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 3rd July 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chairman.
GW reported on four aspects of the past quarter:
PH projected that the Club is likely to make a loss this calendar/financial year. Receipts are down on last year largely because from January to October 2016, table money was £3 per member per session. Membership now stands at 107. Almost every visitor of this year has joined the club. GW thanked PH for producing the forecast.
Once again, MH and YB will be in charge of the food. M&S or Waitrose will be the likely supplier of most of it. As usual, it will be a MEMBERS ONLY event, with free entry. For a change, normal duplicate pairs bridge will be played after the party.
After acting as one of the Wyvern's scorers for nearly a year, GW came to the conclusion that Bridgemates, at more than £3,000 for a club of our size, would be a very expensive solution. He also spoke to users of the BriAn system, in which each table requires a player to bring a smartphone to record each score, but disliked the ongoing software-as-a-service payments the system entails. In his opinion, the club needs to have computerised scoring, firstly because newer members will expect it if they are graduating from Meena Samani's classes, and secondly because manual scoring after each session is a dreary, tedious data-entry task.
The committee endorsed Gavin's recommendation of the BridgePal system, which has been developed by Chislehurst Bridge Club and which is being enthusiastically embraced by a wave of clubs expanding through the Kent and Essex regions. (See http://mirgo2.co.uk/bridgepal/index.php?section=12). The software is available for free. Support is also provided for free by the developers; GW has found it to be very prompt and helpful. All you have to acquire is suitable hardware: Android tablets or phones, a Windows PC and a WiFi router.
This is the Club's budget:
This will change the nature of the scoring role. It will become a matter of setting up the system and handsets at the start of each evening, and helping the users — i.e. North — become familiar with the handsets, and correcting any keying errors they may make.
For the foreseeable future, the club will require North/South to continue to fill in the paper travellers after each hand. This will provide a backup in case we have a computer disaster on any evening. Several other clubs employ this approach, throwing the paper travellers away at the end of each evening as soon as the scorer confirms that the computer has successfully finished scoring the session. Each N/S pair can decide between themselves who is going to use the BridgePal handset, and who is going to record the result on the traveller.
The committee agreed that the next meeting should take place at 1400 on Thursday 1st February at Torrington Close.