Earlier this month the Board of Trustees elected me as President after Nuala Booth stepped down at the AGM. I am sure you will agree that Nuala did a wonderful job steering the club during its change from a Private Members Club to a Charity, and was a fitting last and first – last Chairman of the club and first President of the charity, and I hope to carry on the changes instigated by her. However, she is not lost to the Board, as she has agreed to stay on for another year as our President Emeritus.
Like all new organisations, there has been a period of change with a ‘shake down’ of procedures as we get to grips with doing things in a new way. One of these has been the By-laws of the club.
A gap was discovered in our disciplinary procedures which were based on etiquette round the Bridge table. However, with more groups calling our building home, we have had to widen the remit to include behaviour by all who use our building. The amended By-laws will shortly be displayed on the club noticeboard, and I invite you to read them and make any comments to Fumi before our next Board Meeting on 16th January.
At our AGM, we followed the template from previous meetings and unfortunately missed out a crucial piece of business, namely the re-election of the Board of Trustees, which under our new Constitution is a yearly event. We thought we might need an Extraordinary General Meeting to resolve this oversight, but luckily our new Constitution also allows us to send out Resolutions via email and post, so you will be receiving a resolution in the New Year to re-elect the Board, which will require a simple Yes or No reply to Fumi.
You have probably noticed the scaffolding outside the club. This was
erected to allow roof repairs to take place to make the building wind and water tight, part of the ongoing improvements the Board are carrying out. Early in the new year, new curtains will be hung in the card rooms to improve the ambience, and to keep out the drafts.
One last piece of housekeeping: the club will be closed on 24th and 25th December, and 31st December and 1st January. The Monday tournaments will run as normal over the Festive Season, and all tournaments will resume the week beginning 6th January 2020.
May I wish you, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, a Very Merry Christmas, and a Peaceful and Prosperous 2020 with great Bridge to come!