Annual General Meeting
Held on Wednesday 4th of May 2011 at 7.30pm
In The Golfview Hotel, Nairn.
Members present: Ali Asher, Colin Macgregor, Gregor Ewan, M Mckenzie, Bill Nicol, Alan Stanfield, Douglas Howie, George Macarthur, Gordon Kennedy, Steve Mcgingle, Marlyn Mackenzie, Helen Dourney, Ann Munro, Morag Cumming, Graham Grant,Wilson Burnett, Bill Jaffray, Fiona Ewan, Brain Cantlay, William Duncan, Alastair Maltman, Mike Watt, Mike Mcinnes, and Douglas Macarthur.
Sandra MacIver, Alan Campbell, Gavin Nicol, Neil Durno, Alan Durno, Neil Macarthur, Brian Spence, Alastair Cruickshank, Bob Pottie, Ross Cope, Robert Cope, Janet Burns.
- Minutes of 2010 A.G.M
Proposed: Colin Macgregor.
Seconded: Mike Watt.
- Matters Arising
There were no matters arising.
- Bereavements Recorded
Kenny Macdonald & Les Hester (Forres Curling Club), Anne Parker (Moray Firth Ladies) Neil Howitt (Nairn Curling Club).
- Presidents Report Ali Asher
The Chairman submitted the following report:
“It’s been another difficult year with the threatened closure of the Moray Leisure Centre Ice Rink. Thanks to all those who have put time & effort into trying to ensure it stays open as if it doesn’t curling could be lost to Morayshire for good. I fear it will be a constant and ongoing battle to keep it open until it can be managed in a more business-like manner.
Interestingly I found out recently that Perth ice rink loses £40,000 a year whilst the swimming pool next door loses £1 million.
Thanks to everyone involved in the thriving curling development group, which is instrumental in attracting curlers of all ages into the game & improving their skills & tactics thereafter? Thanks also to Bill Nicol for his tireless work on the province website.
The province competitions have given Graeme Grant a few headaches. More from Graeme on that in his report. Congratulations to all prize-winners.
Congratulations to Gregor Ewan and Michael Mackenzie on following up their British gold medal with a silver medal in the world wheelchair curling championships in Prague. They also achieved a silver medal at the Scottish Championships.
Thanks to my office bearers Douglas MacArthur, Alistair Maltman, Colin MacGregor and Graham Grant for the huge amount of work they put in at various parts of the season and also to Mike Watt for dealing with the Moray Leisure Centre issues.
I’m delighted Mike is taking over from me. He’s a long serving club rep, well known to everyone at Moray Leisure Centre & indeed at many other places throughout the country & I’m sure he will serve the province well in his 2 years as President.
Alastair Maltman is standing down as treasurer after more than a decade of service to the province. Thanks to Alastair for his hard work & expertise during that time.
That concludes my report.”
- Secretaries Report Douglas Macarthur
It has been a fairly routine season from secretarial point of view. I had no incoming tours to administer this year.
I would just like to echo Ali’s comments regarding the ongoing situation with the Moray Leisure Centre, I personally have been involved in several meetings in Elgin on that subject and can assure our members in the East that we are doing our very best to secure the future of curling in Elgin.
No one in here tonight should underestimate the power of work been done by Bill Nicol on this and I would like to make special mention of his contribution to Moray Province in my report.
Another member I have got to know and who has contributed and impressed me very much is Elgin’s Mike Pickthall.
Mike has been proposed as Elgin’s Moray Province Rep for next season and I am very confident that his input will benefit the Moray Province.
As ever in my report I would like to highlight to the membership the contribution to the running of the Province made by our Match Secretaries, Graham and Colin who are without doubt provide the “heartbeat” of the Moray Province.
I would also just like to record my thanks to our outgoing treasurer Alastair Maltman. Alastair is a true gent and has been a very good treasurer and servant to the Province. He has been excellent to work with over the past four years.
Last but by no means least, I would like to thank Alastair Asher for all the good work that he has done for the Province during his term of office. Ali has taken his role of President seriously and has proved to be a real asset during his tenure.
- Treasurers Report Alastair Malt man
Alastair Maltman submitted the following report:
“Firstly I would again like to record my thanks to Gordon Scott for looking after the Development income and expenditure.
The Province started the year with £2,512 and finished up with £1,699 and full details of income and expenditure for both Province and the Development Group can be found overleaf.
The Development Group started the year with £4,788 and ended up with £4,006. Morag Cumming will report later on the progress of the Development Group.
I reported last year that the Province levy and competition entry fees did not fully cover the usual operational costs with a shortfall of approximately £280. I also noted that the position would be monitored and “a modest increase in competition entry fees may be required in the near future”. The near future has arrived!
In the past financial year the operational cost shortfall was £460 and as expenses are not likely to fall income needs to increase to retain financial viability. I submitted a proposal (see below) to the last executive committee meeting detailing increases to both competition fees and the Province levy and for the position to be monitored annually with further increases to be proposed as and when necessary. The executive committee agreed this proposal and in their name I formally propose to the AGM that Province adopts these amendments with effect from season 2011-2012.
As this is my last AGM as Treasurer I would like to take the opportunity to thank all present and past Province officials and all the member clubs for the advice and assistance given to me, it has been much appreciated. I wish the Moray Province continued success in the future”.
Douglas Howie asked if there were any funds to update the prize boards in Elgin, Alastair suggested funds would be available. Mike Watt undertook to update the Boards at Elgin Ice Centre
- Match Secretaries Report Graham Grant & Colin Macgregor
West Match Secretary Report:
Colin Macgregor informed the meeting that the competition s in the West of the Province had passed without any incident and all finished within time, the winners were.
West Division One: Nairn Skipped by Ali Asher.
West Division Two: Cawdor Skipped by Robert Craigie, jnr
West Division Three: Highland Juniors Skipped by Callum Greenwood
The Nairn Rink of Ali Asher, Ross Cope, Colin Macgregor and Robbie Cope went on to win the Nicol Quaich.
East Match Secretary Report:
Graham Grant submitted the following comprehensive report
“Another season over with no major problems as far as I am aware although weather and ice plant problems in the East did cause some programme rescheduling difficulties and the reduction in ice availability in the Elgin did cause some teething problems but in general I thought went remarkably well.
A total of 51 teams started in the leagues 7 down on last season West 3 down East 4 down.18 teams in the West Section (3 Divisions of 6) and 33 teams in the East Section (4 Divisions of 6, 1of 5 and 1 of 4).
As usual some very closely fought leagues in fact I think I am correct in saying that in all but 1 of the Divisions final winners were not decided until the last round of games.
Div.1 ended up a two horse race between Sandy Macintosh and Gordon Kennedy won by Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) by 2 points.
Div.2 was a very close affair between the five team’s final points 98887 won by Donald Ross (Sunninghill) by 1 point.
Div.3 Brian Cantlay and Howard Anstruther were tied on 14 point each but Brian (Elgin Rotary) had the better shots difference and won by 8 shots.
Div. 4 by far the toughest of all the Divisions won by Graham Grant (Elgin) by 1 point.
Div.5 again very much a two horse race between Ian Innes and Lynn Scott tied on 14 point each but won by Lynn (Ballindalloch) by a mere 3 shots.
Div.6 despite some controversy won by Stuart Mackenzie (Ballindalloch) by 5 points.
The top two teams in the leagues were therefore Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) in the East and Allie Asher (Nairn) in the West with Allie Asher winning the play off in Elgin to win the Nicol Quaich.
Nairn will now go on to represent Moray Province in the Scottish Province Championships and there is every chance that Ballindalloch will also be invited to play.
Open Knock Out.
A total of 30 teams entered the Open Knock Out 2 teams down on last season. Sadly no fewer than 6 teams withdrew from the first round which was rather disappointing. One of the possible reasons for this is perhaps the early season start for this competition therefore it has been suggested that the competition is moved to within the season with a later start date.
This year the final was held in Elgin between Bill Jaffray (Fochabers) and Kenny Oswald (Elgin) with Bill Jaffray winning the Dalcross Salver.
7 teams entered the competition this season 2 up on last season.
The Ladies final was between Louise Marshall (Elgin) and Susan Cooksley (Forres) with Louise winning the Ladies Rosebowl for the third year in succession.
8 teams entered 8 down on last season with Graham Grant (Elgin) winning the Gammack Bell. Hope for a better entry 2011/2012.
This competition had an entry of 12 pairs 4 down on last season. Another rather poor entry. Good competition should probably have been won by either Cameron/Marshall or Kennedy/Scott but as they played against each other in the second game and peeled this let Mike Watt and Fiona Ewan (Fochabers) in to win the competition.
Played on Elgin Ice with 11 players taking part 7 down on last season worst entry ever. All ten shots played resulting in a peel between G.Steven and J.Thomson with Jim Thomson (Darnaway) winning the Pairs after a playoff.
This year Moray Wheelchair Club were unable to represent the Province due to other commitments and thanks to Nairn who stepped in to represent the Province against the RCCC in Perth. Next season Aberlour will be asked to represent Moray Province in Inverness.
This annual competition took place in Inverness with for a change a straight playoff between Moray and Grampian Provinces won by the Moray Province.Thanks to the Elgin club for providing the players from the East this season. I will be asking Fochabers to arrange players from the East for next season.
Area 10 KO Play Off
The Christie of Fochabers, K.O. Play Off was won by
I am going to mention again a number of matters which have already been raised at committee but which I feel are important enough to comment on again.
During my report I am sure you will have noted the number of times I have indicated a reduced level of participation in competitions in some cases quite considerable. Another concern is the large number of withdrawals prior to competitions taking place. I sincerely hope that this situation will improve next season. I would ask all Clubs even those who have already completed returns to consider again their entry levels. I can always be contacted if further entries are forthcoming.
A number of Clubs have adopted the “Oh same as last season” approach which is fine if they remember who they had entered into what the previous season. This has proved not to be the case and has caused problems. I would therefore request that a fresh return is submitted by each Club each season.
Any rule infringement or dispute in the East will be dealt with as soon as possible by myself as Match Secretary in consultation with at least one other committee member ideally the President. Anyone aggrieved by any such decision always has the right to have the matter considered by the full committee. I mention this as a decision last season was delayed for various reasons for nearly four months which I consider unacceptable.
Next Season Entries
A number of returns for next season are still awaited but I would hope that entries to the various competitions will be at least similar to last season or in some cases hopefully improved?
The format for the allocation of ice will as far as possible be similar to last season with the October school holiday period left clear. I would stress to all teams playing in Elgin in whatever competition that they check their diaries as if they find they cannot play on a particular date alternative ice could be a problem due to reduced ice availability and early re organisation of any game is preferable.
- Area 10 Report Alan Durno
The Chairman advised the members gathered that there would be no report from Area 10 this evening but informed those present that the Area 10 AGM was on Wednesday 11th May.
- Report on Progress of Coaching and Development at Elgin Ice Centre Morag Cumming
Morag Cumming Submitted the following report.
“I intend to try to keep this report fairly concise as many of you will, I’m sure, have already read on your no doubt regular visits to the province web site, the minutes of the province committee meetings during the season and the interim reports I have submitted to them!
Before I make any mention of the activities organised during the year though, I must first record our appreciation of all the organisers, coaches and helpers, both on and off the ice, who generously gave their time over the season to assist with the group’s programme of events. Many thanks must go to all those who assisted, whether with an ongoing commitment each week or occasional assistance at specific events. Without their support many many fewer people would have been given the opportunity to enjoy our sport, so Thank You it’s much appreciated. There remains though a relatively small number of curlers who actively help with the groups endeavours so if anyone else would like to give something back to the sport by giving up a little of your time please don’t be shy at coming forward to speak to us.
Congratulations too are due to Les Morgan and Campbell Ross who gained their Technical coaches qualification during the year putting in a lot of work in so doing and allowing us to look at expanding the courses offered in future seasons.
Now, re curling development opportunities this season past, events included Curling’s Cool for school groups during the day on Wednesdays, Junior curling sessions early evening on Wednesdays, Adult beginners’ sessions early evening on Mondays, an RCCC sponsored TryCurling event the last Saturday in October, Numerous taster sessions for corporate and youth groups throughout the season, A Christmas Bonspiel in conjunction with MLC, and 2 Child protection/ protecting vulnerable groups courses for our volunteers.
It is good to note that I think all of the adult beginners group attending this season have now joined local clubs, and that nearly all the juniors have joined the newly formed Moray Junior Curling Club so that in this its inaugural year it has a membership of 40+. MJCC is still very closely connected to MPCDG and its members have already begun entering competitions both home and away gaining match experience and having some degree of success notably winning the Under 15 North of Scotland SALSC Funspiel held in Forfar at end of October and going on to come runners up (to a very strong Hamilton team) in the “hot-shots” competition of the National finals which were held in Aberdeen in March. The Juniors also very much enjoyed and appreciated a “Champions” visit made to one of their coaching evenings in December by Ally Fraser, Ewan MacDonald and Janice Rankin. Many thanks go to all three for giving up their time to meet the youngsters, help them on the ice, show them some of their medal collections and take part in a question and answer session.
Looking to next season a similar programme of events is intended to be offered, but also, Les Morgan and Campbell Ross are now able to offer additional coaching sessions for current club curlers whether that be organising sessions for individuals or a group session organised by clubs on behalf of their members. Any club or individual interested in the possibility of such an event should contact Campbell or Les in the first instance.
Finally I would just like to remind any club or curler that can assist the MPCDG in any way to approach me, or any committee member, and discuss the possibilities in the first instance; remember discussions don’t commit you to anything!”
- Website Report Bill Nicol
Bill advised the members that he was still awaiting the new layout for the new Website. As Webmaster he was still disappointed with lack of news items being forwarded to him to publish on the Website.
Bill reiterated his previous request of an “apprentice” webmaster to assist him with the new site and to provide cover and continuity for the future.
- Election of Office Bearers and Auditor
The Office Bearers, ie President Mike Watt, Vice President Colin Macgregor, Treasurer Gordon Scott, Match Secretaries Graham Grant and Colin Macgregor, Secretary Douglas Macarthur along with Auditor Bill Young stood for re election on bloc.
Proposed by . Alastair Maltman
Seconded by. Ali Asher
- Nomination of Club Representatives
The Secretary notified the meeting of the following nominations for the coming season.
Aberlour: Willie Cameron.
Ardclach: Ken Greenwood.
Ballindalloch: Gordon Kennedy.
Bank of Scotland: Alastair Maltman.
Buckie: Sandy Mackintosh.
Cawdor: Hugh Robertson.
Dalcross: Neil Anderson.
Darnaway: Gavin Nicol.
Elgin: Mike Pickthall.
Elgin Junior Curling Club: Alan Campbell
Elgin Rotary: Brian Cantlay.
Elgin Tennis and Curling: David Macpherson.
Fochabers: Neil Durno.
Forres: Mike Macdonald.
Grampian Police: Alister Robertson.
Highland and Moray Juniors: Janice Macarthur.
Moray Firth Ladies: Susan Cooksley.
Moray Wheelchairs: Gregor Ewan.
Nairn: Stewart Baird.
Nairn Ladies: Janet Burns
Sunninghill: Jonathon Orr.
The above nominations were proposed for election by Ali Asher and seconded by Colin Macgregor.
- Annual Subscription and Entry Fees.
Proposed for 2011-2012
£1.60 per member
£5.50 per team
£5.50 per team
£5.50 per team
£8.50 per person, max 2
£5.50 per team
£2.50 per team
Proposed by: Alastair Maltman
Seconded by: Alan Stanfield
Mike Watt informed the meeting that he and Bill Nicol had attended a meeting a meeting of” Ice for All” (the group that had been set up by the various users of the ice pad at MLC to protect the future of Elgin Ice Rink) to exchange information and form an action plan to protect the future of the ice sports in Elgin
Wilson Burnett requested that the Winners Boards be moved in Elgin Ice Centre, Gordon Kennedy suggested that the Boards be moved to the main Hall.
Bill Nicol recorded the thanks from the Junior Club for the recent donation of £250.00.
Mike Watt closed the meeting by thanking Ali Asher for all the good work that he had done over the past two years for Moray Province.