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.
Another cup hero and great servant to Killie, Mark ‘Mavis’ Reilly is a Trust member and gives us regular support. The idea of a Killie family may sound a bit twee to some but if you are part of it then you can appreciate what it is all about and Mark knows all too well that as one of us he will always be a part of something special.
Mavis receives his Trust share certificate from Board member Davie Davidson.
Notice is hereby given the Annual General Meeting of the Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Limited will be held in the Howard Centre, Portland Street, Kilmarnock on
Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 7.00pm prompt.
3) Last AGM minutes
4) Chairman’s report
5) Treasurer’s Report and Financial Statement.
6) Reappointment of W White & Co as Auditors to the Society.
7) Elections to the Board/announcement of results.
8) Trust objectives 2015.
9) Any Other Business.
By order of the Board
Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd
Registered Office: Duncan McLean & Co, 81 John Finnie Street,Kilmarnock, KA1 1BG
A member entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in their place. Such a proxy need not be a member of the Society. The appointment of a proxy should be in writing to the Secretary, and in order to be valid, the form of proxy must be received by the secretary not less than 48 hours before the time fixed for the holding of the meeting or any adjourned meeting. Valid forms of proxy arriving at the PO Box address by close of business 2 days prior to the meeting will be deemed to satisfy the above criteria. Completed forms should be returned to the Secretary at PO Box 26103, Kilmarnock, KA1 1YN before 5pm on Monday 24th November 2014. No person other than the Chair of the meeting can act as proxy for more than 3 members.
One of our ’97 Scottish Cup legends show his support for the Trust. Fan’s favourite Dylan Kerr has vast experience in the game and knows just how involvement fans involvement is.
This November get yourself along to the Sports Bar for some brilliant stand up comedy. Your eyes are not deceiving you, there is a deliberate typo in the artwork as we are returning to our spiritual home for “Stand Up (If You Love Billy) 8″…and as such have afforded a nod to KFC’s main man Billy Bowie for making that possible.
On compere duties is friend of the Trust Ray Bradshaw for his third tour of duty at the Sports Bar, Ray has been entertaining audiences up and down Britain this year so its great to have him back corralling this bunch…
Mark Nelson, who as well as being one of the most sought after acts on the Scottish circuit could also have been seen during the summer on BBC1 presenting Don’t Drop the Baton and heard on Radio Scotland in his show “Mark Nelson’s guide to Marriage”.
Chris Forbes who supported Kevin Bridges on tour in 2012 and has been a staple in the comedy tents at Rockness and T in the Park recently.
Jim Smith, who in September this year came third in the annual Scottish Comedian of the year competition, Jim is a Perthshire farmer and along with Colin McCreadie and Stuart Cosgrove constitutes St Johnstone’s entire fan base.
Lastly of course, and back yet again, is our home grown talent, John Speirs, who probably wont be entirely happy with the photo on the poster and gets a wee bit grouchy if you spell his name wrong.
Again, thanks in advance for continuing to support these nights. The ticket price remains a paltry £15 for a plethora of top acts and can be purchased by calling Peter on 0742 961 5232 or by following the links on our website, COG Blog, Facebook, Twitter etc. to the Eventbrite page for the event (or just click the picture below).
Hope to see you all soon…
The Killie Trust this season swelled the ranks of its sponsorship stable with the front of Burnpark Boys Club jerseys this season being emblazoned with our @thekillietrust twitter handle logo.
On Saturday 17th September Trust board members David Davison, Sandy Armour as well as chairman Barry Richmond were on hand to get a snap with the team and see the boys in their new threads. The photo featured in The Kilmarnock Standard the next week, though sadly our copy of the picture got lost due to a technology malfunction of some description. So, on a freezing cold Saturday morning in January, Saturday 19th of January to be exact, John Speirs went out to get a few pics and see how the boys were getting on. Squaring up against Balmoral Thistle the lads warmed up in jumpers and jackets before lining up between the sticks for pregame photo.
Brian Mitchell and fellow Burnpark coaches Martin Baxter, Sean Munro, Kevin Mcmurtrie and Ross Hume have their boys training twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Grange Academy in Kilmarnock. They are an under 14s team competing in their second season (the club is also two years old) in the CAYFA (Central Ayrshire Youth FA). The boys can also count London based but Kilmarnock born stand up comedian Del Strain amongst their fans! If you are looking for any further information they have a twitter account @burnparkBC and also a facebook page. So get following and liking.
To top it all off, printing of the kits was done at Rainbow Ink, one of the Killie Trusts community partners.
Best of luck with the rest of the season guys.