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MINUTES OF MEMBERS' MEETING - TUESDAY 13TH JANUARY

1. Apologies for absence

Katrina, Phil

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.

3. Treasurers report

The Trusts balance currently stands at £27,435. Of this £15,000 has been transferred to a 30 day notice savings account with Cambridge & Counties bank. The Derby trip generated a profit of £2,487 which means that coach trips to date have generated a surplus of £2,413. Membership renewals and new memberships have raised a total of £1,705 since the beginning of July.

4. Membership

Bill reported that Trust membership is now up to 226. A few new members have been gained from the Derby trip and it is hoped more will follow with £5 membership being available to non-members who travelled on the coaches until 14th February.

5. Coach Travel

The trip to Derby was a success and a lot of goodwill was generated towards the Trust from those that travelled. There was only one minor complaint received which will be investigated. The Trust would like to thank all of those who volunteered to be responsible for looking after a coach to ensure that the day went as smoothly as possible. Thanks in particular go to Alan Scarisbrick and Phil Carder for their tireless efforts in organising travel for over 700 people at such short notice. Some of the monies raised from the day will go towards subsidising a future trip with Alfreton looking the most likely. An anonymous donor has also generously put £100 towards the cost of coach hire for this match. The uptake for the Bristol weekend has been good so far with bookings already being into double figures.

6. Cooperation with the club

The Trust will yet again push for a meeting with the club after yet another period of frustrating delays. Until answers from the club are forthcoming the statement issued in December regarding progression with the floodlights can’t be updated although this will happen when concrete answers are received from the club.

7. Fundraising and other Trust events

The Race Night will go ahead on Saturday 21st March with sponsors for races and owners for jockeys and horses now being sought. The evening will be hosted by Tony Adams and the Trust will liaise with Gary Brabin to secure the attendance of the players. A meet the manager session will hopefully take place on Saturday 14th February. The response to the 04/05 players reunion has been very positive and it is hoped to hold a fans v players match followed by a quiz in the Grandstand Bar. As done previously the places in the fans team will be sold off for a pre-determined amount. A presentation evening will be arranged to take place after the last home game of the season where, along with the usual player awards, the Fan Of The Season award will also be presented. The Luke George Save It or Shave It has now been running for 2 months and has raised £410 for Diabetes UK to date. David Raya Martin has been awarded honorary Trust membership and this will be presented to him at the next convenient date.

8. How to build on the Cup success

The most important way to build on the Cup success will be the installation of new floodlights giving both regular and prospective supporters a visual indicator of what the Trust does. It was agreed that the Trust will issue a timeframe for all future major projects to be completed within to avoid the long delays experienced with the floodlights project.

9. Any other business

Richard Hinds was the winner of the quiz issued on the coaches to Derby and wins a years Trust membership. The second Onion Bag Chronicles are expected in the club shop in time for the Chester game with all profits going to the Trust.

10. Dates of next meeting

Wednesday 25th February - Board

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WHO IS YOUR PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER?

The year 2014 came to a memorable end for Southport - and voting for the Trust in Yellow Player of the Month for December is now open.

Every month throughout the season, fans are asked to nominate their star performer from the Southport team and one supporter will be selected to make the presentation to the winning player.

As well as booking their place in the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in 16 years with victory over Eastleigh, Southport secured two excellent wins at Woking and Kidderminster Harriers.

Richard Brodie scored twice - one against Eastleigh and also in the draw against Gateshead - while Micah Evans, Andy Mitchell, Dom Collins and Charlie Joyce were also on target.

The most spectacular goal - and arguably most important - was scored by Luke George, who found the net in some style to secure the win at Kidderminster. Goalkeeper David Raya Martin and captain Luke Foster have also been in fine form.

Or has another player caught your eye in December? There are sure to be plenty of contenders this month.

The FA Cup third round match at Derby County, of course, took place in January, so any votes based on this match should be kept for the next round of voting.

Voting is open until 8pm on Friday 16 January and the presentation will be made ahead of the home match against Chester on Saturday 17 January.

You can submit your vote in any of the following ways:

- E-mail fans@trustinyellow.com

- Text POTM followed by the players name and your name to 07861416859

- Complete a voting slip at the Trust office (next to the club shop)

A polite reminder that all votes are vetted, so any multiple entries or ones submitted without a name or valid e-mail address will not be counted.

Since the award was introduced, the club's junior supporters have taken real delight in making the presentation to the winning player.

In a slight change to previous seasons, you can now nominate yourself, your child or any other friend or family member to present the award by contacting the Trust in the same ways you can vote above.

The Player of the Month award is one of several initiatives run by the Trust to promote greater supporter-involvement and strengthen the link between fans and players.

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MEMBERS' MEETING - TUESDAY 13TH JANUARY

The meeting will commence at 7.30pm in the Grandstand Bar. The agenda is below.

1. Apologies for Absence.

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

3. Treasurer’s report

4. Membership.

5. Coach Travel. Review of the Derby County trip Arrangements for future matches.. Bristol weekend.

6. Cooperation with the club. Trust’s statement about the new floodlights. Any further developments

7. Fundraising. ( Racenight, etc,) and other Trust events. (Meet the Manager etc,)

8. How to build on the Cup success. Ways TIY and the club can build on the Cup run.

9. Any other business.

10. Dates of next meetings.

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DERBY PICK UP TIMES

The following are the pick up times for COACHES 1 AND 2 ONLY:

The Arion, Kenilworth Road, Ainsdale 9.40am

The Crown, Liverpool Road, Birkdale 9.45am

The George, Duke Street 9.55am

KGV College 10.00am

ALL OTHER COACHES WILL DEPART FROM KGV ONLY AT 10AM. WILL ALL SUPPORTERS PLEASE ARRIVE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE A PUNCTUAL DEPARTURE TIME.

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TRUST STATEMENT REGARDING FLOODLIGHTS

Following the excitement of the FA Cup victory the Trust feels this is an important time to build on the success both on and off the field...

The board of Trust In Yellow was pleased to hear that the long awaited floodlight scheme has started and that work should be completed in the next few weeks. The recent damage to one of the pylons on the popular side only confirmed how important it is to get new lights in place quickly.

It was back in 2010 that members voted to support such a scheme and TIY raised its share of the money required by May 2012. Originally we were told by the club that the lights were to be in place by the summer of 2011 but there have been various delays until this summer when the Trust, shareholders and supporters were told they would be installed by November. The Trust welcomed the sponsorship of County Insurance to cover the club’s share of the total cost. Following the latest delay the Trust wrote to the club asking for clarification. In particular we would like to know:- what were the reasons for this delay?

Has the Football Stadia Improvement Fund agreed to fund 50% of the scheme?

What will be the total cost of the project?

When is it envisaged that the new lights will first be used for a match?

It is hoped the club will agree to meet the Trust to discuss these points and perhaps long terms plans for any further ground improvements which the Trust can support with the club. Until the Trust knows what its financial commitments are with regards to the lights it is obviously impossible to plan its budget for the future.

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