The AGMs of the Supporters Association and Supporters Trust took place on Tuesday evening, and we have a brief run down on what happened.
Beginning with the Supporters Association, it was announced that after 51 years on the committee, Mike Hogan was standing down as Chairman. He has accepted the offer of being made President of the association - a rare honour.
Sandra Wood is taking over as chairman, whilst John Rice will continue as secretary. A call went out for a new treasurer as Geraldine Clarke would like to stand down due to ill-health. If you are interested in this role, please speak to any member of the association commitee.
Special thanks were given to John Rice, who has put in a huge amount of work to bring the association into the 21st century, particularly with their new website and the club's first proper online club shop.
Then came the Supporters Trust AGM. Chairman Bryan Roberts began by repeating his recent plea for more bodies to come forward for the Trust board. However, he was delighted to announce that John Rogers has taken on the role of secretary. Bryan also issued a plea for new matchday volunteers to come forward. Please be assured that if you volunteer you don't need to miss any of the match.
If you are willing to join the board, or volunteer for matchday duties please speak to Bryan Roberts or John Rogers.
Both meetings thanked each other, and of course Graham Etchell, Gary McCann and his backroom staff and the squad for all their efforts last season. Thanks also went to Rob Morris for bringing us some light at the end of the tunnel.
Mike Harte brought the treasurer's report, and it was re-iterated that despite Rob's input we cannot afford to become complacent. Self-sufficiency is still the aim, but is a long way off. All of us as supporters still need to do more. We need to not only maintain our support, both financially and on the terraces, and if possible find ways to increase it. The target for this season is to break even for the first time.
Mike also took a moment to remember former player Graham Sewell, and supporters Charlie Hoyle and Les Vincent who passed away over the past twelve months.
Rob Morris & Simon Lawrence then explained their plans. Rob spoke with regard to Silver Jubilee Park, where the aim is to be ready for us to move in for the beginning of the 2015-16 season, although we are at the mercy of planning agreements etc. The new pitch will be laid by the end of September but of course we cannot play there until the ground is brought up to the required standard. We do have the option of a 3rd year at Earlsmead should it be required. Rob also gave some information on some of the contracts that he has agreed.
Simon explained that in the past couple of weeks it has become apparent that Hendon will receive a substantial sum of money from Fairview Homes who will be developing the Claremont Road site. This will be matched by a Stadium Improvement Grant and will go towards improvements at Silver Jubilee Park.
Simon and Rob answered various questions from the floor before the meeting closed.
If any supporters who were unable to attend the meeting have any questions for Rob, Simon or any of the Supporters Trust board or Supporters Association committee, please speak to them on a matchday, contact them direct if you have their contact details, or email them via the website at email@example.com and we will pass your email on to them.