1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.
3. Issues arising from Phil´s death
The major issue is gaining access to the bank with money being able to be paid in but not accessed by the Trust. Obviously this affects the day to day operations of the Trust and steps are being taken to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Colin has agreed to step into Phil’s role as Treasurer on a provisional basis. Donations totalling a superb £708 were received in memory of Phil and this money will go towards purchasing something in his memory. The proposed Celebration Wall was discussed and Martin will do more research on it with Rob Urwin and report back. The Goal of the Season Trophy and the plaque in memory of Phil have been purchased.
Bill reported that Trust membership is now at 220 with 47 new members having joined between the period of 1st February to the 31st January. The Trust now has 1310 followers on Twitter.
5. Membership of board, recruiting new members & improving communication etc
All Board members agreed that communication must be improved and an acknowledgement of an e-mail received should be made within 24 hours. Phils death has highlighted the need for new Board members with fresh ideas and skill sets. There are a few interested parties and they will be spoken to shortly. New roles such as a Projects Co-ordinator were discussed although it was agreed that it would be unfair to burden current Board members with either too many roles or roles that they aren´t keen on taking on. This heightens the need for a larger committee.
6. Shave it or Save it
We are now into the final fortnight for donations so this will be pushed as much as possible in the media. Steve Wignall, who will be shaving the beard, has made a very generous donation and his company´s details will be added to the Trust website´s Partners Page as a thank you.
7. Race Night
As a result of the very difficult last 6 weeks it was agreed to put the Race Night back to Easter Monday after the Telford game. This will allow more time for arrangements to me made and sponsorships to be sold and will hopefully generate more interest with what is usually a larger crowd for a Bank Holiday game. Tony Adams will host as usual and it is hoped the players and management will attend.
8. Players Reunion
The 04/05 Reunion looks likely to take place on Sunday 26th April although this is yet to be confirmed. After the match there will be a buffet, quiz and Q&A session in the Grandstand Bar. Preliminary pricing is £25 for a place on the supporters team and £5 admission for spectators including access to the buffet afterwards. Once these details have been confirmed the event will be publicised.
9. Cooperation with the club
There was a discussion about how more pressure could be put on the club in the future to avoid another floodlights situation. It was agreed that there would be a deadline put on any future purchases whereby funding would be withdrawn if the project wasn´t completed by an agreed date. A balance needs to be sought between being too reticent and too militant which may alienate the club.
10. Coach Travel
With Alan S being away Nicola Hudson has very kindly agreed to run the Wrexham coach. Thanks must also go to Arthur for being extremely patient while the banking issues are sorted. There are around 26 names down for the Bristol weekend with 40 being needed for confirmation at the end of March.
11. Any other Business
It was agreed that the Vanarama Big Day out offer should be publicised more to southern exiles who are more likely to travel to Wembley than those living in the Southport area. Voting for the February Player of the Month has now opened.
12. Dates of next meetings
Wednesday 18th March – Members (TBC)
Wednesday 8th April - Board