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  1. Welcome to The Official RM Erskine Fund NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER - DONATE NOW!!! Thread Most of you already know what the Fund is all about, and that's why you so gladly contribute to it year after year. And so you already know that a donation to the RM Erskine Fund is one of the most satisfying and effective ways to spend a Blue Pound. Here's what your Blue Pound does: 1. Supports Rangers-Supporting Erskine Veterans by providing Season Tickets, Cup tickets, Stadium Tours, Argyle Lunches and any other Rangers Products and Services that fit the bill 2. Supports Rangers-supporting Combat Stress Veterans by providing Season Tickets and Cup Tickets for Veterans 3. Supports Rangers FC directly, via the purchase of aforementioned products and services for Erskine and Combat Stress 4. Supports Rangers Youth Development through the purchase and promotion of Rangers Lotto, Half-time Rising Stars, Rangers Stadium Bricks etc 5. Supports Rangers Charity Foundation through the support and promotion of their various fundraising events. 6. Supports Erskine's recreational needs and wishes via our Recreation Fund, allowing the purchase of such things as: whisky galore, boat trips, steam-train journeys, theatre trips, fish and chips, and much much more. 7. Support for other Rangers-Family related appeals, including: Nith Valley RSC Appeal, Big Ibrox Sleep Out, Jak Trueman Appeal, Fernando Ricksen appeal, Joshua Adair appeal tbh there's loads more, but I'm not trawling through 4 years of accounts to give you the full picture. You can do that yourself! I'm sure you'll agree that's pretty good use. Even more so when you remember that we have no admin costs, so every penny of your donation gets spent on the stuff we say we're spending it on. So anyway, on to November. After Remembrance day, the national spotlight tends to move elsewhere, and our Veterans are largely forgotten. Not here though. November is the time when we collect the donations that are going to pay to make Erskine's Christmas as Excellent as it always is when we're around. This season, we need to raise enough money to do the following: £1200 to be split between our 3 Homes. A traditional surprise last-minute addition to the Christmas Party budget for our 3 Erskine Homes. We make it last minute so that they've already got everything ready for their Christmas parties, ensuring that our donation is spent strictly on bonus additional luxury items for their Christmas festivities. £100 - Assorted boiled sweets and toffees. You can never have enough. I hear they often use our goodies as bonus bingo prizes, which has really livened up bingo nights. £100 - Rangers Merchandise. There have been one or two new additions to the Erskine Bears RSC this season, so we need to make sure they get some Official Rangers Clothing from Santa this year, so they can fit in with the Old Guard. Not on the same scale as last season thankfully! £100 - Clothing retailers. There are one or two Veterans in Erskine who don't really have any relatives left, so they naturally don't get as many presents as those with lots of relatives visiting. So we'll find out what size they are, buy a couple of jumpers and stuff, and stick them under the tree so they don't feel left out on Christmas Morning. £100 - Selection boxes and stuff - well it is Christmas after all! £0 - Whisky - I've got a few bottles already donated by members this season, and I'm sure if I put the word out, we';; get a few more bottles donated, so I don't think we'll need to spend any money directly on alcohol. Let's use that money instead for panto tickets. £200 - Panto tickets £140 - Argyle Restaurant Lunch for 10 people - already paid for thanks to @WILLIAM BEAR £150 - Road bike for Hollybush House (Combat Stress) - We bought them two earlier in the year. Three is obviously better than two. So there you go. I reckon about 2 Grand should cover that. I've already made my donation. What are you waiting for? Existing RM Erskine Fund Members - Your donation is optional. You have already done your bit this season by Donating £10 or more to join the Fund. But if you can spare an additional donation now, then that's grand! If you've never donated to the RM Erskine Fund before, then what are you waiting for. As all these other Good Bears listed below will agree, it really is the done thing around these parts. To donate: It's the usual paypal address, or the usual bank account. If you need the details again, then PM @govanblue or @Zetland And the usual "tick friends & family" on paypal And the usual "add your username in the description" whichever way you donate. And the usual "send a PM to @govanblue once you've donated. Now go check below to see if you are in the November Fundraiser Hall of Fame yet...
  2. Many thanks to @LOL153 No Surrender!!! who got a nice wee return from the bookies last night, and made sure to bung a wee bit of it to the Fund.
  3. By the way, it's still business as usual at Fund HQ... Many thanks to @King's Troop and @Taipan who each donated their two seats for the Hamilton game, which allowed 4 Residents from the Erskine Cottages to join the group for the day, giving us a total of 18 Erskine/Combat Stress folk at the game. If only a couple of them had been on the pitch. And many thanks to @BallochBear and @WILLIAM BEAR who also donated their seats for the game. Unfortunately circumstances meant that we weren't able to use them - but it's the thought that counts!
  4. Nice one G. But you should probably have held off with the payment - at least until the mhankies have completed their player eligibility enquiries.
  5. On Remembrance Day.

    On Remembrance Sunday, we remember The Fallen. On Monday, let's make sure we remember The Living too. RangersMedia Erskine Fund November Fundraiser - Re-Member this November! To make a donation, PM govanblue or Zetland - or else just do whatever you usually do.
  6. you're not wrong! I've now replied to MrMcKee's PM.
  7. Marathon Challenge

    He doesn't know it, but he actually climbed over me on Saturday to get to his seat.
  8. Marathon Challenge

    I think he's deid.
  9. Marathon Challenge

    The Rangers Charity Foundation know a good forum when they see one. Did they recommend any other forums? btw - my first forum tip for you would be how to spell forum. I see you're still a long way off your target, but being a marathon man, I'm sure you'll take that in your stride. oh, and donation made.
  10. Membership of the RM Erskine Fund Platinum Members Club is automatic for any Member who donates £50 or more to the RM Erskine Fund. These 45 Fine Upstanding Members have done just that... Aubie92 BallochBear Bil Blue Avenger Bobby Hume Brackley broxieman Carling1873 Courtyard Bear D'Artagnan EKCO G13 geneva_ger gmcf Goggs Heshootshescores HG5 Inigo jamess jamess' cat jim white's a bear johntee Johnny Dangerously Keeps01 lanarkshire_bear LSGers Malvern Muz333 NavyBear offshoreworker One Jock Wallace onefootwillie only14me scottyscott1963 SuperTav SW3 Taipan thebooler thistleman toad Travelrug weeneily wotmeworry Young Bob Zetland The main benefit of the Platinum Members' Club is, of course, that you will be first on my list, come the November Donation Campaign. @Aubie92 @BallochBear @Bil @Blue Avenger @Bobby Hume @Brackley @broxieman @Carling1873 @Courtyard Bear @D'Artagnan @EKCO @G13 @geneva_ger @gmcf @Goggs @Heshootshescores @HG5 @Inigo @jamess @jamess' cat @jim white's a bear @johntee @Johnny Dangerously @Keeps01 @lanarkshire_bear @LSgers @Malvern @Muz333 @NavyBear @offshoreworker @One Jock Wallace @onefootwillie @only14me @scottyscott1963 @SuperTav @SW3 @Taipan @thebooler @thistleman @toad @Travelrug @weeneily @wotmeworry @Young Bob @Zetland
  11. On Remembrance Day.

    A quick update on what we actually plan for the proceeds of the November Fundraiser: Well, obviously it depends on what we raise! But for starters, I want to continue the traditions we've established over the last few years. So that means we will be giving each of the 3 Homes a last-minute cheque to be used solely on providing additional goodies for their already planned Christmas Party. In seasons gone by this has resulted in some fantastic Goodies for the Veterans, most notably that Santa Suit, of which I am very proud. Here's the results from one Christmas... - That's the kind of thing our Christmas Cheques do. And this... And we'll also want to provide them with our usual annual supply of toffees and boiled sweets... Fish and Chips... Oh and some whisky of course... I've probably spent all the money already, which is a shame, because I can think of so much more!
  12. On Remembrance Day.

    The correct answer is that there is no minimum and no maximum. The mid-season fundraiser is totally optional. Fund members have already donated their minimum £10 for season Membership, so anything else they can donate now is just a bonus. People who are not already existing Fund Members can also donate anything they want, but if they want to be added to the 2017/18 Fund Membership list, then it has to be at least £10.
  13. On Remembrance Day.

    In your case, more relevant is "when?"
  14. Marathon Challenge

    yes mate, but he doesn't know that. Here's the official Club endorsement by the way... https://Rangers.co.uk/news/club/charity-marathon-man/
  15. *** Appreciation of the RM Erskine Fund

    yeah sorry folks. I should probably have mentioned earlier that I will launch the *** Official November 2017 Fundraiser thread some time this weekend. If you're really bored, you can always have a browse through November 2015's Fundraiser thread. See how we got on then, and what we should aim for this season.
  16. Hi Team, just a quick one here. I occasionally read the odd post where an RM Member is saying something along the lines of "the Fund deserves more recognition for what it does". Well the truth is, we don't want recognition, and ask specifically that we don't get it. We get our thank-you's privately, and just keep them within the Bears' Den, and that suits us. But in response to those who do think we should get more recognition, here's a brief update: Erskine Military Ball - The Fund was invited to the Fundraisers' Event of the Year. £100 a ticket, and we got two free!!! Inevitably, I turned up late, and couldn't find my table. There were about 45 tables, and I figured I'd be on #46, with the kids and Cousin Ruprek, but it turns out we were in fact TOP Table! Not bad and more honour than I could cope with really! And in other news, our Very Good Friend, Colin Stewart, Director of Rangers Youth Development Co. has asked two of our members to join us with him in the Directors' Box for the Aberdeen game. I'm trying to flog those obviously! So never let it be said that either Erskine, or Rangers Youth Development Co. don't appreciate our efforts far more than we either let on, or really realise ourselves. But let's not dwell on that, let's just focus on doing what we do best. And for the record, there are only 100 of these Erskine Centenary Thank-You Medals in existence - One is displayed proudly in the Rangers trophy Room... And another in The Fund trophy room. We got ours first btw. But in terms of recognition, this is still probably the one that mean most to me... I think that's a clear example of how what we do is different to your regular charity donations, and worth doing no matter what else you do with your time and money. But then I'm biased.
  17. On Remembrance Day.

    I'll just leave you all to it then I guess.
  18. *** Appreciation of the RM Erskine Fund

    @Zetland - could you help a boy out here?
  19. *** The RM Erskine Fund - Platinum Members' Club

    Brilliant! All I need to do now is find somewhere that sells Dunn's!
  20. *** Appreciation of the RM Erskine Fund

    So my master plan didn't really work. Ach well. I suggest we revert to our more conventional methods. Oi C***s! Donate now! That usually works.
  21. Marathon Challenge

    Hi David, Although @K.A.I makes all the important decisions, I hold the keys to the petty cash tin. So here's a challenge for you. Far tougher than any run you've ever done. Make pals with these guys on here, and convince them that we should give you a donation from our own "charity fund" ... http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/topic/306989-rangersmedia-erskine-fund- and I'll try to wing a few quid your way.
  22. On Remembrance Day.

    Easy Tiger. @Bears r us gave me his (and his wife's) donation before I'd switched off the ignition at the Albion Car Park last Saturday. @Bobby Hume on the other hand is another matter. Probably my fault, but I haven't seen him in ages!
  23. See, if you just make facts up to suit the opinion you want, then yeah, you probably will get to the opinion you want. It was £17k. Not £60k I will continue to say you are wrong, and to ask you to refrain from trying to bring the RCF into disrepute. Shame on you.