The Annual General Meeting of the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association is scheduled for Wednesday September 20, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to approx. 8 p.m. at the Scarborough Civic Centre, (150 Borough Drive, Toronto), Committee Room 2.
The AGM is open to current SFBCA members (Dues can be paid at the meeting) and provides a forum where members can review, discuss and vote on a variety of issues related to the operations of the club. For example, over the past couple of years, membership in the SFBCA has almost doubled. To deal with this growth, the SFBCA is considering renting space at a Community Centre that is big enough to accommodate our fly tying and rod building activities. This is a big step forward for our club, but it comes with a bit of a price tag too.
In addition to rental fees, the SFBCA is also facing the prospect of having to buy liability insurance. Club members will know that this year our outdoor casting was severely curtailed. Part of this was due to construction at the City owned pond where we cast. The other reason was due to a lack of insurance. The City of Toronto is now requiring our club to have $5 million liability insurance in order to use the pond.
For many years, the SFBCA haas kept annual fees at a reasonable cost of just $50 per family. The goal is to continue to keep our club accessible and affordable. We basically operate the club on a break even basis, with just enough money set aside for emergencies and ongoing capital costs (tools, equipment, etc.).
The new added costs of renting City space and paying for insurance, combined with our existing costs for equipment, our annual BBQ, printing, etc. it will make for an interesting financial year.
Dealing with the finances and day to day operations of the club falls, in large part, to our elected SFBCA Executive which is made up of; a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and two executive members at large. The term of office for all these positions is currently open. If you are an SFBCA member in good standing and feel you could assist in running the club, why not consider putting your name forward for election? For a detailed description of each position please refer to your copy of the SFBCA constitution
If you are an SFBCA member, please mark Sept 20, 2017 on your calendar and be part of what will surely be a lively Annual General Meeting.