Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the East Kent Masonic Sports Association
Held at the Gillingham Masonic Centre, Franklin Road, Gillingham Kent
On Wednesday 22nd April 2015


Present: R.W. Odd (Chair), T. Pierpoint (Treasurer), L. Hooker (Rugby), G.Dawson, M. Lane, M. Heddle & R. Wilkes (Clay Shooting).
Apologies: S. Salisbury (Secretary)

1:            The meeting was opened at 5:15pm by the chairman VW Bro Roger W. Odd, the minutes of the previous AGM were accepted and confirmed. The Chairman asked R. Wilkes to act as Secretary.

2:            Chairman’s Address; The various sections within the EKMSA have enjoyed continued success this year and the numbers involved in the sporting events has grown. Each activity has held a number of competitions and events and has attracted brethren within the Province as well as many friends and colleagues who have joined us in these activities.

The Shooting Section thrives on monthly shoots throughout the year and has introduced a Introduction Day to encourage others to take up the sport. It has also achieved a number of successes at Inter-Provincial events. The Golfers have organised a number of golfing days around the province and have beaten all-comers this year at the various Inter-Provincial matches. The Cricket Team has finally “wrestled back” the trophy from West Kent and looks forward to defending it later in 2015.

The Rugby Section has enjoyed several outings to see matches at Twickenham which have been well supported, with suitable refreshments always available in the car park beforehand. The Bowls Section is hoping to reform this coming season, whilst the cyclists in the Province are hoping to organise a “Tour d’East Kent” hopfully in 2015. Always a great success, the Sportsman’s Dinner and awards night took place at Gillingham Football Club in March this year when the guest speaker was the BBC Radio Presenter Garry Richardson and the dinner was attended by 150 people. Finally we look forward to hearing more details of the formation of the “Spirit of Rugby Lodge” hopefully in 2016.

Further details of forthcoming sports events and the contacts for the various Sports Sections can be found on the Provincial Web Site.

3:            Sports Section Reports; The Clay Shooting Section continued to compete against many other Provinces within the Home Counties and beyond, with both home and away matches being arranged. Arrangements for a twelve man team to compete in the National Masonic Clay Shooting Championships being hosted by Cumbria and Westmorland in August are complete, finally the “Come and Try It Day” for brethren, their families and friends takes place in May. Rugby continues to flourish already attended this year were three internationals at Twickenham with a proposed visit to the Samoa match by 150 which will be the first Rugby event at the Olympic Park, East London. Fishing with the disabled children joining in these events and gaining a great deal therapeutic pleasure with a competition planned for the future. Golf there had been a distribution problem with information within this section, however this had been overcome and details of the William Blay trophy and the Geoffrey Gordon Dearing Bowl now sent to all lodges. Cricket, matches had been arranged but a clash with two particular events presented a minor problem which has now been rectified.

4:            Accounts - The financial situation, although sponsorship funds from the 2015 dinner remain outstanding, is in credit. The Treasurer offered a Balance Sheet showing a clear and concise credit standing.         The recommendation was that the sum of one thousand five hundred pounds could be offered for charity with it being split between two or possibly three charities to be decided at a later date.

5:            Election of Officers: President: Geoffrey G. Dearing, Chairman: Roger W. Odd, Vice Chair: Roger H. Waltham, Treasurer: Tim Pierpoint, Secretary: Steve Salisbury. Committee: Roger Wilkes, Lawrence Hooker and Martin Lane. Auditors: Roger Wilkes & Gerry Stupple.

6:            AOB: The venue for the 2016 Sportsman’s Dinner were discussed and it was agreed that a venue with a sporting connection should be sought, the overriding factor was cost and as well as the venue a Speaker was also mentioned but cost remained a factor here also.

7:            There being no further business the meeting was closed at 5:55pm.

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