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Do you want to stand for the board?

The Annual General Meeting is the most important meeting in the club calendar, where members elect the board, receive reports on club finances and activities and decide the future direction of the club. FC United’s 2008 Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd October 2008 (venue to be confirmed).

At the General Meeting held in April this year, the club set up a Meeting Arrangements Committee. The committee is made up of the club secretary, Board members and elected members of the club and is responsible for organising General Meetings and the Annual General Meeting.

You may have noticed that the day of the meeting has been moved back to a mid week night. The committee felt that, after having the last 2 meetings on a Sunday, we should change the format so that those who cannot attend on a weekend are able to do so. We understand that this may cause problems for members who are unable to attend mid week meetings, but we do try to accommodate as many members as possible and the format will be reviewed again for the March General Meeting.

The committee also decided that the previous format for board elections should be changed and, consequently, the content of personal statements has been increased from 100 words to 400 words. This decision was made for 2 reasons. Firstly, to provide candidates with greater scope to explain their reasons for wanting to join the Board and to detail the particular skills they have to offer and, secondly, to provide members with more detail on the individual candidates. This should allow members to make a better informed decision when selecting who they would like to represent them on the Board.

This year we are hoping that more members will stand for election to the Board and use their personal statements positively to let the electorate know what their views and priorities are. Given the club’s rate of growth and our future ground development plans, we’re keen to further broaden the skills and expertise on the Board.

There will be a number of vacancies on the Board, including those created by existing Board members who are retiring by rotation and standing for re-election.
Please note that persons wishing to stand for election to the Board must be a member of the Club and, pursuant to Rule 61 of the Club’s Constitution, no person can be a member of the Club Board who:

a. is subject to a bankruptcy order or who has in place a composition with their creditors;
b. is subject to a disqualification order made under the Company Directors Disqualification Act;
c. has a conviction for an indictable offence (other than a spent conviction as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974);
d. is or may on the basis of medical evidence be suffering from a mental disorder;
e. fails to abide by any rules for the conduct of elections made by the Club Board.

Furthermore, no person under the age of 18 may be an officer of the Club.

Prospective candidates should note that membership of the Club Board involves, amongst other things, attendance at regular meetings of the Board and committees of the Club, and representing the Club at home and away fixtures. Members who wish to stand for election to the Board should notify the Club of their candidature (no later than 35 days before the date of the meeting which is the 19th September 2008). Such notification to the Club must contain a summary, in no more than 400 words, of why you would like to be voted onto the FC United Board, and what skills and experience you believe you have to offer the Club. You will also need to provide your name, membership number, address and telephone number. Any members intending to stand for election to the Board are urged to read Rules 56 to 64 of the Club’s Constitution.

Each year’s AGM should be primarily devoted to the formal business of the AGM, such as the presentation of the Club’s accounts for the past financial year and the Board elections, with miscellaneous items of Club business reserved for the mid-season General Meeting. However, the AGM, as with all General Meetings of the Club, provides an opportunity for members to put resolutions before the membership.

If you wish to submit a resolution for consideration at the AGM, Rule 24 of the Club’s Constitution provides that notice of that resolution must be given in writing to the Club no later than noon 35 days before the date of the meeting, therefore by no later than 19 September 2008. Rule 24 also provides that the member giving notice of the proposed resolution must also give the Club his or her justification for that proposed resolution, as well as its form and content, and that the notice of the resolution must be signed by the proposer as well as five other members. The Board also asks that the members signing the proposed resolution give their full names and membership numbers, so that their memberships may be verified, and that the proposer give his or her full name, membership number and telephone number. Any members intending to submit proposed resolutions are strongly urged to read Rule 24 of the Club’s Constitution.

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First Posted ~ 11:43 Thu 18 Sep 2008
News ID ~ 1786
Last Updated ~ 17:14 Fri 11 Oct 2013