Last Wednesday at our AGM, Barry Richmond stood down from his role as Trust chairman after 7 years in the seat. In his final chairman’s report Barry highlighted the work the Trust had done in the past year and the key moments. We had two Comedy nights, one of which raised money for the Laurie and Ellie fund and saw us take our stand up showcase to Kilmarnock Rugby Club for the first time before returning to the Sports Bar for our second fundraiser in November. We also had a representative in the Commonwealth Baton Relay which made its way through East Ayrshire on the 21st of June. Also highlighted was the latest on the Trusts attempt to see fan representation on the club board. Although Barry has stepped down as chairman he is staying on the board and will help with a real membership drive in 2015, he had this to say about his time at the helm and the future…
Outgoing Chairman Barry Richmond (right) with Sandy Armour and former club captain Garry Hay at last years 10 year anniversary charity ball
“Thanks to everyone who attended the Trust AGM last night and especially to my fellow Trust Board directors who have made my job so much easier down the years. It was an honour to serve as chairman for such a length of time and carry on the good work of those who went before me…but change has to happen if progress is to be made and I sincerely hope that our next chairperson will benefit from all that was achieved during my spell in office. It goes without saying that I remain committed to the ideals of the trust and will continue to serve on the board until such times as I am no longer needed…and my focus this year will be on increasing membership to record levels so you have been warned!”
Also standing down but leaving their positions on the Trust board are Nigel Fitzsimmons who served as Secretary, Elaine Millar who was heavily involved in the RBS Community grant win amongst other things, Davie Davidson who was integral to all things membership in his time on board and Sandy Armour who was in charge of the epic success that was Fifty for the Future before it was wound up 2 years ago. We thank them for all their hard work over the years.
Its not all departures however; John Speirs, Jim Thomson, Paul Markac and Gary Torbett have decided to stand again and were all re-elected. A decision on who will take over as chairman will be taken in the new year.
Joining the Killie Trust just got easier. 2013 is the year in which the Trust celebrate the tenth anniversary of our formation and it promises to be a year of epic proportions, and we want as many Killie fans as possible to be a part of that.
Signing up new members has never been an easy process so we’ve introduced a new “quickslip” application form so we can engage with as many fans as possible in a shorter period of time.
To kick things off we will have four volunteers with quickslips at the match on Saturday (19th January) stationed at the approaches to both ends of the ground. If you are in any doubt who they are we are sure that Hippo will point them out.
All you have to give them is your name and ONE of three other details (postcode, email or phone number) and we then follow it up at a time more convenient to you. It’s still only a tenner a year, and that’s £2 less than it was ten years ago!
The next ten years will see football in this country change more than you can imagine with community ownership featuring heavily for clubs like ours. Together the “Killie Family” can ensure that we are ahead of the game and the the club will survive to be a community hub for future generations.
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 email@example.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”