64th Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the 64th Annual General Meeting of The Centurion Lacrosse Club held at The Coach & Horses, Bruton Street, London WJ 6PT1 on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

Present: Steve Williams (President), Ron Balls, Clive Beaumont, Steve Cluney, Neil Forsyth, Tom Gare, Denis Hanks, John Maynard, Peter Mundy, John Wigmore, Rob Collinge (Secretary).

APOLOGIES for absence were received from Ian Ashworth, Ian Ballantine, Amit Biswas, Mick Chennell, Phil Collier, Henry Collinge, John Debnam, Bernie Daniels, Lawrie Gardner, Ben Jessop, Philip Long, David Marsden, Gerry Paine, Chris Parker, John Partt, Clive & Jan Perrin, Bob Sharples, Iain Shaw, Bob Shepstone, Miles Whittle and Colin Windler.

  1. MINUTES of the Annual General Meeting held on 27th June 2017 were approved.

  2. HON. SECRETARY’S REPORT

    The club had continued to support new sides. Over the season we had provided help or equipment to a wide range of new developments with support for ladies lacrosse at the University of South Wales, the University of East Anglia, and Sevenoaks Coyotes, junior lacrosse at Wewyn LC, Oxford Academy and Uppingham School, mixed lacrosse at Leeds Dentists and Medics, and box lacrosse in the north. Unfortunately, the Glenalmond development in Scotland that we supported last year was terminated by the school but the equipment is being used in other projects by Lacrosse Scotland.

    The club is interested in the new initiatives in Box Lacrosse and have provided some basic protective equipment particular to this form of the sport to assist a start up initiative in the north.

    Our Masters teams again participated in the SEMLA Sixes where we entered two teams. They followed on last year’s success of winning the Minor Trophy by winning the Intermediate Trophy this year. Thanks are due to Ian Ballantine, who led this successful initiative. Unfortunately, following the change of venue from Manchester to Israel, we considered the possibility of entering a masters team in the Men’s World Championship Festival in Netanya as too complex.

    The club continues to meet for lunches North and South and the Northern Golf day has attracted 38 members and guests to play.

    The referee training course at BluesFest, which we sponsored, continues to prove very successful and going forward is being funded by SEMLA. This year the ELA ran a Level 2 refereeing course in conjunction with the event. Eight new referees were qualified.

    We continue to use Facebook to communicate with the world of the web.

    Finally, we have introduced a stylish baseball cap for members. New members receive one as an alternative to the tie and they are for sale to all members at the bargain price of £15. There will be a supply at the AGM.

  3. TREASURER’S REPORT

    The report showed a loss of £3,196.45 for the year and a current balance of £1,607.90. A deposit of £1,093.75 had been paid to the House of Lords which should be recovered from sales of tickets for the event.

    The accounts were adopted.

  4. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

    President: Steve Williams
    Hon Secretary: Rob Collinge
    Hon Treasurer: Neil Forsyth

  5. ELECTION OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE

    In addition to previous presidents, the following members were elected Ron Balls, Dennis Hanks, David Marsden, John Maynard, D. Slaughter, J. Wigmore, and Geoffrey Wilkinson.

  6. ELECTION OF THE NORTHERN SUB-COMMITTEE

    The following members were elected David Marsden, Alan Dyer, Ken Haves, Clive Perrin, and Tony Pugh.

  7. ELECTION OF HON. AUDITOR

    Amit Biswas had agreed to continue in this role.

  8. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

    The secretary provided a review of the progress being made to establish The Lacrosse Foundation around Roger Okill’s bequest and of the changes proposed to SEMLA’s management and league structure.