Here are the minutes from our 2015 AGM, lovingly put together by our sexy secretary Lee.
BEDOUINS AGM 2015
HELD 3rd NOVEMBER 2015 2000HRS
Chairman, Brian Susman
In attendance: Adrian Susman, Andy Hill, Richard Spratley, Austin Gregory, John Branch, Paul Lippitt, Lee Bywater, Neil Smith, Jon Stanier, Mike George, Tony Hancock.
BS opened the meeting thanking everyone for attending. BS could not recall a better attended Bedouins AGM.
Apologies received from Vernon Currie, John Howells, Jonathan Hill, Ross Morgan, Nick Slym, Nick Moxon.
BS confirmed that there were potentially seven Sunday fixtures available to the club for next year.
PL, NS, RS and AG all raised concerns about that number due to their own club commitments.
BS, in agreement with those in attendance, suggested that Sunday fixtures we will look to play are as follows:
Oldbury Old Boys (h)
SSP Halifax (a)
JS suggested a home and away fixture against Oldswinford. All in attendance agreed that this would be a welcome addition to the fixtures list. BS will look into this once Enville’s pitch availability is confirmed.
BS suggested that Pedmore Over 40’s will be reviewed if contact is received from their representative. All agreed.
BS confirmed that Bedouins would like to continue to play a team from Enville. Due to Enville having a shortage of ‘Over 40’s’ players, it was agreed that Enville should simply field a suitable team of their choice.
- Treasurer’s Report
A copy of the Treasurer’s report was distributed. Club funds are currently healthy showing a surplus for the year of £224.54. Total balance at present is £2573.91
TH confirmed that subscriptions and match fees were up on previous years and that the nets sessions finished in profit.
This year there was a small fee for maintaining the club website. All in attendance agreed that this was well worth it considering the fantastic site that AS produces.
TH also requested that the provider of the Bedouins banking be changed. This would be to enable internet banking. LB suggested that if it made the treasurer’s job easier then he should have the support of the members. All agreed. TH/AS to arrange.
The Treasurer’s report will also be available at the Duck Supper.
BS suggested that, as the club was financially healthy, senior subscriptions should be maintained at the current rate of £40 per year. All in attendance agreed.
MG gave notice of his resignation as Vice Captain prior to the meeting. MG stated that this was due to ongoing injury issues and that he did not think it was fair to others for him to continue in office. BS thanked MG for his years of valued service. All in attendance echoed BS’s thanks and wished MG a speedy recovery in order that he may continue his playing career.
BS requested a volunteer to stand for Vice Captain.
LB stated that he would be happy to stand if the Club would have him. MG seconded and all others in attendance agreed. LB is new Vice Captain.
All other current Officers happy to continue in their roles.
- DUCK SUPPER
BS confirmed that the annual Duck Supper would take place on 27th November 2015, meeting at 1915hrs ready to sit at 2000hrs.
LB requested that all remaining Bedouins who had not already forwarded their menu choices and cheques should do so as soon as possible.
LB also requested clarification of the number of ladies attending the supper. LB will book a table for six.
LB also confirmed that after a slow start numbers for the Duck Supper are looking good this year but that final numbers and menus must be received soon. LB stated that he would forward a reminder e-mail with the date the choices need to be in by.
BS wished to clarify the arrangements for the ladies table. It was agreed by all that the highly valued ‘tea ladies’ would have their meals paid for by the club to say thank you for their hard work. The Club will request that any other lady ‘guests’ will be requested to pay for their meal. BS will send out an e-mail for clarity prior to the evening.
BS asked if the club would like to continue with nets. All agreed that they should continue.
BS requested an update from MG in regards to the nets sessions.
MG stated that if the membership was happy he would contact King Edwards to check availability and try to book the same time slot as last year. All agreed
- NEXT AGM
The next Bedouins AGM will be held on Tuesday 1st November 2016.
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS
AS suggested that, due to the number of new members in recent years, the club look to ordering a new stock of club shirts and also consider club caps.
JB asked AS what cap options were available as some may not wish to wear the ‘baseball’ style caps. AS stated that he would send out some information to the members and see which is most popular. The suggested charge would be £10 for a cap, although this may increase depending on the type of cap.
Shirts would be around £15.
BS suggested that a defibrillator would be a welcome piece of equipment at the Enville ground. BS stated that in all likelihood it may never be used, but that in the event it was needed that it could be invaluable to someone’s life. BS stated that he thought it appropriate that the Bedouins approach Enville with regards to this and to offer some form of contribution.
All in attendance agreed that this was something worthwhile to pursue. BS will email David Thomas.
RS questioned the membership on the subject of cricket balls and their visibility. RS suggested it may be a good idea to try the pink high visibility cricket balls. The benefits of these balls were discussed at the meeting; all were in agreement that two balls should be purchased to test in low light matches.
JB will continue to supply the cricket balls via Enville.
BS confirmed that he had approached J Davidson about arranging the Bedouins Golf day 2016. All agreed that Sapey was the chosen venue. BS would e-mail J Davidson about arranging the golf day on a Thursday in late March.
BS requested suggestions for 2016’s social night as he felt the dog racing evening was not now as well attended as in previous years.
Several options were discussed by the membership.
JB and MG suggested a skittles night. JB stated that this could be held at Enville as they had a skittle alley available for use.
NS stated that it may also be a good idea to make it a ‘Skittles and Curry’ night. NS recommended a local supplier for the curry and was happy to investigate this.
JB stated that he would check the club’s availability.
No other business raised, BS closed the meeting at 21.35hrs.
Minutes L Bywater