Posted by Coop Board on 28/11/2020, 2:46 pm
AGM Thoughts. |
The Supporters Cooperative 2020 AGM took place via Zoom for the first time this week.
Surprisingly perhaps, there were no tech foul ups at all , and it proved a worthwhile effort, that saw upwards of half a dozen members from outside Stockport in attendance , one member, Aidan Kendrick joining us from Munich in Germany! If total attendance was slightly down, the fact that `exiles` such as Aidan and others were able to take part , where in normal circumstances, they would not have been able to, was a definite plus!
When normality returns, we have been asked to consider setting up a link to enable similar remote participation next year, and we are looking to do just that!
The elections to the board saw Chairman Peter Towey, and Treasurer Andrew Burt returned, whilst Steve Murray and Paul Thompson, current co-opted board members, indicated a willingness to continue.
Sadly Edward Keane , after 4 years on the Cooperative Board, stepped down , and the meeting unanimously agreed to thank Edward for his hard work.
In other business it was reported that we were seeking the necessary approvals pending a decision as to whether staging the Hatters Half Marathon in 2021 is a viable proposition. A decision would need to be made by late March early April at the latest, and by that time hopefully a Headline Sponsor for the event would have been found!
The lack of a race in 2020 hit our income sharply , and whilst the Treasurer reported a healthy position financially speaking, the loss of race income, and increased expenditure on donations to worthy causes pointed to a need for continued prudence.
The Cooperative had seen a large increase in junior membership in 2020 as a result of the highly successful photo session/ membership drive utilising the National League North Championship trophy, but thus needed urgent follow up to keep numbers up, and it was clear that this matter would be high up on the agenda for the incoming Board.
Also on that agenda would be an assessment of how we proceed now that the Cheadle End Cabin is no longer. Whilst the OK from the Club to us using the Family Lounge , on the surface seems helpful, the lounge as we understand it is due to be re-sited and is hardly likely to offer the same level of contact twixt ourselves and County supporters. It may be that we just use the lounge as a meeting spot and jumping off place prior to spreading out pre match onto the car park and Hardcastle Road- more for the incoming Board to think about.
One issue sorted however was a relatively easy decision namely to re-affirm Stockport`s ace homeless people`s charity The Wellspring as our chosen charity. No cabin = potential problems collecting for this terrific charity ,going forward, cue new Board again !
Stockport County Supporters Cooperative