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    Annual General Meeting of CAQ

    The AGM was held in Brisbane on Saturday 12 December, which I attended. It was very poorly attended with only five persons attending!!. I consider that this is a reflection on Chess in Queensland. If the CAQ decided to apply for any grants to a Government Department, and the Department knew that only five persons attended the AGM, it would not promote chess in general.

    The total number of votes between the five persons attending was nine votes when proxies were taken into account.

    There were 427 financial members of the CAQ as at 12 December 2009. There were 543 financial members as at December 2008.

    There must be something wrong somewhere , or there is a complete lack of interest in chess in Queensland ,when only five persons attend an AGM, with three of them on the CAQ Council.

    Can anyone give me any reasons for such a poor attendance?

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    I had no idea it was on.

    I knew all about the Chess Victoria AGM and the NSWCA AGM from reading here, but was totally clueless about the CAQ AGM.

    There's some doubt whether I would have attended anyway, but some others may have if they had known.

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    I can't see anything on the CAQ website.

    I don't remember seeing any info in an email.

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    Was there a thread here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett
    I had no idea it was on.
    Ditto. Having it on a seperate day to the tournament probably didn't help.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    According to the CAQ Constitution a Notice of a CAQ general meeting is:
    20.9 The Secretary shall convene all general meetings of the Association by giving not less than twenty-eight days' notice of any such meeting to the members of Council and to the clubs and leagues affiliated with the Association. Such notice shall also be given to the delegate appointed to represent associate members in terms of section 13.2.

    20.10 Notices shall be given in writing.
    The CAQ Constitution quorum requirements are:
    20.4 At any general meeting, the number of delegates required to be present to constitute a quorum shall be one-third of the appointed delegates of the Affiliated Clubs of the Association.
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    The agenda is online here. Looks like several of the agenda items might be better suited to council meetings than general meeting IMO.

    It seems doubtful whether 5 people could constitute a quorum but it's hard to know for sure without the clubs' membership figures.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    As CAQ Secretary, I can help with some of these questions.

    Notices for the AGM were emailed to all clubs. The Council has no control over what the club does after it receives the notice. Nor do we control what clubs want to discuss at the AGM.

    There are 24 votes potential AGM votes, so 9 votes satisfies our quorum. Only having five people with votes may sound small, but in 2005 all the votes were held by myself and Mark Stokes

    Our membership is actually fairly average, if you look at the last 10 years.

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    Clubs are the members involved at the CAQ, not individuals. Could you change the 5/427 to how many clubs has voting rights.

    It would be a waste of my time to attend, then theres regional clubs located a cast distence away.

    Maybe internet connection could be arranged for regional clubs to attend with a volunteer raising his hand when the club wishes to contribute or vote.



    Quote Originally Posted by Allan Menham
    The AGM was held in Brisbane on Saturday 12 December, which I attended. It was very poorly attended with only five persons attending!!. I consider that this is a reflection on Chess in Queensland. If the CAQ decided to apply for any grants to a Government Department, and the Department knew that only five persons attended the AGM, it would not promote chess in general.

    The total number of votes between the five persons attending was nine votes when proxies were taken into account.

    There were 427 financial members of the CAQ as at 12 December 2009. There were 543 financial members as at December 2008.

    There must be something wrong somewhere , or there is a complete lack of interest in chess in Queensland ,when only five persons attend an AGM, with three of them on the CAQ Council.

    Can anyone give me any reasons for such a poor attendance?

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    Welcome to the board, Pat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    The agenda is online here. Looks like several of the agenda items might be better suited to council meetings than general meeting IMO.

    It seems doubtful whether 5 people could constitute a quorum but it's hard to know for sure without the clubs' membership figures.
    Which motions were passed (if any)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronD
    Clubs are the members involved at the CAQ, not individuals. Could you change the 5/427 to how many clubs has voting rights.
    It is not that simple. Clubs get different numbers of votes depending on how many members they have.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Hi Gunner! I'm glad I finally made it.

    Five of our 11 affiliated clubs were represented at the AGM. And 2 of those were regional clubs (most of whom are within reasonable travelling distance of Brisbane).

    The AGM minutes, along with the SGM and Council Meeting minutes, will be available on the CAQ website after they've been approved by Council - probably in a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom
    Hi Gunner! I'm glad I finally made it.

    Five of our 11 affiliated clubs were represented at the AGM. And 2 of those were regional clubs (most of whom are within reasonable travelling distance of Brisbane).

    The AGM minutes, along with the SGM and Council Meeting minutes, will be available on the CAQ website after they've been approved by Council - probably in a few days.
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    What you guys need is a fair dinkum presidential leadership stoush to liven things up! The VIC AGM had around (rough estimate) 30+ people in attendance, which I wholly attribute to (a) our leadership stoush; and (b) the fact that clubs must have enough delegates in attendance to match the number of votes they wield (e.g. if 5 votes, 5 bodies must turn up ... no proxy votes!).
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