AGM Minutes 2015

MEETING YORK TRADESMEN'S ANGLING ASSOCIATION (YTAA) AGM
DATE 23 FEBRUARY 2015
LOCATION AINSTY HOTEL BOROUGHBRIDGE RD YORK 19.30-21.00
AUTHOR R W SAWDON HON SEC. YTAA.
PRESENT Darrell Shimmin Chair, Ian Hardy Treasurer, Bob Sawdon Secretary. Committee: Pete Conde and Alan Bull.
MEMBERS 30

Darrell Shimmin the acting YTAA Chairman welcomed all present to the AGM describing the house rules and the organisation of the evening.


1. APOLOGIES

Tom Storey, Oliver Shimmin, Steve Foster, Geoff Adams, Paul Slater, Jeff Metcalf, Jim Farrington, Geoff Adams, David McNicol Campbell, Gary Taylor, Scott Paterson, Phil Harrison, and Rory Williams.


2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS AGM (24 February 2014)

The minutes of the above were accepted as a true record and signed off by the Chairman and Secretary.


3. MATTERS ARISING

There were no matters arising from the minutes of the 2015 AGM.


4. REPORTS BY THE OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

4.1 Report by the Treasurer

Ian Hardy YTAA Hon. Treasurer gave an overview of the association’s financial position highlighting income and expenditure during the 2014 season. With all rents, re-stocking and other expenses covered the balance sheet is in good order with working capital on deposit. The key message from the Treasurer’s report was that the 2015 subscription should remain at £80.00.


4.2 Report by the Secretary

The Secretary gave a summary report of the association's business throughout the 2014 season most of which had been communicated in the newsletter. The key points being:-

•  The working parties and the major works at Stearsby

•  General report on sport and fly life

•  The success of the on-line Kingfisher Diaries

•  The increasing reports of Signal Crayfish

•  The presence of breeding Otters on the Isle Beck system and the Dove

•  Increased grayling population in Isle Beck

•  The on-going problem with the bottom sluice leak at Stearsby (repair has been agreed with the riparian owner and is planned for summer 2015)


4.3 Catch Returns

Peter Conde gave a summary of 2014 season's catch returns;

Becks 62 recorded visits produced 277 trout, 45 Grayling and 6 chub

Stearsby 308 recorded visits produced 957 trout.


4.4 Report by the Acting Chairman

The Chairman thanked the membership present for their attendance remarking that it was very pleasing to see such a good turn out. The two honorary officers and the committee were thanked for their continued hard work for the association. The Chairman recorded thanks to Kelvin Donkin; the association's web-site manager who's excellent work has contributed massively to the recent success of the association. The Chairman reminded the meeting about working party attendance stating that together with being essential to good sport the work parties are good fun and an excellent way to learn the waters. The Chairman thanked Sam for his excellent fund raising work with the raffle.


5. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Tom Storey Chairman, Ian Hardy Hon. Treasurer, Bob Sawdon Hon. Secretary, Committee; Peter Conde, Alan Bull and Darrell Shimmin was re-elected en-masse by unanimous vote.


6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Ian Hardy enquired about use of the river Dove and reminded the meeting that we are paying for and maintaining a fishery that appears to be little used and should we consider releasing the fishery. Richard I'anson stated that he had recently walked the stretch above the YTAA water and that the EA had carried out some very "sensible" work improving the Dove in general. Richard Pulleyn proposed that the Dove is quality water and that YTAA should keep it in its portfolio, this was unanimously agreed.

Richard I'anson had sent in a written proposal considering the purchase of a weed cutter. Richard outlined his proposal to the meeting. Use, cost, storage and maintenance were discussed. Norman West informed the meeting that he had experience with weed cutters at the Ripon AA and that they are not a successful solution to weed control. Norman reported that keeping the batteries charged and maintaining the system generally negated any benefits gained. Several members spoke suggesting that with sufficient hands present the rope, chain and boat method is the best solution. There was no agreement to further pursue a weed cutter.


Sam's Raffle

Sam Seago had very kindly once again organised a fund raising raffle. Thanks are recorded to Sam for his on-going support and generosity to the club. The committee and members had donated many prizes; Sam's raffle raised £140.00 for the club's coffers. There being no further business the Chairman closed the 2015 AGM at 21:00hrs.


R W Sawdon - Hon Sec YTAA

Darrell Shimmin - Chairman YTAA