Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Open Meeting Coming Soon

We are planning on holding our public Open Meeting in Manchester in February 2007 and are currently finalising the date and which venue we will be using. We expect to confirm this during the course of next week.

All supporters whether they are shareholders, season ticket holders or not will be invited to attend. The Open Meeting will be used to introduce Supporters Direct and the principles and philosophy behind the Supporters Trust movement.

It will also be used to provide examples of other Suppporters Trusts in existence. A guest speaker or two will also be present.

At the Open Meeting, we will present our aims and proposals for the trust as well as allow time for a "question and answer" session to ensure that supporters have their say and can raise points that are important. This part of the meeting is crucial and will ensure that the views and concerns of the supporters are known which can then be used/ addressed in the next phase.

At the end of the Open Meeting the supporters present will vote on the proposal to establish a working group to go ahead and register the Trust. If the vote is successful that working group will work towards the formal launch of the trust and will work on areas include the drafting of the constitution of the trust, registering it with the appropriate authorities, open bank accounts, draft membership forms, dealing with the media (we've already had some grounding here!) etc.

If the vote is successful the numbers in the current trust working group will need to be increased probably to about 12 maybe 15. There will be a chance at the Open Meeting for supporters to sign up as additional members to the working group and those supporters will be asked to confirm their availability and the skills they have to offer.

We have been e-mailed with offers already and have kept these on file to be added to the list compiled at the Open Meeting. We understand that it may not be possible for all interested supporters to make the meeting and with that in mind we will accept at that time offers by post & e-mail.

As normal, all queries, input and feedback are welcomed please e-mail us on


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