Minutes of the GMI meeting on Tuesday September 11th at 6 pm in The Craigdarroch Hotel. Apologies: Nettie, Tim Jones and Margaret Present: Tim Osullivan, Jan, Kate and Anja The chair (Jan) welcomed those present. The minutes of the previous were propos ed tobe correct by Kate and seconded by Jan. Matters arising: Broadband: Mags sent a report on the progress of the installation of Wifi in GMI. BT was approached and informed us that GMI would be charged as a commercial building. The contract would have to be for 24 months, costing £125.- for installation and £65.- per month for line hire. The committee was contacted by email and found this was not affordable. Mags also approached Voda phone, who could do the same package for installation of £65.- and line rental of £25.- per month. Unfortunately Voda phone had to cancel as they were told there would not be a free line for them to use in the village. NOTE: BT has put the lines in the village, with a few left open for the use of other companies. The committee decided to keep the Windfarm grant for now and explore other avenues. Tim O will get in touch with Joan McAlpine to explain the situation and ask for advise on the BT stance on this. Booking: Kate has not been in touch with Norma about the kid's badminton yet but will do so before the next meeting. The question then arose whether GMI should be booked by every group in the village, but this was rejected as not practical. Tim O will now keep keys in the pub and he will make sure he knows who has had them and that they will get back. Tim O proposed that 'casual' users (badminton for kids, snooker etc) should be members. It was agreed that from the next membership renewal date on Febr. 1St, members will need to show a membership card in the shop or pub before getting a key. Anja has been in touch with Rachel Holland about the stage. Kitchen floor: Anja has purchased paint and the kitchen has now been painted. Because of holidays, no estimation of the cost of a new floor has been done yet. Art Boards: Tim informed the meeting that the art boards are now stacked underneath the snooker table. Financial report: Tim O explained last month's report and added that nothing much has changed since. Kate will take over the invoices from Peter Roberts. Bookings: Kate informed the meetings that GMI has been booked every day, with Mondays being the busiest as it's booked from 9 am to 9.30 pm. A birthday party and a wedding have been added for the first time in a few years. The school has booked GMI for PE again, payments for the hire have not been agreed yet, but talks are in progress. Fundraisers: At this point Tim brought up the change of payment to the community from Black Craig Windfarm. Payment will now go directly to a community group. Tim proposed that we get a price for major alterations before the changes occur. A funding application to the Princes' rural development trust has gone in and we will know by October 8th whether we are successful. Tea dance: Kate will get in touch with Blue (?) to organise an afternoon tea dance. Whist drive. A whist drive could be planned for November. No date set. Profits to GMI Moniaive Christmas Market: booked for November 3rd. Profits to GMI. School Christmas Fayre. Profits to school ? Tim suggested a Christmas raffle between December 1st and December 21st. Profits to GMI. Stage Hire: The committee decided that the stage is not likely to leave the village very often and that therefore there is no need to train anyone. Tim proposed to Charge hire for £50.- not including hire within the village. A deposit of £50.- would be required. Requests for hire will be discussed as they come in. Anja numbered all the stage parts. The connecting parts are kept in the locked back room. Kate suggested that, now the art boards are stored elsewhere, the stage could go back into the back store. Kate will talk to Mags and Gordon. Storage: Kate, Jan, Mags and Anja have looked at the use of storage in GMI. The former Gala cupboard is now a sports cupboard. The spaces underneath the hatch in the kitchen are going to be screened off by curtains. Nettie is organising this. Some Gala items and pots and pans are stored here. Snooker room: The community was involved in a debate on Social Media about the future of the Snooker table. Members of the community want to keep the table and start a club. So far nobody has come forward to organise this . AOB: Anja wondered if Tom is still interested in being janitor for GMI. Tom will be invited to the next meeting to discuss this. Anja suggested that someone could share this job with Tom during the summer months. Library: A member of the community kindly offered £50.- towards more book shelves for GMI. The Library bus has stopped coming to the village and there is a need to start an 'honesty' library. Sue Grant offered to organise this and two volunteers have come forward to put up shelves. The committee is in favour of putting up shelves in the committee room. The question of the book sale came up during discussion. The store cupboard is now overflowing, books are now also flooding the snooker room and the committee decided that -after the book sale- two big book cases, plus the library will be kept and the rest will need to find a home. Cleaning: Anja requested that Grace will clean GMI on regular days. She requested that Grace will clean and organise the toilets at 9 am on the Saturday of the Bluegrass Festival. Date of next meeting: Tuesday October 2nd at 7pm in the Craigdarroch Hotel.
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