Fog Supports COG

Local business man Stevie ‘Fog’ Miller caters on a daily basis for the great and the good of Kilmarnock from his hot snacks trailer which normally resides at the grounds of Kilmarnock Rugby Club. He also goes out of his way to support The Killie Trust in a plethora of different  ways and this week celebrated an epic landmark.

As well as sponsoring Trust events like our stand up comedy nights, Fog encourages his customers, Killie fans or not, to drop their small change in his Trust donation tin and this week’s contributions have taken the Killie Chilli (patent pending) vendor over the £1,200 mark!

A terrific total I think everyone can agree and we at the Trust would like to thank him for all his sterling fund raising efforts. More than that, Trust Board have decided to present Fog with our Community Partner award in recognition of of all the big man does. It says a lot about him that instead of just adorning his premises with our award sticker he chose to call on Rainbow Ink to get a massive decal to give the Trust’s @KillieTrust Twitter account some free advertising, we could do with a few more like him. He supported our Fifty for the Future initiative and is right behind our COG (Community Ownership Group) Fund as well…and we are more than happy to support him and and any other local business who backs the Trust.

Fogs Snack Bar, the Killie Trust salutes you.

A Great Initiative from The Killie Hippo

Sandy Armour, erstwhile known as The Killie Hippo and editor of the Killie fanzine of the same name has came up with a novel and generous initiative to get more people involved with The Killie Trust and in the process getting the COG initiative rolling as it were.

Starting with issue 121, which will be on sale from Saturday 25th August prior to the Dundee United match as well as tonights cup match versus Stenhousmuir, he will donate £50, or more precisely, pay the first years membership of 5 Killie fans wishing to The Trust each and every issue. An excellent gesture from Sandy which is much appreciated by The Trust.

So to be in with a chance of winning simply pop an email over to Sandy at killiehippo@aol.com and you will be entered into the draw for the prizes.

Already a fantastically successful publication with well over 100 issues, The Killie Hippo has took a major step to bring it bang up to date this season by making issues available online for the first time. Sure to be popular with the e-reader generation as well as the many many expat Killie fans posted around the globe it seems like a no brainer.

So if you are interested in a digital version of the Killie Hippo then drop the man himself an email at the adress mentioned above to get the details, as Sandy himself says “there’s no excuse to miss out on the world’s no.1 bad grammar publication”

Meeting with Club on 21st August 2012

Representatives of the Killie Trust, KFCSA and Kilmarnock Football Club met last night to discuss recent events. Chairman Michael Johnston told the supporter’s organisations that he was looking at the possibility of Kilmarnock FC becoming a Community Interest Club (CIC) and all parties agreed to further investigate the possibility of such an event. The setting up of the Killie Trust’s Community Ownership Group (COG) Fund was ratified by its members on Saturday and fundraising activities shall commence with immediate effect.

SGM on Community Ownership (COG) Report

The Killie Trust has consulted with its members about taking forward a plan to bring KFC in to community ownership. This has always been an objective of the Killie Trust, but recent events have forced us to take a look at the bigger picture and the consensus of the Trust Board is that we’ve now got to revisit one of our primary objectives and concentrate our efforts on community ownership in one form or another.

A meeting was held after the game against Motherwell on the 18th of August, which was very well attended. This meeting is only the first step in what could turn out to be a long journey, and there could be a lot of twists and turns on the way which we have to be prepared for. The Trust had done a little bit of work on this however so that there was something tangible to discuss.

The Trust is going to call this initiative the Trust’s COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP GROUP Fund, or COG for short and we’ll keep any money raised in a separate account. So if we talk about the Trust’s COG Fund from here on in then you’ll know what we are referring to.

The Trust Chairman outlined the three proposals to the meeting which were:

1.  All COG funds raised will be used for the purpose of bringing Kilmarnock Football Club into community ownership. The society aims to own over 51% of the club.

2.  The use of £9 of the annual membership fee of £10 for adults will be put towards the Trust’s Community Ownership Group Fund; this will be reviewed on an annual basis.

3.  To undertake on behalf of the society’s members all discussions and negotiations that are required to effect a transfer of ownership of Kilmarnock football club to Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd.

The Killie Trust is founded on the principles of democracy, openness and transparency. The negotiations that will be undertaken may require a confidentiality agreement to be entered into. The Trust will endeavour to keep its members as informed as possible and will aim to minimise the scope of any agreement, but there will be times when the board of the society are unable to keep members as informed as they should be.

There were some questions from the members including Cathy Jamieson the local MP and Killie season ticket holder before the proposals were unanimously agreed to by the meeting.

The Killie Trust board will now get to work on a plan of action to take this forward.