STIRLING CURLING GROUP
MINUTES OF 7th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD IN THE CASTLE SUITE, FORTHBANK STADIUM, STIRLING
7 PM, MONDAY 21 AUGUST 2017
Clubs Attending: Falkirk, Strathendrick, West Lothian Province, Airthrey Castle, Kilsyth Ladies, Dollar Ladies, Sauchie & Bannockburn, Keir, Kippen, Grangemouth, Falkirk Ice Rink, Falkirk Ladies, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Bonnybridge, Falkirk Ladies 1960, Linlithgow, Scottish Central Province, Area Forth Valley, Doune, Denny, Kilsyth, Stirlingshire Province, Blair Drummond, West Stirling Ladies. SCG committee members – Phyllis Beattie, Marcus Wood, Bill Strang, Les Goodfellow, Gavin Scott, Jeannette Kerr. Also in attendance Chris Gunn of Active Stirling, Hammy McMillan - Curling Development Officer.
Chair: Phyllis Beattie welcomed those present.
Minutes of Previous AGM: Proposed Blair Drummond, second Bridge of Allan
Matters Arising: Strathendrick Ladies complained of a clash of Tuesday afternoon dates with Afternoon Mixed League.
Presentation of Accounts: Derek Young presented the Annual Income & Expenditure Statement in Ann Mackenzie’s absence. Accounts had been prepared to the end of July and therefore included the following year’s Doune Rosebowl and Division entry fees. Bank balance at 31 July is £3,218-00. Without the aforementioned entry fees the running balance was approx.£900. Accounts were proposed by Hammy McMillan, seconded by Kilsyth. Thanks were expressed to Jim Kerr for auditing. Derek Young proposed that the Group’s financial year end be changed to 31 March due to the aforementioned entry fee overlaps and that Group cheques will require any two of the following (4) signatures – chairman, treasurer, secretary and (1) other. These proposals were unanimously agreed. Derek Young proposed the annual subscription for next year at £5 per club and this was seconded by Bridge of Allan. Bonnybridge asked whether the Active Stirling grant would continue for 2017-18 season and this was confirmed.
Chairman’s Report: “Another season has gone by and I have come to the end of my three years office as Chairman of SCG. I have greatly enjoyed holding the position, meeting lots of new people and always learning more about how the system works.
We started the season with the Doune Rose Bowl played over two sessions. The winners were Kilsyth C.C. the team comprising Neil Murray, Billy Johnston, Steve Russell, Les Goodfellow. This was a great way to start the curling season and enjoyed by those who took part.
The SCG Divisions and Mixed league have again been very competitive and congratulations to all the winners. All results can be found on the SCG web. We have to thank Dougie Fergus and Ian McNeish for keeping the scoring up to date. This has not always been easy, as the score cards are not always filled in correctly, with all the relevant details, so perhaps this is an area we could all improve on. This job will now be taken on by Gavin Scott and Mike Gellatly.
The committee made the decision to make Div 1 and Div 2 up to twelve teams, with Div 3 with 7 teams for the coming season. The Mixed League has had a poor entry with only 6 Teams.
Though SCG no longer administers the Afternoon League it continues to be a very popular competition.
The Christmas Bonspiel was again a good fun night and was won by A. Hemming, J McLaren, N. Murray and M. McCulloch. Special mention must go to Willie Ralston’s team, for their great fancy dress. There were a lot of good Christmas Jumpers on display.
Sadly, due to the closure of the ice rink for a period of time, we had to cancel the Beattie Open Points, but hopefully this will take place in February 2018.
We once again gave some help £150 towards the Coaches Dinner and we paid the entry money for the Pairs Final at Stranraer.
We are looking forward to seeing how the new ice pad will work out and hopefully seeing our Elite Curlers making use of the facility.
I would like to thank all the Ice Staff for their help over the year. Their job is not always easy.
I also must thank my hardworking committee, but a special thank you to Bill Strang for all the work he has put in, to help me over my three years in office. Also thanks to Alan Wilson for looking after the web site
I would like to wish everyone a happy competitive season in 2017/18.
Development Report: Hammy McMillan reported Try Curling and Stick Coaching lessons would take place this coming year. Adult Development classes would be arranged for Friday evenings. All classes whether beginner or improvement would be fully detailed in a new Active Stirling booklet, also distributed by email, and marketing material would also be available. As a result of the demise of Stirling Ladies a new afternoon ladies league would be promoted. Strathendrick raised the question of clubs recruiting from the Virtual Club. HMcM advised that two bonspiels were to be arranged during the coming year, teams comprising two club members and two Virtual members.
Active Stirling Report: Chris Gunn noted less curling ice had been requested for 2017-18 and that the original sheets would not be available for curling on Friday afternoons and evenings. British Curling had been using the new NCA sheets for one month. A number of measures were to be put in place for users of the new sheets to maintain high standards of ice and cleanliness, and it was intended that the original 6 sheets would be upgraded as far as possible to NCA standards. There is now a staff of four ice techs and one manager. New stones have been obtained from Kay.
Nomination and Election of Management Committee: The following were unanimously elected for the forthcoming year:
Chair Marcus Wood
Treasurer Derek Young
Committee Les Goodfellow
Ice Rink Manager Chris Gunn
Curling Development Officer Hammy McMillan
Group Auditor to be arranged by Treasurer
The posts of Vice Chair and Secretary were unfilled and volunteers were sought for the committee
Any Other Business: Blair Drummond complained about the continuing lack of carparking at the Peak. Chris Gunn advised that more space would be released once the contractor’s compound was removed. The incoming chair Marcus Wood made presentations to the retiring Chair, Phyllis Beattie, secretary, Bill Strang and committee member Jeannette Kerr