Minutes of the 25th AGM held on 1st August 2016 at Old Padeswood Golf Club at 7.30pm.
There were 34 members present including Vice President Alan Barker; Secretary Ian Smith Match Secretary Mike Parry; Treasurer Rodney Grace and Wal Browett
In the absence of our Chairman, Vice President Alan Barker opened the meeting by asking for support for a new Chairman Wal. Browett to be elected. This vote was unanimous and Wal Browett took up his position.
1. Chairman’s welcoming remarks & apologies.
The Chairman welcomed everybody to the meeting and he then asked all present to stand in memory of members who passed away during the year.
Mike Norton, Wrexham G.C. and Alan Robotham Holywell G.C.
There were only 6 apologies for absence
2. Minutes of Previous Meeting:
The minutes were accepted as a true record. Proposed by Alan Barker and seconded by Bob Jone
3. Matters Arising:
4a Chairman’s Report:
As the Chairman had only just taken up office he did not have a report.
4b. Secretarys Report:
The Secretary welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for attending. It had been another successful year for the Alliance, although a number of fixtures were lost to the adverse weather.
During the year we had some disturbing events relating to various members of the committee. Mike Parry our Match Secretary decided to retire, which led to panic all around. Barrie Wheatley our Chairman suffered a heart attack and was advised to take things easy which led him to resign with immediate effect.
More bad news followed, David Penn our President and key member of the committee was taken ill and taken to hospital for major surgery. That left Rodney Grace our Treasurer, Alan Barker a V.P. and me to carry on with three of the committee.
At this time Rodney was introducing a new web site together with a new computer programme for the membership list. I was worried by these changes and decided to opt for a less stressful time and resign also.
However some good news followed, Alec Thomas applied for the vacant Match Secretary s position and proved to be a strong candidate, with computer skills and accountancy skills. I offered to withdraw my resignation in order to try and bring some stability to the situation and Wall Browett was asked to become Chairman and accepted. David Penn is getting back to health albeit slowly and hopes to return to his duties later in the year.
To conclude, may I thank both Mike and Barrie for all their hard work whilst in office. Mike has been the main stay of the Alliance for many years and will be sadly missed by us all. I would like to propose Mike for the position of Honorary Member this evening and I trust you will all agree with this proposal.
This was seconded by Wall. Browed and accepted by a unanimous vote.
Thank you as always for your support our committee Wal; Kevin; Alan and David and of course you the members.
4c. Treasurers Report:
4d. Match Secretary’s Report:
This year has been another successful year for the Alliance. Numbers have been slightly down per fixture but not by any significant amount. Clubs are normally notified of the numbers due to play on the Monday before the fixture so ringing up on Tuesday to cancel is a little too late.
There have been some changes in membership, the reduction being linked to the reduced numbers of golfers in our participating golf clubs. Other factors reducing participation are the weather and more accurate forecasting, buggy availability, health & safety in the use of buggies, ageing playing population and resultant physical limitations.
5. Appointment of Officers & Committee.:
a Chairman Wal. Browett proposed by Ian Smith seconded by David Jones
b President David Penn into his third year no election required
c Secretary Ian Smith proposed by David Penn seconded by Rodney Grace
d Treasurer Rodney Grace proposed by Ian Smith seconded by David Jones
e Match Secretary Alec Thomas proposed by Rodney Grace seconded by Mike Parry
Robert Jones into his second year no election required
David Jones into his second year no election required
Kevin Hughes into his third year no election required
Alan Barker into his second year no election required
All of the above were voted upon and returned unanimously.
The meeting closed at 20:37
Date of next AGM AUGUST 7th 2017