With the lifting of the lockdown in Greater Sydney, Society officials were permitted back into their rooms at Magpie Sports, Croydon Park.
The group only attends the location once per week and there is always detail and material to deal with.
Here treasurer, John Addison is working on the books to present to a committee meeting next Tuesday while data entry committeeperson, Heather White was caught revising some of the many photographs on the Society’s website.
As time moves forward and people are permitted greater freedom in their activities there will be more joining the group at Magpie Sports of a Tuesday.
As an addendum to the Society’s auction purchase of the two 80 year old Phelan Medals last week, a number of the committee have signified their intention to subscribe towards the costs incurred in the acquisition.
Fearing CV19’s growing restrictions might interfere with the holding of the Society’s Annual General Meeting, officials were quick to get that and the Special General Meeting finalised yesterday at Magpie Sports Club.
“We had a reasonable turnout attending” Society President Ian Granland said “but I feel the recent edict of the restrictions to the amount of people permitted in groups, might have added to the fact that there was a smaller number there yesterday than normal, however there was well more than enough for a quorum” he continued.
All but Tom Mahon stood for re-election and those that did were re-installed to their previous posts.
The Society issued a comprehensive annual report which outline their activities throughout last year with the treasurer declaring a healthy bank balance. Click here to read the report.
This year they will appoint a patron with negotiations currently being formalised.
There is much more work being undertaken with treasurer John Addison, suggesting a new and revised method to make all that is stored in the Society’s collection being able to be viewed on line. Discussions are currently ongoing with the Society’s programmer to facilitate this and other moves to improve their administrative and archival systems.
A number of members turned out today to see the committee re-elected at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.
The annual report, which was previously circulated to all members, was tabled which included the activities of the Societies throughout 2017 and their ambitions for this year.
President, Ian Granland, singled out several people, besides those on the committee for special mention.
He highlighted the work social media manager, Mark Spooner is doing with Facebook and Twitter. He also mentioned that Mark will shortly embark on a Instagram profile for the Society.
Others he spoke about included (member), John Acheson who is compiling a complete list of current and former NSW clubs; their location, colours, ground etc. He also mentioned Roger Dunkley who is working on identifying the grounds football in this state was either played upon or used as a training venue over the past 130 years.
David Pitts is another. David is an Australian living in Canada who has joined the Society and is working with the Society on compiling a complete list of leading goalkickers for the Sydney competition. Much of this list has already been posted with only a few gaps in what has become a remarkable achievement.
There are others who are helping with the history of football in NSW. One is working on listing all the Sydney Football first grade scores from 1903 and there are others.
Following the meeting, committee members continued with their work on compiling the history of the game in Sydney much of which will be posted on this site soon.
The 2017 committee is comprised of:
President: Ian Granland Vice President: Paul Mcpherson Secretary: Heather White Treasurer: John Addison Committee Persons: Jenny Hancock, Ian Wright, Tom Mahon, Mandy Keevil
A reasonable turnout at Magpie Sports yesterday saw those on the committee who stood for election, re-appointed to their positions.
President – Ian Granland
Vice President – Paul Macpherson
Secretary – Heather White
Treasurer – John Addison
Committee Persons – Jenny Hancock, Tom Mahon, Ian Wright & Gus McKernan
A comprehensive annual report was tabled and the president moved through the document explaining its contents. He also commended the members of the committee for their commitment and contribution over the past 12 months. He also said that while four persons stood as Committee there was provision for the addition of an extra person with whom he had discussions with in recent weeks.
Following the meeting a Special General Meeting was held to approve the changes to the constitution. These now bring the organisation in line with the updated requirements of the Incorporated Associations Act and the rules and guidelines set by the Department of Fair Trading. A copy of this had been posted on this website.
After the formalities, attendees were invited to inspect the facilities in the Society’s room at Magpie Sports. This is where a photograph was taken of some and include from left: Mark Spooner, Tom Mahon (standing), Ian Allan (son of Bill), Ian Granland, Bill Allan, Jim McSweeney, Ian Wright.
The president and secretary of the Society attended the two day annual convention of the affiliated societies conference under the Royal Australian Historical Society held at Mittagong this weekend.
There, the Member for Goulburn, Pru Gower, Minister for Planning since 2014 and the Minister for Women, made the presentation of cheques to successful applicant societies for Cultural Grants on behalf of the state Minister for Arts.
The Football History Society’s secretary Heather White, received the $4,000 grant from M/s Gower. This money will provide funding for the production of extra editions of the book the Society is producing on the impact WWI had on Sydney football. It is part of the Centenary of ANZAC. The publication is well underway with draft version already tabled for information of the committee.
A timeline has now been established regarding the research, writing, editing and printing of the book to fit in with its launch in mid April 2015, just prior to Anzac Day.
Those interested should reserve a copy, the price of which has at this stage been costed at $25, plus postage.