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RST Board Elections Notice 2008/09


Frankie

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http://www.rangerssupporterstrust.co.uk/rs...92&Itemid=1

A total of one place will be up for Election during Quarter 2 of 2008, with the successful candidate being elected to serve a 3-year term, in accordance with the Trust Rules.

Four members of the Trust Board who are due to stand for re-election have chosen to do so and the Board will be recommending their re-election. Assuming the members approve this, that still leaves places for 1 new member, and as the Trust Board always welcomes the input of fresh talent, here is the chance for ordinary members to get elected to the Board, which, once complete, will be 20 strong.

Members interested in applying are asked to note the following:

- Essentials

Each candidate must be an adult member, and be proposed and seconded by two other adult members. The candidate, proposer and seconder, must all be current members for the 2008/09 membership year. Also, the candidate must not have any criminal convictions (other than spent convictions or minor motoring offences).

After consulting with Supporters Direct, it has become apparent that if there are six or less nominations, then no election will take place. If that is the case, then we shall at least publish the A4 applications, which detail the reasons why each new applicant wishes to join the Board, sent in by each nominee in the next edition of the Blue Spirit, which will precede our AGM later this year.

We do hope that the number of nominations does exceed six, but that is in the hands of RST members.

- Desirables

Candidates must be prepared to invest their time for the benefit of the Trust membership as a whole. Candidates should have particular skills which they can bring to the table, or alternatively a lot of disposable time available to help with the more routine functions of the Rangers Supporters Trust.

- Hints

Candidates are allowed to submit up to one A4 page outlining why members should vote for them. This will be circulated by our independent scrutineers with the ballot papers. It is not sufficient to state that you are a committed Rangers supporter – by definition, every Trust member is a committed fan, so we should take that as read.

Instead and there’s no need for modesty here; list what particular qualities, or assets, which could benefit the Trust as a whole. A good idea on your A4 page is to state your name, age, town of residence, and what section of Ibrox your season ticket is for, if you have one.

NB: The closing date for receipt of applications, and processing of 2008/09 renewals for all nominees, proposers, seconders, and those wishing to vote, is Saturday 26th April 2008.

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Its somthing I would love to become involved with, but I've knowhere near the time to dedicate. Maybe somewhere, further down the line.

Vote Bazza 2012.....

Ill start the campaign banners.

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Its somthing I would love to become involved with, but I've knowhere near the time to dedicate. Maybe somewhere, further down the line.

Vote Bazza 2012.....

Ill start the campaign banners.

And thew board of RFC by 2015

:rangers:

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What a load of pish that is Frankie.

1. "Nominated and then seconded" - what is this, Freemasonry? What about those members who don't know anyone else in the RST to nominate and second them? Surely the need for no criminal record should be enough for you to accept the applicant is of good moral standing and character? After all, when seeking employment no one asks that you should be nominated then seconded, do they? This is just another barrier put up to the "normal RST member".

2. "Four members of the Trust Board who are due to stand for re-election have chosen to do so and the Board will be recommending their re-election." Is this your way of saying that you are only opening up one position because you are all comfortable with your titles as it stands? Why do the board even have a say in the Board Elections? Surely it should be left to the membership and membership only to decide if the current incumbents stay in "power"? By putting the Boards backing to the current Board members in the upcoming election, you are basically forcing it upon the membership as a whole. This is just another barrier put up to the normal RST member.

3. "We do hope that the number of nominations does exceed six, but that is in the hands of RST members." No you don't... stop lying to our faces.

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After all, when seeking employment no one asks that you should be nominated then seconded, do they?

References are normally requested when you are employing someone.

I'm not a member of any clubs, but I would have thought that it is normal for someone to be proposed and seconded when standing for the committee of a bowling club or golf club.

I don't believe it is unreasonable to ask for a proposer and seconder to a position that is effectively a director of a Industrial and Provident Society.

At the AGM the members of the Board would have the same voting rights as any other member.

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After all, when seeking employment no one asks that you should be nominated then seconded, do they?

References are normally requested when you are employing someone.

I'm not a member of any clubs, but I would have thought that it is normal for someone to be proposed and seconded when standing for the committee of a bowling club or golf club.

I don't believe it is unreasonable to ask for a proposer and seconder to a position that is effectively a director of a Industrial and Provident Society.

At the AGM the members of the Board would have the same voting rights as any other member.

True.

But Bowling and Golf clubs meet at least weekly and all members play together and socialise on a regular ocurance.

The only time you hear from the RST is when they want something from you or when they want to increase the awareness and membership figures. The odd press release aside, of course.

This rule is nothing more than a way to make sure the people they want on the Board are on it and nothing else.

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True.

But Bowling and Golf clubs meet at least weekly and all members play together and socialise on a regular ocurance.

The only time you hear from the RST is when they want something from you or when they want to increase the awareness and membership figures. The odd press release aside, of course.

This rule is nothing more than a way to make sure the people they want on the Board are on it and nothing else.

If someone was wanting to give the commitment to joining something like the Trust board, surely they would have the initiative to be able to meet at least 2 other members? They could have gone to the Trust dinner, attended its quiz night, visited the shop, volunteered to get involved with something etc, or even talked a couple of friends into joining if they believe in the ideals so much.

I fail to see why the rule ensures that it is only "the people they want on the Board are on it and nothing else." It just makes sure that at least 2 other members believe the person to be suitable to hold office and that they will bring a positive contribution to the Board.

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The Trust contact our members on a weekly basis.

We do appreciate in some ways our communication can be improved and we're working hard on that via new postal mailings and regular feedback forms. We also have open days and our shop where any person can come along and ask questions. We're not perfect and we understand past issues some people have had.

The process for electing members is a wholly open, fair and democratic one. If the members were unhappy with anything they can easily change things if required. As long as the government backed constitution and rules are followed of course.

As for suggesting we don't want new board members, well sorry you couldn't be more wrong. We're always eager for new people but unfortunately applications are usually very few - if any at all in my experience - so that's why we invite existing board members to stand again.

It's up to the 'ordinary' membership to then decide on who is the best candidate. We trust their judgment implicitly so that's why the RST is wholly democratic. The membership can raise and vote on any issue at the AGM and generally feedback is very positive at these events.

That's why the organisation has been reasonably successful so far in it's first 5 years. Hopefully with even more results in the future.

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