Bairnstrust Committee Meeting
18th August 2003
Elliots, Graeme Road, Falkirk
Michael White called the meeting to order and welcomed
members who had come to observe.
1. Apologies for Absence
Apologies were noted from Jack Gardiner and John Dick
2.Communication with FFC Board
1) Kirstie and Michael confirmed no response has been received
to the questions raised following the Dumbarton meeting. It was
agreed to do a reminder.
2) It was further agreed to request a joint meeting with the Board
of FFC at the moment given current teething problems with Ochilview.
3) The situation regarding Eddie Healey’s shareholding was
again raised and Michael undertook to clarify the situation with
1) Fergus advised that we still awaited written confirmation of
the Trusts purchase of shares. It was agreed to write to the club
to inquire as to when the shares could be expected.
2) Brian advised that the FFCUK t-shirts had already raised £3600
with an anticipated £300 still to come.
3) Fergus reminded the meeting that the accounts required auditing.
Michael agreed to arrange this via Gordon McFarlane. The audit
is required 1st September 2003.
4. Membership Relaunch
Stephen proposed two people be tasked with producing promotion
literature and putting together a package and letter of explanation
for the next meeting. The meeting agreed and Stephen and Alastair
were tasked with this.
Brian also suggested a leaflet, which could be put into the video
when it was released and also handed out to supporters at games.
5. Shadow FFC Board
It was suggested that a shadow board be set up to mirror the board
of FFC to give a better understanding of the workings of a football
club board and to train trust members as potential future board
representatives. Michael is going to speak with Campbell Christie
regarding the working of this.
6. Video Update
Brian advised that matters regarding the video were coming along
nicely and it is anticipated that the video will be in production
the end of September and into the shops by mid October. There
are a couple of interviews still to be done with players who have
moved on but this is not anticipated to be a problem as the players
have already confirmed willingness. We now have our own contracts
with the SFL for a rate of 5p on royalties.
7. Any Other Business
1)Other Organisations. BairnsTrust needs to clarify the position
with regards to Back the Bairns and in this respect it was agreed
to formally invite George Craig to the next meeting. In addition
it was agreed that a formal invite should also be issued to the
Junior Bairns and to Falkirk Ladies Football Club to come along
with a view to also having representation on the Trust Board.
2) Kick Racism out of Football - Michael passed round literature
and requested authorisation to spend a nominal amount of £180
on merchandise, which should result in income of around £600.
After studying the literature the meeting agreed. In addition
it was agreed in principal that a picture of BairnsTrust Committee
plus some of the Falkirk squad could promote the message with
the clubs approval. Michael is taking this on board.
3) T-Shirt Royalty It was agreed to pay Paul Tonner a royalty
of 25p/shirt on the sale of the FFCUK T-shirts bearing in mind
he has done previous design work for us for free and has agreed
to assist in developing a BairnsTrust website.
4) Stationery Michael advised BairnsTrust stationery should be
available by Thursday 21st August.
9. Date and Time of Next Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for 15th September 2003 at 7.30pm
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