Gilford-Angling-Club

 This is the 'Unofficial' site of Gilford Angling Club

THE ANGLING CLUB SOLICITORS STEP IN AND TELL THE CLUB SECRETARY THAT HE MUST INFORM ALL MEMBERS BY LETTER OF THE A.G.M. 
Details are patchy at the moment but more information on this will be revealed


 A.G.M WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE PHEASANT LODGE IN GILFORD.

DATE OF THIS TO BE CONFIRMED BUT IT IS RUMOURED IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE

8th OF DECEMBER AT 8pm

A spokesperson for the pheasant lodge has said they have had enquiries from people asking but cannot confirm the date as they have been told nothing so far by the club and are awaiting the Club Secretary to confirm the date. They hope to have word by Tuesday the 25th of November and ask that members ring them after this date the number is 

028 38832293


HERE'S THE FACTS SO FAR

SO YOU DECIDE


1 I was put off the committee      For standing up to the Club secretary

2 I appeal their decision      My appeal is refused

3 Club Secretary informed that if letters inviting members to the A.G.M. are sent out then Irregularities will be not be disclosed on the website
   Club Secretary refuses to send letters

4 Web site discloses all of the irregularities      Informed by letter I am no longer a member.

5 More irregularities revealed      Solicitors letter informing me to close site down

6 Solicitor informed that all information will be removed from the site if the Club Secretary sends out letters asking members to attend the A.G.M.      The Club Secretary refuses, site stays open

7 Letter sent to Club Solicitors asking them to endorse my removal from the club was legally done
  Solicitors refuse to endorse Club Secretary's decision. Which makes my removal from the club totally illegal.

8 I offer to sit down with the Club secretary and the clubs solicitors to discuss all issues
The club secretary refuses (the club President also made an offer to mediate – this was also refused)

9 Club Secretary informed by the clubs solicitors that he is lawfully required and has to send out letters to all members informing them of the time, date and venue of the A.G.M.          Members awaiting letters

It has to be obvious to anyone reading this that the Club Secretary has tried from the very start not to send out letters informing members of the A.G.M he has now been told he has to. If a meeting were to be convened without members being informed the clubs solicitors would have to declare it illegal and invalid and they would have to step in and convene an authorised A.G.M informing all members.

The Club Secretary wants to have an A.G.M. the same as previous years with only a handful of members attending which means he can carry on as before with no questions asked and the current irregularities to continue. Members need to attend and put a stop to all of this once and for all because the club is definitely not being run for your benefit but for the Club Secretary's and if this continues there will be no club and no fishing as you know it, it will end up being run down and who knows? it could eventually be taken over as a private fishery the same as Islanderry, Straid, Tildarg etc. etc. which would be a disaster. This is all down to you, no one else, if you want your club to continue you need to turn up, and make changes by voting on a committee that you know will deliver on your behalf.

First and foremost this committee needs to be Anglers - having an Angling Club run by a committee where half of them are non-fishermen is a complete joke and one of the reasons why things don't get done, this needs to end now.

Members of the club need to start asking committee members where is this A.G.M and why have there been no letters sent out, these so called committee members are meant to be acting on your behalf and looking after your interests – that's their job and these very same people will be looking for you to vote them back on

As for myself I will be attending the A.G.M as unlawful methods were used to try to put me out of the club and the fact that the Solicitors have refused to endorse the decision of the Club Secretary I am legally still a member and as such I will be asking the Club Secretary about all of the irregularities that he has allowed to take place and I will disclose financial irregularities that I have in my possession to the members of the club.


PLEASE FIND BELOW EXTRACTS FROM THE

ANGLING DEVELOPMENT BOARD (A.D.B.)


APPENDIX C.3

CLUB SECRETARY'S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Skills

Good organisational skills.

Note taking and writing.

Excellent communicator.

Able to think decisively and take action quickly.

Be a team player

Tasks

Act as a point of contact for the club.

Abide by the clubs constitution

Attend club meetings and produce reports of those meetings.

Be responsible for ensuring that all the administrative procedures of the club are carried out in an effective and efficient manner.

Deal with all enquiries and correspondence and maintain a record of such matters for report to the next meeting of the club.

Liaise with the chairman on the agenda and minutes for each meeting before they are circulated.

Ensure all committee members inclusion with decision making at meetings

Provide a report of all activities over the previous month to all meetings and report on information received from other bodies.

Distribute any other relevant information to the committee and others, including all members where appropriate.

Maintain regular contact with the chairman and other committee members to ensure that decisions approved at meetings are carried out and activated in a timely manner.

Ensure that appropriate notice is provided to all members with regard to the time and place of the Annual General Meeting.

Prepare the Secretary's Report to be submitted to the members at the Annual General Meeting.

Ensure that the members’ rules booklet is reprinted on an regular basis and that a copy of the Booklet is provided to all members.

Keep the clubs Constitution/rule book up to date.

If unable to attend meeting,arrange for correspondence to be sent to the meeting.

Receive mail and forward to relevant committee members or respond as appropriate.

Produce and circulate information to members, i.e. renewal notices or notices of meetings and / or events

Keep membership list up to date.

Represent club at meetings with external partners and other bodies.

Child Protection (A.D.B./ C.P. Policy) 

 Sourcing External funding/grants. 

 Marketing the club for new members.

Developing Junior angling.


All failings by the Club Secretary are Highlighted in bold lettering



Financial irregularities to be revealed at the A.G.M.

Over a period of almost 3 months I have made various attempts to sit down and discuss all of the irregularities that are taking place with the Club Secretary, he has declined all of these requests. The Club President also called for a meeting at which he would chair in attempt to resolve current issues, he refused his request also. I intend to address the members of the club at the A.G.M. where I will produce written evidence of financial irregularities. I will also show how the Club secretary has been running the club for his own interests and has ignored the interests of you the members. He has tried to force me off the committee and out of the club for one reason and one reason only because I know exactly what has been going on and he doesn't want me to tell you.



RULE 4 OF YOUR RULE BOOK

 Under Rule 4 of your rule book the Club Secretary is required to inform all members of any General Meetings and is therefore required to send letters as well as a Public Notice in the local paper informing members of the forthcoming A.G.M. If he fails to write to all members he will in effect be failing in his duty as Club Secretary and as such would be forced to step down as Secretary of the club. The Clubs solicitors have made him fully aware of his responsibilities to the club and to you the members.


         COUNCILS OFFER OF 'FREE' SERVICES.....REFUSED!

The council maintenance Dept. offered to help with grass cutting, weed control and other free services, which would have saved the club hundreds of pounds each year. But the Club Sec' at the risk of losing a steady income for himself tells the Council Official........ Your not needed”

A site meeting at Kernan was arranged by myself between the council and 4 members of the committee including the Club Secretary. I arranged this to address the problem of weeds and grass and hedge cutting in and around the entrance and the car park area and to try to work out a long term maintenance plan. The idea was to find out exactly what the council could do for the club with regards to free services. Then at the next full committee meeting the findings of this site meeting would be presented to the committee for full discussion on how the club could save money and which services offered by the council best suited our requirements. Well that was the plan and that is how a committee is supposed to operate.

On arriving at the lake the club secretary was already in conservation with the council official and he took complete control of this meeting with 2 of our committee members not even being allowed to speak! The club secretary told the council official that none of the free services offered by the council were required and that the club undertakes all of its own maintenance work. The council officer said the meeting was a waste of his time shrugged his shoulders and left. I was then told by an angry Club secretary that I should never have arranged this meeting and that he's in charge of all the maintenance.

This was an opportunity to work out a maintenance plan with the council which would help reduce costs to the club by hundreds of pounds each year and ensure maintenance work was carried out throughout the whole season.

Acted without committees consent

The club secretary rather than accept this free service has his own agenda because as we all know he prefers to pay certain members including himself to carry out grass cutting and by allowing the council to carry out this free service it would have affected the regular income of these people (one member regularly boasted of earning £70 for just over half a days work)

The above is a total misuse of your money and a clear abuse of his position as on page 1 of the club rule book it clearly states that the objects of the club is to look after the interests of its members. This is a clear example of the Club Secretary looking after his own interests. And as stated previously The Club Secretary's decision to dismiss the councils services was totally unlawful as he is fully aware that any decision would have to been made by the committee . But he considers himself as the committee This is just another clear example of the Club Secretary putting his own interests 1st for his own financial gain and to hell with the club!!

Members complain about his condescending attitude

I know for a fact that some members complained at the amount of times the grass was being cut last year and the amount of money that was being paid out and some of you mentioned this to the Club Secretary because he told us. At a meeting in April I asked the Club Secretary why the grass at Kernan had not been cut as it was becoming an eyesore, he said;

The Members of the club need to learn a lesson, too many of them were coming up to me last year and complaining about the amount of times the grass was being cut!, Well lets see how they like it when its not cut!!”

Well this is what he thinks of you and this is just another example of just how arrogant he is and a prime example of who's interests he is looking after, because when members quite rightly complain about the amount of money being spent on grass cutting what does he do, well............he throws his lawnmower out of his pram and refuses to cut it!!

Members have also complained about his attitude especially when they ask about the stocking times as he can be very condescending and will never give a straight answer and comes out with “When they come they come” or “Sometime soon” or “why are you asking me?” or smart remarks like “what do you need more fish for...... there's plenty out there” This is no way to talk to people these are members of the club asking a genuine question and they have a right to know. The Club Secretary however thinks that members don't have a right to know and don't have any right to ask these questions.

It's the clubs money – not mine! 

It is usual that when a club buys new equipment tenders are put out, or written quotes are acquired. These quotes (usually 3) are then presented to the committee for discussion. This is the normal process for all clubs as it allows them to debate and choose the right quote most beneficial for the club and its members.
When a new lawnmower was needed the Club Secretary supplied only one quote for a £800 Honda and this was passed within a few minutes without discussion or debate. (I was a few minutes late and missed this)
This is not normal and just another example of not looking after the members interests. 3 quotes should have been supplied and discussed. If proper procedures had been followed serious savings could have been made. But the Club Secretary's view is that it's not his money he's spending.

The only club in Ireland with no Volunteers!

When I suggested at a committee meeting that in order to get jobs done volunteers were needed, the Club Secretary said that of the 250 members he was unable to get any volunteers and because of this he had to pay for work to be done.

What a load of rubbish!! All clubs have volunteers, and G.A.C. must be the only club in the UK and Ireland where none of these exist, who does he think he's kidding!...............well you obviously!

What has happened is very clear, over the years the committee have decided to pay themselves for getting jobs done. Lets face it, if volunteers and the council were used then certain people wouldn't get paid. This is pure greed, complacency, laziness, call it what you like but this is your money being used to line the pockets of certain committee members, these are the very people you voted on to look after your interests - all their doing is looking after their own!! All of this has to stop and you the members can do this at the A.G.M. by voting on members that you know and can trust!!

All clubs and organisations rely on volunteers and they can be sourced quite easily, yes, i agree you may need some incentives to get the ball rolling but once up and running hundreds if not thousands of pounds can be saved which in turn can be re-invested into the club, with bigger fish, more fishing stands, and improved facilities.

Get on the Committee and help make the changes for you and your mates.

Members need to talk to each other about what's happening, ignoring all of this and not turning up at the A.G.M. will result in the continuing demise of the club and if this continues there will be no club.
First & foremost the club needs to be run by Anglers for Anglers – having half of the committee that have no interest in fishing is a complete joke, and a recipe for disaster.

So talk to your mates, phone them, text, email, tweet, face book, or whatever and on the night of the A.G.M. Turn up together and vote on people you know, people you trust and importantly, other anglers who you know will represent you to the best of their ability.

If you or any of your mates are interested in being more involved with the running of the club and have ideas of your own why not put your name forward on the night. Experience is not necessary - only enthusiasm. You will find that with a proper committee in place there is plenty of help and support from fellow members. Being on a committee is all about being part of a team and everyone helping and supporting each other. The simple rule here is that there is no 'I' in team.
The committee meets up once a month and meetings last about an hour there are about 8 meetings in the year. Everyone on the committee will be given jobs and responsibility - this maybe organising competitions, arranging maintenance, stocking of the lake etc. etc. and as I say there will always be plenty of help and support.
If you want to see the club go from strength to strength and see bigger browns and rainbows stocked, proper fishing stands, proper weed control put in place plus other ideas put into action then give it a go join the committee and make a difference, there is no greater satisfaction or reward than meeting your mates and other anglers on the lake and knowing your making a difference. 

What type of member are you?
The problem is most anglers just want to go out and fish and they don't want to be involved with any in-house fighting or club politics. A lot of the members of G.A.C. are members of other clubs and for this reason alone are not interested in what goes on and what happens at meetings etc. their answer is always the same "Oh its nothing to do with me, I just let them get on with it" 
And so it is left to the ordinary member who wants to see G.A.C. survive and move forward and it is these people who care about the club that will make the difference by turning up to the A.G.M. and by doing so will be trying to secure the future of the club and the future fishing of those members who idly sit by and couldn't care less. So the question is what type of member are you? One that sits at home watching the T.V whilst others make the effort to secure the future of the club, or will you join them on the night of the A.G.M. and help make a difference? Because if things do go pear shaped members who tried to make a difference will be asking you "so where were you when we needed you?"


Club Secretary to face a total of 9 charges of 'Misconduct'
              Charges can only be presented if a 'New' committee is voted on
at the A.G.M.

On September the 22nd a total of 9 charges were laid against the Club Secretary, details of these charges cannot be disclosed but the club secretary is fully
a
ware that he will be facing them in the New Year and in front of a new committee that you vote on. These charges contravene the clubs current rules and fall under the category of;

Failing to promote Angling

Failing to look after the interests of its members.

Misappropriation of club funds

Abuse of Position

Most of the charges would fall under 'Gross Misconduct' The Club President on reading these has agreed that some of these charges are serious and need to be addressed. 
The Cub Secretary is hoping that very few members turn up at the A.G.M. As this means he will be voted back on with no opposition and all of the 9 charges can be swept under the carpet, and forgot about and by putting me out of the club he is praying that I will not be given the opportunity of informing you at the A.G.M. But this is down to you and not him as you the members are the club and not him and it is up to you whether or not I am allowed to address the A.G.M. and by doing so inform you of all of the irregularities including the clubs finances.

Unfortunately the way things stand having none members in charge of the club means that the 9 charges of Misconduct cannot be presented until a new and lawful committee is in place and once this takes place a Disciplinary Hearing will be arranged. It is however unlikely he will ever have to face these charges because lets face it if he's no longer Club Secretary he will hardly be paying for membership to a club that he has no interest in fishing, I mean lets be logical here – would you pay membership fees to a golf club when you don't play golf?? and this all leads back to the question why would you want to be in charge of a club that you have no interest in?? Well it's not rocket science so I'll let you come to your own conclusions!

How are none members allowed to be on the committee?

Well in February 2014 I went to pay my dues only to be quietly told by the Club Secretary “Committee members don't pay put your money away”
If you check your rule book you will see that the only exemption for none payment is for members of 65yrs or over who have been members for 5yrs. Nowhere in the rule book does it state that committee members are exempt!!

Gilford Angling Club would be the only club in Ireland and the U.K. where none members run a club! At this stage it is not clear how many years this has been going on.

In a Desperate Attempt to stop all of his irregularities, problems, and cover ups from being published the Club Secretary employs a Solicitor to try to close the site down – and guess who's paying? - I'll give you a clue..................he's not!

Lets get one thing straight, this website is being run for one reason and one reason only and that is to inform you of all the irregularities that are currently taking place and to encourage you all to attend the forthcoming A.G.M. That is all - nothing else. The fact is no other club anywhere in the U.K. would be allowed to be run like G.A.C. members would step in and automatically put in a new and legal committee. 

The Club Secretary doesn't want you to know what he has been up to and wants as few members to attend as possible so he has gone to a solicitor, and in this letter I was told to close down the site. The club secretary is fully aware that the site will be closed down once he sends out letters encouraging members to attend the A.G.M; but informing you is not part of his agenda.

I have given the Club Secretary his 'Right of Reply' and asked him to send out letters and so far he has refused, but with constant pressure being applied it is only a matter of time before he buckles and you will be informed, and hopefully with plenty of members at the A.G.M. you will take the opportunity to vote on an open and transparent committee that will work together as a team and in the interests of you the members.

It is obvious to everyone reading this that;

1 having illegally been thrown off the committee

2 having illegally been thrown out of the club

3 and told to close down the site.

That he has an awful lot to hide and is crapping himself that I will be allowed to address all of you at the A.G.M. And by doing so confront him on all of the irregularities within the club. He is now scrapping the bottom of the barrel by going to a solicitor in the hope I can be kept quiet. He is also incurring unnecessary expense to you the members as you can be sure he will not be paying, and by rights he should be made to pay as nearly all the accusations are against him and his failure to run your club correctly and in the interests of you, the members.

I'm Lost – Can you explain?

I am completely lost here as this makes no sense at all, why does the Club Secretary employ a Solicitor to try to get the site closed down – yet I have offered to Voluntarily remove all this information myself with nothing else being published – all I asked was that he sends out letters to you the members encouraging you to attend the A.G.M. This is unbelievable and sends a clear message to members that he doesn't want to send these letters, but the fact is he has to, as the original venue for the A.G.M. has changed he is required by law to inform all members of where the December A.G.M. Will take place!


No Interest in Club Secretary's Job!

It has to be said at this point that I personally have no interest in becoming Club Secretary or even treasurer as some people may think that this is my agenda, but I can assure you it's not, as there are far more qualified people amongst the ranks of the current members, and I would rather see these people stepping up to the mark and joining a new committee who work together as a team, being open and transparent and delivering on behalf of you the members.

After 5 years of membership decline all of a sudden it increases!.....................the words rat, fishy, and coincidence come to mind!! 
As an ex-committee member having been dismissed for asking the 'Wrong' questions I felt that members should be made aware of the clubs current decline, the reasons for this and the irregularities within the current structure. The problem with reporting all of these problems is that it gives the Club Secretary the opportunity to rectify these and currently this is what he is doing. Having been told by the Club Secretary in May that the membership was down to 250 I have now been informed (on good authority) that the club secretary is now informing members that the membership has now miraculously increased. This must raise eyebrows amongst members because over a period of 5 years it went from 350 to 250 now within a space of 5 months it has increased!! (well if the truth be told since I put the site up) There is something seriously wrong here and alarm bells should be ringing because if you can't smell a rat...........I can!!

This is not a committee; it's a one man show
Having been a member of the committee for a few short months before being threw off for asking to many questions I discovered a lot of irregularities some of which are serious. If I had been a member for longer there is no doubt I would have found an awful lot more and these are yet to be discovered. Below you will find an example of what has been going on, the more serious revelations will be disclosed during the run up to the A.G.M.

The club over the last few years has seen a steady decline in members and the problem is that the present leadership of the club has done nothing to reverse this trend in fact the leadership over the last few years has only made the situation worse. With the Club Secretary deciding to take on all of the roles of the committee himself including that of the Treasurer, this has led to a one man show with disastrous results. In any other club all committee members are issued with jobs and tasks.

No club in Ireland or the U.K. for that matter has a set up like we have!! No club would be allowed to operate under these conditions! Current jobs such as;

General Maintenance

Water Bailiff officer (in charge of all the water bailiffs)

River enhancement officer

Stocking committee

Water quality officer.

Events officer

All of these should be available for committee members to take on, but not G.A.C. with the Club Secretary deciding to look after all of the above it leaves members of the committee with nothing to do and this is where the problem lies. All committee members were elected to look after the interests of you the members. The Club Secretary was asked way back in January to share out the jobs amongst the members, but he point blank refused. This is totally unheard of in any type of club as all of the jobs and tasks should all be equally shared, this ensures everyone has a role to play which allows the club to move forward and run smoothly. It is therefore vital that at the A.G.M. A new Cub Secretary is put in place and one that;

                                          1     Has an interest in the club and fishing club waters

                                    2     Allows all committee members to be actively involved

                                    3     Works in the interests of its members (and not himself)

                                    4     Can implement a Business Plan that will secure the future of the club.

                                    5     Will promote the sport

We realise that 90% of the members are in the club for 1 reason and 1 reason only and that is to fish and that most of you have no interest in the politics and the running of the club, and are quite happy to sit back and let others deal with it which is fair enough and to be honest that's the way it should be as you should be safe in the knowledge that the club is in safe hands and being run by competent members who are looking after your interests. Unfortunately when the wrong people are in charge we find ourselves in this position.
Therefore it is imperative that come the A.G.M. you attend and vote on a committee that will deliver on your behalf. Maybe you yourself would want to be more involved and become a committee member, or maybe one of your mates, lets face it you can't do any worse than what's currently happening!!

Whatever you decide we are looking just 1hr of your time that will make a big difference to the future of the club and will secure your fishing for years to come and give you the member peace of mind that the club is in good hands and all of the committee members are actively involved in looking after your interests, and for 1hr of your time once a year its not to much to ask.


Kernan, a Poachers Paradise - 3yrs Without Water Bailiffs,

For almost 3 years the club has been without Court appointed Water Bailiffs, and in December 2013 I myself contacted D.C.A.L. who informed me that the club were without Bailiffs since 2011 I asked them to send me the paperwork which they did, and at the January meeting handed these to the Club Secretary, they lay for 9 MONTHS gathering dust before he got around to applying!! 
This means that for nearly 3 years the club had been without D.C.A.L. Approved Water Bailiffs and during this time club waters were left open to Poachers and all because the Club Secretary won't allow others to take on jobs, and wants to run the whole show himself. This is the man who is supposed to be looking after the interests of the club. In August this year D.C.A.L ran a 1 day workshop for Water Bailiffs which was free, this one day workshop was to inform Bailiffs of the changes in the law and new procedures that were being introduced. This meeting in August was to be by my last as the Club Secretary decided he'd had enough and threw me off the committee, anyway before leaving I handed him the paperwork for this course being run by D.C.A.L. Needless to say that come the day no one represented the club.

Some of you may remember the club Sign at Kernan car park which was removed by vandals in late 2013 and was lying in a hedge for months, the Club Secretary said time and time again that he would sort this out as it needed special bolts. Well after 6 months 2 club members got fed up waiting and put it up themselves with ordinary bolts. (the special bolts were never put on) This is just another example of the one man show. And as for the stones in the car park, new styles, repairs to stands, well lets not even go there!! As he keeps saying “Don't worry I'll sort it”

P.S. Court Appointed Water Bailiffs are now suddenly in place. It seems funny that since I reported this issue all of a sudden they appear. It seems as though my report of all of the irregularities, they are now being addressed, its just unfortunate that for almost 3 years we hadn't got any!! 

A Committee Stripped of their Jobs

The current committee comprises of 9 members, these members are elected to represent you at the monthly meetings.

All meetings are chaired by the chairman and all questions etc. go through him.

WELL UNFORTUNATELY NOT!! as I said the Club Secretary looks after all of the jobs. This means the club is being run by 1 person. Even the Treasure has been relieved of some of his jobs and the Club Secretary has stepped in and now does the accounts etc.

And as for the poor Chairman he just sits there and is reduced to being a 'Yes' man. This is how it is, with none of the committee members being given the opportunity to take on jobs or tasks.

So what happens at a typical meeting?

Well very little actually, the Club Secretary is in complete control he reads out the minutes of the last meeting and the floor is opened for any questions and when he is asked about such things as;

Running a Charity Day

Putting in new styles

Repairing fishing stands

Weed control

Dog fouling

Re-Stocking

Etc.Etc.

The reply is always the same “I'm dealing with it - leave it with me” (which means it doesn't get done or very long delays), then usually for the last half hour they start talking about motorbike racing and anything else unrelated to the club. There is no organisation or structure whatsoever and no one writes anything down, no jobs are designated and no plans are made for the future, as committees go its just a joke - it's more of a motorbike club than an angling club!! And this has been going on for years!!

No cash book!

During my time on the committee never once were we informed of the finances of the club. It is normal at a clubs monthly meetings that the treasure has on hand the 'Cash Book'. This book is made available for all committee members to view (if they wish). It is also normal at each monthly meeting that the treasurer informs the committee of any outgoings and income and the current balance of cash. This is what is known as being 'Open and Transparent' which all clubs should be. The truth is none of this information was ever made available resulting in everyone being kept totally in the dark as to what the actual finances of the club were.
The only information regarding the clubs finances that is revealed is in the Treasures Report at the end of the year which the Club Secretary puts together.

NEWS!

I have been informed (19/10/14) that the Club Secretary on realising this has been made public is trying to rectify his mistakes and is now giving certain members of the committee certain roles and tasks. Unfortunately this has all come as they say “to little and to late”. This is all just a pathetic way of trying to rectify years of dominance and arrogance that should never have been allowed to happen in the 1st place. It should also be an eye-opener for some of the committee members that his sudden change of attitude and compliance has only come about since my revelations!! They need to wake up and ask him "Why are you giving us jobs to do now, when for 5 years we weren't allowed to do anything!!" It seems as though the website is having an effect and has been a kick up the arse for the Club Secretary and he is now trying to make up for years of neglect.


'Scaremongering' tactics gets results!

The reason or should I say excuse as to why I was threw off the committee is that when a delivery of fish arrived at the lake a few of us were there helping out, the whole operation took about 45 mins and during this time I asked the supplier various questions including what his prices were, at the next meeting I was informed by the club secretary that I was not allowed to ask about the price of fish and for this reason I was threw off the committee. Prior to this meeting and before my arrival the Club Secretary informed members of the committee that the fish supplier had took offence at being asked the price of his fish and because of this there was the possibility of no more fish supplies!! This is known as 'Scaremongering' and as soon as I walked in the whole committee was down my throat. Can I just confirm that the delivery of fish was never under threat as it was delivered on time 3 weeks later and the supplier never took any offence - he's a businessman delivering thousands of fish on a weekly basis and would be asked the price of his fish a dozen times a day and unfortunately the committee were gullible enough to fall for these scaremongering tactics. As I said the Club Secretary was looking an excuse and this was all he could come up with. If we put this incident into context, at the previous meeting a committee member lifted a pint glass and threatened to 'Glass' another members face yet this was deemed as 'acceptable behaviour' by the Cub Secretary as this member (a close friend) is still on the committee and was never reprimanded.

Maybe I went about this in the wrong way – and on reflection I should have approached the fish supplier with a pint glass and threatened to 'Glass him' when asking about the price of his fish. This way would have ensured that I remained on the committee!!??!?

This is a perfect example of the bullying tactics used by the Club Secretary and if your face doesn't fit and your asking to many questions he will use any excuse to get rid of you.

'Kangaroo Court' puts me out of the club!

With the threat of all being disclosed at the A.G.M. They decide I'm not allowed to attend

Desperate measures have now been used to try to force me out of the club in a desperate attempt to stop me attending the A.G.M. and addressing you the members on all of the irregularities going on.
As you are all aware in August I was threw off the committee for asking to many questions I of course appealed this but constant delaying tactics were used and in the end I gave up. On Friday the 10th of October I decided to publish some of the irregularities going on, a few hours later I received an email informing me my appeal would now be heard on Tuesday the 14th of October (coincidence or what?) anyway I informed them that that I was withdrawing my appeal as it was now the end of the season and wasn't worth while. I received a phone call on Monday night (13th) telling me I had to attend I said no that it was my appeal and it had been withdrawn.

The appeal went ahead (well I say appeal) because they changed it to a Disciplinary Hearing, something I was not informed of, and 3 days later I received a letter saying that my membership had been revoked under rule 15 as it was deemed that the web site was not in the interests of the club and its members. (I don't see how informing members of irregularities and asking them to attend the A.G.M breaks this rule) in fact it was the opposite. I wrote to the Club Secretary informing him that improper procedures had been used and therefore the decision made was invalid, and therefore I do not accept the decision.


Wouldn't support the Gilford Team!!

In August as the competitions secretary (now dismissed) I ran a unique competition at Kernan Lake between ourselves and Dundonald Angling Club (photos and report on the competitions page).

This was unique in the sense that of the 70 fish caught only 1 fish was dispatched and therefore would be classed as a 'Catch and Release' competition. Dundonald sent one of their founder members Brian and their 82yr old Chairman George Legge to represent their club. My wife and I provided refreshments, sandwiches, rolls etc. and The Kosy Bakery in Lurgan supplied cakes etc. A great day was had despite the morning being wet and every one enjoyed themselves. The competition received good press coverage with a full report in the local paper and later a photo of the event was published, which is a good way of encouraging new members and especially youngsters into the sport

Our own Club Secretary who was fully aware of this unique competition months in advance refused to attend and also failed to send any representative of the club to meet and greet the Dundonald club. When I asked him a few weeks later why he didn't attend he said it was raining and thought the competition would be cancelled, I asked him why he didn't phone me to check - he never replied. I myself who paid for all of the refreshments, sandwiches, etc. out of my own pocket was never offered any reimbursement and was left to pick up the bill!!

It was hoped that this would be an annual event as next year the team is due to fish the Dundonald Angling Club waters at Creevy Lough in Saintfield. But all of this is now in doubt with the Club Secretary refusing to support this event.

This is just another example of having someone who has no interest in trout fishing as the 'Face' of the club.

The aims of Gilford Angling Club as stated on the 1st page of the rule book is to promote angling can anyone tell me how the Club Secretary can justify his actions?? With the club losing members how does his actions encourage new people especially youngsters to the sport?? His actions on the day were deplorable and have to be condemned by everyone no other club would condone this type of childish behaviour.

Ignores his own Competition!!

There is a report on the competitions page please read this as this says it all!

The club secretary has had 12 months in which to prepare for his annual competition and at the end of the day he couldn't even be bothered to turn up and it was left to me who he threw off the committee to run this competition. The same happened last year he never turned up for this either. Its ironic that having threw me off the committee I had to run his competition and present his trophy. This is just another example of a man who has no interest in fishing club waters running the club. And the question has to be asked why is he even in the club

These are the questions you the members need to be asking yourselves. I already know why - the fact is he is running the club for his own interests and definitely not for yours. Whilst most members can be seen walking around the lake with a fishing rod under their arm he has a lawnmower under his!!

A.G.M. - Members not encouraged to attend........Why?..........read on.

Over the last few years A.G.Ms have resulted with only a handful of members turning up and this suits the club secretary as he knows there will be no one opposing him. This has resulted in no questions being asked and the usual committee being voted on. The Treasures Report (well the Club Secretary does this the treasurer just signs it) is passed with no questions asked and within 10 or 15 minutes we are back to square one with the same old faces. There is no Secretary's report for members to look at (most club secretary's write an annual report covering the previous 12 months) but not at G.A.C. Members are deprived of any information regarding what goes on behind closed doors. As the club secretary told me when I joined What happens at these meetings is not repeated” I asked what about when members ask? He said “The less they know the better, you've a lot to learn about committee meetings”. Well I think that says it all and what he thinks about you.

Are there any members past or present who want to have their say?

Are there irregularities in the past that you have come across? Or incidents that have been swept under the carpet then use the contacts page all info received is confidential or if you just want to give feedback on all of this please do so.

RIGHT TO REPLY.
The Club Secretary has of course the right to reply on any of the above issues or if he wishes to make a statement or if he wishes to let members know when the A.G.M. will take place


Members are asked to talk to each other about all of what is going on as there is no point in pretending it's not happening. Find out who is willing to go onto the new committee approach members and ask them if they are willing to put their name forward and tell them you will support them, simply sitting back and hoping a new committee will be voted on will achieve nothing..........so talk to your mates and on the night lets get a new committee, a committee that actually consists of Anglers who fish club waters because having none-fishermen run an Angling Club is a complete joke and needs to change.

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