President & Strategy Director (Chairperson) John Glendinning Executive
Director(Minutes) Bill Boyd
Finance Director L. R. (Mac) McKenzie Technical Director Ken Stewart
Home Chess Director Alex McFarlane Grading Director Douglas Bryson
Schools Project Director Rod Tweedie Director Hugh Flockhart
Membership Services Director Sam Collins
Individual Representatives: Allan Plato Donald Wilson
Affiliate Representatives: George Clarke (Stirling)
Members & Guests Graeme Plato Graeme Nolan David Gillespie
Scott Fraser David Grant
APOLOGIES Alastair Maxwell (Cathcart) Donald Grassie (Congress Director)
John Montgomery (Ayrshire Chess Association)
Fiona Petrie (Promotions Director) Ashby McGowan, Hillpark Chess Club
Liz Boyd (Individual)
Anthony Laceby David Leslie Dave Smith
Andrew MacQueen Mark Russell Bill Marshall (Edinburgh)
Alan Minnican (International Director) Joe McAdam
Annual General Meeting
J. Glendinning took the Chair, opening the meeting at 20:05 and welcoming
1 ANNUAL REPORTS
The Annual Reports of the Directors were distributed and reviewed. See
2 STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS
The Statement of Accounts for the year to April 2002 was presented by
L. R. McKenzie.
· SJCA Debtors have now been concluded;
· SJCA Accounts will be closed by end of 2002;
· The thanks of Council were extended to Renfrewshire League
for its welcome donation.
The Accounts were proposed for adoption by L. R. McKenzie, seconded
by R. Tweedie, with no objections.
3 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
For practical purposes, attendees at the meeting agreed to incorporate
the Council appointments during the AGM.
J. Glendinning was returned as President unopposed (proposed B. Boyd,
seconded A. McFarlane).
D. Grassie and L. Boyd had informed the Executive Director of their
decisions to stand down.
The following Directors and Council members were appointed en bloc,
unopposed (proposed J. Glendinning, seconded D. Wilson):
Home Chess Director Alex McFarlane
International Director Alan Minnican
Executive Director Bill Boyd
Grading Director Douglas Bryson
Promotions Director Fiona Petrie
Director Hugh Flockhart
Strategy Director John Glendinning
Junior Auditor Joe McAdam
Technical Director Ken Stewart
Finance Director L. R. (Mac) McKenzie
Schools Project Director Rod Tweedie
Membership Services Director Sam Collins
Individual Representative Allan Plato
Individual Representative Donald Wilson
Affiliate Representative, Edinburgh CC Bill Marshall
Affiliate Representative, Crowwood CC David Gillespie
Affiliate Representative, Stirling CC George Clarke
The following offices were left unfilled for the time being:
Individual (under 18);
Affiliate (School Club).
4 APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR
Keith Oswald was proposed as Auditor by K. Stewart, seconded by A McFarlane,
5 BUDGET FOR YEAR TO 30 APRIL 2003
L. McKenzie noted that, as agreed at the Council meeting in February,
the budget had been amended to reflect the lower Government grant.
6 SCHOOLS CHESS
Encouragement of Chess in Schools is a key priority for Chess Scotland.
As far of its promotion, it's intended that school contacts will be
encouraged to participate in games on the internet. ChessBase was the
favoured option in view of the generous terms they were offering but
there were two issues which might require further consideration:
· Proxy Servers: The IT security systems used by many schools
can prevent participation in the ChessBase environment.
· Apple computers: The ChessBase software is not compatible with
A. McFarlane will investigate the possibility of including some Chess
Scotland publicity material (Junior Events) in the British Land Megafinal
mailings. Current thoughts include: Copies of Ah Wun! and entry forms
for forthcoming events.
R. Tweedie summarised his Director's Report for the Council members
present. In addition, he noted that David Leslie (Aberdeen) had a very
good initial year of his groundbreaking project; and that the possibility
of a grant for Stirling from the New Opportunities Fund was being pursued.
S. Collins stated that active organisers in Glasgow have been brought
together into a group, with administrative help provided by himself.
7 CHESS CALENDAR
Consideration will be given to having four tournaments per year targeted
for selection of the Under-12 and Under-14 Scottish teams.
It was agreed that the idea put forward by Alan Minnican that the Glorney
Cup team should play a training match with one of the leading adult
teams was a good one.
J. Glendinning expressed concern that the schedule of production for
the calendar was too tight. S. Collins agreed to publish the Calendar
as soon as practicable.
A. McFarlane and G. Clarke will discuss the date clash around the Stirling
8 SCOTTISH CHESS MAGAZINE
B. Boyd formally appointed S. Collins as interim Scottish Chess Magazine
Editor, pending the report of the Membership Services Group.
9 INTERNET ENHANCEMENTS
A new Membership Services group has been formed, chaired by J. Glendinning,
together with B. Boyd, Iain Mackintosh and Richard Heathwood. This group
will investigate the future possibilities of the internet for membership
services, and shall report back in time for the next Council meeting.
There was a discussion on whether ChessBase should be made available
to members before it was clear it would be feasible for its use in schools.
It was decided that the ChessBase facility for members should be advertised.
B. Boyd shall advertise and administrate the ChessBase internet facility
for existing Chess Scotland members.
a. Next Council meeting shall be in late October, details will be circulated
nearer the time.
b. It was agreed that it was appropriate for Chess Scotland to express
condolences to the recent Scottish Congress venue, Largs Academy, following
their student deaths on a trip abroad. J. Glendinning shall arrange
a suitable letter to Largs Academy for early next week.
c. F. Petrie shall contact G. Clarke to discuss local sponsorship needs,
and coordinate publicity material.
d. K. Stewart shall ensure that potential resurrection of the 'concerns
list' is discussed at the next Arbiters meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 22:30.