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18/04/2022

ECF Finance Meeting 2022

 

The ECF’s Finance Council Meeting takes place on 23/04/2022, face-to-face in London, and by Zoom.  Usually this is primarily limited to fixing of fees and setting of the budget for the coming season.  This time there are proposals originating from the Governance Committee in response to various concerns expressed earlier, and also some changes in Regulations which are to be noted rather than voted on.  (Regulations on Standards of Conduct and on Complaints aim to address earlier problems perceived in these areas.)  There is also a proposal relating to the war in Ukraine.

 

Agenda and supporting documents are to be found on the ECF website at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/about/ecf-council-and-board/.

 

As there are no proposals to increase fees, there seems little that the average YCA member would have strong feelings about, so I have no plans to attempt a wide e‑mail consultation on how the YCA should vote, as the response level is always at a minimal and statistically insignificant level.  Nevertheless, if any YCA member wishes to express to me a view contrary to those listed below, then such views would be welcome.  (YCA Officials are being contacted for any views.)

 

The following table summarises topics on the agenda and how I, as YCA delegate to the ECF would at present envisage voting.

 

Agenda

Number

Subject

Anticipated

Vote

8

Fees

yes

18

Rolling Membership

yes

11

Blitz Games

yes

20

Ukraine

yes

17

Board Members not to be Direct Member Representatives

yes

16

Direct Member Representatives to be in the Class they represent

?

15

Duties of Direct Members’ Representatives

yes

14

Casual Vacancies for Direct Member Representatives

yes

5

Motion to allow Council Meetings to be made public via internet

yes

12

Modification of the Voting Register during the Year

yes

13

Change to Deadline for Proxy Notification

yes

7

Finance Director’s Report and Draft Annual Accounts

(yes)

9

Budget

(yes)

10

Permanent Investment Fund

yes

 

Fees (agenda item 8)

Proposal to Council is that all remain the same except for

(a) FIDE-rated paly-to-play fee increases from £11 to £12, and

(b) the concessionary £6 Junior Bronze category vanishes.

 

Rolling Membership (agenda item 18)

Proposal is that the period of ECF membership secured runs from the 1st of the month in which the payment in made to 12 months thence, rather than the fixed period 1st September – 31st August.  (Complications arise which are discussed in the supporting papers.)

 

Blitz Games (agenda item 11)

The proposal fits over-the-board Blitz games into the structure for membership requirements (or pay to play) for rating.

 

Ukraine (agenda item 20)

The proposal, originating from Co. Durham, is that “the ECF calls for the immediate resignation of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich over his involvement with the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”  A supporting note indicates this not to be a personal attack on Dvorkovich himself.

Added 19/04/2022:  Whilst it may not help, the following from the strangely-named US “Mother Jones” is interesting

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/03/chess-grandmasters-putin-russia-ukraine-war/.

 

Direct Member Representatives (agenda items 14 to 17)

Arguably the whole system of Direct Member Representatives is a farce, but while we have it, the proposals (especially Board Members not to be Direct Member Representatives) seem to have merit, though item 16 is tricky having both pros and cons.  The idea of “one member one vote” could be just as much of a farce – but a more expensive one.  (There is a problem, arguably, that neither idea recognises the nature of the membership.)

 

Council Meetings to be made public via internet (agenda item 5)

An “okay” idea in principle, arising from AOB of a previous meeting, but how many would actually watch?

 

Voting Register (agenda items 12 & 13)

Administrative improvements to make life a little easier for those concerned.

 

Accounts and Budget (agenda items 7 & 9)

As yet unread, but usually in order, if you ignore errors in spreadsheet formulae and so on.

 

Permanent Investment Fund (agenda item 10)

Any cause for contention lies in agenda item 5 of the BCF meeting held in the break in the ECF meeting.  People used to get greatly exercised by this sort of topic, but that seems to have died out.

 

 

Steve Mann

18/04/2022