AGM 2004 Minutes

Dodgers Cricket Club: Annual General Meeting 2004 6.00pm, Thursday 24th February 2005, The Marquis of Granby

Present: John Adey (JA), Neil Benn (NB), Jude Brierley (JB), John Cooper (JC2), Simon Cousins (SC), John Hilary (JH), Matt Leach, Kim Matthews (KM), Phil McBarron (PM), Neil Priest (NP), Tawhid Qureshi (TQ), Matt Taylor (MT), Guy Westhead (GW)

Chair: JA

1. Apologies

1.1 Apologies had been received from Andrew Crawford (AC), John Carr (JC), Alex Luke (AL), David Pope (DP).

2. Minutes of 2004 AGM (07/11/03)

2.2 The minutes from the last AGM were formally agreed without comment.

3. Finance

3.1 JC2 reported that £278 had been carried forward from the 2003 accounts (31/12/03 year end). Franca McBarron (FM) had verified the 2003 accounts, and these had been signed off. The meeting thanked Franca for auditing the accounts, as well as thanking AC as outgoing treasurer.

3.2 JC2 reported that the 2004 accounts had shown a net income of £38, and said that loans from members had helped to maintain a positive account balance. It was noted that NB had provided a loan to the Club of £50. Payment in advance for Chiswick pitch fees had not helped cashflow.

3.3 The meeting thanked AC for his services as outgoing treasurer, and it was acknowledged that he took over the role in difficult circumstances.

4. Election of Officers for 2005

4.1 The following officers were re-elected unopposed:
Chairman JA Fixture Secretary KM Captain JC Vice-Captain NP Honorary Auditor FM Additional Member NB

4.2 AC had previously stood down as Treasurer, and the following new officers were appointed unopposed:
Treasurer JC2 Secretary TQ

5. Subscriptions and Match fees for 2005

5.1 It was agreed that membership subscription should be increased to £10, and this would take effect immediately. This measure would aid a positive account balance at the start of the 2006 season.

5.2 It was agreed that match fees should remain the same as 2004:

Evening match fee - £3.50
Afternoon (no tea) match fee - £4.00
Afternoon (with tea) match fee - £5.00

6. Selection Policy for 2005

6.1 It was agreed that this should remain the same as in 2004. The best eleven would be selected each week by John Carr in consultation with Neil Priest. John would have the final say on selection with the following caveats:

a) Nobody should have to miss two matches in a row.

b) Opposition’s strength to be taken into account when selected the side (ie. The stronger the opposition the stronger the Dodgers side to be selected).

c) Account to be taken of people repeatedly dropping out at the last minute without a good excuse.

6.2 It was agreed that once selected teams would continue to be posted on the website, as well as e-mail notification.

7. Recruitment

7.1 JC2 reported that few new members had been recruited through the website and internal publicity from last year

7.2 It was agreed that posters should be placed in Eland House and Caxton house. GW confirmed that he would be putting posters up in the Treasury.

7.3 PM encouraged everyone to make an effort in recruiting new members by asking colleagues.

8. Fixtures 2005

8.1 It was agreed that the spread of games had been correct in 2004, with normally one game per week (occasionally two) and some weekend games.

8.2 KM reminded the meeting that with block bookings at Chiswick, refunds were not available for games that were canceled due to bad weather.

9. Closed Season Activities

9.1 None were reported, and JA requested any ideas to be forwarded to the committee.

9.2 JC2 informed the meeting that places on pre-season nets had not been fully taken up, although he anticipated that with further reminders sent out, all places would be taken up.

10. Any Other Business

10.1 The issue of applying for SPARTA funding was discussed, and it was agreed that too many conditions were attached to funding applications. Previous attempts at procuring SPARTA funding had failed, and last year it was decided not to try as there were not enough SPARTA members within the Club.

10.2 JC2 requested that any prospective website contributors should contact him, and he would provide them with blogging access.

10.3 The meeting was reminded that all Dodgers were invited to the Superstars AGM on 01/04/05.

Tawhid Qureshi, Secretary