We argued that as the Club could not afford to maintain 13 courts, given its poor membership, that the solution would be to either utilise some of the courts by introducing a second sport - archery and bowls were suggested - or we should seek planning permission to put up a bubble for indoor tennis. Because of opposition from the traditionalists, nothing came from our efforts.
In July 1998 the Club signed an agreement with Orange to erect a phone mast. This was a controversial decision but financially enabled much needed funds to flow into the coffers on an annual basis for the next ten years.
Unexpectedly on 22nd September Tony Pritchard who had served as Secretary for many years resigned from the Committee. I was appointed in his place and, at the AGM in November, four of the other WAGs not already on the Committee were voted on. Robert Graham stood down as Chairman which, he said, was due to the "emergence of the Way Ahead Group and its envisaged integration within the Club's Board of Directors" and he saw "the Club's potential future as bright and in good hands".
The revolution at SALTC was complete. Sheila Burton became our new Chairman and she would take us safely into the next millennium. Membership numbers reportedly stood at 184 adults and 154 juniors.
Other immediate innovations were :
- the issue of a regular newsletter providing news and information to members
- the development of a new website, largely provided by Jenny Stokes.
- the issue of a membership consultation document to find out what members wanted (36% of all households responded).