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MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING - WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

1. Apologies for absence

Katrina

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.

4. Membership

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. Phil#180;s 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

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SHAVE IT OR SAVE IT - TIME'S RUNNING OUT FOR DONATIONS!

Trust in Yellow has been very pleased with the response to the fundraiser launched with midfielder Luke George and Diabetes UK.

There is now less than a fortnight remaining to make a donation, as the total amount raised will be added up at the end of the first week in March to decide whether Luke's beard is shaved or saved.

The Trust is giving fans the ultimate say on whether Luke’s trademark beard should stay or go while also raising funds in the process.

Supporters are being asked make a donation based on whether they think the beard should be shaved or saved, and whichever raises the most money by 8 March will win.

There are only two home matches remaining during the campaign, so please donate in person or online using the details below.

All funds raised will be split equally between the Trust and Diabetes UK.

The campaign has received good publicity in the press and was also discussed during Luke's interview with ITV Granada Reports in their feature ahead of the FA Cup match against Eastleigh.

You can watch the ITV interview here: http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2014-12-05/fa-cup-superheroes-ready-for-action/

You can donate in any of the following ways:

- Call in at the club shop or Trust office at the matches against Halifax Town on 3 March or Nuneaton Town on 6 March and put your money in the yellow tin to shave it or black tin to save it

- Through the Trust's PayPal above - Click donate and type ‘shave’ or ‘save’ in the comments box.

- Via Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/LukeGeorge/. Again, type ‘shave’ or ‘save’ in the comments box.

Regardless of how you donate or which option you choose, the funds will be split equally between the Trust and Diabetes UK.

You can make a one-off donation or simply bring in your loose change whenever you pass on a matchday.

The campaign is all a bit of fun so please get involved. Thanks for your support

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FAN OF THE SEASON

Following the success of the first competition last season, TIY is pleased to announce that it is again running a 'Fan of the Season' competition.

We are looking to recognise a supporter who has made that special extra effort to give loyal support to the players and team at matches in season 2014/15. So this is not just about that band of fantastic people who give hours of their time in voluntary work for the club and without whom the club couldn’t be successful. We are sure the club has ways of recognising their efforts.

Our 'Fan of the Season' competition is for any supporter who has gone that extra mile this season in following and supporting their team . Do you know someone who you think has shown a special passion for the club? Is there someone within the Southport FC fan community who is an unsung hero deserving recognition? If you know such a person then let us know.

Email fans@trustinyellow.com, telling us in no more than 150 words how you have been inspired by someone else's commitment.

Alternatively you can download the NOMINATIONS FORM HERE and return it to us in person at the Trust office or club shop, by e-mail or by post using the details on the form.

The closing date is TUESDAY 31 MARCH.

The winner will receive their trophy at the end of season presentation evening when the various players’ awards are given out.

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FOSTER WINS JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Defender Luke Foster has been voted the Trust in Yellow Player of the Month for January.

The Southport captain, who has had an excellent season since joining from Lincoln City last summer, came out on top in the supporters’ poll.

Foster has been runner-up for the award in a number of months this campaign and picks up the award after another set of commanding performances in January.

Foster was presented with his award by Southport fan Harry Hopkins ahead of Saturday’s draw with Macclesfield Town.

Foster joins Richard Brodie, Paul Rutherford and David Raya Martin in having won the award this season.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.

Supporters will have the chance to vote for February’s award at the end of the month.

Photo by Julia Urwin.

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VANARAMA BIG DAY OUT

You may well have read all about the special offer that VANARAMA, the sponsors of the Conference, are giving for the Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley on Sunday, 17th May.

You can buy a voucher before the end of February for a match ticket for ONLY £10 (£5 for children). To make it even more attractive to Trust In Yellow, we are pleased to say that the club has offered that TIY can keep 50% of the sales we make.

So if you would like to go to Wembley for this important match at an unbeatable price, then contact Trust In Yellow as soon as possible either in our office on match days, through our Twitter account @trustinyellow or by email to fans@trustinyellow. If you want a ticket we must hear from you by the end of February at the very latest. If there is sufficient interest in the offer the Trust will look at booking coach travel

The full press release from Vanarama is below.

Vanarama Big Day Out – Press Release

The Vanarama Conference is to break new ground this season in the marketing of their showcase event known officially as the 'Vanarama Conference Promotion Final', to be staged at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Sunday 17th May at 2pm

As part of a combined new style approach, the Football Conference has teamed up with Vanarama their Title Sponsor, to bring a number of innovations to the end of season climax. With additional input from EE, the lead partner of Wembley Stadium a number of fantastic offers and savings will be made available to attract support to attend the Promotion Final from all areas of the game, which will form part of the newly named 'Vanarama BIG Day Out'. The primary move this season is to make the day more memorable by creating an electric party atmosphere for all footy fans let alone fans of the two finalists; and above all at an affordable family price. A voucher guarantees you a ticket with nothing more to pay. How good is that?

Starting almost immediately, every member club of the Football Conference will make available a special voucher offer to their fans of massive reductions on ticket prices for the Promotion Final. There will also be competitions and other opportunities to win tickets through Vanarama and EE and at Wembley there will be pre match entertainment for all the family and a major chance for a footy fan to win money, not only for himself but his own Conference Club. And we are talking BIG!

Further detailed updates will be made public via member clubs, all sponsors and associated partners, either through website information bulletins or social media channels . So keep an eye out over the closing months of the season as the race to the Football League takes closer order as the competition really hots up at the top of the Vanarama Conference. Typically a family of four could save £86 just by being first in the queue for a voucher. Can you afford to miss out on that sort of offer?

The vouchers go on sale ONLY from member clubs as of Monday 2nd February. The 'Early Bird Offer' will be available until the end of February ONLY, with vouchers being available at an amazing discount price of £10 for Adults and £5 for children under 16 years. Vouchers will be redeemable in due course for actual event tickets at the Vanarama Big Day Out featuring the Vanarama Conference Promotion Final. There is nothing more to pay for your ticket!

As vouchers (at these massive discounted prices) are limited in numbers don't delay in contacting your local Vanarama Club to find out more details on how to take advantage of this opportunity, to ensure you grab the best deal ever for a great Venue of Legends experience. Wembley awaits you!

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