ROYAL CALEDONIAN CURLING CLUB
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD AT THE NEWTON HOTEL, NAIRN
ON WEDNESDAY THE 4TH OF MAY 2016
N Durno, M Fraser, M Pickthall, A Maltman, M Clark, S McGingle, A Durno, A Munro,
L Hardie, H Downey, A Pickthall, M Pottie, B Pottie, S McIver, A Campbell, S Howie,
B Nicol, B Jaffrey, T Duncan, G Fraser, J Cattell, A Stanfield, G Macarthur, R Cope,
R Cope, H Clark, M McInnes, A Asher, M Watt, E Milne, H Henderson
Apologies were received from W Ross, W Duncan, D Duncan, A Cameron, A Fraser,
F McInnes, G Millar, D Clark, D Clark, M Keen, C Barron, H Barron, C Buchan,
C Macgregor, S Rankin, L Thompson, G Valentine, C Ross.
The following bereavements were notified;
John Grigor and S Coleman.
- MINUTES OF AGM HELD ON WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY 2015
The Minutes were approved, proposed by A Asher and seconded by H Clark.
- MATTERS ARISING
Bill Nicol queried an item in the Accounts relating to the 2015 AGM expenses. The Treasurer explained that the Laichmoray Hotel charged for the use of the Conference Room whereas the Newton Hotel did not. There were suggestions from the floor that the Committee might consider holding all future AGMs in the Newton Hotel. The President reminded the meeting that the venues alternated between the East and the West but that the Executive would once again research other suitable venues with bar facilities in the East.
Bill then asked what had happened to the stock of Province Badges. It was explained that the remaining stock had been given to Margaret Pottie to take on the Ladies’ Canadian Tour; Margaret informed the meeting that there were a few badges remaining and that these would be returned to the Province. It was confirmed that a new stock of badges was to be ordered and the Treasurer assured the meeting that he would be maintaining a record of the stock.
- PRESIDENT’S REPORT
The President gave his report. Appendix 1
- CORRESPONDENCE AND SECRETARY’S REPORT
There was no correspondence. The Secretary gave his report, Appendix 2.
7, TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer gave his report, Appendix 3.
- MATCH SECRETARIES’ REPORTS
Moira Clark gave her report for the West, Appendix 4 and Mike Pickthall read the report for the East in the absence of Andy Cameron, Appendix 5.
- AREA 10 REPRESENTATIVE’S REPORT AND AREA STANDING COMMITTEE REVIEW GROUP UPDATE
Ali Asher gave his Area 10 report and the Area Standing Committee Review Group Update, Appendix 6.
- ICE4ALL REPORT
Neil Durno, who is the ICE4ALL Province Rep gave a brief report on the group’s activities. He pointed out that there is a Facebook page available to keep members informed about ICE4ALL’s activities and to contact members if required. He also informed everyone that the group was holding its AGM in the Bishopmill Hall on Saturday the 21st of May at 2.00 pm and invited Province members to attend.
- MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP CONVENER’S REPORT
The Convener’s report had been circulated with the AGM agenda. Appendix 7.
- WEBMASTER’S REPORT
Bill Nicol reported that the website was meeting its requirements. There were one or two changes, for example, a new page to cater for those totally new to curling. He concluded by asking that if anyone had anything that they wished to be included on the website that they get in touch with him.
- ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS AND APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR
The President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Match Secretary West all confirmed that they would remain in post; Andy Cameron had informed the Executive Committee that he wished to stand down as Match Secretary East, The President thanked Andy for all his hard work over the previous three years stating that he had done an excellent job. He then went on to propose Bill Jaffrey as Andy’s replacement. Bill confirmed that he was prepared to take on the role and as there were no other nominations, his election to the Executive was seconded by Alastair Maltman. Neil went on to say that the Executive were looking for a volunteer to act as Deputy Match Secretary East; there were no volunteers from those present.
- ELECTION OF ICE4ALL PROVINCE REPRESENTATIVE
As Campbell Ross is standing down as one of the Province ICE4ALL representatives, Alan Campbell agreed to replace him; proposed by Neil Durno and seconded by Mike Pickthall.
- ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION AND ENTRY FEES TO COMPETITIONS FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON
The Treasurer recommended that there should be no change to the subscription and competition entry fees.
- DIVISION 3 COMPETITION RULE 4; PROPOSAL TO REDUCE SHOTS PENALTY FROM 3 TO 1
The Chair explained that with a reduced number of members in some clubs those clubs were, on occasions, finding it difficult to find subs and were, therefore, having to resort to using players from Divisions 1 and 2 to play in the lower divisions. There have been calls from some of the clubs affected to reduce the three shot penalty to one. After discussion from the floor with opinions both for and against the proposal being voiced, the majority view favoured retaining the current rule.
- DATE OF NEXT AGM
The date of the next AGM was set for Wednesday the 3rd of May 2017.
Sandy Howie asked what the current situation was regarding the Virtual Club’s attendance at Committee Meetings. The Secretary confirmed that the Virtual Club was fully registered with the RCCC and therefore club members were entitled to attend and participate at Committee Meetings and that their presence would be welcomed.
A question was asked about the disputed Division One match at the beginning of the season which involved Gordon Kennedy. The President explained that because information relating to the situation was not clear in the first instance, an incorrect ruling was made by the members of the Executive. However, once the correct information was made available, the original decision was reversed in Gordon’s favour. He went on to emphasise that the rules on postponed games would continue to be upheld next season.
There being no further business, Neil thanked all those present for attending and the meeting closed at 8.00pm, followed by the prize giving.
President’s Report 2015-16
Well I’m half way through my term as president and everything seems to be running relatively smoothly, I have to thank Mike, Mark, Alastair, Andy and Moira for their efforts in keeping the province running well. I won’t say much about the competition side of things as Andy and moira will fill you in but it is disappointing to see the province competitions not being very well subscribed with a poor number of entries entries across the board.
I’m delighted with the amount of juniors I now see when I’m in the ice rink which bodes well for the future. I now see myself as one of the old mob but I’m not so sure that’s such a good thing, I should maybe say I’m one of the more experienced. The development group deserve all the thanks they can get for this as without volunteers like Campbell, Sandra, Bill and co the future of curling wouldn’t look so bright. It’s also good to see the juniors now entering competitions all over Scotland and doing rather well in them too.
The new ice plant at Elgin is now up and running and it’s wonderful to know that the future of curling in Moray is secure for the foreseeable future. A big thankyou has to go to the ice4all committee for campaigning for years and finally getting what we wanted.
I’m not too sure on the state of play at Inverness ice centre but hopefully that will be sorted soon and will be one less thing to worry about.
There was the indoor grand match in Elgin in October and it was a fantastic day with 3 sessions of games played and the ice full on each occasion. A big thanks must go to Stephen rankin and his organising committee for sorting out the day as without them then the day wouldn’t have been near the success it was. The ice rink must also be thanked as they did well with food etc and Andy and his wife Kirsty for running the bar. Everyone I spoke to on the day thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately the north lost out to the south but that didn’t take away any of the enjoyment. Also more than £400 for the junior club who held a raffle.
That brings an end to my report and I hope my second year goes as well as my first.
PROVINCE SECRETARY’S REPORT
The Office Bearers met on four occasions during last season. Only one Committee Meeting was held in February 2016; the Meeting scheduled for October was not quorate, with only two club representatives in attendance. This was particularly disappointing in view of the fact that the Constitution was amended, specifically to allow any nominated member of a club to attend. The Executive very much hope that Committee Meetings will be better attended in the future.
Moray Province RCCC, Treasurers Reports for AGM 4th May 2016
General Account report from Alastair Maltman
Balance carried forward to 2016/17 £3,330.36
When the books closed at the end of March our ‘core’ income (from Province Levy and Entry Fees) exceeded our ‘core’ expenditure by £647. There are a few expenses such as engraving and boards which have yet to be determined however we will still have a surplus after these bills are paid.
We received a donation of £80 from the Indoor Grand Match (Andy’s bar) and we paid a £15 subscription to Sport Moray.
This year we had 296 members and a budget has been prepared for 2016/17 which predicts a fall to 281. With control of expenditure a modest increase in funds is expected by March 2017. The finances will be monitored closely in line with the budget.
I propose no change to subscriptions and entry fees.
Development Group Accounts report from Gordon Scott
Balance carried forward £7,214.83 to 2016/17 (£3,749.83 net of Awards for All)
As in previous years we continue to work with the resources we have available and carry forward a health balance of funds, for use in future years.
We have received additional funding from RCCC for achieving a number of agreed targets with them, in relation to promotion and development of Curling within our area.
We have paid out a number of grants to assist teams and individuals with ice fees for national/international competitions. This is open to anyone in the East province to apply for assistance, and full consideration will be made each year.
This information cannot be made ‘public’ until 24th May 2016.
We have received a Grant from Awards for ALL just before the year end, which we will use in the year ahead, which artificially inflates our funds carried forward at 31 March.
|Moray Province, Royal Caledonian Curling Club|
|Income & Expenditure Account for year ended 31st March 2016|
|Balance B/fwd||£2,617.90||Engraving & Certificates||£112.32|
|Province Levy||£917.60||National Championship||£200.00|
|Area 10 Levy||£118.40||Area 10 Levy||£118.40|
|Sale of Badges||–||Web Site Exp||£16.96|
|Bonspiel Income||–||AGM Exp||£125.00|
|Tour Income||–||Competition Ice||£209.00|
|Donation – Indoor Grand Match||£80.00||Prizes||£428.71|
|AGM & Meeting Expenses||£95.94|
|Curling’s Cool||–||Coaches Expenses||£7.20|
|Coaching Courses Grant||–||Equipment||£195.31|
|Come & Try||£45.00||Weekly Coaching||£3,474.20|
|RCCC Funding||£1,078.00||Stick Curling||£7.60|
|Tactics Course||£235.00||Coaching Courses||£574.00|
|Christmas Bonspiel||£649.50||Come & Try||£42.90|
|Weekly Coaching||£3,995.00||Fundraising Bonspiel||£610.50|
|Other Groups Coaching||£10.00||Prizes||£21.00|
|Donations £5 /Awards for all £3465||£3,470.00||Grants awarded towards ice fees||£770.00|
|Skills award contra (Juniors)||£184.00||Travel||£50.00|
|Skills award contra (Juniors)||£184.00|
|Bank Balance C/fwd||£7,214.83|
|General A/c closing balance||£3,330.36||Represented by Current a/c||£10,787.29|
|Add funds received but not yet banked||–|
|Development A/c closing balance||£7,214.83||Less cheques issued but not yet presented||£242.10|
|Development cash float at 01/04/2015||£10.00||Cash expenditure||£4,054.40|
|Cash income||£4,054.40||Development cash float at 31/03/2016||£10.00|
|Alastair Maltman, Treasurer||/ /||Cheques issued but not yet presented|
|Examined and found to be in agreement to records,||F Davidson|
MATCH SECRETARY WEST REPORT
We had the same number of teams playing in the West leagues as the previous season due to Nairn skip Seamus McArdle entering into the Province for the first time whilst Dalcross had one rink less than before. In Division 1 it was a really close, hard fought battle for the title with the winners not decided until the last stone of the final game. However, Ali Asher and his team of Ross Cope, Colin MacGregor and Robbie Cope ended up as champions with Neil MacArthur’s Ardclach rink being runners up due to a superior shot difference over 3rd placed Larry Kerr.
The rinks skipped by Mike McInnes from Nairn and Ardclach’s James Greenwood will both be returning to the top division after one season away from it. Mike and his team of Gordon Millar, Ian Fraser and Faye McInnes won the Division 2 title whilst another Nairn team were the Division 3 winners. Jamie Cattell skipped Erich Behrendt, Donnie MacLeod and Andy Orlinski to victory and they will be joined in Division 2 by Ian Thomson’s Dalcross rink.
The Moray Province Open Knock-0ut final was played in Inverness and the winners were Dean Clark, Dionne Clark, Hamish Clark and Stewart Morrison who narrowly defeated Neil Durno’s rink from Fochabers.
The Nicol Quaich was also played in Inverness this season and the winners were Alan Campbell’s rink from Buckie who beat Ali Asher’s team.
Brothers Blair and Ross Fraser of Dalcross along with Ardclach’s Ruaridh and Callum Greenwood qualified to play in the Scottish Men’s Championships which was a great achievement. Blair, playing for Grant Hardie went all the way to the tie breakers before just missing out on reaching the knock-out stages.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Andy Cameron for all his help during his time as East Match Secretary, it has been a pleasure to work alongside him.
Match Secretary Report for Season 2015-16
Moray Province East season went with no major problems. In general I thought the season went very well.
Province East Leagues
A total of 32 teams started in the leagues, Up 3 on last season. Teams in the East Section consisted of 4 Divisions of 6 and 1 of 8.
As usual there were some very closely fought leagues with some Divisions final winners were not decided until the final round of games.
Div 1 was a two horse race between Alan Campbell (Buckie) and Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) with Alan Campbell (Buckie) winning by 1 points.
Div 2 Was a battle between Andy Cameron (Aberlour), David McPherson (Elgin T&CC) and Bill Jaffery (Fochabers) over the season with Andy’s team breaking towards the end of the season to win the league by 2 points. With David’s team taking the second spot in Division 1.
Div 3 Was a One horse season with Eddie Milne (Darnaway) winning the league by 8 shots with both Ronald Christie (Fochabers) and Lynn Scott (Ballindalloch) fighting out got the last place for promotion with both teams finishing on 10 points with Ronald’s team edging it by 2 shots.
Div 4 Was a tight first half of the season until Charlie Watt (Forres) opened up a lead and won the the league by 2 shots with Callum Jacklin (Moray Junior CC) finishing second closely followed by Colin Gauld (Darnaway) and Brian Cantlay (Elgin Rotary CC).
Div 5 Was a 1 horse race in the second half of the season with Molly Keen (Moray Junior CC) winning by 7 points over James Carter (Moray Junior CC) who took second place from Linda Hardie (Forres) on Shots up.
The top two Div 1 teams in the East and West Leagues were Alan Campbell (Buckie) in the East and Ally Asher (Nairn) in the West. With Alan Campbell winning in a very tight game played in Inverness.
Open Knockout played in the earlier rounds in Elgin and Inverness before the quarter finals. A total of 12 teams entered the Open Knockout from the East 2 teams the same as last season.
This year the final was held in Inverness between Dean Clark (Nairn) and Neil Durno (Fochabers) with Dean’s team winning the Dalcross Salver.
6 teams entered the competition this season, 3up on last season.
The ladies final was between Louise Marshall (Elgin) and Fiona Steel (Nairn) with Louise winning the Ladies Rosebowl.
4 Teams entered this season the same as last season. The final was played between Mike McInnes (Nairn) and Andy Cameron (Aberlour) with Andy’s team winning the Gammack Bell.
There were 16 pairs 2 up on last season but with 2 no shows. A good competition was had by all with Hamish Clark and Moira Clark (Nairn) winning the competition.
Moray Province Points
Played at Elgin with 18 players taking part 3 down on last season. A good competition was had by all. (9 shots were played in all) With Ally Fraser (Ardclach) winning.
AREA 10 Chairman’s Report
The Area AGM took place last month. Thanks to those who attended but for those who couldn’t this is an abridged version of my chairman’s report.
As area reps, our role involves attending ASC & RCCC meetings & sub-committee meetings to assist in the running of our sport & report back to members on wider issues that matter to them. The RCCC website, Scottish Curler bulletin & social media are also helpful in that regard.
There have been changes made to the ASC structure and Area reps but there’s effectively no change to our area here. The review group suggested splitting Area 10 into Highland & Moray with 1 rep each but the feedback from Moray Province at the Area meeting was that they felt this would create a divide & cause other issues.
It was felt the numbered areas would be easier to relate to with names instead. So ‘Area 10’ changes to ‘Highlands & Moray’ still with 2 reps. It is hoped 1 would be from each ice rink but in effect they can come from either area. Operationally things remain the same although we’ll need to update our constitution accordingly.
The ASC sub committees consist of;
- Club & member development
- Marketing & communication
As well as incoming tours & grand matches as required.
Area 10 bonspiels have been largely successful again this year; thanks to Mike Jack for not only his excellent organisation but also in raising funds and covering costs in raffles on the day. Please support these if you can.
With MIXED DOUBLES being a new Olympic discipline, we hope to introduce a competition in this format throughout the Area to allow everyone to give it a try & curl more.
We’ve held another successful indoor grand match. Thanks are due to both committees in the north for their efforts. Unfortunately the south prevailed once again.
The Tamnavoulin Trophy was held in Inverness in January & won by the RCCC.
The RCCC have moved from Cairnie House to OCHIL House in Stirling but continue their search for something more permanent that may also be able to house a Scottish Curling Museum or similar.
2018 World Juniors
2019 World Wheelchairs
2020 World Men’s [Glasgow Hydro]Scotland host the European Championships at Braehead in November followed by 3 major curling championships in the next 4 years. UK Sport & Event Scotland have awarded significant funds towards the running of these events
An important point to remember is that the RCCC is actually a relatively small cog in the big wheel of curling these days. The subs we pay just equate to the amount of money it takes to run the RCCC competitions, which are open to all of us keen enough or fortunate enough to be able to compete in them. Although we’re very grateful to GoCoco as sponsors of the Scottish Championships we’re still constantly on the lookout for new sponsors.
The RCCC also contributed funds towards BBC Alba covering the Perth Masters which was well received & helps the sport maintain its profile.
There has been recent controversy over brushing techniques & equipment so I’m sure we all hope that prompt agreement between all officiating bodies with particular guidance from the WCF can resolve this & protect the integrity of the game.
To all the Moray Province curlers who took part in any RCCC or National event, including the Province Championships at Greenacres, Rink Championships in Forfar, The YARA, The Henderson Bishop & Scottish Championships at all levels, thanks for keeping the Area to the fore and hopefully you enjoyed the experience.
All members are welcome to attend the RCCC AGM on 18th June at Braehead in Glasgow.
Congratulations to Margaret Pottie on her Ladies Branch vice president nomination. President Billy Howat passes on to & Clive Thomson & Jim Cullen is the nominated incoming vice. All the best to incoming reps Ian Mackay & Ormond Smith. That concludes my report
Summary of Season 2015-16
MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPORT FOR AGM ON 18th April 2016.
- During the past season (2015-2016) the MPCDG ( Moray Province Curling Development Group) has built on the successful previous years and from which Bill Nicol established in 2007 and I would like to think that we had a positive and constructive season, with some notable successes. I mention in all my reports that the success of the MPCDG has been largely attributable to the members on the Group, their individual input, the way the team has worked closely and constructively together, and the support we have had from the Moray Province, Superleaque, parents and helpers of the Junior Club, Moray Leisure Centre and the RCCC.
In no particular order I would highlight the following items from season 2015-2016;
- Relations with the Royal Caledonian Curling Club; I believe that we have made significant steps over the previous seasons in forging an ever strengthening relationship between MPCDG and the RCCC. We have built up an excellent relationship with Judith McCleary, Head of Development, Giles Lomax, Coaching and Workforce Development Manager and Fiona Kennedy, Development Officer. Giles and Judith have met with the Committee of MPCDG and have helped us through training at Level 1 and Skills Awards on site which has benefited both coaches and students alike. I would also sincerely thank Fiona for her input to our Target Plan and assistance with our bid for Awards for All.
- RCCC/MPCDG Annual Development Plan 2015-2016. I am pleased to say that the vast majority of the targets in the Development Plan agreed between the RCCC and the MPCDG for this season were achieved. By meeting the targets set for the Group, we have been advised that funding from the RCCC could be around £2200. We await this confirmation. This is a substantial achievement and doubles what we were allocated in the previous season and will be used within the MPCDG to the benefit of all in the Moray Province area. We have yet to agree the Development Plan for the coming season with a financial incentive in excess of £2,700 if all the targets are met.
- RCCC Rink Championship Qualifying Competition. One of the targets in the Development Plan for season 2015-2106 was to work with the MLC and Clubs to establish a rink qualifying competition for next season and although discussion have taken place with MLC, we have yet to establish this fully. It was suggested that a pair’s competition may be the best option and I look to the Committee and Clubs to suggest alternative competitions that would suffice. Another challenge was to host a seminar in conjunction with the RCCC and this was extremely well attended in Nov 2015 at the Royal Findhorn Yacht Club when David Jones and Ewen MacDonald gave a talk on tactics and strategy.
The RCCC is itself under great pressure from its national funding bodies to increase the number of people curling across Scotland, and to increase the number of affiliated members nationwide. The RCCC has been set a seriously challenging target of 5,000 new affiliated curlers over the next five years. This is the context for the RCCC pushing MPCDG to increase the level of affiliation from Moray Province. We have being given a target of increasing affiliated members to 280 and for the coming season 2016-2017 our target may be to further increase the number of affiliated members. I request all Moray Province Clubs to look seriously at the affiliated members list in their individual Clubs and help RCCC reach their goal. MPCDG will approach the Moray Province to be actively involved.
- 5. Finance: Treasurer Gordon Scott has done a marvellous job coordinating all our financial affairs. In addition to overseeing the income and expenditure involved in the various coaching and schools curling events, he successfully closed off the Awards for All application whilst I was ill. To give an update on this to all, MPCDG applied for a grant to help develop curling in our Province through additional equipment for training, transport funding to allow Sandra McIver to get school kids to the ice rink, special cue sticks to enable adults to either revisit their curling years or encourage less fit adults to try the sport. The funding was also to help promote teams playing away from home by issuing them curling brushes and a holder bag. In March, I received a letter from Awards for All confirming that they were satisfied that we had met all their requirements and that £ 3465 had been placed in our account. We are however obliged to keep this information away from the press until the 24th I am indebted to Alastair Maltman, Bill Nicol, Gordon Scott and Fiona Kennedy for keeping me on the straight and narrow during the bid.
- Coaching and Skills Development. : I would confidently say that we had a very successful season on the coaching front thanks to the first class coaches and helpers. Sandra successfully expanded the schools programme and further developed our links with the officials within SAC responsible for leisure activities which can only help with the development of the schools programme. It was also pleasing to see that several of the pupils who attended the schools programme became members of the Junior Club. Sandra had good numbers attending the Schools Curling programme and was blessed with assistance from a number of coaches and helpers. I am sure she could really do with further assistance and volunteers are always welcome.
MPCDG will be building on the success of our coaching team in the coming season, with 4 members having gained the new Level 1 coaches certificate and potential 2 Level 2 coaches completing their course next season. We also have at least 2 juniors willing to go forward for the Level 1 course next season.
I will be putting together a full diary of Try Curling and Beginners Classes for the coming season but would sincerely like someone else to take over this role after 2017.
MPCDG would wish to arrange with the RCCC, another local Seminar and I would welcome your views on a subject or subjects that would be of interest to all curlers. We would wish for the seminar to be held in November 2016. The MPCDG has tried to raise the awareness of coaching to all Clubs within the Province but for some reason, there is always a very limited number of Clubs that come forward for coaching. I highlight once again to all Clubs that MPCDG is not simply to coach junior curlers but offers all aspects of skills from basic curling to tactics, fault finding and correction to any curler whether it be for social or competitive curling. We do not charge any fee and can be available to coach throughout the curling season.
- Junior Curling: One of the key objectives of the MPCDG since its formation has been to encourage and develop Junior Curling. One of our undoubted successes of the last two seasons was seeing Amy MacDonald play in the finals of the Scottish Under 21 finals and also participate in a number of international competitions. Seeing Amy play on Alba television in April 16 was an inspiration to us all and her success has allowed more from the Moray Juniors to come forward to play on the Scottish Slam circuits. The Junior Club grows with every passing year and augurs well for the future curlers in this area. Both the Province and Superleaque have benefited from this very keen Club. Once again, this is all due to the assistance given by the band of coaches and helpers, young and old.
- Wheelchair and Cue Curling: One area where MPCDG will be concentrating on in the coming season is wheelchair and cue curling. A specific drive will be undertaken to attract more cue curlers to play at Moray and Scottish TV will be at the ice rink next season to help promote this type of curling. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Moray Province Superleaque for unanimously agreeing at their AGM to allow cue curlers to be involved at the higher levels of competitive curling next season and the assistance of everyone in the Province in spreading this news would be appreciated.
- Corporate Curling: The MPCDG held several highly successful corporate curling nights last season. These were enjoyed by everyone – including the coaches – and also brought income into the MPCDG and potential new curlers. We intend further developing this aspect of curling in the coming season.
- IT and Communications: The website is being used by more and more people throughout the season and Bill Nicol religiously updated the site with all the latest news on curling and curlers in our area. Bill is always looking for news and articles for the website so please encourage everyone to contribute stories or Club results. One key feature of communication is the involvement that members of the Moray Province have in a group named as ICE4All. This small group have participated in all aspects of ice usage at the MLC and were instrumental in helping Moray Council come to the conclusion that funding should be spent on upgrading the ice rink plant. Neil Durno and I represent the Moray Province, Grigor Ewen represents the wheelchair curlers and Bill Nicol is Vice President. This group is vital to allow communications to flow between users and owners. I will be resigning from the Committee at the AGM in May and I look for a replacement please to take on my role for the Moray Province.
- Conclusion: Given all the positive actions taken by the MPCDG, I believe that we can go forward into next season in good heart and with various key targets in mind. I would thank everyone on the MPCDG for their contributions to the success we have had to date and look forward to matters moving even further forward in the coming season. I would also like to thank MLC and the RCCC for their ongoing and much appreciated support and assistance throughout last season.