BairnsTrust Monthly Newsletter... For Falkirk Bairns Everywhere!
If you are reading our newsletter for the first time ... welcome to BairnsTrust as a new member. If you wish to review some of our previous newsletters they can be visited at the following section of the website HERE.
You are cordially invited to attend the Monthly Meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on 16th August 2010, KO 7.30pm. There will be a full agenda for discussion, but if you have any concerns you wish to raise, please respond to either BairnsTrust or post your query on the message board at our website and we will try to cover on the night. If you are unable to attend, the Minutes from the meeting will appear on our website later for your perusal HERE.
New Chairman & Vice-Chairman announced!
At the last monthly meeting, Steven Jackson announced that he was stepping down as Chairman of BairnsTrust due to health reasons. He stated that he has had a great time spent as Chairman, making some mistakes but doing a lot more good, and believes that the BairnsTrust model is the way forward. He thanked the committee for all their support and wished everyone well for the future. Steven will continue on the committee. BairnsTrust would like to thank Steven for the commitment he has shown throughout his tenure as Chairman.
At the following committee meeting, Tom Paterson was voted on as the new Chairman, with Sandy Monfries stepping up into the Vice-Chairman role.
At the same meeting, member Mike Dickins was proposed and seconded as a co-optee to the committee and duly takes his place starting immediately.
Disabled Supporters Group
A well attended meeting in the warm up area of the stadium on Wednesday (11th) night, confirmed that FFC Disabled Supporters Club will be set up to help all it's members to get the best possible enjoyment from the game.
During the meeting, attendees voiced their concerns about issues which they had experienced at other grounds as well as the Falkirk Stadium, some good ideas were put forward and the Disabled Supporters Club hope to deal with them subsequently. "We are not expecting instant changes, but we will keep working towards them" commented an attendee.
Keith Ferguson from CAFE was the guest speaker of the evening. Read the full story here
Family Marquee Launched
The sight of a marquee being erected outside the stadium last Saturday was reminiscent of the popular ‘Budvar Bar’ outside Brockville in our previous first division days. Unfortunately for some, no alcoholic beverages were on the menu; instead this was the launch of the brand new family tent! Open from 1pm on match days, family section season ticket holders have a place to get together with a multitude of games, entertainment, football coaching and refreshments on offer. The first game was hailed a massive success with the only downside being identified as the expensive tuck shop. These concerns have been raised and hopefully this will be resolved for the next game. BairnsTrust are taking an active role in helping this new initiative run smoothly and anyone who would like to help out please e-mail email@example.com
The renewal period has begun and it is as important as ever that you renew your membership for the new season. As well as having influence in the FFC Boardroom, on a personal level, benefits include the right to vote in any BairnsTrust elections, entry into the monthly draw to win the money-can't-buy prize of a Boardroom Experience and various discounts from our Corporate Sponsors - follow the links at the bottom of this e-mail. As well as re-joining yourself, please try to encourage as many of your friends and family to join too. Subscription is still only £5 and FREE for Under 16's.
There are many ways to join:
1) Visit the BairnsTrust stall on a matchday,
2) Complete and return the form sent out with your season ticket
3) Send an e-mail with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Subscribe online
Merchandise & Matchday
A limited edition t-shirt is currently in production and should be available for the Stirling Albion game on Sat 21st August. The t-shirt is designed with a 'Falkirk Good - Fife Bad' motif on the front and will be priced at £10. Be sure to get your order in quick as these are likley to fly off the shelves.
A vast selection of previous Falkirk home and away games is available on the matchday stall, including hard to find pre-season team sheets from our trip to the north of England this year. Scotland programmes are also available and orders can be taken for any upcoming games. All programmes are on offer at reasonable prices/donations so remember to check it out at the next game. The stall also have a limited stock of signed copies of Dennis Canavan's book ‘Let the people decide’ selling at £10 each with BairnsTrust receiving a commission.
BairnsTrust are always on the look-out for keen supporters who are willing to lend a hand. This could be selling merchandise on the Trust stall an hour before a home match, attending and participating in the monthly meetings on the third Monday of every month or helping to organise a fundraising event. It doesn't have to be much but any help will be appreciated. Matchday helpers will gain free access into games in return for their assistance. If you are interested, please e-mail email@example.com with your availability or present yourself to the Trust stall on a matchday.
You can also browse the existing BairnsTrust merchandise online HERE.
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Following feedback at the last monthly meeting, it was decided that the DRAFT minutes would be attached to the newsletter for perusal by members before being ratified at the next meeting. This will allow members exclusive access to this document before being published on the website. If you have any comments about this new procedure, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our two current board members, Tom and Sandy, will be attending a meeting organised by Supporters Direct on Thursday (12th) in Glasgow. This is only for current fans representatives serving on their Club board and will give an opportunity to share ideas and liase with other trusts. A full report of this will be included in next month's newsletter