Your Dons Trust October Newsletter

Dear Dons Trust member,      Welcome to October 2023’s edition of the Dons Trust Board newsletter – our monthly collection of news and stories about ongoing Dons Trust activities.     

Debt consultation survey – out now! 

As members may be aware, The Dons Trust Board (DTB) has been consulting members on the management of the debt owed to it, because of the two Plough Lane Bonds.

As part of this process, we would like to find out some more about the views..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersMinute takers wanted

The Dons Trust Board is looking for volunteers to share in minute-taking duties for monthly meetings

The Dons Trust Board is looking to enhance its Secretariat support and is recruiting additional minute takers.

The DTB formally meet monthly, but will sometimes have additional meetings in between – so require minuting for around 12-16 meetings per year in total. We are looking to expand the team of minute-takers so as to share the workload and ensure that minutes are prepared and finalised on a timely basis.

As a minute-taker, you will be..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDons Trust Board meeting minutes – delays to publication

Dons Trust members should expect delays to the publication of Dons Trust Board meeting minutes.   

The Dons Trust Board has held additional meetings recently, which is resulting in a backlog and Dons Trust Secretary, David Growns, has been unwell and is recovering from an operation.

The Dons Trust Board sends thoughts and support to David, and wishes him a speedy recovery.

September’s board meeting minutes

The minutes of September’s board meeting aren’t yet online. Our volunteer minute taker was slightly delayed producing the draft, and then October’s board meeting – which should have approved them – was brought forward a week to avoid half-term absences.

The draft minutes are currently with board members and will be approved at our November board meeting.

In the meantime, members can read a summary of the meeting on the Trust Webjam.

Dons Trust SGMDraft SGM minutes

Members can now see the draft minutes of April’s SGM.

These are being shared while the meeting’s fresh in your memory, but keep a note of any amendments you might have until we send out the official notification of our next SGM, which is when these draft minutes will get amended, if necessary, and approved.

TypewriterMinute-taker required

The Dons Trust is looking for a volunteer to share in minute-taking duties for board meetings and for general meetings with members. In all, there are around 15 – 18 such meetings per year, and the board wishes to expand the team of minute-takers so as to share the workload and ensure that minutes are prepared and finalised on a timely basis.

As a minute-taker, you will be responsible for:

Preparing a short and engaging summary of board..

Papers for June’s SGM

Last week the formal announcement of the upcoming SGM was sent to all members. However, due to an administrative oversight, the agenda and the minutes from last December’s AGM were not included.

These will be sent out by email later this week but you can also see the invite letter and agenda on this website.

Please accept our apologies for this mistake.

Wanted: secretary, communications volunteers and minute takers

Can you help the Dons Trust as its new secretary, supporting communications with members or as a minute taker?

Rob McGlinchey, the Trust’s current secretary, plans to stand down in the spring due to pressures of work. To give a feel for what the role of the secretary is you can access the current job description.

While replacing Rob, we would also like to look at the workload carried by the rest of the Trust’s secretariat, including those who assist..

Summary of DTB meeting 8 October

The Dons Trust Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, 8 October, which included the subject of appointing our new first-team manager Neal Ardley.

The meeting was held on the same day as the final interviews for the club’s new first-team manager, and the Board was joined by members of the Football Club Board (Erik Samuelson, Ivor Heller, Nigel Higgs and David Charles).

There was a detailed and robust discussion between the two boards about the selection process, the relative..