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The Supporters Association and Supporters Trust held their AGMs at Silver Jubilee Park on Wednesday evening before Simon Lawrence and Rob Morris signed the ten-year lease.
The Supporters Association announced that Geraldine Clarke was standing down as treasurer following many years of distinguished service and that Graham Rice would step into the role for 2015/6. Geraldine will remain on the committee.
John Rice is also stepping down as secretary and the committee having played a pivotal role in bringing the Association into the 21st century with an on-line shop, social media presence and many other innovations.
In the chairperson's remarks, Sandra paid tribute to the efforts of the committee and Geraldine and John. She asked that anyone interested in taking on the position of secretary to speak to her, or any member of the committee at future home games. This was followed with a plea to all supporters to become members of the Association in 2015/6 to ensure the association, which has been in existence for more than 80 years, can go from strength to strength.
This was followed by the Trust AGM at which chairman Bryan Roberts echoed many of Sandra's comments whilst adding that even though we are potentially on the cusp of securing the club's longer term future with SJP, we could not afford to become complacent and take our foot off the pedal. There was lots of hard work to do to secure funding to allow the club to continue competing at this, or a higher level.
John Rock was re-elected to the Trust board and Tom Stockman was elected. There were no resignations.
For those who don't know Tom, he is the facilities manager at Silver Jubilee Park, and he has been working extremely hard with Rob Morris over the past couple of years.
The evening ended with remarks from club chairman Simon Lawrence. The two main points that he was keen to emphasise was that there is no white knight prepared to pay the bills and that this is solely down to what we, the supporters are able to do. The need for donations, membership renewals and fundraising was as great now as it was ten years ago.
One of the overrriding themes from both the Association and Trust AGMs was the dwindling number of memberships. A plea was made from Simon to anyone that thinks of themselves as a supporter of Hendon Football Club to pay the Ã‚Â£10 for membership of the Trust. There should be no greater incentive for supporters to become members than to be a part owner of this great club. With attendances increasing last season, it is hoped that we would see membership of the Trust and Association grow over the next 12 months.
Finally, after paying tribute to everyone from the Graham Etchell, the management and players right down to the supporters and matchday staff for their part in Hendon's best season of the semi-professional era, the evening ended with the lease on SJP being signed.