MCNA AGM Minutes 2007Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 21 June 2007 at Preston and Mall Youth and Community Centre, May Lane, The Mall, Kenton HA3 9TX Commencing at 7.30pm. Attendees: Jenny Harrold (Chairman), Brenda Horn (Middlesex Committee), Imogen Williams (County Development Officer), Sally Essex (Middlesex Committee, Academy), Amber Buchan (Middlesex Committee, Old Actonians), Sonia Taylor (Middlesex Committee, Academy), Kath Newman (Middlesex committee, Minchenden), Yvonne Beadle (Middlesex Committee, Cumberland), Charville/Harlington league (Shelly Williams), Old Fincunians (Alice Feller), Palmers Green/North London League (Maria Mitchell), Breezers (Fran Edwards), Minchenden (Ireni Manfredi, Joanna Scott), Cumberland (Claire Hall, Gemma Hurley), Old Actonians (Anne Brunsdon, Cathy Haynes, Cathryn Hawthorn), Academy (Diane Dunkey), Hyde Park (Jo Evans, Karen Hayes), Poly (Kathleen Henry, M Lonae), Troy (Violet Corbin, Fay Downie), Arbour (Caroline Smith), Oakwood (Claire Pearson, Ellesse Lee), Netaces (Marcia McLean), Blue Swan Ladies (Ruth Bryan), Bennetts (Marie Barrance), Peterborough and St Margarets (Catriona Pares) Apologies: Barbara Mercer (Vice President); Debbie Horn (Middlesex Committee)
Opening Remarks Jenny Harrold welcomed everyone to the Middlesex County AGM. Barbara Mercer had suggested that she resign from her post as Vice President but Jenny has advised that she would write to Barbara and ask her to reconsider as she is an important link with the County’s illustrious past!
Minutes of the Previous AGM – 29 June 2006 These had been circulated with the affiliation paperwork last July. Acceptance of the minutes was proposed by Cumberland; seconded by Oakwood. Agreed unanimously.
Matters arising Jenny advised that a Steering Group to organise the new County League had been set-up and had succeeded in its task, with the new league due to commence in September 2007. Reception of Accounts Brenda Horn presented the accounts for 2006/07: Accounts – see attachment 1 Financial Report – see attachment 2 It is not currently possible to compare these year on year due to the end of the County squads. The finances of the County League will be recorded separately from 2008. Acceptance of the accounts was proposed by Academy; seconded by Bennetts. Agreed. The accounts had been agreed by an independent examiner but not yet signed. This would be actioned after the AGM and signed copies circulated.
Fees The County fee for Seniors currently standing at £1.50 per person, the Management Committee recommended that County affiliations for next year should rise by £1. Maria Mitchell queried why the fees had to be put up and Jenny responded that the money would be used by the county for the development of youth and talent and for supporting umpiring courses and attendance of umpires at national courses. Maria asked if there was still money available from LAP which could be accessed. Imogen Williams, County Development Officer, advised that this needs to be confirmed because of changes in England Netball Financial support for Counties. There was concern that if the county do not spend their allocation in the year, it may be lost. LAP money can only be spent on allocated areas. Maria advised that the North London league is working on child protection and umpire development and asked if they could receive funding. Jenny advised them to apply direct to the County for funds. Imogen advised clubs and leagues to feed back to the County what they require funding for so that this could be taken into consideration in the 5 year plan. Coaching is very expensive and the County is looking into these costs. The Academy coaches received money last season. Imogen is working with Sonia Taylor, Coaching Secretary, on the plan for this season and how funding can be provided to assist club coaches, but clubs will be expected to source additional funding for their clubs themselves. Acceptance of the increase in fees was proposed by Bennetts; seconded by Sally Essex, The Schools Representative. Agreed.
Umpiring Secretary Kathy Newman advised that she is working with Amber Buchan and Imogen Williams to pull together an umpiring development plan for the county which will be published shortly.
Coaching Secretary See attachment 4 There had been a workshop on England Playing Strategies and it was queried whether it would be possible to have this at a local level. Sonia Taylor agreed to approach the Brunel and Mavericks Superleague coaches to see if they would be willing to deliver a workshop.
Schools Secretary See attachment 5 Sally Essex advised that a schools meeting was imminent and she would feedback information from this meeting to the Schools.
League Representative See attachment 6 Yvonne Beadle reiterated her thanks to all those involved in the formation of the new County League and welcomed Irenie Manfredi who is joining the new league administration group.
Satellite/Academy Coaches See attachment 7 Trials forms can be found on the website and will be sent to all clubs with junior members.
EN Development Officer See attachment 9 Imogen advised that EN are keen to provide more support with regard to their Safeguarding and Protecting Children policy. The new policy is on the website and EN will be advising clubs on what support they can offer them in respect of this policy. Acceptance of the reports ‘en bloc’ was proposed by Cumberland; seconded by Troy. Agreed.
Election of Officers and Executive Committee Members All officers were willing to restand and the re-election of the committee was agreed by all attendees. Claire Pearson had expressed an interest in becoming more involved and Jenny agreed to liaise with her.
Election of an Independent Accountant Lindsay Sartori, EN Treasurer and Chairperson of the London and South East Region currently examined the County finances and the Chairman proposed that she be asked to continue. All in agreement.
Amendments to the Constitution See attachment 10 Proposed by Executive Committee; seconded by Oakwood. Agreed.
Motions Committee proposal to create another Steering Group to negotiate their way through a 5 year development plan, including a review of the Constitution to be led by Imogen Williams. Jenny moved that this be set-up and asked any clubs having members interested in standing on the new steering group to come forward and speak to Imogen. It was envisaged that fewer meetings would be required than for the league steering group last year and smaller groups could tackle each area. Clubs should email Imogen directly if they are interested in assisting. The County will approach clubs directly if no one comes forward.
Presentation of Awards Jenny explained that the county has two trophies to present each year. The ‘You What!’ Trophy had been presented to the County by former International Umpire and Middlesex Vice President Maureen Hyam and her late husband, Dick, to be awarded to umpires who have supported Middlesex in any way. Presentation was made to Amber Buchan. Amber has worked hard to achieve her B award, is continuing to work for the A award, has umpired at National Events and is C award mentor and tester. She has been working with the umpiring sub group to raise the profile of umpiring in the County and plans to increase the number of testers and tutors available to support umpiring development in Middlesex. The County Cup had previously been presented to a County team/squad for success or endeavour. Since we no longer have County squads, the Committee decided that, in future the Cup would be presented to a Middlesex County Club or team. This year, for achievement at all levels, supporting talent and the development of young players, the Cup was awarded to Academy Netball Club.