As you may be aware we have a new main sponsor – RigQuip International, whom we would like to thank very much. Along with our Main Stand sponsor Laings: Bathrooms, Bedrooms, and Kitchens

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Read more: New Season, New Sponsors & Hard Work Behind The Scenes

A big thank you to the club officials, Supporters Club Committee and supporters who came down this morning to help us out around the ground.

Your help was very much appreciated.

Read more: Thanks For Your Help

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

Andrew

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Read more: Updates from Board Meeting 09/06

I'm really pleased to confirm that Davie Henderson has agreed to join the committee, and will meet with existing committee and directors at our next meeting.

Davie will take on the role of marketing the Gold League and increasing the current membership.This is a really important part of our efforts to increase the club's revenue.…

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Dave McGinlay gave a detailed update of approaches made to several players to join the club.
Early days, but encouraging signs.Top junior players and under 21's released from League clubs will be the main recruitment ground for the club.A couple of major signings have reached advanced discussions, and will need to be supported by corporate sponsorship.The latter is progressing well with at least two or three companies interested.
Neil Davidson deal all done, and also other key deal done which will be announced shortly.

Pre-season fixtures being organised.Caley Thistle U19 and Culter agreed in principle.Approaches made to Aberdeen, Peterhead, Elgin etc.More news as they are agreed.
Pre-season training dates to be agreed next week.

New strip designs discussed.Home strip approved.Away strip decision between all white option and Inter Milan style blue and black stripes.Potential away strip sponsor being consulted prior to final decision.Order to be placed next week.Supporters order to be included.Supplier flexible on different sizes.Details to go on website ASAP.


Locos have requested to change the seasonal fixtures to Friday Night ie December 23rd (home)and December 30th (away).No objections to this in principle.

Maintenance weekend, to involve volunteers was discussed.Details to be published shortly.
Recruitment of volunteers and committee members to be advertised locally in due course.

And of course a great deal of time was spent discussing club finances, and budgets.

 

Read more: Update From Board Meeting: Part 2

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