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Looking Ahead

January 21, 2012

THERE was a good turnout at the Sonstrust Annual General Meeting last Saturday (17 January 2012), as members reviewed another busy year and looked forward to the challenges ahead.

Among the big achievements of 2011 was a recruitment campaign which produced a record membership (over 350) and continued involvement in key aspects of the running and development of Dumbarton FC.

The audited accounts were accepted, and five Trust Board members duly elected or re-elected: Brian Payne (chair), David Powell, Andy Galloway (minute secretary), Andy Scott, and Simon Barrow (campaigns).

Members heard and discussed ideas for a ‘Vision Strategy’ document to enable the Trust and the Club to move forward together. This is being drafted at present, and more about the process will be shared shortly on this website.

Appreciation was expressed for the hard work done by a wide range of Trust members, not least Jo McBride (treasurer), Alan Findlay (Sonstrust secretary, trust and commercial director for DFC) and Tommy Hughes (travel and membership secretary).

There was discussion of football matters, with progress noted but the hope strongly expressed that the young and home-grown players nurtured in the 19s would have a real opportunity to break through to the first team, alongside loanees and established names.

More than 10% of the Sonstrust membership turning out (on a cold morning when the game had needed to be rescheduled due to floodlight problems) was a clear sign of the commitment of the Trust membership. The subsequent 1-0 victory over Brechin City was a definite bonus!

Chair Brian Payne expressed appreciation for everyone’s involvement and re-iterated the commitment of the Trust to grow, develop and contribute so that DFC can realise the ambition of being a sustainable community club.

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