Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee held in Durham on Wednesday Thursday 28th April 2011 at 19:00
Present Ken Spragg (Chair), Ann Caygill, John McCourt, Sue Caygill, Ian Rankin
38. Apologies No Apologies were received
39. Minutes of Previous Meeting
That the Minutes of the Executive Committee held on 3 March 2011 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman
40. Draft Minutes of NEBA Council Meeting held on 17th March 2011
The Draft Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 17th March 2011 were noted.
41. NEBA AGM 2011
The AGM will be held at Brunton Bridge Club on Monday 23rd May
The room will be available from 6:30pm with the meeting starting at 6:45pm
The Draft Minutes of the 2010 AGM are already available on the NEBA Website
The only non standard item on the agenda, so far, is the revised constitution (See Minute 43 below)
The NEBA Secretary is not able to attend the meeting and the Vice Chair agreed to clerk the meeting
The secretary will try to arrange for the following trophies to be available at the meeting:
Inter Club Shields
Kempson Cup and Plate
Player of the Year Trophy
John Clark Salver
42. Suggested Changes to NEBA Competitions for 2011/12
1) That no decision on changes to any competition be taken until consultation with members has taken place.
2) That the NEBA does not acquire its own instant scoring equipment (eg Bridgemates, Bridgepads etc) for the 2011/12 season.
The draft Calendar for 2011/12 was circulated.
43. Secretary’s Report
The Secretary has submitted entries for the Corwen Trophy, the Pachabo Cup and the Garden Cities Trophy. The Treasurer reminded the committee that the NEBA only paid the entry fees for these competitions. Those playing have to fund their own travelling and subsistence costs.
The NEBA Constitution had been passed to Martin Poole whom the EBU uses to vet all County Constitutions. He had recommended a small number of changes to the constitution which have now been made. The revised constitution should now get EBU board approval in June so it is recommended that it be put to the NEBA AGM.
44. Chief Competition Secretary’s Report
The Kempson Cup Final was played prior to Finals day. The Kempson Plate will be played on the designated Finals day. The rules for next years competition will be altered to allow for this change of date to happen in the future if a one team is unable or unwilling to play on the designated date. The revised rules will also have to lay down how expenses incurred on holding the final on another date and/or location will be funded. The Executive Committee asked the Chief Competition Secretary ensure the new rules will not incur additional costs for the NEBA
That views of the Chief Tournament Director be sought on the necessity of having a Tournament Director for the Kempson Cup and Plate whether or not they are held on Finals day
45. Congress Secretary Report
Members of the Executive suggested that as well as a Congress Secretary the NEBA should appoint an ‘Equipment Manager’ who would be responsible for the collection, installation and return of Table, Cloths, Bidding Boxes, Boards etc.
In the absence of the Congress Secretary no further discussion took place
46. Awarding of MP’s for NEBA events
That members have complained about the delay in submitting Master Points, awarded at NEBA events, to the EBU.
That procedures should be set up to ensure that from the 2011/2012 season onwards Masterpoints awarded at NEBA events will be sent to the EBU within a week of the final results being published.
47. NEBA Website
That the NEBA reimburses Neil Aiston for the new software he requires to allow him to continue maintaining and updating the NEBA web site
48. EBU PapersNoted
Changes to P2P, Masterpoint & Licencing framework
The P2P changes that come in to effect on 1st April 2012 include charging P2P fees at County Events. The Treasurer will review the cost implications.
EBU position on Bridge Great Britain
49. County and District Status NightsNoted
That confirmation has been received that District Status had been abolished and that the EBU had been asked for clarification on how many County Status nights we can have in 2011/2012 and then from April 2012 onwards.
50. Treasurers Report
That the Treasurer had submitted draft accounts for audit prior to the AGM in May.
That quotations be sought for liability and equipment insurance.
52. Next Meeting
To be arranged after the AGM. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9:00pm