This year’s half-yearly General Meeting was held at the Club’s premises in Valletta on July the 2nd and started at 10.00 a.m.
First item on the agenda was the reading of the minutes of the January 2006 meeting. These were approved by the Members present for both meetings.
President Mr. Carmel Debattista started his speech by reminding everyone that 2006 is a very special year for our Club and that the Committee has been organizing various activities to commemorate our 25th anniversary. Such activities entail expenses and Mr. Debattista expressed his disappointment that sometimes these activities are not attended by the number of Members one would expect.
He thanked the Members present on the day, those Members who sold and returned the annual lottery ticket booklets and also those Members who made financial donations to the Club.
The President mentioned this year’s January Darts Ranking Competition won by our Member Mr. Stanmore.
The usual 5-a-side football tournament was replaced by a 7-a-side football tournament open for local football nurseries. This tournament was very well organized and the Committee was praised from all the participating nurseries. The format of this tournament will be retained in the coming years and a shield will be awarded to the winning team. This will be kept for one year.
After thanking the Fund Raising Committee for their hard work Mr. Debattista went on to surprise all those present by announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England legend Paul Gascoigne shall be visiting our Club in the near future.
Mr. Lino Bartolo, Chairperson of the Fund Raising Committee gave an overview of his sub-Committee’s work.
Mr. Bartolo said that monthly dinners are being organized at the Club in order to raise funds to cover the 25th anniversary’s celebrations. He also invited Members who would like to attend to contact the Club for further information on future dates. The Chairperson also mentioned the highly successful April reception in Zebbug and thanked all those who attended.
Mr. Bartolo gave details about the 7-a-side football tournament. Apart from the trophy presented to the winning team, all the boys from the different nurseries were presented with a commemorative medal. The aim of the tournament is to promote the name of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Mr. Bartolo also invited our Members to attend the events organized by our Club from time to time.
Although it is not the norm for a financial report to be read during a half-yearly meeting, the treasurer Mr. Godwin Cilia compared the first six months of this financial year with the first six months of the previous year. The report shows that last year’s financial status was healthier than this year’s.
During the time allocated to the floor Mr. Raymond Aquilina enquired about the Club’s official website. Secretary Alex Cilia stated that although the official website has not been functional for a while because of technical and logistic difficulties, the Club still has an official voice on the internet and this can be found on spursmalta.blogspot.com. This blog is run by Magazine Officer Mr. Mark Mizzi.
Mr. Cilia encouraged Members to log on this site in order to read about the Club’s activities.
Mr. Aquilina added that this could be one way of reducing the postage bills.
The winners of the annual lottery were the following:
1) 6 months membership to the M.F.A. swimming pool in Ta’ Qali for 2 persons - Mr. George Micallef.
2) 2 day return tickets to Sicily By Catamaran (Virtu’ Rapid) - Mrs. Claire Micallef.
3) Gents watch sponsored by Herbies Jewellery - Mr. Norbert Muscat.
4) Dinner for 2 at Rojohn Restaurant - Mr. John Muscat.
5) Hamper of foreign wine sponsored by Mr. Edward Ciantar - Mr. F.R. Wirth.
6) Hamper of local wine sponsored by Mr. Emanuel Cordina - Mr. J.M. Farrell.
The meeting ended with finger food and drinks sponsored by the barman Mr. Carmel Debattista.