Celtic Challenge 2018: Bushy Park, Dublin

The IPA has just informed the WPA of the choice of hotel to be used for those taking part in the Celtic Challenge next spring. Participants, and guests, can contact me or the Director of Development for booking details, etc. Full details will be sent to teams shortly.

Dan Murphy

President

Welsh Cup for Clubs

The Director of Development, Kon Tomczyk, has asked that the clubs which have expressed interest in taking part in the Welsh Cup for Clubs please contact him to confirm their interest in taking part

Any other Clubs which are interested in doing so should also contact him

If Clubs can do this by no later than Monday 18 December 2017, it will enable him to set up the competition for January/ February, depending on entry numbers

Clubs should be aware that the Winner of the Welsh Cup for Clubs may be invited by the WPA to represent the WPA in the European Cup for Clubs in 2018.

The details of the Club that agrees to take part in that competition have to be notified to the CEP, which runs the “Euro Cup”, on 1 March 2018

 

Dan Murphy,

President, on behalf of the Director of Development

Moving Foward

We now have a complete Executive Committee and I would like all of us to work together for the benefit of our members and our sport.

We need to start doing that as soon as we can, and I am sure that all of our members will want us to start immediately. I therefore ask the new Committee to meet during the next few days.

This will give the new members a chance to quickly get up-to-date, something best done face to face.

Dan Murphy

President WPA

Results of the EGM

An EGM of the WPA was held in accordance with the WPA Constitution on Monday 27th November 2017 at Cardiff Yacht Club.

An excellent turnout of 118 WPA members braved the cold weather to attend and cast their votes.

Matthew Franks and Linda Hutchinson were appointed as Tellers by the President Dan Murphy.

Following a secret ballot, the votes were duly counted and then verified by the Tellers. The Votes were confirmed to the Membership as follows;

Position Nominee Votes
National Secretary Rose Fiera 42
National Secretary Derek Jones 76
Derek Jones duly elected
National Treasurer Jim Harrison 35
National Treasurer Ian Bailey 83
Ian Bailey duly elected
Director of Development Phil Bradshaw 35
Director of Development Kon Tomczyk 83
Kon Tomczyk duly elected

The President thanked members for their attendance and closed the meeting.

Please be advised that there are no further EGM’s or AGM’s currently scheduled in the WPA calendar and that the new Executive Committee will meet as soon as possible to continue its business on behalf of the Membership. 

A Message to WPA Members

Some members have asked for information about what is currently happening within the WPA, and I hope this message may assist them. I regret I have very limited access to the WPA website, and this article may end up in a place difficult to reach but keep looking. For the same reason, and lack of access to the official forms of communication, I may have to contact members directly by email. If I do, it may have to be from my office or work address because it may be the only way to ensure that it reaches members.   

I have been approached by Mr. Dan Caunt, a friend of Andrew Howard and member of the same Club as Mr. Howard. He has drafted a letter which he intends to send out to members and wants it to be under the joint signatures of Mr. Howard and myself.

Mr. Caunt has been candid and has written that it is his intention to send out his letter whether or not I agree with its contents, and, as he tells me, if I do not sign it members can draw their own conclusions.

Whilst I am invited to make “some” changes to the letter, the final editor of what I might wish to say to our members would be Mr. Caunt. Members may know he has publicly and privately expressed his support for Mr. Howard, in particular in calling a meeting of the WPA in circumstances which are outside of our constitution. I do not see how Mr. Caunt can really be regarded as being independent in this matter.

I am willing to respond to his request, by providing my own message to members, without his editorial assistance. Please read on.

At present the WPA Committee has only two members, myself and Mr. Andrew Howard. We need to elect another three members to fill vacancies. That I believe ought to be our first priority. Fortunately, for the WPA this is the quietest time of the year, with no WPA events, or any other business to be done. Renewals of membership start in a month, and that can easily be done.   

Mr. Howard could support my calling of an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 27 November 2017 for the purpose of filling such vacancies, but he has declined. The date has now been fixed and notices published. Nominations have now been received for all the vacant positions. The meeting will be held and the only business to be done is that of electing these officers. I believe that that meeting is the official WPA EGM, and I urge all members to attend it.

Mr. Howard supports another “EGM” called by a group of members who they say represent nine or so of our clubs. They intend to hold a meeting in which the first resolution would be a vote of no confidence in myself as President. If it were to be passed, then they intend to, in their own words, “hereby “ remove the President from office, that of course means immediately. 

I gather they will take a nomination for President from the floor of the meeting, though I imagine a volunteer is ready and waiting to be called upon. 

I believe that such a resolution is invalid because there is no power in our constitution to remove a Committee Member who’s term has not expired. So the purpose of the meeting is improper, as would be elections in those circumstances.

If carried through we would also end up with two committees, one elected one day and another later, with two presidents, thus splitting the WPA.

For these reasons I believe Mr. Howard’s “EGM” should not go ahead, it will further damage the WPA.

So what is all this talk about constitutions? The constitution is really just an agreement in writing between all the members which sets out the rules of conduct both among members and between members and their Committee.

It is openly proposed by those supporting Mr. Howard that his meeting can simply choose to ignore an inconvenient rule in our constitution, which was put there for a good reason. On this occasion the “obstacle” in their way happens to be Dan Murphy, but next time it could be someone else, or some club that offends them or some other group or club. 

These rules are intended to protect all of us.

I mentioned how Mr. Howard’s meeting came about. A number of members signed up to a request for such an “EGM”. They were listed as representing nine of our clubs.  One of the duties of the President at meetings is to chair meetings, decide if resolutions or motions are valid, and also if requests like this one are properly, that is correctly made within the constitution.

Does a proposed resolution deal with something that the WPA can actually do? Or is it just going to take up time talking about something it can’t do?

Besides that, can the WPA be reasonably satisfied that the request is in fact supported by the requisite number of clubs on who’s behalf it was signed by a single official?

A previous request failed the very first test. A second request also failed the first test, by proposing to do something not allowed by our constitution, but those supporting it went ahead and called their own “EGM”, what I refer to as Mr. Howard’s meeting.

I have spoken to many members about what is happening, and I am told that there are some members who would like to see a completely new Committee. But the vast majority I have met are not asking me to resign, but to complete my term of office.

At least four of the clubs to which I have spoken so far say that their members were not consulted by their own committees about signing either the first or the second request. At least one of the signatory clubs has since publicly backed the official WPA EGM. Another club “signatory” is also considering doing the same.  One of the Arbitrators who’s name was included on these requests was not consulted about it. He has resigned as a result. 

My conclusion is that members should come to the EGM on 27 November and vote to fill the Committee vacancies. When that is done and the WPA Committee is stable again we can address any other concerns that members have, especially about the future direction of our sport.

I have seen Mr. Howard’s long postings on the website about me. He has omitted important information. I have refrained from responding so far, but members should be aware that they have so far seen only one side of the story.   

I have been blamed by some members for all the failings of the WPA Committee over a period of years, even though I have only served since 2015. None of these alleged failings, which are also said to be my fault alone, despite being just one member of a five person committee, are actually identified to me, but are described in only the most general, vague way. I can’t really respond to it. But I could, and may yet, give in reply, examples of the failings of some of my colleagues and former colleagues. That serves no useful purpose, unless I have to do it just to defend myself.

None of this is edifying and certain postings on social media are especially damaging the WPA, no matter who it comes from – so I ask those on social media to consider what they are doing to the WPA they say they care so much about.

I want to see the sport we all love being fun and enjoyable again, and being open to everyone at every level of interest and ability. I want to see our clubs grow and prosper. I want people to feel they can support and sponsor our sport. I want to see good coaching, readily available to everyone who wants it. I want space for both those aspiring to the top level, and also for social players. I don’t want us to be exclusively focussed on the top dozen players. I really would like to see us having juniors and espoirs in our sport, and playing in a safe environment; and the WPA doing every thing it can to make the sport attractive to them, not just giving up on them because it’s difficult.

We need to reorganise our sport, but also to re-energise it. That was what I was trying to do on our Committee, and what I would like to see us do in the future.

Please come and vote on 27 November 2017.

Dan Murphy

President WPA

EGM to Elect Officers: 27th November 2017

The following nominations have been received:

Position Nominee Proposers
National Secretary Rose Fiera  P. Milton, H. Milton, J. Harrison
National Secretary Derek Jones R. Griffin, L. Field, B. Spooner
National Treasurer Jim Harrison A. Temple, H. Milton, P. Milton
National Treasurer Ian Bailey R. Griffin, B. Spooner, K. Attfield
Director of Development Phil Bradshaw  P. Milton, H. Milton, J. Harrison
Director of Development Kon Tomczyk R. Griffin, M. Jones, J. Clare

No further nominations will be accepted.

Dan Murphy

President WPA

Official Notice of WPA EGM – 27th November 2017

Many members will be aware that on 28 October 2017 a message appeared on the WPA website purporting to call an unauthorised EGM of the WPA, ahead of the WPA’s AGM.

The notice is unauthorised and invalid for several reasons. One reason is that its first motion is to remove the sitting President. It is described as a motion of no confidence. Our constitution does not permit removal of officers in that way.

If passed it would be invalid as unconstitutional, and the proposal to then elect another person as president would also be illegal.

This action by the group behaving in this way is bringing the WPA into disrepute by making a mockery of our constitution and of the WPA and its members.

It also has the potential to result in two Executive Committees, a validly elected one, and an illegally created one, which would cause chaos and could well result in legal action being taken at great cost to the WPA.

I have therefore decided that to bring this damaging situation to an end not to wait for the AGM but to call an EGM, but one which would deal solely with the lawful business of electing members to fill the vacant positions on the Executive.

Other business which would have been dealt with at the AGM will have to wait, as the priority is to stop the harm being done to the WPA by this group.

If their purpose really is just to fill the vacant posts, and this will achieve that, but in a lawful way, I trust they will support it.

The WPA’s EGM will be held on 27 November 2017 commencing at 7.30 pm at Cardiff Yacht Club.

Full details are included within the pack HERE:

http://www.welshpetanque.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/WPA-EGM-Notice-Pack-2017.pdf

Nominations must be submitted to the President no later than the 6th November 2017 using the Nomination Form included within the pack.

 

Dan Murphy

President WPA

Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the WPA.

28 October 2017

NOTICE OF EGM
Inviting all WPA Affiliated Clubs and Members to attend

This will be held at
Wenvoe Village Hall, 5 Station Road, Wenvoe. CF5 6AG

On
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Commencing at 7:30 p.m.

To. All Members.

In a letter dated 15 September 2017 signed by nine WPA-affiliated Clubs and received by the Executive Committee (EC) on 21 September 2017, the Clubs requested the WPA to convene an EGM in accordance with the WPA Constitution Part 1 Paragraph 8.

In the requisition for the EGM the Clubs stated that they considered the EC to no longer be effective under the terms of the WPA constitution; that with the resignation of the National Treasurer the EC was failing to comply with clause 11.4.1. of the constitution in that it was unable to access its own funds or fulfill its financial obligations; that the Clubs had lost confidence in the EC and the remaining two members stand down; that an EGM be called urgently to allow for the election of a new EC and that in the absence of a fully functioning EC the WPA Arbitrators be called upon to organize the EGM and manage the affairs of the WPA until the new EC is in place.

After some communication and discussion had taken place the National President then decided to go public with a statement on the WPA web site, dated 3 October 2017, which asserted that the requisition for an EGM was unconstitutional and that the only way forward was to call an AGM. Part of his argument was that the requisition did not include a specific resolution, which is not required by the constitution, and that it would require several EGM’s to resolve the issues, which is not the case as these issues can be dealt with sequentially at one EGM. It should be noted that an AGM would only elect officers to vacant positions and the existing members of the EC would not have to stand down.

On 11 October 2017 the Director of Public Relations posted a response on the WPA web site clearly stating that the National President was acting unilaterally and not on behalf of the EC. He states that the National President has acted unilaterally on a number of occasions; does not act impartially; has contravened Data Protection legislation; treated the requisition for an EGM with contempt and uses convoluted and calculated legal language to put across his version of events or his interpretation of how WPA business should be approached. The Director of Public Relations holds a contrary view to the National President and sees an EGM, rather than an AGM, as the way forward.

In a letter dated 16 October 2017 to the National President the Clubs rejected his unilateral decision to refuse to convene an EGM as requested, as well as his assertion that the request is unconstitutional and the reasons he had given for this decision.

In addition, the Clubs rejected his assertion that calling an AGM would result in less dissent, argument and frustration and that it is likely to be less divisive than holding an EGM. These are going to happen whatever type of meeting is held in an attempt to rebuild the WPA.

The National President was reminded that in the WPA Constitution, Part Two – Rules, Section 4.3, he had 36 days from receipt of the requisition letter to convene the EGM as requested. The effective date by which this should happen is 27 October 2017.

In the absence of a National Secretary, the National President, on behalf of the Executive Committee, has failed to convene an EGM within 36 days of receiving a duly signed requisition.

4.3. Failure To Convene: Should the National Secretary not convene an EGM within 36 days of receiving a duly signed requisition, the requisitioners may convene the EGM.

Therefore, in accordance with the constitution we, the registered clubs signatory to the requisition for an EGM, have called an Extra-Ordinary General meeting under part 2, clause 4.3 of the WPA constitution, for the purpose of dealing with the issues raised in the requisition for an EGM and the election of a new Executive Committee to the WPA, comprising the positions of National President, National Secretary, National Treasurer and Director of Development, there will be no other business. Enclosed with this covering letter is documentation to circulate to the WPA members in your club.

This information can also be found in this EGM Pack.

  • Notice of EGM and Agenda.
  • Nomination Forms for the positions of National President, National Secretary, National Treasurer and Director of Development.

All nominations forms need to be returned to the address/email given below by Tuesday 7 November 2017. No nominations forms will be accepted after this date.

Please note only fully paid-up Individual Members may cast a vote.

It is important that this letter, notice and agenda be distributed to ALL members as a matter of urgency, the future of the WPA is in your and their hands.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address/email below.

Yours sincerely,

Representatives of the WPA Affiliated Clubs signatory to the requisition for an EGM

AGM_Nomination_Form_17 National Secretary

AGM_Nomination_Form_17 National Treasurer

AGM_Nomination_Form_17 National President

AGM_Nomination_Form_17 Director of Development

EOGM_Letter

Apology from former Treasurer

To all members,

On Wednesday 11th October 2017, Andrew Howard the Director of Public Relations published a news article on the WPA website, this included an image of the letter dated 15/09/17 from the 8 WPA Affiliated clubs requesting an EGM.  The letter published, displayed the signatures of each of the individuals listed; which may have created a potential data protection issue.
I informed Andrew Howard of the issue by telephone at 20:24 and Andrew explained that he was in a Conference in Montenegro, without access to a PC and without access to his log-in details for the WPA website. In order to rectify this as a matter of urgency, I used the League Secretary’s login details for the website to replace the image with a redacted copy (minus signatures).
To confirm, I have not changed the written content of any other recent article concerning the current issues posted on the WPA website.
I apologise to the membership and especially the League Secretary for the position I have put them in.
I can also confirm that the user name and password related to the above account has been deleted from my laptop.

Tony Smith

A Message From The President

I am disappointed that someone using the log in of the League Secretary is interfering with my articles or posts on the WPA website.

It could be anyone doing it but it must be someone who knows the code or password.

I ask the League Secretary to check what has happened to her account and to contact me.

It is sad that someone with access to our website wants to stifle the communications between the WPA’s president and the WPA’s members. I wonder Why?

Dan Murphy,
President

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