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AGM Report

The BGA AGM was held on the evening of Saturday 10th April 2010 at Teviot Row House in Edinburgh.

The newly elected officers and Council members are:

President: Jon Diamond, Treasurer: Simon Mader, Secretary: Jonathan Chin, Auditor: Alison Bexfield.

Council Members: Edwin Brady, Brian Brunswick, John Collins, Geoff Kaniuk, Toby Manning.

Congratulations to all those elected.

Additionally, the three...

12-Apr-10 21-Apr-10
Council Meeting - February 2010

This note summarises the most significant discussions and decisions at the Council meeting on 22nd February.

Gerry Mills has announced that he plans to retire as Book Seller in November. Council would like to thank Gerry for the many years of outstanding service he has given to the British Go community.

Council spent some time discussing the future of the Book Shop, accepting that it is unlikely that any individual will be...

05-Mar-10 21-Apr-10
Council Meeting - May 2010

There was a meeting of BGA Council on 8th May 2010.
Here are the highlights:

  • Jenny Radcliffe was unanimously co-opted to Council. She takes over the Shodan Challenge and Chair of the Clubs and Membership Committee. John Collins takes over as the Chair of the Online Committee.
  • Implementing student trial membership (the 1st year special members scheme approved at the 2010 AGM) was discussed. It will be made available...
11-Oct-10 11-Oct-10
Council Meeting - August 2010

There was a meeting of BGA Council on 14th August 2010.
Here are the highlights:

  • The Treasurer presented draft accounts for 2009. Cash position is okay although tournament levies are significantly down.
  • Gerry Mills will be standing down as bookseller and is irreplaceable, so Council is investigating outsourcing the bookshop service, with consideration being given to availability of a broad range of titles, discounts...
11-Oct-10 11-Oct-10
Highlights of the BGA Council Meeting, 2010-11-28

There was a meeting of BGA Council on 28th November 2010. Here are the highlights:

  • Simon Mader may have to stand down as Treasurer. Toby Manning has volunteered to be nominated to replace him after the 2010 accounts have been completed. Toby and Jonathan Chin are to be added as signatories on the bank accounts and Edwin Brady removed.
  • Fred Holroyd has stepped down from his role in Journal publication. Steve...
03-Jan-11 03-Jan-11
BGA Priorities for 2012

Happy New Year to all our members and other Go players

The BGA is continuing its regular activities, such as Membership Administration, the Youth Grand Prix and the BGJ, however Council has been discussing what and how to prioritise our development activities for 2012 and this is what we've come up with:

Club Development

Quite a number of our clubs are just about hanging on, a few have given up recently and some...

04-Jan-12 04-Jan-12
33rd World Amateur Go Championship

It appears that there has been some serious mis-communications and Matthew Macfadyen, who had been invited to play, turned down the invitation some time ago.

Unfortunately we only discovered this yesterday after seeing the list of players entered.

Francis Roads had been told that he had been nominated as our representative in the event that Matthew wasn't going to play, since he was 2nd in the points list, so we've apologised...

03-May-12 03-May-12
2012 AGM Summary

The 2012 AGM was held at the University of Durham Students Union on 21st April 2012.

Full minutes will be available in due course, but the main points were:

  • Maria Tabor is elected to Council, following Jenny Radcliffe's retirement
  • Phil Beck is elected as Auditor to replace Alison Bexfield who retires after 9 years. [Paul Barnard is appointed as Membership Secretary to replace Phil Beck.]
  • The accounts...
02-May-12 15-May-12
Council Meeting Highlights 2011-11

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 6th November 2011 and preceding discussions:

  • Matthew Macfadyen was nominated as representative for the 2012 World Amateur
  • Management accounts for 2011 and an initial budget for 2012 showed a prospective deficits for both years, so a number of ways to eliminate these were discussed.
  • The printed Newsletter has 137 recipients...
06-Dec-11 15-May-12
Council Meeting Highlights 2012-03

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 11th March 2012 and preceding discussions:

  • Draft accounts were presented for 2011, with a significant loss reported. Alison Bexfield was producing the accounts for 2010 from paper records, which would be available by the AGM.
  • A subscription increase was approved for submission to the AGM, with a consultation about concessions on ...
25-May-12 25-May-12
Council Meeting Highlights 2012-04

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 22nd April 2012 and preceding discussions:

  • All existing Officials, as per the website, were re-appointed, with Maria Tabor replacing Jenny Radcliffe as Chair of the Tournament Committee.
  • The trifold leaflets needed updating with new subscription rates and change of Membership Secretary. It was decided not to reprint them immediately...
25-May-12 25-May-12
BGA Membership Drive 2012

This year, the BGA is making a concerted effort to attract new players to the game of go by encouraging new go clubs to form in Universities and Colleges. We are asking as many as possible of our existing go clubs to consider sponsoring a new club in their local University or College by running a “go stall” at the “Freshers’ Fair” event in October, and helping any interested students to set up a new Go club and get it established.

...

30-May-12 30-May-12
Council Meeting Highlights 2012-07

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 14th July 2012 and preceding discussions:

  • Some difficulty was being encountered with unestablished clubs exhibiting at Freshers Fairs, so the priority would be shifting to encouraging existing clubs to recruit and creating new University clubs.
  • Our representative at the World Amateur in 2013 would be the (new) British Champion, with...
05-Sep-12 05-Sep-12
How to Play Go licensed

In March the BGA was approached by a Taiwanese Game Manufacturer who wanted to use the text and diagrams from our “How to Play GO” booklet in a new Go set produced in volume for the North American and European market. They said “We found the 'How to play Go' on your web site is very clear and easy to understand”.

Accordingly the BGA has granted them a non-exclusive licence to use this text (with appropriate acknowledgements etc.) for...

09-May-11 01-Jan-13
Paul Smith and Maria Tabor to retire from Council

Although I've written in the forthcoming British Go Journal that all Council members are offering themselves for re-election, it turns out that two of the existing members have recently decided not to for a variety of personal reasons.

We thank them for their efforts and hope that they will still continue working with the BGA to promote and develop Go in the UK.

Nominations for Council members are therefore solicited - this...

20-Mar-13 20-Mar-13
AGM Summary 2013

The BGA AGM was held during the British Go Congress at Stevenage between 18:45 and 19:45 on 6th April.

  • The previous minutes were accepted, as were the accounts for 2012, presented by the Treasurer and approved by the Auditor.
  • The President, Secretary and Membership Secretary also presented reports.
  • The officers, auditor and three council members were re-elected. Fred Holroyd rejoined Council after being...
06-Apr-13 08-Apr-13
Council Meeting Highlights 2012-10

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meetings 13th October and 2nd December 2012 and preceding discussions:

  • Membership is still dropping slightly - our membership churn appears to be too high, but more effort would be put into chasing up non-renewals
  • Some encouraging recruitment results had been seen by some University clubs, but more needed to be started, especially in locations...
07-Jan-13 25-Apr-13
AGM Report

The short Annual General Meeting of the British Go Association was held at 20:00 on the Saturday evening of the British Go Congress in Cambridge.

The President, Roger Huyshe, chaired the meeting and, in his report, thanked Paul Barnard and John Collins who had stepped down from the roles of Membership Secretary and Online Committee Chairman, both after several years. He also stated that player development had taken a backseat due to...

18-Apr-17 19-Apr-17
Council Meeting Highlights: 2011-07-16

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 16th July 2011 and preceding discussions

  • The Treasurer presented a draft budget, which implied a small loss. However, handover from the previous Treasurer had been problematic.
  • There was a discussion on subscriptions (since they were unchanged for a number of years), whether clubs should pay separately etc.
  • It was agreed, as a...
26-Oct-11 09-May-17
Council Meeting Highlights: 2011-03-13

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 13th March 2011 and preceding discussions

  • Pentangle Puzzles and Game were appointed as the BGA's Preferred Supplier of Books and Equipment and the Booksellers Committee was disbanded. A volunteer for a tournament "box of books" would be sought
  • A £250 budget was approved for a future Strong Players Weekend
  • Paul Smith was...
26-Oct-11 09-May-17