EAST LOTHIAN ANGLING ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 24TH JANUARY 2011
IN THE TOWN HOUSE, HADDINGTON
1. Apologies:- Richard Montgomery, Hugh Dignon, Adam Love-Rodgers, David Connell, Tony Jones.
2. Present - 22 members
3. Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on Monday 18th January 2010. These had been distributed. Their acceptance was proposed by Scot McIntosh and seconded by John Proctor.
4. Matters arising from previous Minutes – None
5. President’s Welcome – the President welcomed the ladies and gentlemen present to the meeting and hoped that they had had a better season than he had.
6. Review of the Past Year. Chris Thomas gave a review of the activities of the Association over the past year. Many of the items had been highlighted in the Newsletter but Chris expanded on them and stressed the attention that the Association is giving to the whole river system along with the fishing it’s self. The Association had manned a stand at the Haddington Show this year, which had brought good publicity for the Association.
7. Newsletter. Clive Baker was thanked for producing the Newsletter again this year.
8. Treasurer’s Report – John Medley went through the audited Accounts for the year to 31st December 2010. The number permits sold was over 100 less than last year, possibly due to the increase in the price agreed at the previous AGM. The poor season last year and the general economic situation during this year may also have contributed to the drop in sales. John also reported that £300 of permit sales had been lost as the sales outlet concerned had ceased trading and a further £900 from another outlet had yet to be received by the Association. Even so the accounts showed that Association was in a reasonable financial state. He indicated that he did not think a rise in the permit prices was wise for this season but a rise would be necessary next year. The adoption of the Treasurers report was proposed by John Mc Collam and seconded by Adam Beynon-Jones.
Ideas for encouraging more youngsters to become anglers and members of the Association were discussed.
9 Catches and Catch Returns – Tony Hawkins presented the statistics from Log Books kept by 8 Committee members and from 64 Catch Return Cards. (Only 13.8% of permit holders sent in their catch return cards). From the Log Books a total of 421 fish were caught in 133 trips to the river, with 2 sea trout but no salmon being caught. The Catch Return Cards received from the 57 members showed that they had caught 1561 brown trout, 20 sea trout and 2 salmon. All catch figures were slightly up on the previous year.
10. Election of Office-bearers. John Proctor was re-elected as President (proposed by John Knox and seconded by Adam Beynon-Jones) and Chris Thomas was re-elected as Vice-President (proposed by John Proctor and seconded by Clive Baker) There were no other nominations and they were duly elected to their respective posts.
11. Election of Committee. Of the existing Committee four members were due to stand down. Three of the four, David Connell, Tony Hawkins and Adam Love-Rodgers were prepared to stand for re-election and were duly re-elected (proposed by John Proctor and seconded by David Elder). The Secretary explained that there were now three vacancies on the committee and asked for any nominations. Adam Beynon-Jones was proposed by Brian Davidson and seconded by John Proctor and was duly elected. There were no further nominations.
12. Tony Hawkins. A small presentation of a bottle of wine was made to Tony as he had now been a Committee Member for 30 years.
13. Permit Prices – John Medley said that he felt that permit prices could stay the same for this season but said that they would probably have to go up next year. His proposal was that the 2011 season permit prices should be: -Adult £30, Junior £15, OAP £20, Under 12 £2 and Day Permits £7. The meeting agreed that the permit prices for 2011 would remain the same as for 2010 but also agreed that there would have to be an increase for the 2012 season.
a. Working Parties. The Committee were organising working parties for two Saturdays in the summer and those present were asked to fill in a form, circulated by the Secretary, if they were able to help out on those dates.
15. Date of next Annual General Meeting – Monday 23rd January 2012
16. Presentation by Dr Joanna Girvan of the Firth Fisheries Trust. Dr Girvan out lined her work with the Trust and how it is working with the various Angling Associations in the Forth Area. She is hoping to arrange training courses on electro-fishing for Association members and also provide help to the Association in the production of a Management Plan.