Elections AheadDons Trust Board Election: A guide to changes for 2019

The Election Steering Group (ESG) recently announced the start of the 2019 election period.

Members of the Dons Trust Board are elected to serve for two years and this year the term has come to an end for five board members. There are therefore five vacancies to be filled.

Following learning from the 2018 Dons Trust election, the Election Steering Group (ESG) proposed some changes to the election rules and nomination process.

These have been reviewed and approved by the Dons..

Elections AheadAnnouncement of election to fill five vacancies on the Trust Board

Members of the Dons Trust Board are elected to serve for two years and this year the term has come to an end for five board members. There are therefore five vacancies to be filled and this Announcement of Election formally starts the election process.

If you wish to stand, you will need to complete a nomination form.

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the updated rules for the 2019 election.

Election timetable 

Nominations open Saturday 14 September 2019 Nominations close Saturday..

On reflection …

Roger Evans looks back at the challenges that he and his fellow Dons Trust Board members have faced since he was first elected at the end of 2013.

After six years as a Dons Trust Board (DTB) member I have, with regret, decided not to stand for re-election. It has, however, led me to reflect on the progress, trials and tribulations the DTB has faced – and dealt with remarkably well – during that period.

In January 2014, AFC Wimbledon..

Membership cards mailout – can you help?

We are now preparing to send out new membership cards to all members who have renewed for 2019/20 – about 3000 people so far.

Our membership secretary, John Stembridge, is looking for volunteers to help send out the cards. The task comprises taking a pre-printed letter, matching it with a membership card and placing them together in a window envelope.

He has reserved the function room upstairs in The Sultan pub for Thursday 12 September from 6pm onwards.

If you..

FansBet logoTrust signs up as FansBet fan partner

The Dons Trust has signed up to become an official ‘fan partner’ of FansBet. This is separate from the sponsorship deal between the club and FansBet that was officially launched today.

FansBet are committed to giving back to causes that matter to fans. From now on, individual supporters who join FansBet’s platform and select AFC Wimbledon as their club or via a link from either the Trust or AFC Wimbledon will be tagged so that some funds generated from their..

The Dons Trust logoHow open should we be?

The club and Trust are often criticised for not being more forthcoming. That’s not always the wrong approach, says Dons Trust Board member Luke Mackenzie, but perhaps we could do better.

Ronan Keating once sang that “You say it best when you say nothing at all.” And there have been times when that seems to be our maxim, as a club and a Trust. Don’t say much, and don’t be controversial. Contrast that with the approach taken by a recent..

Wimbledon Foodbank logoDonate to Foodbank at Bristol Rovers game

The Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon Foundation are appealing to Wimbledon supporters to once again support Wimbledon Foodbank by donating grocery items at the game against Bristol Rovers on Saturday 21 September.

We have been donating to the foodbank for at least the last six seasons and are again looking to support their important work. With 1 in 5 people in the UK population now living below the poverty line, the work the foodbank does is crucial. Last year the..

Football Supporters' Association logoGovernance: a hot topic

The well-publicised crises at Bolton Wanderers and Bury are far from isolated cases. The founding of the Football Supporters Association is a potential watershed in the governance of clubs, says Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher.

On Saturday 29 June 2019, the hottest day of the year up to that point at a mere 33 degrees, Dons Trust Board (DTB) vice-chair Rob Crane and I enjoyed the air conditioning of a conference room in central London.

We were there, along..