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    Agenda for BARCS AGM 2012


    Robin Sleight

    1. Apologies for Absence

    2.  Minutes of the 2011 (41st) AGM

    3.  Matters Arising

    4.  Fellowship Proposal

    5.  Treasurers Report and Annual Accounts

    6.  Officers Report

    7.  Election, Executive Committee For 2013

    8.  Fixing of Membership Subscriptions 2013

    9.  Appointment of Auditors 2013

    10.  Radioglide, Interglide & the Nationals

    11. Consideration of Motions

    12. Any Other Business

    13.  Calling of the 43rd AGM

    Committee Proposals

    Proposal 1

    That the Regional designation be removed from Open Leagues and a National league created instead.

    Reason: The number of participants has fallen and Open models are largely flown in Multi-launch events with few class specific competitions now being run. This also brings Open League in line with all other classes.

    Proposal 2

    That the ‘k’ factor be removed from RES scores in calculating All Rounder Trophy

    Reason: The ‘k’ factor was designed to reflect the achievement of scoring in well contested classes. RES is a sub class, in particular of 100s models, and therefore is being rewarded disproportionately.

    Proposal 3

    That the text in the Multi-launch and ELG rules listing specific part numbers for height limiters be deleted and replaced with: “any appropriate height limiter device”.

    Reason:  When the listing was initially created only one height limiter was commercially available.  Three types are currently listed and a fourth is now available and it is probable that more types will follow.  The change proposed will avoid year on year retrospective action to amend the listing.

    Proposal 4

    That the provision allowing models with a power limit of 200Watts/Kg in ELG competitions be deleted.

    Reason:  200W/Kg was always seen as a transitory provision following the introduction of height limiter devices.  Now that multiple height limiters are available and almost exclusively used, the 200W/Kg provision is not needed.  In any event it was hard to enforce and there were real difficulties in implementing the associated processing.

    Proposal 5

    That the requirements for minimum numbers of competitors to provide for a valid competition (for league purposes) be reduced in all classes down to 8

    Reason:  It is clearly desirable that as many competitions are held at local level to increase and maintain the participation in all classes.  It is not easy to ensure the previous minimum of 16, or in some classes 12, entrants was achieved and this factor deterred CDs from even attempting to stage any events.

    Proposal 6

    That the requirement for the minimum number of flyers in a “slot” be reduced from 4 to 3 in all classes.

    Reason: This follows directly from the previous proposal, if the entry numbers are low it may not be practical to matrix 4 flyers per slot. Although 4 is encouraged as the normal minimum, this change provides some flexibility

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