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Sunday 31 October 2010
From the Darlington programme - News from the Dons Trust

Dons Trust Board member Ray Armfield has a round-up of Trust-related news and events.

Nominations for the Dons Trust Board election closed on Monday 18 October. There are nine candidates for the five positions and so will be conducting the election according to the previously published timescale.

The candidates (in the order drawn for the ballot paper by the independent observer) are: Stephen Crabtree; Iain McNay; Matt Breach; Zoe Linkson; Kate Terriere; Chris Gibbs; Sean McLaughlin; Simon Bath and Mike Richardson.

Ballot papers together with printed copies of the manifestos should have be posted during the past week. There is now a forum at http://excoboard.com/dtelection2010 where Dons Trust members can question the candidates and where the candidates’ manifestos have now been posted after vetting by the Election Steering Group. We encourage as many people as possible to register and quiz the candidates on their views and policies but please read the thread on registration before registering.

After consultation at the SGM there is insufficient demand for a "Quiz the Candidates" evening so there will be no hustings this year.

Members of the survey working group will be distributing documentation for the forthcoming survey at today's game. At the moment, they are inviting people to pick up a handout and read through the various model scenarios about where the club’s future lies and to get in touch with any ideas they may have. Come and talk to Survey Working Group today - you'll find them either in the bars, or at the Dons Trust stall near the main entrance.

On 11 October, the board reviewed action points from the September meeting, including discussions on the provision of a new DT matchday centre to replace the current stall, possible utilisation of additional covered space in and around the stadium for use by supporters displaced by the reduction in the size of the back bar to accommodate the carvery, updates on the Communications Strategy and the Members’ Survey and arrangements for the SGM and AGM.

In his monthly report, Chief Executive Erik Samuelson;
• Outlined that the club’s current financial position and stated that it was largely in line with the budget.
• Agreed to examine the management structures of some other clubs of similar size with a view to defining future structures and roles on the Management Committee and report back to the DT Board.
• Confirmed that the board would receive quarterly reports from the CEO of progress made against his targets (in parallel, the DT board will review its own work against its own targets.
• Updated the board on stadium issues and on the latest discussions with Merton Council
• Undertook to outline a proposal for a policy on smoking on the terraces for discussion at the next meeting.

On 11 October there was an event in the back bar at Kingsmeadow and Kingstonian had their FA Cup replay with St. Albans City so it was not possible to hold the board meeting at the stadium. The board would like to thank Erik and Eileen Samuelson for kindly allowing the October meeting to be held at their house at short notice.

The next DT board meeting is scheduled for Monday 15 November, by which time the agenda for that meeting and the full minutes of the October meeting should have been published. Any input that supporters wish to make can be passed to any board member in person or by e-mail to info@thedonstrust.org