Another constructive board meeting last night, held in the environs of rural Gartly

We discussed a broad range of topics, covering ground improvements, commercial sponsorship, new signings, pre season planning, and volunteer recruitment.

Here are a few snippets;

Dave McGinlay gave a detailed update regarding squad recruitment.Five players have been 'signed up' with one more deal close to completion.Discussions continuing with a few other potential players.The squad will have quite a young and hungry look to it,and we all backed the policy given our current position.The 'budget' still has scope to bring in established experience if necessary.

On the commercial front, good progress is being made on many fronts.At least 4 major sponsors have now been tied up, and we are getting close to a few other potential partnerships.A lot of hard work is beginning to pay off.Announcements to be made in due course.

The Elliot Group have agreed in principle to provide us with a unit to create an additional sponsors lounge, which will be larger than the existing facility and will greatly increase our capacity, and therefore revenue opportunities.

Safelift will also be donating 2 x twenty foot containers to store all of our ground machinery and equipment.This will be located in the far corner of the swimming pool end by the Howling shed.
This will enable the beat up old shed housing the mower to be knocked down.We are also talking to Safelift about replacing the toilet block on a sponsorship basis.
The great guys from Safelift will also donate a fleet of black and gold wheelie bins to replace the blue rubbish bins at the ground.

The team coach contract for 2011/12 was discussed at length.

We discussed the need to get more volunteers to help with the running of the club.Recruitment campaign to be stepped up.

We agreed the need to continue the constant programme of fundraising events.This will be crucial in terms of getting the club back onto a stronger footing.
A sportsman's dinner event at Huntly will take place on August 19th at the Stewarts Hall.This will feature Neil Cooper and comedian Joe Cammy.Advertising campaign to start after the Hawaii night has finished.

We plan to hold a' legends' day at a home match this season when members of the 5 in a row teams will be invited to join us for a special event day.

Pre season training will start on Tuesday 21st June at Huntly, then on the 23rd in Aberdeen, and a double training session at Huntly on Saturday 25th.No further progress yet on pre-season friendlies.Discussions continuing.

Hospitality package details to be posted on the website in the next few days.Supporters to have equal priority with corporate sponsors.Booking system will be on a first come, first serve basis.A 50% deposit will be required to secure the booking.

There were a mountain of other topics discussed but I hope that give a flavour of the meeting


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