STIRLING CURLING GROUP
MINUTES OF 6th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD IN THE DUMYAT SUITE, FORTHBANK STADIUM, STIRLING
7 PM, MONDAY 22 AUGUST 2016
Clubs Attending: Falkirk, Strathendrick, West Lothian Province, Airthrey Castle, Kilsyth Ladies, Dollar Ladies, Stirling Wheelchair, Kippen, Old Fellows, Grangemouth, Falkirk Ladies, Bridge of Allan, Borestone & Stirling, Dunblane, Bonnybridge, Falkirk Ladies 1960, Linlithgow, Scottish Central Province, Area 6, Doune, Denny, Kilsyth, Forth Valley Ladies, Forth & Endrick Province, Stirlingshire Province, Blair Drummond, West Stirling Ladies. Also in attendance Chris Gunn of Active Stirling, Hammy McMillan - Curling Development Officer.
Apologies: Valerie Selfridge, Fort Valley Ladies
Chair: Phyllis Beattie welcomed those present and introduced Tracy Mills from Stirling Council who enlightened the meeting about the new ice planned facility costing £3M. Funding was being shared by Sport Scotland and Stirling Council and a formal public announcement was expected that week. She confirmed that the new facility would comprise four sheets and that preliminary site works had started with an anticipated competiton date of June/July 2017. The facility will provide a championship environment for elite curling. However she stressed that clubs will have access to the new sheets. Concern was expressed about the greater demand for ice and Marcus Wood of Bridge of Allan said it was up to the clubs to show demand. Hammy McMillan pointed out that there would be ten sheets available, rather than the present six.
Minutes of Previous AGM: Agreed a true record. Proposed Blair Drummond, second Alan Wilson, Area 6
Presentation of Accounts: Ann Mackenzie presented the Annual Income & Expenditure Statement. Bank balance at 31 July is £3292, however £2400 of this is committed to the Doune Rosebowl. Thanks were extended to Jim Kerr for auditing the accounts, Accounts were proposed by Bridge of Allan, seconded by West Stirling Ladies. The Treasurer proposed the annual subscription for next year at £5 per club and this was accepted unanimously. The Chair thanked Ann for her efforts.
Chairman’s Report: “At the end of my second year as Chair of SCG, I am pleased to say that on the whole we have had a successful season. I think that the main complaint, a fairly important one, was the inconsistency of the ice at times. The ice staff were working with one man down and Dougie could not always be on hand to guide the more novice workers. Alan is now back with us and Matt and Duncan have been abroad on an ice-making course, so hopefully the ice will be in good order for the coming season.
We started the season with the Doune Rose Bowl Competition. Both sessions were filled and the competition was won by the afternoon Virtual Club skipped by Margaret McLean. Both sessions enjoyed the buffet and this was followed by the Prize Giving for the past year. We may have to think of a further session being added as we have quite a few on the waiting list for this year, but we would need to be sure of uptake of ice if we did this.
The Divisions worked well but again we may have to think about moving more up to the higher Divisions to accommodate new teams in Division 3. A revamp was made this year to accommodate 4 new teams who entered Division 3. It is very important that we make room for new teams coming in, but I feel that 12 teams in any one division is enough. Your thoughts by e.mail would be appreciated. All the results are on the SCG web.
The Afternoon League continues to do well though no longer administered by SCG.
The Fun Christmas Bonspiel, which replaced the Family Bonspiel, turned out to be a great success although there was an ice problem, but most took it in their stride and I was amazed at the high standard of the fancy dresses. It was particularly pleasing to see so many Young Curlers taking part. Everyone will have to be quick with their entries this year!
The Beattie Open Points were well filled and everyone seems to enjoy the competition. Again many thanks to everyone who helped on the night.
We were once again able to subsidise some of our players. We gave £300 towards the Coaches dinner. They continue to do a good job for us and we paid the entry money £120 for the Pairs Final at Stranraer. We were also able to give financial help of £200 towards Dougie’s expenses at the European Champs as he had to take unpaid leave from Active Stirling and pay his own travel and accommodation costs.
Last Year Logan was moving on and our new Development Officer is Hammy McMillan. He has lots of curling knowledge and enthusiasm and we wish him well in the post.
I would like to thank all the ice staff for their patience with my many queries and I cannot say a big enough thank you to the SCG Committee who give so much of their time. I could not work without their help.
Another good year and I wish you all good curling for 2016/2017
Development Report: Hammy McMillan reported progress since his appointment as Curling Development Officer. Try Curling, Adult Beginners and Improvement Classes continued as before. He has met some clubs, both charter and affiliated. As Virtual Club members enjoy coaching he is happy to arrange club coaching sessions for clubs who wish to recruit Virtual members. This would also encourage clubs to improve their standards. He proposes Drop-In clinics for club curlers. These would be limited to 30 per month with two clinics per month and a different topic each month. Adult Rock classes were proposed on Wednesday evenings with a charge of £5
Chris Gunn reported that the ice shutdown was underway and that he hoped to make a time-lapse video of remaking the ice. Icemen were now fully staffed with Matt and Duncan on an icemaking course in Fussen. New hacks and an additional wheelchair ramp were on order and the reception layout and barriers are being updated. Plastic seating is to be provided in the showers and the log-in machines are to be serviced.
Nomination and Election of Management Committee: The outgoing members of the committee were thanked for their efforts. The following were unanimously elected for the forthcoming year:
Chair Phyllis Beattie
Vice Chair Marcus Wood
Secretary Bill Strang
Committee Jeannette Kerr
Ice Rink Manager Chris Gunn
Curling Development Officer Hammy McMillan
Group Auditor Jim Kerr
Any Other Business: Bridge of Allan noted that the new sheets were to be of high quality and wondered whether the existing sheets would be of a similar standard. Chris Gunn stated that would be the case.