Annual General Meeting
To be held on Wednesday 6th of May 2009 at 7.30pm
In The Golfview Hotel, Nairn
In attendance: Douglas Macarthur, Bill Nicol, Alan Stanfield, Alister Asher, Colin Macgregor, Graham Grant, Mike Watt, N Anderson, U Gault, Wilma Kerr, Willie Cameron, Gavin Nicol, Lesley McConnell, Duncan McConnell, Dave Meldrum, Colin Gauld, Eddie Milne, Susan Durno, Jacqueline Duncan, Frances Duncan, Chris Whelan, Alistair Robertson, Les Morgan, Linda Hardie, Marlyn Mackenzie, Barbara King, Douglas Howie, John Anderson, George Macarthur, Jamie Cattell, Gill Garron, Robert Bremner, Robbie Craigie, David Torrance, Ally Fraser, James Fraser, Neil Macarthur, Neil Campbell, Grant Fraser, Ken Greenwood, Alan Durno, Neil Durno, Gordon Kennedy, Sandra Maciver, Alastair Maltman.
Hugh Robertson, Janet Burns, Alan Campbell, Ronald Christie, Pete Macdonald, Lyn Scott, Graeme Archibald.
2. Minutes of 2008 A.G.M
Prpoosed: Alister Asher
Seonded: Douglas Howie
3. Matters Arising
There were no matters arising.
4. Bereavements Recorded
Jill Robertson (Moray Firth Ladies Curling Club), David Ross (Forres Curling Club),
5. Presidents Report Gavin Nicol
Gavin Nicol submitted the following report:
As you all know, my time as President of Moray Province has come to an end. Over the last couple of years I have enjoyed the challenge. With Moray Province I have found out how important it is to have a good committee with you. Top marks to you all for your commitment over the years to keep me on the straight and narrow. This brings me to a rule which you will find under Moray Province competitions on the web site.
Two teams may re arrange the date and time of a game with the co-operation of the Management provided it is played before the stipulated date. Only in exceptional circumstances if approached would the committee allow the game to be played after the stipulated date with the exception of the following provisos:-
• The game must be played within a maximum of 4 weeks
• In the event of 4 weeks not being available the game must be played before the relevant date.
• In the event of the game not being played, no points shall be awarded to either teamThis has come about this year and we as a committee must enforce this rule.
• Our match secretaries, Colin and Graham have enough to do with all the work they carry out throughout the season without having to chase teams for cards etc.
The Canadian tour was an overwhelming success, a special thank you to the committee for organising the day and the great sponsors for the visit were:- Moray Leisure Centre, Howard Anstruther, Alistair Asher, Diaggio, Graeme Archibald and Johnstons. A full report can be read on the website.
The web site is still going well, Bill still looking for any information on who done what etc (don’t be shy) More from Bill in item 11.
Moray Province Development Group had a very successful year organising a lot more than just starting new curlers. This seems to be going from strength the strength. Once again, more from Bill later.The Moray Province was delighted to accept the Ice Diamond award from Moray Province Curling Development group. This will be presented to a curler or group of curlers who have excelled in the past curling season. Well done MCPDG for this trophy and more so for winning it in the first place. Congratulations.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all curlers from Province Champions to Scottish and World Champions on their remarkable achievements over the season. Well done to one and all.
Couple of items of news:
RCCC Scottish Curling Awards Vote now – closes 08 May
RCCC AGM Saturday 20 June 2pm – Braehead, Glasgow.
Thank you once again to the committee and especially to Douglas for all his hard work over the year in keeping me right.
6. Secretaries Report Douglas Macarthur
I will keep my report very brief other than to say that I feel that this has been another successful year for the Province and its curlers.
Locally the highlight was without doubt the game against the Canadian Tourists in January, which took a fair bit of organising. The day was a great success, even if the result was slightly disappointing.
Nationally and internationally our younger members did us proud. Ardclach’s Ally Fraser won the Scottish Junior men’s title and represented Scotland in the World Junior finals in Canada,
Dalcross’s Blair Fraser won silver in the Youth Olympics in Poland which lead to Blair being short listed by the R.C.C.C for junior curler of the year.
And Cawdor’s Andrew Craigie represented Great Britain in China at the World University Games.
This must surely be the first time that Moray Curlers have competed in international competitions on three different continents in the one season and must surely bode well for the future of our Province
I would like to thank Gavin for all his help over the last two years and our match secretaries Colin and Graham who are without doubt the heart beat of the Moray Province.
7. Treasurers Report Alastair Malt man
Alastair Maltman submitted the following report:
Treasurers Report 2008-9
Firstly I would like to record my thanks to Gordon Scott for looking after the Development income and expenditure.
The Province started the year with £3,104 and ended up with £2,308.
Income due during the year but not received until after the year end was £424 which is the 50% grant from Area 10 for the net expenses of the Canadian Tour.
Expenditure due during the year but not yet paid is an estimated £70 for trophy insurance. The full premium is paid by Nairn Curling Club and 50% is reimbursed by Province.
Taking the above into account we will start the 2009-10 season with £2,662 in the bank.
The Development Group started the year with £430 and ended up with £1,523. Bill Nicol will report later on the progress of the Development Group.
Sums received from Province levy and entry fees cover all our ‘normal’ expenditure and I therefore propose no increase to entry fees at this time.
8. Match Secretaries Report Graham Grant & Colin Macgregor
Graham Grant submitted the following report for the East of the Province.
Another season with no serious problems as far as I am aware although the loss of ice in Elgin for the first two weeks of 2009 did cause some programme rescheduling difficulties.
A total of 58 teams took part in the leagues 4 down on last season.
18 teams in the West Section(3 Divisions of 6) and 40 teams in the East Section(6 Divisions of 6 and 1 of 4).
As usual some very closely fought leagues. Div. 1 won by Allan Durno (Fochabers) convincingly by 9 points.
Div.2 a much closer affair won by Abby Duncan (Fochabers) by 1 point and Div.3 won by Ron Christie (Fochabers). Those who have been paying attention will have noticed therefore that Divisions 1, 2 and 3 have all been won by teams from Fochabers. Congratulations to the Fochabers Club therefore for a very successful season.
On to Division 4 won by Dave McPherson (Elgin Tennis Club) by the narrowest of margins from Graham Grant (Elgin) – actually it was by 3 clear points!!
Div.5 won by Colin Gauld (Darnaway) by 4 points and Div.6 won by Lynn Scott (Ballindalloch) equal on points with Les Hester (Forres) but by a clear 37 shots. Div.7 won by Chris Whelan (Grampian Police) by 7 points.
The top two teams in the leagues were therefore Allan Durno(Fochabers) in the East and Neil McArthur(Ardclach) in the West Allan Durno winning the play off in Elgin to win the Nicol Quaich.
Fochabers will now go on to represent Moray Province in the Scottish Province Championships and there is every chance that Ardclach will also be invited to play.
Open Knock Out.
A total of 30 teams took part in the Open Knock Out 1 team up on last season.This year the final was held in Elgin a repeat of last season between Mark Fraser (Dalcross) and Kenny Oswald (Elgin) with Kenny Oswald winning the Dalcross Salver and therefore avenging his defeat of last year.
7 teams entered the competition this season the same as last season.The Ladies final was between Louise Marshall (Elgin) and Margaret Pottie (Nairn Ladies) with Louise winning the Ladies Rosebowl. There were a few unfortunate problems with this competition this season mainly caused by the loss of ice in Elgin but hopefully all will run smoothly next season. As always hoping for more entries next season but I suspect actually there may in fact be fewer?
15 teams entered same as last season with Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) winning the Gammack Bell.
This competition had an entry of 22 pairs 2 down on last season. Again the usual last minute changes but not too bad.
The competition was won by Gordon Kennedy and Lyn Scott for the fourth season in a row. Think some form of handicapping would be appropriate i.e. Gordon and Lynn don’t take part? Will refer to this competition later.
Played on Elgin Ice with 15 players taking part one of the lowest turn outs for a number of seasons. Clear winner with 39 points Gavin Nicol(Darnaway).
This year Forres represented the province against the RCCC at Perth. Next season Grampian Police shall be representing Moray Province in Inverness.
Did this competition take place? Due to a mix up Moray Province was not entered this season but whatever I will ensure that we are entered for season 2009/2010.
This now annual competition took place in Inverness with the usual mixed Moray/Grampian teams. I am sure an enjoyable evening was had by all who took part. Thanks to the Ballindalloch club for organising the players this season. I will be asking Buckie to arrange players for next season.
President Gavin referred to a number of other matters in his address.
This has been a problem in the past and particularly this season. I was match secretary for the Elgin club for a number of years and if any changes occurred to the programme I made a point of speaking to those involved so that I was sure that the information had been passed on. I was repeatedly told that there was no need for personal contact just use the internet/e-mail etc. I now rely on these means of communication but am always concerned that the message whatever gets to the appropriate members. If any member is concerned about any fixtures/dates etc. I would far prefer that they phoned and checked rather than take any risk. I also put information on the notice board but have been surprised in the past how few members actually check the board. In summary continually check the net site, notice board but if in doubt phone.
As Match Secretary it is my sincere wish that all games are played but I cannot of course ignore the rules. This is particularly applicable to games not played on the date allocated and which therefore should be played in advance. This situation caused some issues this season but in future I will strictly enforce this rule unless there is a very good reason for a game being rescheduled. Not being able to get a team is not a suitable reason for playing a game late. If there is a dispute as to which team should forfeit the game and this cannot be amicably resolved then the game will simply be declared null and void with no points awarded.
This competition has always been the worst to organise with usually members forgetting they had entered and with any number of withdrawals at the last minute. Vital that members as previously mentioned keep checking the net site and notice board for updates on this competition. Another unpopular aspect is the two hour gap between games if more than 20 pairs take part which can lead to a late finish for those in the last session. It has been suggested that entry is restricted to 20 pairs only although if there are more than 20 entries how this is reduced would require to be considered? Another possibility as there are normally few entries from the West would be separate East and West competitions with a play off to decide the winner. Any comments would be welcome for the committee to consider for the future.
Next Season Entries
Most returns for next season have now been received and I would assume that there will be similar numbers of teams in the various competitions as last season.
The format for the allocation of ice will be as far as possible similar to last season with the October school holiday period left clear.
Colin Macgregor submitted the following on behalf of the West side of the Province:
Colin reported that the west leagues had been successfully completed without incident.
The First Division had proved to be very close this season Ardclach’s Neil Macarthur coming out on top one shot clear of Cawdors Hugh Robertson. At the other end of the table Nairn’s Bob Pottie and Harold Forrester have been relegated and will contest Division Two next season.
The Second Division was one by Nairn’s John Anderson with Larry Kerr also from Nairn taking the runners up spot, both these teams will compete in Division One next season. Dropping down to Division Three next season are Nairn’s Michael Green and Ardclachs Douglas Macarthur.
The Third Division was won by Nairn’s David Torrance who went through the season unbeaten; runner up was Nairn’s Stewart Baird who will be joining David in Division Two next season.
Out with the Province Colin congratulated Ardclach’s Ally Fraser for being part of the winning rink in this years Scottish Junior Men’s Championship.
Colin then went on to report that the match against the Canadians touring team had proved to be a great success despite the result and that an excellent and very memorable day had been had by all.
Following the Match Secretaries report Gordon Kennedy asked the top table what the cost implications to the Province had been to put the team out against the Canadian Tourists. Gordon was advised that the cost to the Province had been minimal as the match against the Canadians had been funded through sponsorship, funding from Area 10 and a substantial contribution from each of the curlers who participated in the match.
9. Area 10 Report Gavin Nicol
Gavin informed the meeting that at this point he had nothing to report from Area 10 but would be attending the Area 10 AGM which was scheduled for next week.
10. Report on Progress of Coaching and Development at Elgin Ice Centre Bill Nicol
Bill Nicol submitted the attached comprehensive report:
Firstly can I refer you to the Moray Province Web Site and the minutes of the management meeting of the Moray Province held here in the Golfview Hotel on the 24th February, there in lies a fairly comprehensive report on the “Curling Development Group 2008/09” which I do not think necessary to repeat here tonight but hopefully for those who were at that meeting or have since read the minute you may have some constructive questions or comments to make and for that I will ask for them at the end of this report.
This now allows me to give you an insight to what we are planning for next year and emphasise how we still as a group require more volunteers at all levels.
Curling’s Cool has been a great success and may continue to be next season depending on the finances available to the schools and sports co-ordinators however we feel we have to be proactive in following primary 7 kids that were on the course last season into the secondary schools and harness there enthusiasm and encourage them into the Junior Club which is held on a Wednesday at 5pm.
Barbra King and her group of coaches and volunteers have done a great job and we are fortunate in that they are willing to continue next season. To assist SPEAK TO BARBARA KING 01343 86036 email@example.com
Junior Club Alan Campbell and his coaches and helpers have found themselves under staffed this past season due to a very welcome influx of juniors and so they are having to put various skill levels in place to progress the juniors to new levels and again I would ask if there is any one out there who could give there time to assisting Alan they would be made most welcome and mores to the point gain tremendous satisfaction from putting something back into the sport which is going to last for years to come.
Alan at the start of the season will be instigating The RCCC Skills Awards Programme which is designed to improve young curlers’ skills through a series of awards which become gradually more challenging. The scheme will be taught by RCCC qualified coaches.
Once a Skill Award is achieved the instructor will encourage juniors to advance through the next award following the standard requirements.
The appropriate coloured badge will be awarded for successful completion of each level and an attractive signed certificate, suitable for framing.
As well as the skills awards there is now a small group of junior curlers now capable of going away to beginners competitions at other Ice rinks something we have already started with Mike McInnis in from Nairn in Inverness Ice rink where we had a home and away games last year, we will be extending this next season
As you can appreciate this is beginning to get very involved and so we do require more help SPEAK TO ALAN CAMPBELL 01340871840 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Night Adult Sessions
As indicated in the February report numbers were not so good this year but everything has a silver lining those that did take part got more individual and detailed coaching and they have all found clubs for next year although one or two still wish to come along for further advanced coaching.
Les Morgan was unfortunately off for an operation for a period of time but I am pleased to report good progress to the extent he is full time curling and golfing again.
Our thanks go to Campbell Ross for taking control and seeing us to the end of the season.
Next season we intend to continue our efforts at this level as it’s very fruitful for new curlers and many of the clubs in the Province. To Assist SPEAK TO LES MORGAN 01309676716 email@example.com OR CAMPBELL ROSS 01309690097 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development The Group appreciated the input in general again from Gordon Kennedy and in particular for agreeing to put on two very different workshops (1) Basic Strategy and tactics which was excellent and all those that attended came away much the wiser (2) Expand Club Membership which unfortunately did not gain any support however it may have been held at the wrong time and so Geordie has offered to try again next season.
Ice Diamonds Award MPCDG having received this award at the end of last season agreed unanimously that we should offer it to “The Moray Province” Executive and Club Representatives to take this trophy into their safe keeping.
We suggest it should be presented at the Prize Giving on an annual basis to a curler or a group of curlers who have excelled in the immediate Past Curling Season; we were very pleased that they accepted the trophy and the conditions of presentation.
Christmas Bonspiel was a great success and will be held again next year. This Bonspiel was set up for the new curlers to enable them to experience the Bonspiel Atmosphere and we are very great full to all those established curlers who came along and showed the newbie’s how to enjoy themselves and to the Moray Leisure Centre for their Sponsorship of the ice and prizes.
Events for Next Season
Come and Try 24th October 2009
Curling’s Cool – Junior Club – Adult Newcomers Sessions
Improver Session(s) & Off Ice / On Ice Workshops
Outside influences i.e. visiting coaches / instructors
Finally I would just like to ask any club or curler that can assist the MPCDG in any way to approach me and discuss the possibilities in the first instance, discussions will not commit you.
I sincerely thank all those involved in the M.P.C.D.G. for their continued commitment none of this would happen if you had not volunteered
11. Website Report Bill Nicol
Bill Nicol submitted the attached report
Again there is a report in the Executive’s last meeting in February.
I find this a very difficult report to give (which I am sure you are pleased to hear) but I am very willing to listen to your comments and suggestions, I try to relay the Match Secretaries information best I can and add bits and bobs when I hear anything but I must say information from cubs and individuals is like pulling hens teeth please feel free to get in touch in any fashion you like providing I don’t get sued I don’t mind if you do. Bill Nicol @ 01309 672023, 20 Adam Drive Forres or email@example.com
12. Election of Office Bearers and Auditor.
Chair Alister Asher
Proposed By: Gavin Nicol
Seconded By: David Torrance
At this point Gavin stood down and new Chairman Alister Asher took the chair. Alister thanked Gavin for all his hard work over the past two years and looked forward to, with the help of his committee maintaining the same high standards that Gavin had achieved during his term in office.
Vice Chair: Mike Watt
Proposed By; Alister Asher
Seconded By; Willie Cameron
Officials on bloc
Match Secretary East, Graham Grant,
Match Secretary West, Colin Macgregor
Secretary Douglas Macarthur
Proposed By: Bill Nicol
Seconded By: Alan Stanfield
Auditor Bill Young
Proposed By: Colin Macagregor
Seconded By: Douglas Macarthur
13. Nomination of Club Representatives
Curling Club Title Christian Name Surname
Aberlour Mr Willie Cameron
Ardclach Mr Ken Greenwood
Ballindalloch Mr Stuart Mackenzie
Bank of Scotland Mr Alastair Maltman
Buckie Mr Alan Campbell
Cawdor Mr Hugh Robertson
Dalcross Mr Ian McPhail
Darnaway Mr Gavin Nicol
Elgin Mr Douglas Howie
Elgin Rotary Mr Brian Cantlay
Elgin Tennis and Curling Mr David McPherson
Fochabers Mr Neil Durno
Forres Mrs Ann Munro
Grampian Police Mr Alistair Robertson
Highland and Moray Juniors Mrs Irene Macarthur
Moray Firth Ladies Mrs Barbara King
Moray Wheelchair Curling Mr Gregor Ewan
Nairn Mr David Torrance
Nairn Ladies Mrs Janet Burns
Sunninghill Mr Donald Ross
Proposed By: Colin Macgregor
Seconded By: Gavin Nicol
14. Annual Subscription and Entry Fees.
To stay the same as last year on the recommendation of the Treasurer
Proposed By: Colin Macgregor
Seconded By: Bill Nicol
The secretary informed the meeting that he only had two items of correspondence. The first being the entry for for the Waldie Griffiths which he had passed to Graham Grant and the second being the entry for the Province Championships. He informed the meeting that Moray had been granted one team for this years Province Championship and that he would be requesting a place on the reserve list for a second team from Moray to enter the competition should a place become available.
Sandra Maciver asked if the clubs gathered were aware of the proposal from the RCCC to change its voting policy to “one member one vote” at the forthcoming RCCC AGM and that she would be willing to carry votes from Moray clubs to the RCCC AGM in June.
Alan Durno informed the company that Fochabers Curling Club would be hosting a BarBQ and dance at Christies on the 23rd of May and that the Fochabers Court was scheduled to take place on the 20th of November 2010.
Sandra Maciver questioned the fact why none of the officials were claiming any expenses for the work they carried out for the Province and felt they should be. Douglas Macarthur replied by saying that he did not wish to claim any expenses as he saw it as a way of putting something back into the game that had given him so much and also the expenses would be minimal in any case.
The meeting closed at 8.45pm with a vote of thanks to the chair from Colin Macgregor