Minutes of the AGM in Portsoy

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association
Portsoy 3 July 2011

Robbie Wightman, North Berwick, Convenor
Topher Dawson, Ullapool, Treasurer
Ian Clark, RWSABC, Secretary
Barbara Elliot, Anstruther
Trisha Bone, Anstruther
Gareth Jones, Port Seton
Alistair Mackie, Dunbar
Stuart Mack, Port Seaton
Siobhan Johnson, Queensferry
Peter Locke, Queensferry
Archie Johnson, Port Seton

Agreement of last minutes
The minutes of the first, establishing, Meeting in Anstruther, were agreed, and the Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting October 2010, which had been posted onto the website, were agreed. The decision to move the date of the AGM from June to October was ratified.

Adam Graham had sent a report on Coaching and Development which was distributed.

Topher Dawson gave a brief report on Finance which showed that the Association had funds of ₤ 284.00

Ian Clark reported briefly on meetings he had attended in Troon hosted by Vincent McWhirter (new skiff to be built), and Cumbrae who are building a skiff, contact with Ronnie Younger in Ayr who wants to build many skiffs, as well as participation in the Cross-Party Group of the Scottish Parliament on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism, chaired by Stuart McMillan, MSP which was very useful for maintaining contact with related groups, as well as a possible lobbying forum for SCRA. And finally, the need for more volunteers for Committee. He had received a cheque for ₤10 from Jim McRitchie, ex RWABC member, and an Umpire in Scottish Rowing, to encourage the set-up of some form of Associate membership of the Association.

Robbie Wightman reported on the success of the Association to date, and the pleasing participation of so many clubs. He commented that he could see the development of two distinct interests within the SCRA, competitive and recreational/community rowing. Siobhan Johnston suggested that there should be different race categories to allow beginners for example to compete. Archie commented that people want a chance to row, but also to have a chance to win. Robbie suggested that there should be a Cruising Prize.

Relationship with Scottish Rowing
It was agreed that we should continue to maintain an informal relationship with Scottish Rowing, and not seek affiliation at this time.

Committee members
It was agreed that existing members could continue until the next AGM (Ian Clark wishes to stand down as Secretary). Stuart Mack was welcomed as an additional Committee member.

Robbie Wightman proposed a vote of thanks for Alec Jordan, and the efforts he had made to help the success of the SCRA.

The meeting closed, with a date for the October AGM to be announced as soon as possible.

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