16 August 2018

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS FOR OUR MIDLAND VETS

There is a strong Midland Vets presence in Scottish Golf's Scottish Senior Ladies Teams participating in the European Senior Ladies Team Championship at Mont Garni G.C., Belgium, from 4-8 September and the Senior Ladies Home International Matches at Burnham and Berrow G.C., Somerset, from 2-4 October.
Champion, Elaine Moffat, (St. Regulus) and new members, Linda Allan (Glenbervie) and Alison Davidson, (Stirling), have been selected in the team of six for the European Team Championship along with Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Frances Millar (Carnoustie Ladies), and Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) and they will be joined by our past champion, Lorna McKinlay (Dunnikier Park) in the team of seven for the Home Internationals.
Both teams will be captained by Midland Vets captain, Lorna Bennett.

Many congratulations, ladies, on your selection. Midland Vets are proud of you and wish you the best of luck when the time comes.

9 August 2018

SVLGA JAMBOREE AT HEXHAM

Emma Wilson with Midland players Linda Allan, Alison Davidson & Elaine Moffat
This week the SVLGA Jamboree Team met at  Hexham in Northumberland to compete against  England North, England Midlands and England South for the Miller Stirling Salver.  You can find the complete results by clicking on the link to the SVLGA website on the right hand side of the Blog.

Briefly the Scottish Vets results were :
Tuesday Aug 7:  Scottish Vets  lost to England North in the Foursomes by 0.5 to 2.5 and lost in the Singles by 2- 4.
Wednesday Aug 8 :  Scottish Vets lost 0 - 3 against England South  in the Foursomes and  lost by 2.5 to 3.5 in the Singles.
Thursday Aug 9 : Scottish Vets lost 1 - 2 against England Midlands  in the Foursome, and WON 4- 2 in the Singles. We won that Match by 5 to 4.

Final Result
1st  South
2nd  North
3rd  Scotland
4th  Midlands

ENGLAND SOUTH WON THE MILLER STIRLING TROPHY

2 August 2018

AUTUMN MEETING

An early reminder that the Autumn Meeting takes place at Falkirk Tryst on Monday, 10th September (closing date for entries 31st August).  We will be playing for the  Patrick Rosebowl, the Senior Vets Trophy (65 years +) and the Owl Trophy (50 - 64 years).  We last played Falkirk Tryst in 2009.


The Committee is also starting to prepare for the 2018 AGM and prize-giving. If you have any trophies to return, please bring them with you to the Autumn Meeting or make arrangements to have them returned to any member of the committee. Thanks.

25 July 2018

FROM THE SECRETARY

Ladies,  while we are all enjoying the heatwave, and basking in balmy evenings, your committee is already planning ahead for the Autumn Meeting at Falkirk Tryst and the AGM in October at Ladybank.

This year Margaret Tough will succeed Lorna Bennett as Captain,  and Margaret is actively seeking a Vice-Captain, who, according to the Constitution, must be elected from P & K. 
Lyn Fleming retires from office as representative for  Stirling and Clackmannan, after 3 years in office, and  I  retire as Secretary, having completed my 3 year term in office.

So, are there ladies out there prepared to come on committee and take over these positions?    I have written up a sort of Job Description for the position of Secretary, which you can read below. All venues for 2019 are already  booked, and anyone taking on the post will have loads of help and support.  Do please  think about this and advise our Captain, Lorna Bennett, if you are interested in  joining the Committee. If you would like to  phone me, to discuss the role, I will be happy to help.

MIDLAND VETS SECRETARY'S ROLE
Membership
Maintain Membership list at agreed numbers. Keep members details up to date
Applications for Membership - acknowledge receipt of forms, add to waiting list, usually done by email. Resignations come at the beginning of the year.  When places become available, write to applicants to offer a place. If accepted, send out a Welcome letter, Fixture List and details of how to pay subscription.
As subscriptions come in (payment being made online, by cheque or cash at the AGM to the Treasurer) liase with the Treasurer to keep Membership renewals updated.
Competition Venues
Each area of Midland Vets Division should, if possible, host one Meeting per year,  and one area will  have two.  There is a list of past courses and dates played  in the files. Members will suggest venues  for 2020 at the AGM, the Committee will discuss these, with the Captain having the final say.
Start booking the courses for 2020 in Spring/Summer 2019,  by that time Clubs have their 2020 Fixture Lists and dates in place.  Details of  what we pay, times requested, etc are all in the files.

Matches
We play 3 Divisional Matches a year against North, East and West. The Captain organises  these, she books the venues,  picks the Team and does a report for the Blog.  Assist if required.

Fixture Card
Prepare a draft of the Fixture Card and order printing. For the  past few years we have  used online printer Solo Press.  There is a file on how to do this in the main files.  If you prefer, you can use another printer.
In recent years we have posted out the bulk of the Fixture cards in January, some can be taken by committee to deliver to Clubs, but with our area being  wide, and people living in smaller towns/farms, we have posted out, it also avoids Fixture Cards lying around Locker Rooms for weeks.
We have a database of Members' names and addresses, and a  supply of address labels, these can be run off on computer.  Buy stamps and envelopes as required,  claim all expenses from the Treasurer.

Web-site
Keep Midland Vets web-site up-to-date with news,  competition draws, results, etc

Competitions
There are 4 Meetings a year,  each Meeting has a Convener,  she handles the entries, payments, &  Draw.  Scoring for these competitions is done on the Vets computer. It is not difficult!  The results are then published on HandicapMaster and automatically sent to CDH.
Members can access Master scoreboard on the web-site, to see full results of Meetings.

Our computer

We have an excellent HP computer  where all our files are held and which we use for scoring.  Software for Master Scoreboard is loaded on our  computer and each year we  are given a code by the SVLGA, who hold the license.  We use Google Drive for our files,  committee members can access these  by signing in.  If preferred, you can use your own computer for Google Drive

AGM & Prize-giving

The  AGM is held in October and rotates between each area.   A list of past venues is in the files. Liase with the venue re price, arrangements for Meeting, lunch, etc. 2020  AGM will be  S & C.
Ensure all trophies are collected and engraved in time for the  AGM.  A Committee member can do this.
Liase with the Treasurer re Prize-Vouchers.  The Treasurer orders  and fills out Vouchers.

SVLGA Championships at Blairgowrie
There is a separate file on this event in the main files. Main job is to organise the ballot of entries   
P.S As Secretary you have an automatic entry for you and your partner, for your 3 year term of office!