Published on Saturday 7th March, 2009 by Celtic Trust
The 2009 AGM, which took place on 28 February, saw a number of new additions to our Trustee Board. Jeanette Findlay was re-elected as Chair and Kenny Butler was re-elected as Treasurer. Vincent Doherty, from Dublin, took up the second Vice-Chair’s position along with the re-elected Alex Mosson; Bob Storrar and Ricky Spelman took up places on the board alongside the re-elected Ian McCormack and Jim Cosgrove. Marie McCusker remains as Secretary, having been acting Secretary for a period following the resignation of the previous incumbent. Vincent’s election means that we now have two Board members in Dublin (Ian McCormack moved there over a year ago). Vincent and Ian are currently in discussion with other Trust supporters in Ireland to organise a number of meetings there to promote the aims and objectives of the Trust among Celtic supporters on that side of the water. The Treasurers report showed that we are still financially secure but it is clear that we need to increase our membership and engage in more fundraising activities in order to raise enough money to promote the Trust cause for effectively. The Secretary’s report gave a good summary of the year’s activities which included regular meetings with Celtic; establishing contacts with the Match Commander at London Road in order to raise any necessary issues on behalf of members; maintaining and establishing contacts with other Celtic supporters groups, principally the CSA, with whom we submitted a joint proposal to Celtic re the allocation of European away tickets and the issue of a travel partner; and keeping a line of dialogue with UEFA re the treatment of Celtic fans abroad. Yet again we acknowledged our limitations in terms of our public face and discussed a number of proposals aimed at increasing our profile among the Celtic supporters. We agreed to begin the process of getting resolutions on to the Celtic PLC AGM agenda immediately in order to ensure that we do not repeat the events of last year. In 2008 our resolutions failed to get on to the PLC Agenda due to the fact that a number of our supporters’ signatures were rejected by the Company Secretary as invalid. This year we hope to build in sufficient time for checking (and for collecting a larger number of signatures) to ensure that this does not happen again.