Notice of AGM
Please note that the FaST AGM will take place in the Platinum Lounge in the Clubhouse at 1930 on 30 April 2014.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BORO FANS ARE VERY WELCOME TO JOIN THE TRUST FOR NEXT SEASON BEFORE THE AGM AND EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON HOW THE TRUST SHOULD BE RUN AT THE MEETING. IF IT SHOULD TRANSPIRE THAT THE TRUST IS TO BE DISSOLVED (SEE BELOW) THEN THEIR MEMBERSHIP FEE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REFUNDED.
The agenda will be:-
2. Apologies for absence.
3. Minutes of 2012 Meeting and Matters Arising.
4. 2013 Report
5. 2013 Accounts
6. General Discussion – The Future of FaST.
7. Election of Directors.
8. Re-appointment on Independent Examiner of Accounts.
If you want FaST to continue operating then please read on!
FaST – An Appeal
Many supporters will be aware that the number of Board Members serving FaST has reduced over the past 12 months to the extent that the situation is now critical and the Trust is running below the permitted level under the terms of its Model Rules.
The next AGM is approaching and will be held on 30 April 2014 in The Platinum Lounge. As always at this time, we ask for members to put their names forward to seek election as a Board Member. Please contact the Secretary Graham Ellicott on 07957624477 or speak to the Membership Secretary Bob Perry on a match day at the 50/50 table. Additionally, if other supporters who are not currently members of FaST are interested in this position we would simply ask them to join at a payment of £10 renewable annually and then seek election in the same way. We would ask that they use the same contacts as above.
FaST must stress to all supporters that if there are insufficient Board Members elected at the forthcoming AGM, then the Trust will have no alternative but to declare this in its return to the Financial Conduct Authority and this will in turn result in the Trust being dissolved and thus all benefits and fan representation will be lost.
FaST has done much good work over the years since it was formed in 2006 and without the huge sum raised amounting to approximately £120,000 many beneficial projects would not have reached fruition. Arguably the club would not have built the new PRE stand due to be opened shortly and otherwise could have been demoted due to failing to meet Conference ground grading requirements. It goes without saying that there is nothing so galling but for a club to lose it’s playing status due to off the field matters.
Many other projects have been supported including the new kitchen for The Farney’s Restaurant; the area converted to standing room in the John O’Hara stand and pitch renovation works in the last close season. Also more recently floodlights renewal. Without FaST support this would have been a major loss of benefit to both the club and the fans.
We, therefore, ask all fans even if they do not agree with all the aspects that FaST have supported over the years, whether they are prepared to let the Supporters Trust die with the loss of a vital form of support to the club with project fund raising and representation of the fans. We appreciate that we have not achieved one of our main objectives which is representation on the Club Board but the Trust continues to pursue this and the dissolution or the Trust would mean that this would not be possible.
The Trust feels strongly that it wishes to gain the support of the fans and exert influence with the club that it previously enjoyed and the only way forward is to engage a strong board with the optimum number of members. Please give your candidacy to serve this important part of the club your most serious consideration as the very existence of The Trust is at stake and there will not be a second chance.
Thank you for reading this message and even if you do not wish to put your name forward we would urge you to at least renew your membership or join FaST. Together we can build a strong future looking to benefit both our beloved club and its fans.
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