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November 2019 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Committee Meeting of the DBA held at the Devon Hotel on 30 October 2019 at 6pm.

Draft minutes awaiting approval at the next meeting.

1. Present: (Chair) Geoff Clements; (Secretary) Doug Dunn; (North) Neil Marsden; (North) Elizabeth Nunn; (East) Jean Harrison; (South) Dave Strawbridge, Mike Walsh
The committee welcomed D Strawbridge to the committee as South Section representative. The committee also voted to co-opt Mike Walsh and on a unanimous vote he too was welcomed. Mike is managing Devon Congress bookings.

2. Apologies: (Western League) A Leslie.

3. Previous Minutes, Matters Arising

The last minutes were agreed.

4. Section Reports

4.1 North. North Devon now has 7 newly qualified TDs
Money raised from the Filleigh charity event on Sunday will go to North Devon Hospice (£200) and MacMillan Nurses (£100).
Swiss Pairs to be held at Barnstable club at end of November.

4.2. East. Currently, there is nobody to run the John Woolcott weekend. To be discussed by Exeter BC committee. Geoff to email.  (Since then Jean confirmed it will be held on 11 and 12 Jan 2020).
There is currently an ongoing disciplinary matter. We were advised not to discuss but refer the matter to the Conduct Sub-committee and follow procedures set out in the Constitution.

4.3. South. The Monday league is in action with A and B divisions.
Winter Pairs has started.
Air Ambulance Sims raised £743.
Exmouth BC asked to purchase a dealing machine. All agreed for DBA to pay 1/3 towards the cost up to £1000.

4.4. West. No report given.

5. Tournaments

Western Morning News – 10 teams booked. More advertising needed and to point out this is a green pointed event.

6. Education

On 15th Aug an education subcommittee met with club liaison officer Jonathan Lillycrop and membership development officer Tim Anderson. Also present, Tim Barnes.Tim A was surprised how little was charged for bridge teaching.
Exmouth – Want to have 'gentle' bridge with a bit of teaching.
Exeter – has 14 beginners. Improvers sessions could not take place as no second room was available. It is scheduled for mid-Jan at Broadclyst victory hall.
Newton Abbot – course on defence took place for 14 newish duplicate players. Hopes for a beginner's course in the Spring.
Plymouth – 1st year, Acol red book 7 or 8, 2nd year green book 4.
North – seem to be getting on all right with 6 tables.
Mike W suggested a need for an education co-ordinator for Devon..

7. County Teams

Western League – Andrew was not at the meeting but we accepted and read his 'brief report on the B and C teams'. With nearly 100 players interested in playing for Devon it is a large admin exercise. There has been considerable discussion on how Selectors carry out their duties. But he thinks the time to assess the new arrangements will be at the end of the season. At that time we can look again at the selection gridlines and see if they need revising.

8. Miscellaneous

The majority of DBA committee preferred to continue with face to face meetings rather than connect only though email. North section was especially keen despite the distance they have to travel to meetings.
It was agreed that there would be a prize and certificate awarded to two Devon players for their long term service to bridge clubs.

9. Date of Next meeting

Date for next DBA meeting – Wednesday 26th February 2020, 6pm at Devon Hotel Exeter EX2 8XU.

The meeting closed at 8 pm.