Apologies: Martin R, Paul I.
1. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
As part of the Trust’s aim to improve communications with members, a new twitter account has been set up. Dan Hayes will be consulted about adding an easier contact facility to the Trust’s website and the best way to possibly revamp the website.
2. Treasurer’s Report
The Trust’s current balance is £25,162.
The nine-month term deposit matured on 12 July, earning the Trust £168 in interest. The current offer from Barclays for the same term pays 1 per cent interest.
The Trust is currently waiting for the invoice for the pre-season kit, with the total cost around £750.
A good number of memberships are now being renewed and reminders have started to be sent by e-mail. A flyer will be distributed at the opening match against Luton Town.
4. Pre-season kit
The response to the pre-season kit has been excellent. With the aim of raising at least £1,000 for Macmillan Nurses, the kits will be sold to supporters for a minimum donation of £65, with a number of fans indicating that they would be willing to pay more.
Only three kits remain available to buy. Thanks to Colin A and PVC Vendo for sponsoring the kit.
£250 has been raised in sponsorship towards the cost and a decision will be made on whether the Trust matches that figure.
Craig Jackson, Sally Devine’s partner, will be invited to make the presentation to Macmillan Nurses.
5. Correspondence from Charlie Clapham
The Trust board has been in recent contact with Charlie Clapham, mainly in relation to the proposed lottery scheme and floodlights project.
The club has given no timescale regarding floodlights, only that it remains on their agenda and they hope to move the project forward soon. The club has been reminded that the Trust currently has the funds for its own share.
In relation to a lottery, Mr Clapham has stated that the club has discussed internally the possibility of running a 100 or 200 club for a £5 per week stake, with an agreed a percentage going to a ground improvement scheme.
Mr Clapham suggested that the club could look to recruit, for example, 75 supporters for the lottery and the Trust 25.
From research carried out by the Trust board, a £5 per week stake is much higher than draws at clubs of a similar status and the board feels, at this amount, there would be a limited response from members.
A meeting with a representative from the lottery at St Helens RL will take place on 29 July.
Everton Lotteries have responded regarding a number of queries raised in relation to their proposed scheme.
The Trust board has also looked at lotteries run independently by local Non-League clubs.
The views of members will be sought at the AGM.
7. Completion of cleaning of Jack Carr Stand toilets
The painting of the two remaining toilet blocks will take place on 29 July.
8. Possible sponsorship of the club’s youth / community scheme
Rob U will approach Haydn Preece to establish the definite plans for the club’s community activities. Details of the scheme are not clear enough for members to be asked to vote at the moment.
It would be preferable for the Trust board to meet with Haydn again to make sure the details of any project are clear before any proposal is put to the membership.
9. Coach travel
The Trust has sent out tenders to three coach companies for the coming season and is expecting a response from Elite Travel.
The board will invite supporters’ suggestions for the chosen weekend visit.
There will be special offer coach travel to the match at Tamworth on 7 September to coincide with Non-League Day. Members will be able to travel for £8 and non-members for £10 with the aim of trying to run two coaches.
10. Forthcoming fundraising and social events
Alan Wright will be asked about arranging a Meet the Manager session, hopefully after the friendly against Fleetwood Town on 27 July.
There has been a lot of interest in the Prediction Competition and it is hoped there will be a record number of entries.
The race night will take place around 5 or 12 October.
The Trust will look to arrange a Fan of the Season competition.
11. Arrangements for AGM on 29 August
Phil C, Rob U and Paul I are due to stand for re-election.
12. Heart monitors / water hog
Colin A has made several enquiries in relation to selling the heart monitors so the proceeds can go towards a water hog. There has been some interest in buying the heart monitors but not yet any offers. Details have been published on various websites and the Trust will continue to look for interested buyers.
13. Presentation to Tony McMillan
It was suggested the presentation for Tony McMillan’s 200th league appearance could take place at Barrow’s match at Witton Albion on 6 August. Colin A will try to attend to make the presentation on behalf of the Trust.
14. Any other business
A presentation will be made to support Charlie Adams, who won last season’s Prediction Competition.
15. Date of next meeting
29 August (AGM).