ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING April 22nd, 2014 The Pavillion, Haslemere Recreation Ground. Present: Marie Buckley (MB), Jo Metcalfe-Smith (JMS) Treasurer, Jean Bowen-Brooks (JBB) Club Secretary, Jasper Allen (JA) Head Coach, Susie Urquhart (SU) Membership Secretary, Clare David (CD) Match Secretary, Karen Clark (KC) Junior Secretary, Diane Vere (DV) Social Secretary, David Sadler (DS) Premises Secretary, Alison Wallis (AW), Garry Stoner (GS) Men’s Match Secretary. Apologies: None The Chair welcomed everyone to the 23rd AGM. 1. Adoption of Minutes. The minutes of the twenty second Annual General Meeting were approved. Proposed – Jo Allen; Seconded – Jan Bishop; sanctioned by all. There were no matters arising. 2. Chairman’s Report. The past year has been an eventful one especially with the introduction of the new web site. The changeover went smoothly, largely thanks to the help given by Karen Clark and her knowledge of IT. It’s hoped everyone likes the site and finds it easy to use. A request was made for more photographs for the web site and also entries on Facebook and the Local Press in order to promote the club. During the summer a highly successful LTA Junior Tournament, organized by Tony and Beryl Bishop, had taken place. There had been 158 players (61 from Haslemere), 19 events, 284 matches – 600 sets – 4,700 games and a profit to the club of £1,978 ! The event could not have taken place without an army of volunteers such as Mary Broughton, Clare David, Helen Symonds, Karen Clark, Sally Akers and many others. A charity event in aid of Action AT (Ataxia Telangiectasia), was organised by Jane Johnson and Liza Askew. Forty players took part raising £1600 for the charity. The joint winners were Allison Wallis, Philly Beggs and Jackie Clarke. A sad event during the year was the death of our popular coach, Gerry Moore. The club has purchased a bench in his memory and also instigated a tournament in Gerry’s memory. It is planned that this will become an annual event held on May 17th, aimed at all abilities and costing £10 to play. The winner of the first tournament was Betty Maitland. The Monthly Club Tournaments and Social Tennis Challenge had proved very popular usually resulting in the use of all the courts. The East Hants summer league is due to start shortly. The Winter results are as follows – Ladies A team was 3rd in Division 1. Ladies B team came top of the 2nd and now in Division 1. Ladies C team came 3rd in Division 3. The Men’s team was 3rd in Division 1. The Mixed doubles was 2nd in Division 2. Peter Teague entered a men’s over 70s team in the LTA Nationwide Tournament. The club wishes Peter the best of luck. A Vet entry had not been possible as a Captain is needed for this team. On the social side the highlight of the year was the Christmas Party organized by Di Vere and held at the Lythe Hill Hotel. Over 70 members and guests attended the event. Di Vere has also persuaded the Lythe Hill to host a cream tea on Wimbledon Men’s Finals Day when the event will be shown on a large TV screen. Looking ahead to 2014/15 there will be much happening and many challenges. Membership needs to be increased and costs kept down. The club needs to be given more publicity and kept vibrant with fresh ideas. The club has much to offer – free lights, balls, regular competitions, teas, coffees. It is very good value. A new mini membership has been introduced costing £20 and as a special offer the joining fee has been waived until the end of April. New also for the coming year will be clothing bearing the club logo. This will be displayed on the web site and members invited to place orders with Di Vere. It has been decided that it is time to resurface the courts. They have been well maintained and so have lasted longer than expected. In order to minimize disruption the work will be carried out following the LTA Junior Summer Tournament. Courts 1 and 2 will be attended to this year and 3 and 4 next year. Four firms were invited to tender for the work and Housden’s were appointed, their final figure being £43,250 which includes the replacement of some sections of the chain link fence. This work is essential and therefore must be carried out. It is hoped that members will be cooperative and flexible with the reduced court availability. The chairman thanked the committee. 3. Treasurers Report Membership has fallen back and as a consequence, income has fallen by 7.5%. However, expenses have also fallen by 13.8% therefore giving a surplus of £5,560. £5,000 has been transferred to the capital reserve. The total bank balance is £74,553, £47,000 in capital reserve and £27,553 recently received from subscriptions. Most of the £47,000 will be wiped out by the resurfacing. Another reason for the fall in income has been the popularity of the early payment discount, which has been taken up by the vast majority of members. Whilst it helps subscription administration it results in a considerable loss of revenue for the club. We are effectively paying less now for membership than we did 6/7 years ago. It may be necessary to review membership fees next year. Financial Details are in Appendix 1 4. Head Coach Report – see Appendix 2 5. Election of Officers. The chair announced that Allison Wallis is standing down and thanked her for all she has done and for her sound, balanced advice and practical help. Peter Howard will be standing down at the end of this year and therefore a new Auditor must be found. Likewise, the Chairman’s term has also only one more year to run. Attention was drawn to the need for someone to fill a PR role which need not be a committee position. The promotion of the club is vital and so liaison with the press is needed to provide them with stories and photographs: also banners for the club and any other artwork to encourage membership. Potential volunteers for any of the positions were asked to speak with a member of the committee. The committee members are all midterm and would be continuing unless an objection is raised. Re-election of Officers and Committee Members for 2014/2015 Treasurer Secretary Premises Secretary Membership Secretary Match Secretary Junior Secretary Men’s Secretary Premises Secretary Jo Metcalfe-Smith Jean Bowen-Brooks David Sadler Susie Urquhart Clare David Karen Clark Garry Stoner David Sadler Block reelection – Proposed -Jenny Smart, Seconded – Suzanne Riley. Re-election of directors of Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club Ltd. For 2014/2015 Chairman Treasurer Secretary Marie Buckley Clive Reay Jean Bowen-Brooks Block approval – Proposed - Clare David, Seconded – Lauren Walker Re-appointment of Peter Howard as Auditor Proposed – Jo Metcalfe-Smith, Seconded – Nigel Bishop 6. AOB The issue of resurfacing the public courts was raised. The surface has generally deteriorated and tree roots are causing further problems. It was understood that Waverley Council have agreed to clean the courts but are highly unlikely to fund resurfacing owing to Council budget cuts. It was suggest that individual pressure should be put on the council and support could be gained from members by raising the issue on the Club web site. It was further suggested by Rafal Koscielski that a petition might be helpful and he offered to organise one if the matter couldn’t be progressed with the council. The meeting closed at approx..9.30 pm. JBB 28/04/2014 Appendix 1 HASLEMERE LAWN TENNIS CLUB INCOME AND EXPENDITURE OVER LAST 4 YEARS 2014 2013 2012 INCOME Subscriptions ( adults and juniors) Junior income Adults, tournaments, match fees, court hire Interest received 33,115 6,288 520 763 35,815 9,309 435 371 36,180 11,359 846 456 TOTAL INCOME 40,686 45,930 48,841 5,539 280 1,065 6,900 400 2,947 3,808 851 1,090 750 418 1,772 697 3,061 1,456 6,125 9,232 1,202 1,459 8,183 400 1,534 1,033 1,090 750 400 1,482 677 4,890 1,412 7,018 11,437 327 1,847 8,250 434 826 618 48 1,090 750 100 1,457 648 4,168 1,328 7,813 37,159 40,762 41,141 3,527 5,168 7,700 EXPENSES Juniors - tournaments, match costs etc Adults, tournaments, match costs Tennis Balls Club Coach Surrey LTA Stationery, Postage, Committee & Sundries Web/IT costs Socials Rent Haslemere Recreation Association Rates Electricity Insurance Repairs and maintenance Cleaning Depreciation TOTAL EXPENDITURE Surplus Appendix 2 We have had a busy year with lots of tennis taking place for adults and juniors. To summarise here are a few snippets: 1. Talent ID Day Over 60 local children; mostly non members, aged from between 5 to 10 years old attended. For 2 hours the children were coached and assessed in a variety of tennis skills and drills. Six children won free tennis coaching for one term. 2. Performance Coaching 7th June Opportunity to take part in an afternoon of performance coaching Watch a doubles exhibition match with former Davis Cup players Places for 36 adults and 54 juniors to take part Last charity fund raising event raised enough money to offer:Four 5 week course of free adult cardio lessons. Allowing 40 adults to benefit (members and non members) Eight 4 or 5 week free coaching courses for juniors aged between 5 and 11. Allowing 160 local children to benefit. (members and non members) 3. Junior Tennis ADLTA Winter 2012/2013 13U boys won their league. Eliza Shaw captain. Aegon Summer 2013 12U girls won their division. Gareth Jones captain. Further opportunities for juniors to play include:May Half Term championships – singles and doubles for junior members only Sunday match play – very popular with both club members and those from other clubs. Free play LTA tournaments Regular coaching sessions 4. Winners Stevens Main Stevens Plate Winter Mixed Adult Monthly League Most Improved Winners Stephane + Marie Runners Up Yeside + Jonathan Winners Garry + Catherine Runners Up Mick + Kate Winners Will + Marie Runners Up Mick + Laurance Mens Winner Peter Teauge 20 Ladies Winner Catherine Neagle 11 Male Rafal Koscielski Female Helen Jamieson The club has now followed the same procedure as other local tennis clubs and all engraving of trophies and shields is to be arranged and paid for by the winner or winners. It has been done this way in the past and will be the same for all adult and junior events going forward. We have just announced a new ladies morning session where you can enjoy a nice game of tennis and have a nice cup of coffee with some nice people, Monday mornings 9.30-11am £5 per session which starts next week (28th April).