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Committee Meeting, 10-Mar-2011
CATS Committee meeting 10/03/11 19,00hr start, White House.
Present. Ian Kelly, Garry Porter, Steve Cartwright, Helen Duah, Diane Wooller, Simon Haigh, Sian Gifford. Mandy Hicks.
John Cooke, Kevin Frost, Sam Clayton, John Hyland, Sheila Evans.
1. Mandy Hicks asked for clarification about voting and non-voting members. The present constitution only allows 3 voting members. This needs to be amended to 6 plus one casting vote by the Chairman .
2. England Athletics membership.
All athletes need to be registered with the above organisation. A renewal fee of £5 per athlete is required this is included in the membership fee. All new members are registered once memberships are paid. Once registered, the athletes are designated a registration number which can be found on England Athletics website. This is password protected, Garry Porter has the password. All membership should be paid by the 1st April.
All members will be issued with cards. The Treasurer suggested that in future the membership needs to be advanced so registration with England Athletics and CATS membership are phased at the same time.
Coaches insurance is paid by CATS .The membership secretary will cross match the names on the England Athletics (EA) website and CATS membership database so the membership to EA can be paid .
3. CATS membership.
The chairman suggested that a clause is included on the membership form which says ---members have to compete in 3 meetings excluding home meets for the club for the year. This was agreed by the committee members present.
A proposal was made to increase the membership fees . The following increases were agreed ,
Seniors £45 Gate fee £2
Juniors (U18) £35 Gate fee £1.
Family £95 Gate fee £2 senior member £1 junior members.
Family membership consists of 3 members who all live at the same address
All members to be signed in at the gate.
Vests are to be included in the membership fee.
The club will try to recoup vests from non competing members.
Honorary memberships open to coaches who coach more than 40 sessions in a year. Further discussion to take place .
The small entrance gate to be used instead of the car entrance gate. This would make it easier to check members in. The gate to be manned for at least an hour. Need volunteers. Will use the blog or website to ask for volunteers. Gate money collected to be given to Helen in the hut for banking.
University members. As the agreement between the university and the CATS is unknown to the present committee it was agreed that this was confirmed before any decision could be made about fees. The University students must however pay the £2 gate fee.
3. Team Managers
It was asked about team managers, and whether they could have a list of members with contact details. It was decided that the coaches will know who has competed and compiled with the new clause in the membership form therefore there was no need for team managers to have a full list.
Sian Gifford and Mandy Hicks will organise Team managers before the next meeting. Noted that Sam O Reilly would be team manager for EYAL.
4. Coaching and Official courses
It has been noted that several members have asked about coaching and Official courses, These are now priced at £130 Assistant coach, £325 Athletics coach. Official course £15 ? A suggestion was made that any one wishing to register for these courses should pay up front and then after 6mths -1year will be reimbursed. Also they are made aware of the commitment they will need too undertake. This was left undecided.
CATS now has the right to the domain CATS. This is in Garry’s name at present and will remain the same website address. The blog has worked very well but there are concerns about the security, anyone can add items so no policing to this site. Ken Lawrence has agreed to run the website, anything to go onto the site will be passed by any 2 of the following; Ian , Garry or Steve (Chairman, vice chairman and secretary) before sending to the webmaster. The web page needs to be regularly updated. Ian Kelly will contact Ken and Jacqui Lawrence about the website.
6. Press officer. John Hyland is the press officer with Warren Page taking over from John half way through the summer.
7. Awards evening. It was noted that the recent awards evening was very successful. Further awards evenings will be on the agenda at further committee meetings. Mandy Hicks mentioned that a number of parents had
Spoken to her about recognising youngsters for their motivation and commitment. Recognition of this had been shown by the awarding of certificates to a number of youngsters at the award evening.
8. Open meeting
Steve Cartwright is to contact Steve Ault to see if it is possible to hold a BBQ and disco after the Open meet on August Bank holiday. A price would be required. A working party needs to be put in place to organise the Open. Sian Gifford suggested that her father may be able to guide people in the right direction . Need at least 5 people on the organising team.
9. Home meet CATS has a home meeting on the 21st August EAL, Harriers have booked the track for training, Steve Cartwright will contact Karen Wheat.
The previous signatories need to be removed and new ones put in place. The new signatories will be the treasurer Simon Haigh, Chairman Ian Kelly, Vice chair Garry Porter, and secretary Steve Cartwright.
It was agreed to ask either Tom Corkery or Kathleen Johnson to audit the books ASAP. The new mandate forms were given out to those new signatories. Treasurer Simon Haigh will pay the following leagues asap, EAL, EYAL, and SWL. Need to look at SML (joint with Harriers) and Cobra(Braintree and Harriers).
Diane Wooller has been approached by a member from the rotary club concerning a 10k road race on the 8thMay 2011. IT will start and finish from the track. The money raised goes to charity one of which is CRY (CATS Charity). The club has been asked to help with Marshalls. The Harriers are to be joint helpers.
A Thank you card was signed by those present at the meeting to Colin Stiff to say thank you . Diane will also pick up a book token and will give Colin these at the indoor meet at Lee valley . Colin has retired from coaching after 30 years. It has been suggested that a formal presentation could take place in the summer. Sarah Claxton may be able to present a gift.
Close of meeting 23.00hrs
Next meeting 24th March, Any matters for the agenda to be presented to Garry by the 21st March. Meeting to be held at White House .