Letter From The President #5

Letter From The President #5 – 10th June 2008

Dear Fellow Curler,

I hope this letter finds you well.

The ECA held its’ AGM on Sunday in Sheffied.

I wasn’t able to speak to the Presidents of Glendale or Preston, as
they weren’t there, and in fact time went pretty quickly for those
that were!
The council held a meeting before the AGM, and had a lot of ground to
cover in the 2 hour time slot.
In fact it went on until just before 5, and any talking afterwards was
curtailed by a cleaner telling us to leave, albeit politely!

I felt it was a hugely productive meeting.
The feedback from the review questionnaire had clearly been taken on
board, and I got a distinct impression of a council which wanted to
adapt in line with these views, and make themselves more connected to
the membership.

There had been a clear leaning in the responses to change the ECA
voting system to 1 member 1 vote, and a such a proposal for this
change was put forward and passed.
There were 2 caveats attached, those being that no proxies would be
allowed, that anyone wanting to vote would have to attend, and also
that the AGM would continue to be held centrally.
The idea behind these caveats was that it would foster attendance and
participation in the process, in effect getting something back for the
council for the 1 member 1 vote change.
This seems fair enough to me.

Personally I could have gone with proxies and a changing venue, but
the counter argument was put that actually taking part is important,
and that it could be made more of a social affair.
It was also suggested that a coach could go up with the southern
members on, and a coach could come down with the northern members on,
and we’d all have a chinwag when we got there!
That could work as an idea.

I cast the club votes in favour of this proposal, as a change to 1
member 1 vote allows real opportunity for those that want to act on
their views to change things – they can make a proposal, state a case,
and if enough members approve then wallop! it gets changed.

There was another proposal put forward, but I’m going to get
clarification on some questions before I tell you about that one.

The council took on board that some newcomers to the game had the
impression that the ECA was charging money for subs, but not giving a
lot back.
Steps will be taken to counter this impression, including better
communication, Q&A sessions with council members, possibly ECA events
for non elite players.

It’s my view that all these steps taken should be applauded, and the
council can now be viewed as inclusive to new members and their views.
I don’t actually think the council could have done more, and it was
refreshing and encouraging.

A lot of people on the council, like President Sarah McVey and
Secretary John Brown have been working for the interests of English
curling for year after year after, er, year.
There is a definite desire for new people to get on board, and a
frustration that a lot of people seem happy to voice opinions, but are
not prepared to actually get involved with the genuine effort.

As such, new volunteers are sought.
In particular someone is needed to take on the publicity and marketing
effort, both to promote the ECA to the membership and to promote the
game externally.
If you feel you could help with things like this, maybe sorting out
distribution of an ECA newsletter, then get in touch either with me or
John Brown.
Any offer is appreciated.

Also it was decided to have 2 Area Reps instead of the previous 1.
This will help to improve the flow of communication, which is never a bad thing.
Any club member can do this role, and James Hustler is 1 southern area
rep, so there is a space for another as well if that interests you.

I spoke to committee members from Glendale and Preston, about the
Interclub tournament.
Whereas the other clubs have a trophy they can play each other for,
the SECC had not been involved in that at the Interclub, and Adam
Bermange had suggested it would make our club more in the loop if we
played the other clubs for a trophy.
Both clubs seemed keen on the idea, so we’ll hope to progress that.
I also spoke to London Curling Club (formerly POL) President Susan
Young who agreed, although strictly speaking didnt need to go to
Sheffield to do that!
Maybe you’d like to donate your own trophy to play for!

The dates for ECA Competitions were announced, but I will probably be
writing again later this week or next, so will cover those then.
(I might call that Letter 5 and a half, I haven’t decided yet…)

Enough for now I reckon!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness
Gordon

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