Martin Dempster chaired his first annual general meeting and taking place in the Media Centre at Royal Portrush on the Wednesday morning following the highly-successful annual dinner.
Reports were presented to the AGW members by the Chairman, the Treasurer and the Secretary.
Minutes also from the 2018 AGM were also presented and with all documents below.
2019 AGW ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – AGENDA
Wednesday 17th July, 2018
Chairman’s Opening Address
Minute Silence in Memory AGW Members Passed Away Last 12 months
(Chris Smart, Colm Smith, Keith Mackie, Dan Jenkins)
AGW Member Attendance Apologies
Presentation to former Chairman, Iain Carter
81st Anniversary Group Photo
APOLOGIES FROM MEMBERS UNABLE TO ATTEND AGM
Jim Mossop, David Edwards, Pat Ruddy, Michael McDonnell, Gordon Bannerman, Bob Davies, Henrik Knudsen,Charlie Mulqueen, Philippe Hermann, David Hamilton, Melanie Hauser, Brian Creighton, Renton Laidlaw, Derek Lawrenson, Alistair Tait, Jamie Corrigan, Michael McEwan
I am honoured to have taken up the chairmanship and I should begin by thanking my predecessor, Iain Carter, for his welcome guidance over the past few weeks. Iain is a hard act to follow, having been a wonderful ambassador for the AGW during his term as chairman, and I am grateful that he has agreed to continue in his role as our master of ceremonies at the annual dinner.
I would also like to pay thanks to our secretary Bernie McGuire, who, after a spell in the US, is now back in his adopted home of Crail. Bernie puts in a power of work on behalf of the AGW in making sure the Association runs smoothly and remains a relevant organisation in its dealings with the game’s various tours and governing bodies.
Special thanks should also go to our new treasurer Peter Higgs, who has slipped seamlessly into this important role since taking over from the long-serving Bob Davies, and both Peter and Bernie both deserve our gratitude for the work they put in behind the scenes to help make last night’s dinner a resounding success. It undoubtedly remains the highlight of golf’s social scene during Open week.
Unfortunately, last year’s Open at Carnoustie proved problematic in some respects from a working point of view, including a long walk despite that seeming unnecessary to speak to players on the practice putting green. Player access on the range was also something that raised negative comments from members. We duly made strong representations to the R&A during an annual sit down at the Dunhill Links Championship and we have come to Portrush feeling quietly confident that the venue has been set up to make our overall working arrangements better than 12 months ago.
The AGW along with our colleagues at the GWAA met with Augusta officials during the Masters and, during that discussion, it emerged that plans are in the pipeline for a new permanent flash area facility and we were asked to come up with a “wish list” for that. It will not happen overnight, we were told, but Augusta are keen to “make it work”.
Thanks to the matter being flagged up by one of our members, Euan McLean, we led the way in concern being expressed by both the AGW and GWAA over the USGA not only offering interview transcripts to reporters not present at this year’s US Open at Pebble Beach but also a facility for them to ask questions during media centre interviews, as well as the option of individual interviews over the phone. It appears that few people took up this opportunity and, from the Association’s point of view, that is certainly welcome news.
It is imperative that members highlight matters that we can address and another good example of this was our newest committee member, Isabel Trillo Amores, helping secure better working facilities at Valderrama for the Andalucia Masters through flagging up the fact they had previously been unsatisfactory. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch direct with me if you feel we can help do something similar at events.
We continue to work closely with Scott Crockett and his team at the European Tour and, at our next meeting at the end of this year, we will be reiterating that we feel the AGW badge needs to be bigger on the season pass issued this year to members.
We are fortunate to have members who take on responsibilities that enable the AGW to continue to function and make a valuable contribution beyond the ins and outs of tournament facilities. The aforementioned Peter Higgs ensures that our popular Christmas hampers are sent out, while Mark Garrod continues to administer our Pick Your Pro competition which runs throughout the golfing year. Thanks also to our captain of golf Peter Dixon, who looks after a number of events that provide excellent golf days for our members.
Sadly, in the last year one of my dearest friends since joining the AGW passed away and that was Colm Smith, and, of course, the legendary Dan Jenkins passed way. We also lost Keith Mackie and Chris Smart. They will all be missed and fondly remembered.
Finally, thank you for your continued membership and support of the Association. I would like to wish you a successful and exciting week here at the 148th Open Championship.
Martin Dempster, Chairman.
(For year ended December 31st,2018)
I am pleased to report a satisfactory year for the AGW finances.
A deficit over the twelve months of £510 was a welcome improvement on the losses of the two previous years – £10,996 in 2016 and £2,580 in 2017.
Our biggest expenditure is the annual dinner and over the past three years we have managed to significantly reduce the bill (from £21,387 in 2016 to £19,577 in 2017 and £16,340 in 2018). Nevertheless, with ticket sales at £7,848 it is clear how heavily we rely on sponsorship so that we can keep the price at a reasonable £50 and do not incur serious losses. Thanks to the efforts of the secretary and committee members the sponsorship raised last year of £10,885 enabled us to make a profit on the dinner of £1,849.
I am happy to report that we sent out a record 46 hampers last Christmas and while the cost inevitably rises each year (now at more than £2,000) the service to our older members and dependents of former members continues to prove popular.
Subscriptions were slightly down on the year (from £6,901 to £6,700) and continue to be a thorny issue.
Two years ago, we introduced a rule that any member who had not paid his or her subscription by the end of May risked expulsion from the association. I have to admit that we have not enforced the rule strictly and, probably as a result of that omission, still suffer from members slow payment. At the time of writing this report (July 8th) there are still twenty members who had not paid their 2019 subscription and could have become non-members.
We are now looking at alternative new ways of encouraging early payment. But overall the finances are healthy.
Peter Higgs, AGW Treasurer
INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT
(For the year ended 31st December, 2018)
INCOME 2018 2017
Subscriptions and Joining Fees 6700 6901
Dinner Income 7848 9196
Dinner sponsorship 10885 8900
Interest received 16 20
Advertising revenue 1642 1400
Competition sponsorship —- 520
AGW Book Sale —– 22
Honoraria 3000 3000
Administration 367 552
Donations 2020 1456
Dinner expenses 16340 19577
Trophies and engraving 3091 472
Printing and stationery 2613 2079
Match expenses — 1736
Accountancy 120 120
Website Expenses 15 80
Bank charges 35 —
Media trip — 346
Golf Event lunch — 121
Deficit for the year (510) (2580)
FUNDS AVAILABLE AT 31st DECEMBER 2018
Current accounts 674 1199
Deposit Accounts 32415 32400
Prepaid Honoraria 3000 3000
Less sundry creditors (120) (120)
£ 35969 36479
SECRETARY’S REPORT 2018 -2019
Firstly, I wish to place on record my thanks to former Chairman, Iain Carter for his invaluable support and guidance over his three years as Chairman.
We were both new to the positions when he accepted the Chairmanship and I took over the Secretary role and together it had been a great working relationship.
The AGW can very proud of Iain’s contribution, not just each year at the Annual Dinner, but for the enormous amount of work behind the scenes.
It goes without saying, I look forward to Martin Dempster helping steer the AGW for the next few years, and like Iain, keeping me ‘on the rails’.
A continued thanks to members, and so many of our retired members, for their continued support and encouragement. To read your emails and also receive hand-written and typed letters through the post saying how strongly you do feel about your relationship with the AGW makes the task all that worthwhile.
Please do keep sending me any news of birthdays, presentations and so on as you are all still very much proud members of the AGW.
It continues to be good working with Treasurer, Peter Higgs and I must also again say a ‘thank you’ to Golf Captain, Peter Dixon for his efforts along with Robin Barwick for his great support with regards the AGW handbook and diaries.