MEMBERS OF AFFILIATED CLUBS SHOULD READ THIS – IT’S IMPORTANT
Please see below the text of an email sent to the secretaries of all affiliated clubs yesterday (24th Feb):
I hope you’ve received the announcement of the General Council which I’ve copied to you *.
I can now confirm that I have arranged to hold a General Council Meeting for the L.S.S.A in the club room at Balerno and Currie Rifle Range on Tuesday 5th March 2019, commencing at 7:30pm. This gives a little more than the seven days notice required by our constitution.
The invitation is for at least one person – hopefully more – from each club to attend.
I realise that several of our affiliated clubs are based at a distance from Edinburgh, and it may not be practical to travel to the meeting.
The Subject of the Council Meeting is:-
“The Future of the Lothian Small-bore Association”
This is intended as a discussion forum so that we can seek ideas and make plans for the future of our association. There will be no votes cast during the meeting, but it is to be hoped that it will pave the way for a constructive, and productive AGM a few months from now.
If there are any useful suggestions which could be acted upon before the AGM, then that could happen.
Please feel free to offer constructive comments and feedback to me** at [redacted] at any time,
I look forward to a good turnout,
LSSA Leagues Secretary
On behalf of the Committee of the LSSA”
* Robin initially sent this to the clubs on 19th Feb:
“As you will be aware, with the loss of John Buchanan, the recent illness of Carl Broughton and several unfilled positions on the committee, the Association is going through a difficult time at present.
I feel that we need to take action before the Association goes completely “down the tubes”.
After a brief discussion with interested parties we have decided to call together a “General Council” as soon as possible, in order to discuss the future of our Association.”
** Send anything you wish to send to Robin to the Site Administrator using the Contact Us link above and it will be forwarded to him.
Some might be unaware that our Secretary/Treasurer is suffering a serious long-term illness and is scheduled to undergo a bone-marrow transplant in the near future. It is not known whether he will be able to attend this meeting or the AGM in May.
The Association has been sleep-walking into this situation for many years with positions becoming vacant and not being re-filled. It began in 1999 when Ian Thomson, the then (very effective) Chairman of a full committee, left the country to work in Sweden: he has never been replaced. John Buchanan our Vice-Chairman until his passing last July did little except chair the AGMs and very few committee meetings were held after Ian left. The clubs appeared to accept this situation and as long as the competitions kept going, nobody seemed to be worried.
Well, the writing is on the wall now and if anyone has read the sidebar on the right recently then it’s obvious that positions of responsibility have to be filled if LSSA is to continue as a viable organisation: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, possibly a new Secretary and Treasurer, a County Captain (an official one anyway), an NSRA Representative and, certainly not least, an Awards Convenor. We cannot continue like this, hence Robin’s initiative in calling for a General Council to be convened under Article 18 of the Constitution.
It is important that all the affiliated clubs (well, the local ones anyway) encourage as many of their members to attend this meeting as possible so that full discussions can take place with as many people as possible. Every such member is invited. As Robin said above, this is not a decision-making meeting: its role is purely advisory and any proposals made can be formally addressed at the AGM.
It should be noted that the Association is in danger of breaking the terms of its own Constitution in that the Management Committee currently consists of only five members, which is the minimum permitted number. If Carl Broughton decides that he cannot carry on as Secretary & Treasurer and nobody steps up, then we are unconstitutional and could theoretically disband unless emergency action is taken.
A way ahead has to be found if LSSA is to continue.