Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Kinross Curling Trust AGM

It's probably the most significant meeting to be held this curling season, given the importance of the National Curling Academy and the controversies surrounding the project! The Annual General Meeting of the Kinross Curling Trust will be held on Sunday, November 15, at the Green Hotel, Kinross, at 1.30pm. I would imagine that anyone interested in becoming a Trustee, and becoming involved in the running of the National Curling Academy and the new rink at Kinross, already knows that nominations should be in the hands of Bob Tait by this Sunday, November 8, although, as this is the inaugural AGM, nominations will be accepted right up to the start of the meeting.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Trust's website here.

Up to six trustees will be elected to the Board of Trustees, and these will join the Royal Caledonian Curling Club's three appointees who are Bob Tait, Colin Grahamslaw and Bob Kelly. The Board may co-opt up to a further three Trustees.

The information on the website states, "It is envisaged that the Board of Trustees will formally meet on a monthly basis. In addition, each Trustee will serve, some as Convenor, on sub committees of the Trust which will be established to drive forward the ambitious plans that the Trust has to develop and operate the national curling centre at Kinross. Sub committees are likely to be needed in the following areas: Membership - to promote membership of the Trust and to plan the development of curling at Kinross; Design/Construction - to work with the Design Team to finalise the design and construction of the centre, at all times seeking a high quality centre and maintaining tight control of costs; Funding - to seek funding through applications to grant awarding bodies and through sustained fundraising through curlers, curling clubs and the wider community at home and abroad; Operations - to recruit the staffing and plan the running of the centre and to formalize agreements with the co-occupants (The RCCC and the RCCC Trust); Finance - to establish financial control and accounting systems; Communications - to co-ordinate the dissemination of information about the Trust and its activities/progress with the project, including the website.

Although it is not a prerequisite for standing for the position of Trustee, it is hoped that candidates will have a measure of experience in all or some of the areas outlined previously and be prepared to contribute actively to and accept responsibility for the business of the Trust. Ideally the Board should have a broad mix of skills and experience.

The position of Trustee is unpaid. The Board of Trustees may wish to consider re-imbursement of expenses necessarily incurred on Trust business."

Only those who are founder members of the Trust (see here) can vote at the AGM.

The AGENDA for the AGM
1. Welcome and apologies
2. Reports by the Subscribing Trustees covering
a) progress with the national curling centre
b) membership
c) fundraising
d) Trust income and expenditure
e) the curling development plan.
f) communications
3. Election of Elected Trustees
4. Intimation of Appointed Trustees.
5. Appointment of independent financial adviser
6. Any other competent business

Tickets for the fundraising raffle (with a new car as the prize) are now on sale, see here.