41 Club AGM – Report (Illustrated)

Minutes of the 62nd Annual General Meeting of Scarborough41 Club held at

The Wrea Head Hotel on Thursday 20th April 2017

Introduction of guests.

As there were no guests. No introduction was required.

  1. Approval of the minutes of the 61st AGM held on 21st April 2016.


  1. Matters arising.


  1. Committee members report.

4.1 Secretary’s report.

Mike Shingler (ne Raymond Malcolm) gave a brief report as he said he had managed to delegate most of the secretaries’ duties over the past few years to other members. He did report that our numbers were “around 63” and that new younger members would always be welcome, who would come in useful cutting up our meat in the near future.

Although the apology system is likely to change slightly this year due to Mikes probable retirement. He will still stay on as Secretary, as no one else will do it!

4.2 Treasurer’s report.

Steve Slade started by announcing that due to the excessive paperwork he has had to generate for the club over the past few years. He now must wear glasses to read. He will therefore be putting a claim for compensation into the club.

Having previously passed around copies of the accounts. Steve then went on to go through the accounts in detail. The main points being that there is going to be no change in the annual subs of £25 per member, £5 of which goes into the Aalten fund each year.

£1770 was raised at the charity night which was donated to Basics Plus (chairman Gordon’s nominated charity).

The General account stands at £3354

The Aalten fund stands at £2587

The Charity account of £460 will be donated to Basics Plus.

Steve also reported finding a fair amount of foreign coinage (mainly Euros) in the Charity box. And as Richard Frank has spent a large proportion of the year in Europe. It is assumed he is the culprit!

Overall the club is in credit to the tune of around £6400 due mainly to the way non-apologies are also charged for the meals they don’t attend.

Steve ended by staying that due to his work commitments he is standing down at treasurer and that Iain Johnston had stupidly put his name forward to take on the job this coming year.

There were no serious questions of the treasurer.

4.3 Catering Officer’s report.

Simon Ward (who was speaking on behalf of the other Catering Officers) started by stating that every meeting over the past 7 years while he has been in office, there has been 4 or 5 members who do not apologise and who don’t turn up. This was however, until Ian Costello managed to book the exact number of people to attend the visit around the new Lifeboat.

The average attendance and meal costs over the past year had been 26.1 and £23 accordingly. Simon also pointed out that the “opt in events” always produced the correct numbers.

Charity events have been well attended and very successful and he hoped would continue under Tom Cathcart’s stewardship.

Again, no serious questions were put to the Catering Officer.

4.4 Membership Officers report.

Simon Lockley started by saying that although the charity events over the past couple of years had been very

successful at raising money. They had not resulted in attracting new members. Which had been one of the main aims originally. Having picked up a statement by Simon earlier on regarding the opposite sex. John Priestly suggested we could offer new female members a sex change!

John was then asked by Barry Hodgson, “how was it John??”

Once the laughter had died down Simon continued apace. Stating that we have one prospective new member who comes up to the exacting standards of 41 Club. That being he is over 40 and has a pulse!

4.5 Newsletter Editor’s report.

David Henderson reported that once again all had gone well with the website with contributions from members (mainly Chairman Gordon) and of course Stuart Bains for not only his photographic contribution but also to his meeting reports. However, going forward David reported that although he will still host the website he will, due to his increasing absence from Scarborough, no longer can edit the content on the website or send out notices. The replacement of such function would be discussed later in the meeting.

4.6 Sport’s Officer’s report.

Darren Kellet that the quoits night between 41 Club, FART and Round Table had been well attended and enjoyed by all. Which, on count back had resulted in 41 Club coming second.

The other event. The Pool Night. Was not well attended due probably to holidays, apathy and the fact that the Round Table had a meeting the night before and therefor pass outs were hard to come by. However, he did say that he was going to arrange for both events to be repeated this year but that if anyone else had any good ideas. They would be considered.

No questions from the members apart from Mike Holiday, (who had obviously been waiting a long time to put the question). “So when the quoits night had to end early due to lack of light. Was that quoitus interruptus?”

  1. Chairman’s report.

Gordon Hayes then started by expressing his thanks to past Chairmen who have given him advice and of course to his committee.

He then went on to mention one or two of the meeting that we have had.

The RLNI visit. Which resulted in a record attendance of 36.

The visit by our National President, Barry Durman.

The Charity evening.

The raffle prize of a bottle of whisky. Was won by David Henderson. The money raised during the evening of £144 would also be donated to Basics Plus.

Gordon then went on to present all his committee members with a bottle of wine each.

He then went on to wish Mark Lawes all the best in his upcoming year as club Chairman. Although Mike Shingler pointed out that “he hadn’t been voted in yet”.

  1. Election of Officers and Committee

There then followed a successful on bloke vote for the new officers and committee members as listed in the Agenda. The only person who was unaware of is proposed position, being Simon Lockley as Vice Chairman. Who having been through the chair before. Might get it right this time around! (Mike Shingler believed).

  1. Induction of new Chairman

The usual handing over of chains and jewels then occurred. Followed by an address by our new Chairman Mark Laws.

  1. New Chairman’s Address.

Mark started by saying that his address was 5 Deepdale Avenue.

He did then go on to tell a few jokes. Which went down well although he did say he wasn’t good at telling jokes. Which was true.

He then went on to thank Gordon for chairing a fantastic year. He also thanked the incoming committee but also thanked Simon Ward and David Henderson, who after many years in office are stepping down.

He said members should try to encourage ex Tablers to join 41 Club, some of whom perhaps think that it’s not for them.

Mark reminded everyone that next year is the Aalton twining weekend.

That his nominated charity this year will be the Scarborough Disabled Swimming Club who had been around for the past 50 years.

He also mentioned the fact that as Dave is stepping down we do need help now to fill this gap.

He then gave out that the next meeting will be on the Thursday 25th May at the Oliver’s Mount café. It will be an opt in meeting with partners. Gordon needs to be contacted at least a week before.



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