This report is based on unconfirmed minutes of the CA Council meeting held on 16th December 2000. Some decisions and news from recent committee meetings are also included. If you would like more information on any item, please contact the CA Secretary, Nigel Graves.
The CA's surplus for the year 2000 is more than budget, thanks largely to the contribution from commercial activities. Congratulations were offered to David Collins.
Amendments are being drafted to the CA's Rules to allow the Association to communicate with members by electronic mail.
The Directory of Members will be available on a CD-ROM.
Don Williamson (North West Federation) is Coach of the Year, 2000.
A grant of £500 has been made, and a loan of £10,000 has been offered, to the Hunstanton CC to help this member club finance the rebuilding of their clubhouse after a disastrous fire.
A loan of £2,000 has been offered to Mr T J Golesworthy to help finance the production of the first sets of his newly designed "omega" hoops.
David Openshaw has been elected to join Don Gaunt (chairman), Quiller Barrett, Roger Bray and David Magee on this committee.
Entrants to the Ascot and Ranelagh Cup in 2001 must be members of the CA, but not necessarily tournament members. The entry fee for non-tournament members will be £10, and for tournament members £5.
A sub-committee will be set up to consider revisions to the laws of golf croquet.
Guidelines will be published regarding the role and status of a CA Handicapper.
A deficit budget has been agreed for staging the WCF World Association Croquet Championships concurrently with the CA Open Championships in 2001. After allowing for the purchase of balls and the loss of a surplus from the Opens, the cost to the CA is expected to be £3,800.
A photograph library is being established for use by the editor of the Gazette and others.
An editorial policy for the news pages on the CA's web site has been agreed.
Jonathan Isaacs is taking over from Tony Fathers as chairman of this committee in February 2001.
The Fixture Calendar & Tournament Regulations book is on schedule for publication in January 2001.
A fourth "Eight" (5-day tournament) will be introduced in 2001, to be known as "The Treasurer's Tankard".
David Hopkins is preparing a feasibility study for the establishment of a national croquet centre.