The AGM was held at the club on Wednesday July 17th where all existing Committee Members were re-elected and two new members, John”Spud” Rudd and his wife Karen were voted onto the new committee.

Below is the speech made on the night by Chairman IAN LEE –

AGM 2013-07-06

GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND WELCOME TO OUR ANNUAL AGM.

I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FELLOW COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND HARD WORK DURING A TIME THAT PRESENTS MANY PROBLEMS FOR ANYONE RUNNING A FOOTBALL CLUB AT THIS LEVEL. IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO RAISE MONEY, SO A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS FOR STICKING WITH US. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A TREASURER WHO KEEPS A VERY TIGHT REIN ON THE FINANCES, BUT FUNDING IS HARD TO FIND AND OUR BAR IS OUR MAIN SCOURCE OF INCOME SO PLEASE HELP OUT BY USING THE CLUB AND PAYING YOUR MEMBERSHIPS. WE ALSO HAVE A CORE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS AT THIS CLUB WHO WORK TIRELESSLY WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT DOING ALL THE JOBS AROUND THE GROUND AND INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE, THEY ARE AMAZING AND ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN WITHOUT THEM THERE WOULD BE NO COWES SPORTS PLAYING AT THIS LEVEL, I CANT THANK THEM ENOUGH.

WE ARE GOING THROUGH A PERIOD OF CHANGE WITHIN THE CLUBHOUSE AS YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE A NEW SYSTEM BEHIND THE BAR THAT IS INTENDED TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND EVENTUALLY SAVE MONEY, WE ARE ALSO INTRODUCING A COMPUTERISED TILL, WHICH IS MAKING ME A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUT AS YOU KNOW WE ARE CONSTANTLY STRIVING FOR IMPROVEMENT. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT WE MUST UPGRADE OUR FLOODLIGHTS BY THE END OF THIS NEW SEASON, WE ARE WELL UNDERWAY WITH THE ESTIMATES AND FUNDING SCOURCES AND ON THE CURRENT PRICING WE SHOULD HAVE ALMOST ENOUGH IN OUR FLOODLIGHT FUND TO COVER OUR PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL COST.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR THREE MANAGERS AND THEIR ASSISTANTS WHO ARE ALL WORKING HARD FOR THIS CLUB BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD,THEY ALL HAVE A COMMON GOAL,AND BECAUSE THEY WORK TOGETHER SO WELL IT MAKES MY LIFE A LOT EASIER.

WHAT A WONDERFUL SEASON WE HAD , THE FIRST TEAM HAD US ON OUR SEATS RIGHT UP TO THE LAST GAME, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS HADNT KICKED IN AT SUCH A CRUCIAL STAGE OF THE RUN IN. THEY PLAYED WITH SKILL AND ENTHUSIASM AND CERTAINLY GAINED A LOT OF ADMIRERS FROM OTHER CLUBS IN THE LEAGUE, I AM SURE LIKE ME YOU WERE ALL EXTREMELY PROUD OF THEM.

THE RESERVES CONTINUED THEIR IMPROVEMENT PLAYING ATTRACTIVE FOOTBALL AND BEATING SOME TOP TEAMS, BUT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR A RESERVE TEAM MANAGER AS THE PERSONNEL ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING SO I THINK THEIR SEASON WAS VERY GOOD.

WE WERE EXPECTING A LOT MORE FROM THE A SIDE BUT THEY WERE UNABLE TO FIELD A STRONG ENOUGH TEAM ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS WHICH ENDED IN DEFEATS AND THE DEFEATS SEEMED TO AFFECT THEIR CONFIDENCE, HOPEFULLY PLAYING IN DIVISION THREE NEXT SEASON AND WITH SOME NEW PLAYERS THEY MAY BEGIN TO ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL.

I AM PLEASED TO TELL YOU THAT ALL THREE MANAGERS ARE AGAIN RUNNING THE TEAMS THEY FINISHED WITH LAST SEASON WITH, THEY ARE ALL ENTHUSIASTIC AT TRAINING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON.

ONCE AGAIN I FEEL WE HAVE HAD A WONDERFUL SEASON, THE CLUB IS STABLE BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD AND WE HAVE NO DEBTS, WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT AND I HOPE YOU CAN ALL GET BEHIND THE TEAMS AND HELP THEM TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SEASON.

THE TEAM MANAGERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS MEETING FINISHES, THANK YOU ALL!!