Bairnstrust Committee Meeting
20th October 2003
Elliots, Graeme Road, Falkirk
Michael White called the meeting to order and welcomed members
who had come to observe.
1. Apologies for Absence
Apologies were noted from Alistair Ferrie and Fergus Caldwell.
2. Leave of Absence
Michael gave a brief summary of his new position within the club
advising he would be responsible for devising a new structure
throughout the club to carry it forward and the implementation
of the new structure. The position is a full time appointment
until next May. In view of increased responsibility the Committee
have agreed to allow Michael leave of absence as BairnsTrust chair
until May although he is required to continue as fans representative
on the FFC Board.
The Meeting was advised of a letter received from Alastair Ferrie
regrettably resigning his position on the Board for health reasons.
The committee unanimously thank for his hard work in getting BairnsTrust
up and running and we all wish him well for the future.
4. Vice Chairman
It was agreed to nominate an interim Vice Chair until the AGM
at the start of next year. Steven Bird was unanimously elected
having been proposed by Tom Jamieson and seconded by John Dick.
5. Minutes of Last
Last months minutes were formally accepted as an accurate record.
Proposed Murray McIntyre, Seconded Brian Guthrie.
6. BairnsTrust Publicity
Stephen is arranging for BairnsTrust promotional leaflets to be
printed next week. Kirstie will then issue the members’
letters and the leaflets can also be distributed around supporters
clubs and at home games. Supporters’ clubs bus convenors
will be formally invited to the next BairnsTrust meeting.
7. Bairns Against Racism
The Falkirk team photograph in the promotional t-shirts will appear
in this weeks Herald and Bairns Babes and the ball boys will be
approached to wear the t-shirts at the Ayr United game. It was
noted that we had received fewer shirts for distribution than
- In Fergus’ absence, Kirstie advised the finances were
in healthy shape and drew attention to the fact that the majority
of the money already raised had been used to purchase shares
- Fergus is currently liasing with Martin Ritchie and Paul Kelly
over the issue of share certificates.
- Stephen Bird advised that the monies raised for the ‘Fighting
Fund’ in the Dunfermline Building Society account set up
to cover legal costs at the time of the SPL appeal would be passed
over to BairnsTrust at the end of the month once interest had
- BairnsTrust has purchased advertising space in the programme
until the end of the season for a cost of £500.
i) Video-Brian confirmed they hoped to access
the editing suite within the next week allowing our video to be
available the end of November at a cost of £15. There is
a little concern over timescale for a launch at Christmas and
this will be reviewed in one week.
ii) Number Plates-Kirstie showed the meeting
a sample car number plate and suggested the trust could market
these with the Falkirk FC logo. It was agreed that subject to
the Falkirk Board approving the use of the club logo. The number
plates will have the Falkirk FC logo on the left hand side with
‘Expect the Unexpected’ along the bottom
10. Potential Shadow Board
This is on hold at the moment until after
the next Falkirk FC Board meeting.
11. Any Other Business
was expressed as to the length of time that it appeared to be
taking to erect the cover over the terracing at Ochilview. The
meeting was advised that it is believed Stenhousemuir are responsible
for the delay and subject to confirmation that this is indeed
the case it was agreed that a letter be issued to Stenhousemuir
FC in this respect.
Bill Anderson advised the club are struggling selling hospitality
and it was agreed we should be trying to assist in this.
Tom suggested we obtain some form of ID badge for people to wear
on official BairnsTrust business. Kirstie is to source this.
iv ) In
view of Alistair’s resignation and Michaels leave of absence
Stephen suggested we look at co-opting some more people onto the
Trust Committee until our AGM. The following proposals were made
and accepted: -
Nominated Stephen, seconded Brian
Jean Toft: Nominated Stephen,
Steven Adam: Nominated Stephen,
Jack Gardiner: Nominated Bill,
Murray McIntyre: Nominated Bill,
All are regular attendees at BairnsTrust meetings
and accepted the positions.
12. Date and Time of Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on 17th
November 2003 at 7.30pm in Elliots. In view of meals being served
the meeting may take place in the room to the left going in the
main door rather than in the top bar area as has been the custom
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