The 2012 Warwickshire Union AGM
- Saturday, 10 March, 2012
This report had been presented to Members before the Meeting so John only singled out the playing successes of Andy Sullivan (in the Walker Cup and reaching No 5 in the Amateur World Rankings) and the return of Jamie Carney to County Golf (winner of the 2011 Midland Order of Merit and the Warwickshire Open). He welcomed Don Smith and Phil Croft (to become officers of the Union) and remarked that he was leaving behind a very good team.
Our Treasurer, Bob Harrison, then gave his presentations of the Union Accounts. By having a very strict discipline across all expenditure, the Union had moved very close to a break-even point (after a £ 6.5K loss in the previous year).
Bob then considered the prospects for the coming year and said that the Union was looking at a £ 30K surplus for 2012/13. He then stressed that much of this will be allocated towards coaching and that the discipline already in place would be maintained, with ever item carefully considered and monitored.
It was proposed and voted in unanimously that the Union Affiliation Fee remain at ? 8.25 for the coming year. The Affiliation Fee to the EGU will rise by £ 1.00, to £ 7.25. This is due to the cut backs in government funding but Warwickshire (part of a 23% minority) did not vote in favour of this at the EGU AGM.
The Meeting moved to the Election of officers. John Powell, in his final duty as President then proposed John Jewsbury as the New President. He said that after seven years as Chairman of Junior Golf, together with the fact that his father Cyril had been President and his son Fred was a regular member of the County 1st team, that John was well steeped in County Golf and he had not hesitation in recommending John, as a friend. The proposal was seconded by John Stubbings.
Your new President then took over the running of the AGM.
John (Jewsbury) said it had come as a surprise when he had first been asked. He said eh felt very much a 'new boy' - he has started playing for the Seniors but when he couldn't get in the side, he had turned to helping the Juniors. As the first son in 106 years who had succeeded their father, and having known many of the past presidents, he was very proud. He saw the position not just as a figurehead and leader for the team of officials and our County Secretary, and was also proud of possibly the best County Golf Partnership in the country.
John then closed with his thoughts on the two years of John Powell's Presidency. He said John had been very hard-working and effective, hardly missing any match and always showing boundless and infectious enthusiasm - John had been a true servant for Warwickshire Golf.
Now Past President John Powell responded by remarking that his time as President Elect and then as President had 'flown by' and that he had enjoyed every minute.
Your Treasurer (Bob Harrison) and Board Member John Duncombe were both re-elected, as were two new people.
Karl Smith was proposed as Second Team Captain, by retiring holder of the position Neville Gardner, who said that he had know Karl for more years than he would care to mentioned, and that he would have the full respect of all the players in the County
Don Smith was proposed as Chairman of Junior Golf by John Jewsbury. John said that Don was a no mean player who ahd been captain of the Warwickshire 2nds, of the Seniors and of his home Club Copt Heath.
David Morgan then talked about the new sister site to www.warksgolf.co.uk - www.warwickshiregolf.com. It will be the Tournament Information Centre for all the Union's competitions, championships and match results. All the news, reports, pictures, details of the County Card will remain on this web site and features and articles will include direct links to relevant pages on the new web site.
He then went on to announce that the first Warwickshire Union e-mail newsletter had been sent to over 600 recipients just that morning. There will be five newsletters developed - for Warwickshire Men, for Warwickshire Ladies, for people interest in Features and for Club Golf, and for Juniors. The County Mens golf newsletter will be bi-monthly, with prompts for all championship entry as well as direct links to reports on all the Union's events. It should well satisfy the changing web habits that people now have because of many more sites they are interested in, and ever less time to do things.
The final speaker was Past president John Duncombe, who talked of his involvement with the English Golf Union.
John said the new partnership with English Women's Golf was going well. Paul Baxter is the new President and the first Lady President will be elected next year.
The rise in EGU affiliation fees was in part because only 27% of golfers actually are members of clubs and therefore pay this fee. John remarked that the EGU had concentrated on top level golf. They have realised that they were ignoring its core membership and have set up a Client Services Department - who are very keen and will to help and John encouraged club management to give them a ring.
England teams and individual players had done very well, winning championships and events month on month.
The County Golf Partnerships are entirely Government funded, to solely promote Grass Roots Golf. The Government has voted and extra £ 10K to the best 10 partnership and John was very pleased to say that Warwickshire was one of that Top 10.
The Meeting closed at 8.00pm