing down
I have enjoyed my two years as President of Moray Province. Life was made relatively simple for me thanks to the hard work and efficiency of the Province Secretary, Match Secretaries and Treasurer. Sadly, Secretary Ian McPhail has intimated he would like to step down. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for all the good work he has done for Moray Province over the last five years. I would also like to thank Bill Nicol for the huge amount of time and effort he has put in during the season on trying to improve the facilities at Elgin Leisure Centre and also setting up coaching at Elgin for next season. Thanks also to Alan Stanfield for once again keeping us all up to date with news and results on the web site.
The Province has seen several of its members shine at National and International events this season:
- Andrew Craigie won silver for Great Britain at the World University Games in Pinerolo.
- Hughie Robertson was runner-up in the Scottish Seniors Championships.
- Neil Macarthur finished equal fifth in the Scottish Men’s Championships.
- Thomas Pendreigh was narrowly beaten in the semi-final of the Scottish Juniors.
- Simon Gibb and Andrew and Robert Craigie were fourth and fifth respectively also in the Scottish Juniors.
- Ali Fraser won a trip to the W.C.F. Summer Camp in Fussen, Germany in July by winning the under-17’s “Grand Slam”.
- Blair Fraser and Ruairidh Greenwood won the under 15’s at Kinross.
I would like to congratulate all those who won trophies this season. It is particularly satisfying to see the new club of “Highland and Moray Firth Juniors” in the prize list, and I am certain David and Ray McGaan, who set up the club, are very proud of Peter Macintyre and his rink on winning West Division 3.
Finally a well done to Ali Asher and Nairn Curling Club for such a successful Centenary year
7) SECRETARY’S REPORT
Ian McPhail gave a brief report on his final year in office-
As with every year the President and the Match Secretaries between them have given you almost all the news so just a few things left for myself to add
This year has seen more and more of the necessary correspondence with the clubs and RCCC being done by Email. I cannot forecast exactly when we can eliminate paper but I suspect in a few years time we will reach a stage when we can save a fair bit on paper and post costs.
We have had to change our Engraver this year as Willie McBride of the Inverness Trophy Centre retired from the business. Fortunately his son has started a new venture “Invertrophy “ and was able to provide us with a good service. I thought last year that some of the trophies would require new base plates for engraving but we should in fact be O.K for one more year before having to tackle this problem.
As regards Moray Province badges we have had a big sale year with Nairn’s centenary tour taking the lions share but still at a profit to the Province. At the current time we are down to 16 badges and I have put in hand the purchase of a fresh supply.
The purchase price is similar to that for the previous batch and will be in stock well before the start of the season to be sold at £2.50 each
There was no Waldie this year simply because our host did not make arrangements for the game. We are hosts this year
Just a reminder that there will be copies of the Province Rules at both Ice Rinks and on the Area 10 (Moray) web sites
I do not intend to circulate fresh copies but clubs can get fresh copies from either the Province Secretary or by downloading from the web site
Thanks to all the committee, club officials and club members for their assistance this year.
Ian McPhail Province Secretary
8) TREASURER’S REPORT
Alastair Maltman reported on the Province Finances (see attached) considered satisfactory the accounts were adopted on the proposal of Mike Watt (seconded Bill Nicol)
The Province started the year with a balance of £2877.50 and the closed with £2,568.03
I hope that you all have a copy of the Income & Expenditure and the Assessment of the Accounts. The content is standard however I would make the following points: –
1 Insurance premium of £61.11 relates to 05/06. Expect 06/07 payment to be around this sum and I will liaise with Nairn to ensure payment.
2 Office bearers’ expenses due but not yet paid amount to £ ?? .
3 £645.47 was paid for prizes relating to 2005/06. As Mr Norvel was retiring payment for 2006/07, £519.50 was made early.
I propose no change to levy and entry fees.
Are there any questions?
I propose acceptance of the Province accounts.
I propose that Bill Young continues as our ‘Auditor’.
I look forward to the prompt return of all membership information and sums due prior to 31st August 2007.
Alastair Maltman Treasurer
9) MATCH SECRETARIES’ REPORTS
A comprehensive report (see attached) was provided by Graham Grant on behalf of the match secretaries
10) AREA 10 REPORT
George Macarthur advised that he had attended the Area 10 AGM and reported the Area to be generally in good heart. He also advised of the Area 10 presentation to Sarah McIntyre.
Bill Nicol provided additional input on the Area 10 League play offs (29th September), the Wold Wheelchair Qualifying Event at Inverness in November and the dates of the Area 10 Bonspiels. Particular mention was made of the Johnson Carmichael which will take place in Inverness in 2007 (October 20th). It is hoped the change of venue and date will attract more entrants.
11) CURLING DEVELOPMENT REPORT
Bill Nicol gave a comprehensive report on the work he has been doing on developing Curling in the Province. This is further covered under AOCB.
Thanks Chairman George for giving me time at this meeting to keep yourself your committee members and AGM attendees up to date as regards coaching in the East of Moray Province at “The Moray Leisure Centre.”
Can I again suggest I go through the report and take questions at the end?
I think it is safe to say without contradiction that there is no structure for coaching in the East of Moray Province i.e. at “Moray Leisure Centre” with the exception of some very enthusiastic individuals who are carrying this out on behalf of their own clubs mainly to encourage new members, and in some cases internal club improver sessions are organised.
I applaud these curlers and hopefully we can harness their enthusiasm into a broader format following discussions and proposals that are on going
The no coaching in the East May be known to some but to ensure everyone is aware I will elaborate on how it fell to bits.
As you know in previous years we in Moray East had the services of an Area Development Officer in Gordon Kennedy but I think it would be fair to say we did not have a structure in place to assist him, so Gordon was left to paddle his own canoe, instigating and carrying out any development and coaching that took place during his term in post on his own.
This in my opinion was not all Gordon’s responsibility, I think that responsibility can be shared with Moray Province who did not have an office bearer or nominated representative on or in “The Highland and Moray Development Group”, and perhaps even some responsibility could be taken by the Area Development Group who possible did not promote itself to the East of Ten Area where there is a lack of understanding that the Area Development Group is not an Inverness Ice Rink Group but an arm or a leg of “Area 10” which encompasses all ice rinks within that Area and all member curlers in these ice rinks.
The demise of any development or coaching in the East occurred when Gordon Kennedy our ADO applied for and got promotion within the RCCC to Development Manager.
Through this promotion he was posted to Edinburgh and at the same time Moray Council and Moray Leisure Centre pulled out their funding of an RCCC Area Development Officer (As you possible know Lynne Fraser is the only RCCC ADO now but only covers the Highland Area i.e. Inverness Ice rink.) as the funding is still in place there. Moray West curlers do benefit from this.
As I said quite simple Gordon Kennedy was gone and with him went any Development and Coaching that had been in place in the East of Moray and there was no sign of anyone or any organisation to pick up the pieces so at this point I thought I would try to create a structure / framework and that is where we were on 5th October 2006.
In saying that to be fair there are still those enthusiastic individuals who carry on coaching on behalf of their own clubs
What we have done about it.
Firstly please note I have gone from I too we because not long at all after instigating some discussion on Development and Coaching I had curlers interested in what was being suggested and the RCCC on board
Late September: – I had Initial Discussions with Gordon Kennedy
1st October: –I emailed Hugh Mackay Chairman of Highland & Moray Development Group to outline my thoughts for East Moray.
5th October: – Supplied with names from Gordie a meeting was convened at which 12 interested curlers participated.
From that there was a strong interest from individual curlers with previous experience to resurrect
- Curling’s Cool sessions
- A Curling Cools Club
- Junior Curling
- Wheel Chair Curling
- Improvers sessions
- Come and try sessions
This was very encouraging the curlers in attendance were by no means exhaustive so we allocated all those at this initial meeting the job of drumming up interest from all clubs in the East of Moray to get even more interested curlers on board.
Following this we then discussed and decide what expertise we had available before deciding on what sessions we would try and put in place.
In fact it was agreed if we did not have a full team on board with reserves for each classification then that level will would be put in abeyance.
16th November: – 24 curlers + 5 school co-ordinators 6 apologies. A meeting was held in the Elgin Leisure Centre with the RCCC represented by Lynne Robertson NCO and Gordon Kennedy D.M
I think at this meeting the realisation that the structure / framework that was required to be put in place for us to run coaching sessions was greater than anticipated if we wanted to stay within the guidelines laid down.
I for one was not interested in splashing about with out a life jacket on and a number of the main players in our group agreed.
So by the end of November it was basically agreed that we could not have courses up and running for January 2007.
18 curlers showing an interest in either refreshing or taking level A
6 curlers who either had or were interested in taking level B
Since that Meeting
A/ A number of the interested curlers have taken their A level theory course done their verification and are ready to do their practical.
B/ A number have also done the child protection course (Balance must be done)
C/ We have through Lynne Robertson trawled the records to establish the RCCC recognised coaching credentionials of curlers in Moray Province East at the following levels. More willing coaches and helpers very much required ASAP
Level A Training in progress 10 + others waiting for theory course.
Level A Coaches 2 + 5 to be confirmed
Level B training in required 4 waiting for course
Level B Coaches 2
Where are we now
1/ we have the backing of the RCCC Development Manager Gordon Kennedy and The RCCC National Coach Lynne Robertson (Plus of course we are counting on the backing of Lynne Fraser Highland Development Officer although we appreciate there may be difficulties there.) We have had sight of template used by the RCCC called” Curling Development Action Plan” which I appreciate requires considerable adjustments to suit Moray.
2/ With permission from President George I attended the AGM of Area 10 Curling Development Group on 24th April and to cut a long story short I gave a report as I am giving to you and it was extremely well received with the Chairman Hugh Mackay specifically asking that a person or persons from Moray join the development group and that they were more than willing to assist us in any way they possible could.
3/ I have outlined our proposals to the Ice Rink Manager at Elgin Leisure Centre subject to the Province AGM giving their support to our efforts
Our intention is to use the summer months to put a framework in place so that we can start running coaching sessions from the start of season 2007/2008 which will give all involved a busy summer.
Thank you for your time Chairman George
12) WEB SITE REPORT
Alan Stansfield reported on his continuing work on the web site and agreed to carry on with his role of webmaster. He expressed his thanks to Graham Grant for his invaluable support in providing him with a fast results service without which the web site could not function
13) ELECTION OF OFFICE-BEARERS AND AUDITOR
|President||Gavin Nicol||George Macarthur||Bill Steven|
|Vice President||Ali Asher||Gavin Nicol||Gregor Munro|
|Secretary||Douglas MacArthur||George MacArthur||Colin McGregor|
|Treasurer||Alastair Maltman||Gavin Nicol||Ian McPhail|
|Match secy East||Graham Grant||Barbara Grant||Ruth Kennedy|
|Match Secy West||Colin McGregor||Ian McPhail||Ali Asher|
|Auditor||Bill Young||Bill Nicol||Colin McGregor|
At this point President George Macarthur stood down and handed the meeting over to his successor Gavin Nicol. The new president thanked George on behalf of the province for his sterling work during his time in office and the assembled company echoed his thanks
14) NOMINATION OF CLUB REPRESENTATIVES
|2007-8||Bank of Scotland||James||Milton|
|2007-8||Elgin Tennis and Curling||David||McPherson|
|2007-8||Highland and Moray Juniors||David||McGaan|
|2007-8||Moray Firth Ladies||Fay||Coutts|
|2007-8||Moray Wheelchair Curling||Gregor||Ewan|
|2007-8||Nairn Ladies||Mrs Ray||McGann|
15) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS AND ENTRY FEES
The treasurer proposed no change in fees for the coming year. This was accepted by the meeting
16) REPORTS FROM MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE PROVINCE ON OTHER COMMITTEES
There were no such reports
There were the following items of business
a) Gordon Kennedy advised that National Come and Try Day funding was available from RCCC but had not been applied for by Moray Province. He suggested that the Province apply for this funding and agreed to source the application form which had to be in by Ist September.
The president agreed that this be done and a discussion took place regarding the organisation of a Province Come and Try day
b) Bill Nicol reported on the progress of his efforts on behalf of the Province to improve the quality of Ice at Elgin 2006/2007
As I hope the majority of you know I took on board the results of the survey issued to all clubs in the Moray Province by the Ian McPhail the Secretary and subsequently analysed by him.
I took the results of that survey and discussed them with Angela Davidson the Ice Rink Manager who took on board most of the comments and agreed to work on improving them in a constructive and progressive manner during the season.
There were many important detailed points which were strictly down to management on a daily basis and she did not see a problem in getting on top of them.
The major item to come out of the survey was the lack of continuity in quality ice; she agreed this would not be so easily sorted.
At this point in time an Allan Fallow the Ice rink manager had been off ill for some time and there was no sign of him returning at that point so the work would have to be done with young Allan, Craig and Lewis
14/08 Approached John Minnar
18/08 had a meeting with Steve Ash Leisure Centre Manager
19/08 Met with Angela and agree we take on board advice from John Minnar
03/09 John Minnar and Andy McGlynn assisted in laying the 2006/2007 ice pad
11/09 Leisure Centre received full report from Jon Minnar to which Angela agreed they would be taking on board most if not all of the recommendations.
Report of the above was on the notice board.
28th October a further report was printed on the notice board
23/10 Fed back information to Steve Ash and Angela plus requested a second visit from John Minnar and Andy to slicken up and give the lads hints on how to change over from skating to curling overnight i.e. as they do every Sunday Night
This was agreed upon and did happen on the 28th October
c) Lynn Fraser the Highland Curling Development Officer gave a resume of her work in developing curling in the North. Within her comprehensive report she made particular mention of Ray McGaan and her contribution over the past 5 years to the development of Junior Curling in Highland and Moray
d) Following on from the prior report there was a considerable discussion on how best to take forward the development of curling in Moray Province East. Bill Nicol emphasised the need for the Province to take up the reins to ensure that there was buy in to the work which needed to be done .He asked that the management committee agree a course of action at the earliest possible opportunity and this was agreed
19) DATE OF NEXT A.G.M.
The 1st Wednesday of May 2008
The 2007 A.G.M. was followed by the Annual Prize Giving