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27/02/2018 - Umpires & Markers AGM Minutes - Malaga Province -Submitted by Sue Walker

UMPIRES AND MARKERS ASSOCIATION AGM 2018

HELD AT SANTA MARIA BC 27/2/18 COMMENCING AT 10.30AM

1.       CHAIRMAN GORDON WELCOMED THE FOLLOWING 15 MEMBERS  -   GORDON ADAMS, JOHN CARR, SUSAN WALKER, ROY SAUNDERS, BARRY PEMBERTON, DINE WARN, DENNIS HANLEY, ARTHUR LEES, NANCY SHAW, GARRY ALDRIDGE, MAC FARLOW, DEREK CARR, JULIAN THOMAS, DENIS TOLFREE, MAUREEN FEWINGS

2.APOLOGIES :- RON JONES, DOREEN FABRON, IAN ANTHONY, AMBER DINEEN

3. THE MINUTES OF THE 2017 AGM WERE AGREED.

4. THERE WERE NO MATTERS ARISING.

5. CHAIRMANS REPORT

Once again, we have had a fairly quiet year which has surprised me a little as I expected more activity as a result of Federation. Pre-Federation I attended several meetings in my capacity as Chairman of the Association but none since. So, I have nothing to report about the Federation in relation to Umpiring matters. Perhaps Julian will have something to say later.

We did start an Umpires course during the year, as a special favour for two members of one club, one of whom dropped out after the first session but the other is keen to continue his training.

One of the big events for Umpires, and Markers, is the Andalucian Championships which were held at Lauro this year. It was an excellent event and extremely well organised. I attended every day and to my knowledge and observation our representatives committed themselves well; well done!

However, this is not always the case. I have had comments, and through my own observation I have seen, that some Umpires are not living up to the standards expected. This we must all attend to, perhaps by way of training, or re-training, days and it needs to be discussed. As you know we now have 5 training days allocated to us. We hope to use some days for training new umpires and some for refresher courses. Perhaps we´ll talk about this later.

Over recent years, I have raised the question of how we should recognise Markers. This is now included as an item on the agenda.

Likewise, do we need a Constitution? We raise the question regularly but there has never been any enthusiasm for one. Depending on the outcome of the item in the preceding paragraph we may need one if only to define the rights and duties of Umpires and Markers.

I now come to a most important item, and that is to say that we are extremely disappointed that John Carr has decided to retire from our Committee which he has served for many years and in many ways. As you all know John is a well known figure in the Spanish Bowls World not only in Malaga Province but also up and down the coast.

John has served on our Committee for a long time, in recent years as Vice Chairman, and, amongst many other things, has been responsible for the Practical aspects on our courses. I am sure that you have all benefitted from his advice as I have. He has been a good sounding block for me.

However, all good things must come to an end. John will still be very active on the bowling scene but has decided to cut down some on some of his activities including membership of our Committee. Thank you so much John and we wish you well.

Now, last but not least, some thank you`s: To all of you for volunteering your services during the year, To the Committee; to Susan for arranging our meetings, courses, umpiring duties etc and to John. To Garry for stepping in on many occasions, including assisting at our courses, And finally to Santa Maria B:C: for making their facilities available to us.

6. VICE CHAIRMANS REPORT

John reported he has decided to withdraw from the vice chairman’s position after many years of contributing to the umpires coaching and training sessions. He stated that he will continue to support the association and still will umpire on request.

7, SECRETARIES REPORT

This has been a quiet year with a very poor response for umpire training. We have secured 5 days in the calendar for training but unfortunately only 2 people volunteered but one dropped out after the first session. The other candidate is very keen to continue. We supplied umpires and markers for the Andalucian championships in September at Lauro and Mijas and most were very good but improvements are still needed. Mijas and Benalmadena requested umpires and some sessions were covered but not all.

La Posada and Saydo have requested that we go up there for some marker / umpiring training during the summer. Garry has agreed to do this.

I would like to thank Gordon for his continued support and I would like to thank John very much for all his contributions to the committee, training and umpiring over many years. I hope you enjoy your free time but keep umpiring, we need you.

Just a reminder to always wear your shirt with pride when umpiring and accept refreshments when offered but definitely no alcohol whilst on duty.

8. Garry proposed that all new candidates complete the markers course first and then progress onto the umpires course. Qualified markers to have a different coloured shirt. After discussion Arthur seconded the proposal and all members voted in favour.

9. Susan proposed that now we have 5 training days in the handbook we use them for our own training as well as new umpires training. A suggestion was made that umpires must attend the majority of the training days to keep their umpire status but this will be re discussed next year. Seconded by Roy and agreed by all present. Questions will be sent out prior to the training days.

11. Julian explained the procedures for claiming the fee for umpiring. You are entitled to 25 euros for all day and 20 euros for half a day. The first session will not be paid to you as this will cover the additional fed fee that we have to pay as umpires. After every umpiring session it is your responsibility to claim your fee through Julian.

New course candidates will be required to pay the 15 euros, as normal, but this may be refundable if there is money available in the fed pot.

12. Election of Officers – Gordon Adams re-appointed Chairman

                                          Susan Walker re-appointed Secretary

And the vacancy for Vice Chairman  -  Garry Aldridge was voted on.

10. AOB Julian explained a situation regarding visits to the head. All Organisers / Controlling bodies must make sure that all details are correct on the call notices and not changed during the competition unless exceptional circumstances occur.

Question and Answer session – everyone attempted the questions and discussions took place over the answers. Everyone agreed more questions are needed on a regular basis.

Gordon thanked everyone for attending and the meeting closed at 1.05pm