Our three wise men from left to right – Outgoing secretary Mike Butterworth, Chairman Steve Jones and outgoing treasurer Mark Vines.
The AGM was held at the club Wednesday. Chairman Steve Jones who has led from the front superbly during his three year tenure was up for re-election and the vote was unanimous for him continuing for another spell. Steve spoke passionately about the year during which we faced the terrible flooding of both courts and club house and the real devastation it caused on Boxing day. Thanks to a tremendous never say die spirit from many members and the subsequent hard work, courts were painted and brought back to their former glory along with new perimeter fencing. The Club house was refurbished and there was minimal distribution especially as Boston Spa kindly offered the use of their facilities. Other remedial works have been put on hold as we were unable to get funding to press ahead with those unfortunately.
We currently are investigating riverbank erosion issues which appear most dangerous on the bend next to court five and this potentially could incur significant costs which hopefully more grants will help ease the financial burden.
Next up outgoing treasurer Mark Vines informed the meeting that the club remains relatively healthy from a financial perspective with member numbers maintained despite the flood issues during the year. Mark has been a tremendous asset and ambassador for the club and it was with great sadness the club have reluctantly accepted his resignation from the role he has done with such passion and professionalism during his three years’ service. Bob Kirby will take over responsibilities.
The new treasurer Bob Kirby seen receiving the famous treasurer black book from the outgoing Mark Vines.
Mike Butterworth will also be leaving after nine years at the helm as secretary and again he will leave a hugh hole to fill. At this time the club is still actively seeking a replacement and Mike has kindly offered to continue until such a replacement is found.
Jill Abel was completing her first year in the role of Match secretary and spoke about the difficulties she faced. The floods meant disruption to the Winter League fixtures and the early fixtures for our eleven teams competing in the various Summer Leagues but thanks to Jill’s diligence and liaising skills she safely negotiated this set back and ensured all fixtures were completed during the designated time scale.
Coach Angela Crossley spoke about the various junior players and their ongoing progression in a season that has seem a number of new staff members join the coaching team. It was encouraging for them that a significant number of current members take up individual coaching and Angela continues to support social tennis sessions throughout the year. She thanked the Winter League captains for including young players during team selection and Summer league teams have also used these youth players to bolster their ranks at various times.
The meeting lasted seventy minutes and was well attended by an enthusiastic audience who enjoyed cheese, biscuits and a glass of wine along with some exceedingly tasty sausage rolls at the conclusion.
The future is still promising for Wetherby tennis club with a strong membership and a competitive team structure but as always new members are needed to maintain these standards and to ensure the club continues to strive and move forward.
Mark Vines presented Doug Crawford with a box of chocolates and thanked him for his great work behind the scenes in assisting him during his three year spell as treasurer. Doug is certainly one of the many unsung heroes behind the scenes and everyone at the club are extremely grateful to the time, energy and effort he continues to give. Thanks Doug and keep up the good work Sir.
We are delighted to announce Jeremy Reddish has stepped in to replace the outgoing Mike Butterworth as club Secretary. Welcome on board Sir.