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The AGM was held at the Clubhouse on Friday 19th May 2017. There were no changes to the executive officers at the club with Danny Clement remaining in the Chair. He opened the meeting and reviewed the senior sides' past season with the third and second XV's finishing runners up in their leagues and the first XV narrowly missing promotion in third place in London 3 South. The Vets won the Kent championship. The Chairman thanked all the committee members who had eased his path on what for him was an unknown task when he took over a year ago. The mantra of 'One Club' remained. There was no Director of rugby at the moment but is hoped to make an appointment soon. Club Coaching Coordinator Maggie Watts gave a breakdown on progress throughout the season when new rules had encouraged participation although there had been a small reduction in playing members. Junior Rugby Chairman Annmarie Carfoot gave a comprehensive report on a successful season for the junior teams with 18 boys winning representative honours and for the third year running the Club's U14s had won the East Kent Cup. Successful tours had been organised for many of the midi and junior sides. Carl Hill had taken the new role of Vice Chairman of Junior rugby where his experience will be a major benefit. Director of Operation s Gerry Doyle was on holiday but with typical brevity reported that all was OK. Director of Marketing Peter Ruranski said that most sponsors had been retained and it had been possible to increase the programme size during the season although sales were unpredictable. Support for the Aviva Award had been disappointing and with our large membership base the club should have done better to gain this sponsorship towards the appointment a schools liaison officer. The Paul Keohane Memorial Lunch had donated £2,000 towards this fund. Gadds Brewery had produced a special celebratory ale to mark the club's 130th anniversary and a successful first tea

22 May 2017