Draft Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the North Eastern Bridge Association held at Newcastle Bridge Club, 
20th May 2009

Present: Pauline Durie (Chairman), Sue Caygill (Treasurer) Ian Rankin (Chief Tournament Secretary), Beverley Godfrey (Congress Secretary) (Secretary) and over 40 members


1 Apologies:  Ken Spragg, Mike Baker, Clive Owen

In the absence of the secretary John McCourt agreed to take the minutes


2 Chairman’s Report. The Chairman thanked Newcastle Bridge Club for their hospitality in hosting the AGM. She thanked the members of the Executive committee for their work during the year, and the Association members who had represented NEBA during the year. Also thanked tournament secretaries and directors for the effort they put into making NEBA events run smoothly. The selectors had once again provided NEBA with excellent representation in regional and national events. Pauline said she was standing down as Chairman of the association this year and was proud to have been part of the success of the NEBA. She looked forward to relaxing over bridge whilst smiling inwardly at the dates of meetings she will be missing. She wished the new committee good luck for the future and invited everyone to enter the Chairman’s Pairs event for the Carpenter Bowl, which she is hosting on the 14th June at St Georges Bridge Centre. Pauline apologised that trophies could not be presented at the meeting as they were in Darlington!


3 Minutes of the previous AGM. Frank Springett proposed that the minutes be accepted as read. This was seconded by Nigel Durie. The proposal was carried and there were no matters arising.


4 Treasurer’s report. The treasurer produced the accounts. The treasurer said the Association had made a surplus which she expected because of the increase in table money at events.  This would be offset in the future by the increase in charges etc. During the year we bought a new computer and printer together with new software.  Acceptance of the accounts was proposed by Liz Muir and seconded by Ian Rankin, and carried unanimously.


5 Amendment to the Constitution. The chairman explained that the constitution had to be changed to take into account the Play to Play scheme starting in 2010 and also to bring the associations disciplinary procedures into line with those of the EBU. She thanked David Gold for drafting the changes and producing the copy of the constitution which clearly showed what had been removed, changed and added. In the ensuing discussion Ray Green pointed out some inconsistencies in the proposed amendments. He then proposed a motion that the constitution should allow clubs to affiliate to it even if they were not affiliated to the EBU. The motion, seconded by Stella Findlay was defeated.  The motion to accept the changes, proposed by Bev Godfrey and seconded by Nigel Durie was carried


6 Election of Officers. Only one nomination had been received for each post, and the following were elected unanimously after their block adoption had been proposed by Susan Green and seconded by Nigel Durie.

Chairman:         Ken Spragg

Vice Chairman: Ann Caygill

 Treasurer: Sue Caygill

Secretary: John McCourt

Chief Tournament Secretary: Ian Rankin


7 Election of Auditor. Chris Hope was proposed by David Gold, seconded by Beverley Godfrey, and re-elected unanimously.


8 Any other business.

a.   Tony Bell thanked Pauline and Mike for all the time and effort they had put into their positions.  All the members present showed their appreciation.

b.   The Treasurer informed members that when Pay to Play started the NEBA would have a levy of 3p per session on top of the EBU,s 29p. The new constitution required approval of this and the proposal was carried unanimously.


The meeting closed at 7:10pm