President — June Buckland
Chairman — Gavin Wilson 📧 email@example.com
Treasurer — Muriel Hodder
Secretary — Kay Wilson 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments — Yvette Barton 📧 email@example.com
Membership — Pauline Harris 📧firstname.lastname@example.org
The Director team comprises:
The Scoring Team comprises:
Carol Wildig (Team Leader)
In 2018, Claygate will start rolling out the wireless scoring system called BridgePal, which runs on smartphones and tablets. The implementation team today consists of Gavin Wilson and Carol Wildig, but more volunteers will be very welcome. We will provide as much help and training as each North needs to enter the scores into the handset.
Further information about BridgePal can be found here.
The minutes of the meeting of 10th April 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
GW said that, in his opinion, the new committee had achieved its initial goal, which was to establish its competence in running Monday evening sessions. He was happy to adopt a low profile at these sessions, and instead to use the club's website to keep members informed and seek their opinions. Since the last AGM, the club had run 12 Monday sessions, achieving an average of 12.4 tables per evening, or 49.7 members attending. The most poorly attended evenings had been on the 10th April — self-selecting teams — and 19th June — too hot for anything.
MH thanked PH for all her accounting and analysis work in support of the treasury function. PH reported that the bank balance had declined a little from £7.0K, when the new committee arrived, to the most recent figure of £6.8K. A couple of debits to the EBU needed further analysis.
The Host system survives, despite the odd grumble. YB said it was a good way for members to give something back to the club. The following principles apply to the rota:
Two members have resigned: Sue Allen and Vanessa Relleen. The Club has 100 paid-up members. Three others have not paid their annual fee — Brian Barrow, Ros Harris, and Norman Harris — but no reluctance on their part to do so is implied. They will be reminded at their next appearance.
Biscuits, particularly the peanut cookies, continue to garner adulation. YB thanks KW for doing the refreshments in her absence.
GW expressed some concern about the lack of timely education for directors in the new Laws, which come into effect in all EBU events in August. SCBA had asked clubs to offer a venue for such a course, but all has now gone quiet in Surrey. The EBU has scheduled a few half-day courses around the country, but they may not arrive in time or be convenient for our club's directors.
GW said he was particularly concerned about the status of the current hardback Red Book of 2007 Laws and the accompanying yellow paperback of 2008 written by David Stevenson. Next month both these publications will become obsolete, and if a club has difficult members, they might reject on principle the verdict of a director who approaches their table armed only with either of these books. It is believed that Mr Bridge has not given any publication date for a revised Stevenson book, nor even promised that one will be published.
GW has secured a commitment from Gordon Rainsford — EBU General Manager — that the EBU will make a plea for tolerance in a future edition of English Bridge as these new laws are implemented.
PH said that activity at Dittons has increased — from about 6 tables to about 12 — since the club introduced Bridgemates. KW said she believed Bridgemates would help attract younger players to our club. GW read out comments from JAIME BUENO and DAVID ROTHERHAM, then members of the previous committee. GW said he had been encouraged by discussions with a committee member from a club in Kent which uses the much cheaper BridgePal system. It is believed that BridgePal could be implemented for around £1,000, compared to the £3,000 a Bridgemate system might cost. It was agreed that GW should investigate setting up a BridgePal trial at home without spending any money. GW also said he hoped to give a one-off demonstration evening at Claygate of the Bridgemate system owned by the Wyvern, in exchange for our letting the Wyvern use our tablecloths and bidding boxes for the next seven weeks or so.
The committee further discussed recruiting new members to the Club, although the present total of 100 is a good population. It was suggested that setting up a stall at the Claygate Flower Show or the Claygate Get Involved! Day would help put the club on the map. But the Club wants new members who have some experience of social and duplicate bridge, rather than absolute novices, so approaches to bridge teachers in the area should be more constructive.
The committee agreed that the next meeting should take place at 10.00 on Monday 20th November at Torrington Close.