Academic and long term supporter and football modernist, Doctor Rod Gillett joined the board of the Football History Society at their annual general meeting held today.
Gillett has had a long involvement with the game commencing as a lad at Kyabram, Victoria then later Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Sydney and Wagga.
In the 1980s a young Rodney Gillett was vice president of the NSW Football League and later one of the initial members when the Society was formed as a committee of the AFL NSW/ACT but moved on to progress his academic career with postings in Fiji, South Korea, Dubai and currently in Singapore.
He is retiring from work shortly and will settle in Sydney. Gillett is keen to focus on football jumping at the opportunity to re-ignite his interest in the history of the game.
In other moves, professional archivist Paul Macpherson was voted in as secretary while the incumbent, Heather White moved to the back bench: (the committee).
Ian Granland was returned as president and John Addison, treasurer. With the addition of Heather White, Ian Wright, Jenny Hancock, Mandy Keevil and Tom Mahon, take up the remainder of the committee positions.
Treasurer, John Addison announced an operating profit for the year of $2,218.00 but cautioned in his report that it is not the objective of the Society to hold surplus funds and outlined a series of spending projects the committee has agreed to for the coming months.
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 Society will issue their latest newsletter next week after the final touches were added today.
“We had a bit of space that we needed to fill and couldn’t come up with anything of real interest to the members so it sat there for weeks” the Society’s news editor told us late this week. “But we were fortunate to gain a couple of interesting enough fillers which allowed the document to go to our proof reader who gave it the green light, so it should be posted out shortly.”
The best part about the issue of the September newsletter will be the addition of the Society’s first annual journal. This 50 page document has been put together by committeeman, Paul Macpherson and proof read by our sub editor who also gave this publication a tick, so its all systems go.
Memberships Officer, Jenny Hancock (pictured) said she expects both of these documents will be well received by the members.
“A fair bit of work has gone into putting them together and I for one am very pleased with the result” Jenny said.
“People will find the journal an absorbing read while the newsletter is full of worthwhile articles most of which are very relative to what members want to know.”
Both will be available to members only.
Jenny also reports that the numbers are quickly growing for the Newtown Football Club reunion. Now only four weeks away officials are speculating whether they should put a limit on the number attending.
“This is another area in which I am involved” Jenny said. “My former husband, Gordon, played with Newtown in the 1960s and I know many of those registering their participation on the day. It should be a wonderful event and I want to appeal to all those coming along to bring any photos or other memorabilia they have for everyone to see.”