The Imps Trust AGM 2012 Synopsis.

The Lincoln City Supporters Trust AGM took place on 21st June in the Trust Suite, leaving more questions than answers. Proceedings will necessitate a further meeting with regards to the Society’s accounts,  now set for July 9th, blamed on The Co Operative Banks apparent loss  and inability to provide bank statements. There was also insufficient time for questions to be completed, with regard to Lincoln City Holdings limited. Indeed Chairman Chris Ashton stated in his opening address, one of two lengthy and time-coming monologues, that only questions relating to 2011 were to be asked.

Trust Imps – Imps Trust.

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Surely we can vote all the membership money and funds we raise straight to the first  team budget

WITH YOU WE DO

It is so sad to see little more than 50 fans at an AGM to discuss the great Share Give-away and the make-up and intentions of the Holding Company. There were two solicitors from both the club board and the Holding Company present, yet we did not have the time to press them.  To hold an AGM prior to a fans forum and then split the 1 hour into 2 half-hour sections ensured questions naturally went unanswered.

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Questions over the accounts handled by the now incarcerated ex-treasurer Mike Thompson have been delayed until July 9th with his membership now also taken from him. With no questions allowed outside of 2011, only two of the questions under any other business could be asked. At least we got the chance to vote on that one,  although the chairman’s reasons for seeing no need for a vote on the use of the trusts share vote prior to the failed EGM and share give-away insults the intelligence as much as it does the credibility of our Trust.

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The second phase of proceedings was under half an hour and incomplete and underutilised the time of a solicitor for Lincoln City Holdings. He was there to answer on the Trusts behalf.  Surely a conflict of interest from the membership’s perspective and the sooner a solicitor is co opted onto the Trust board the better as Jane Powell of  Lincolnshire Cooperative and the club board was also present with another cluster of fellows to the side of the main Trust board table.

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But onwards and upwards, for that was a reflection of those entrusted with the Trust management in the past. Some have already left what can only be described as a rudderless oil tanker.  This must change as the Trust is vital to our club receiving grants or community based matched-funding opportunities.  Democracy is achievable, we live after all in an electronic age, with time frames for postal ballots also feasible. When questioned on the fact that Supporters Direct  support such practice, we were told that although the Trust pays to be a member we – for every Imps fan should be a member of ImpsTrust –  do not have to adhere to their recommended practices.

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We the fans need to get behind what is a growing groundswell of opinion that desires change.  Apathy is our enemy as much the other 23 teams that will seek to keep our Football League birthright from us.  We need to join our Trust, warts and all, for it is the vehicle for fans to band together and force change within it and our football club before it is too late .  New blood is already in place,   Jonathan Battersby, Ty Corcoran, Fran Martin and Marlene Beaumont  will be fantastic ambassadors to a brand that can be as big a fundraiser as the club itself.  We need co options too so who can simply say I am prepared to try rather than say goodbye?

Trust Imps – Imps Trust.

Click to Join the Trust here and now

Surely we can vote all the membership money and funds we raise straight to the first  team budget?

WITH YOU WE DO

Posted on June 24, 2012, in Supporters Trust and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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