Full details of next week’s Robins Trust AGM and relaunch


The Robins Trust will relaunch with a new look and new ambitions next week.

Since the Trust was established in 2005, great successes have been achieved.

More than £250,000 has been invested in Cheltenham Town Football Club, securing Robins fans an elected representative on the club’s board of directors.

Much of this success can be credited to the hard work of a long-standing Trust board, and especially down to the efforts of outgoing Trust chairman Clive Gowing.

With Clive standing down as Chairman and Fan Elected Director, and with the election of Murry Toms as FED, the Trust felt it was time for a fresh new look.

Murry explained: “Since I was elected to serve as FED in April, the Trust has been preparing for a relaunch, aimed at making the next step.

“A decade ago, the idea of having a Fan Elected Director was something of a pipe dream – that all changed when the Trust received the fantastic legacy from our founding secretary Bryan Jacob.

“The role and responsibilities of the Trust changed when we achieved our long-held aim of securing a Fan Elected Director, and now the Trust must change to follow suit.

“At our AGM on October 12, we will outline some exciting changes the Trust will be making with the aim of achieving some ambitious new goals.

“We will be electing a new Trust board and proposing a change to our membership subscriptions that we believe will make the Trust become more representative, and more open than ever before.

“What has been achieved by the hard-working board since inception back in 2005 has been nothing short of remarkable.

“Our aim, now, is to build on that outstanding base and make the Robins Trust better than ever.”

Manager Gary Johnson and Chairman Paul Baker will be joining us for a Q&A afterwards, which will kick-off at 7.45pm.

The evening is open to all supporters of Cheltenham Town, although existing Trust members ONLY are able to vote on each of the items on the agenda.

With only two members of the existing Board standing for re-election, an election to fill the remaining places on the board will be held, with nominations open to all Trust members.

Any existing Trust member willing to stand for election to the Trust Board, must inform the acting chairman by Thursday, September 28 (5pm).

In the event that there are more nominees than available places on the Board (16), details will be published of an election prior to the AGM.

  • The AGM will be held on Thursday, October 12 (7pm) at Cheltenham Town Football Club (main bar).

AGENDA:

1. To receive and approve the accounts for the year ending May 31, 2017

2. Robins Trust 2.0 – Relaunch of the Trust

3. Elections to the Society Board
Because of a number of resignations over the previous year, an entirely new Trust Board will be elected to serve for a two-year period. Nominations to stand for the Trust board must be received by the Trust, within two weeks of the date of the meeting. In the event that applications for the board exceed the maximum number permissible (16) by the Trust’s rules, an election will be held with details published prior to the meeting.

4. Change to Trust membership subscriptions
To approve or reject the following proposal in regards to membership subscriptions: (One member, one vote. Straight majority).

1. OPTION ONE:
In order to make the Trust more accessible and to encourage greater membership numbers, Adult Trust subscriptions will be reduced to £5

a. All memberships to run from June 1 each year, in line with accounting dates,
regardless of date joined.
b. Family subscriptions will be withdrawn
c. All existing year-long memberships will be honoured for the term of the
initial subscription.
d. New members joining, if vote approved, will run until May 31, 2018.

2. OPTION TWO:
Keep the current subscription costs and renewal process

5. Open forum

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