Tuesday
Nov122013

A Big Day For The Knights!

One-year-old Blake McMillan was just three weeks of age when he was diagnosed with the extremely rare condition MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome. Blake is one of just seven boys in Scotland with the condition, and his parents, family and friends, by way of the Blake McMillan Trust, are raising money to contribute to a worldwide campaign to fund research which could potentially lead to a cure being found for the condition. So when big-hearted Dundee FC fan clubs the Big Rabbie D Dark Blues and the Robert Douglas Dark Blues heard of the fundraising campaign they decided to join forces and do something about it.

Wendy Knight of the Big Rabbie D club said, “Blake’s plight is so heart-rending that we felt compelled to make a contribution to the cause. So me, my husband Gary and our daughter Nicole joined with our good friends Trevor and Ross Muir of the Robert Douglas club and, with the blessing of Blake’s parents Jenny and Paul, we entered the Glasgow 10k run back in October. We raised £905 and were thrilled to bits to hand the cheque to Jenny and Paul at Dens Park before the match against Raith Rovers on Saturday 9th November.”

Needless to say, Jenny and Paul were equally thrilled by the Dark Blue fans’ very generous gesture.

 

Picture shows:- Seated—Jenny McMillan with Blake and his elder sister Faye. Standing, left to right—Paul McMillan, Trevor Muir, Gary and Wendy Knight.

Friday
Nov082013

Dee Lotto Rollover

Under 19's Goalkeeper, Calum Brodie drew the Dee Promotions Lottery draw on Friday the 8th of November 2013. The Jackpot Numbers are 27 – 28 – 17 – 23 and the Jackpot is now sitting at £373.00.

 

Eight members matched the three number jackpot and receive an equal share of £186.50. Each member will receive a cheque for £23.31.

The winning membership numbers are: 069, 244, 314, 1243, 28204, 43013, 70768 & 83904

Ten members were drawn for the exclusive Dundee FC Prizes. The membership numbers are:  224, 667, 860, 2013, 2175, 3742, 14446, 65369, 71113 & 82612.

To join please contact Alison McQueen Tel: 01382 884450 
Email: Alison@dundeefc.co.uk

Friday
Nov082013

From the Diary of our Fans’ Rep

9th October. DFCSS meeting: 6.30pm - 9.00pm

We welcomed Ian Baird from the Dark Blues Business Trust to share with us his ideas on buying back Dens Park. Ian, who is to stand for election to the DFCSS Board of Directors at the AGM, was given full backing by the board, along with assurances he’ll be given whatever assistance he needs in the future. Following Ian’s departure from the meeting there were just two main items to be discussed, namely the AGM and Finance. Yet again the constitution reared its head, with conflicting rules causing some confusion. This will be looked at in the coming year and put right. We're still having problems with our bank and getting new names added to the account, but this is in hand. One further item of business was concluded; it was agreed to provide the DFCTV team with jackets identifying them as DFCTV media personnel.

19th October. Platinum Club: 1.00pm - 6.00pm


This was the second Platinum event of the season, Billy Pirie and Cammy Fraser being our ex-players in attendance. Both provided a great Q&A session to the whole of the Legends hospitality guests. The Platinum members also put their hands in their pockets for a £5 raffle to sponsor a youth player for the rest of the season. The next Platinum event is to be the Players’ Christmas lunch with the date to still be confirmed. If you're interested in joining the Platinum Club and/or attending the next function please email me.

24th October. Meeting with John Nelms - 4.00pm - 5.30pm


This was my first meeting with John in his new office, which has a great view of the pitch. We had an informal chat about the staff at Dens and how the company is moving forward regarding each department, but may I remind all fans that the issue of staffing at the club is a club matter and nothing to do with the DFCSS or myself. However, we then spoke at length about the club’s youth set-up moving forward, with some great news to be announced in the coming weeks.

24th October. DFCSS meeting: 6.30pm - 11.45pm


Bob Hynd (Architect) was invited along to introduce himself to those members of the board he had not already met and he was subsequently co-opted onto the board and then elected by the board to fill our second position on the club board. Ross Day gave us an update on the new website and live streaming for DFCTV. Both are going ahead very well and should be up and running by the New Year. Brian Lawrence resigned his position of DFCSS Secretary, and we would like to thank Brian for all his hard work over the last few months. AGM items were tied up in readiness for our AGM on 16th November in the Andy Penman Lounge. Finally, we now have new bank signatories on our account.

26th October. Livingston


I visited my first away boardroom of the season, where I was made very welcome and talked to their club chaplain and ex-chairman before the game. I won't talk about the game, but Dens has far better pies at half-time!

28th October. DFC meeting: 6.00pm - 9.00pm


There was a very long agenda with reports from Stadium Manager Jim Thompson and CEO Scot Gardiner. We were given information on player injuries from 1st team to youth level. The new sprinkler system and south stand toilets are going ahead as scheduled, and we were given an update on BT installing lines to the TV gantry for DFCTV live streaming. The 40th dinner is a sell-out, with the 120th looking to sell-out by the end of the week. Scot gave costings for both dinners with projected profits. It was agreed to have signed items (balls and tops) for sale at the club shop in future, and this should start in November (just in time for Christmas!!) Before the meeting closed I informed the board that Bob Hynd has been co-opted onto the DFCSS board and nominated to the club board as the DFCSS’s second director.

And finally, a reminder that all the DFCSS directors are willing to attend supporters club’s meetings for a Q&A to help keep you all up to date with what's going on at YOUR club.

Fans’ Rep Colin Reid

07889 741522

colin.reid@dee4life.com

Thursday
Nov072013

WELCOME ABOARD, BOB!

 

The board of DFCSS is delighted that the second of our two representatives on the board of DFC has now been appointed.

 

It will be recalled that our agreement with DFC was that we would nominate a Fans’ Representative of our own choice - Colin Reid being the man we subsequently put forward - while our second representative would be required to match a skill set to suit the DFC board. Having been informed that the DFC board wanted an architectural technician, we met with life-long Dark Blues supporter Bob Hynd.

 

For the last 30 years Bob has carried out, on a voluntary basis, a range of architectural work required by the club, and our meeting was to determine if it would be in our mutual interests for him to join our board and also join the board of DFC as our second representative. That meeting left us in no doubt!

 

Bob and Gillie earlier this season

 

Bob has been attending matches at Dens on a regular basis since the mid 1960s. He very rarely misses home games and at one time went a full six years without missing a match home or away. The voluntary work he has already carried out includes the creation of various lounges within the main stand, the gymnasium, club shop, re-cladding of the main stand, installation of pitch drainage systems, etc. and he is currently working on a number of projects such as upgrading toilets, indoor training facilities and various proposals relating to the soccer academy. He was married in the Boardroom at Dens Park by the club chaplain and is one of the largest individual shareholders in the club.
 
Bob, who previously served on the DFC board of directors for a number of years, is the Senior Partner with one of the largest architects firms in Tayside. Over the years he has donated money to the Society to assist in reaching its target shareholding and has contributed towards players wages, and he currently assists the club through player sponsorship and advertising. He has also sat on the organising committees for the Hall of Fame, and in particular helped organise the successful 50th Anniversary Dinner in the Caird Hall.

 

He has a keen interest in the work of the Society and an enthusiasm for our ideals and he is fully prepared to commit such time to our board as we would ask of him. Following our meeting he was nominated to the DFC board as our second representative and is keen to stand for election to the DFCSS board at the forthcoming AGM.

Bob is keen to ensure that the current administration stays on track and is committed to playing an active part in the Society’s role in ensuring that the club has a stable and positive future.

Wednesday
Nov062013

A monthly update from the chair!

Has it been a month since my last update? How time flies! It’s been a busy month of Society meetings and preparation for the AGM on 16th November. Although the Society’s accounts are with the auditors Walker Dunnett & Co., a Chairman’s report is also required and there have been a number of loose ends to be sorted out. These include things such as establishing the details of shares purchased by the Society during the last year, share certificates, letters authorizing the bank to release information to the auditors, and what seemed to be 101 other tasks! One of these was to get the AGM information out to our members. A nice Dark Blue, Red and White (plus the black type) advert was devised for the local press, and I admit to spending an hour in the rain, pre-Queen of the South match, putting up posters around the ground. Some jobs are still on-going though, and will continue to be so right up to the day of the AGM.

 

After the experiences of the recent SGM at the Gardyne Theatre, the Society needs to have fresh procedures in place to get everyone into the Penman Lounge for the AGM on the 16th - and you can help to achieve this! If you’re planning to come along, please arrive early. The door will open at 10.00am and we’ll try hard to get everyone in quickly and without fuss. Refreshments will be available prior to the start of the meeting. It will also help if you check that your details are up to date on the members’ register. If you’re not sure, why not send an email to contact@dee4life.com and we’ll check your details and get back to you with your membership number. Little things like that can all help in the long run.

 

There will be 4 places available on the Society board come the AGM. Due to one of the outdated rules of the Society (Rule 64) a third of the board members have had to resign before the AGM. This means two Society board members have had to step down. The same rule stipulates that one of the two has to be the longest serving board member, and in this case that’s Dave Forbes. Dave stood for re-election at last year’s AGM, whereas the other 6 elected members were voted on as recently as the same day in August 2013. Dave will, however, stand for re-election. The second member to resign wasn’t easy, but - after much debate - Mike Jeffries volunteered to step down and stand for re-election.

 

The club Board of Directors informed the Society of the skill set required for the second Society Director; this was an architect. With this in mind, Bob Hynd was invited to meet with the Society board. Although Bob is known to other Society board members, it was the first time I had met him and it didn’t take long for Bob to show that he would be a real asset not only to the Society but also to the club. Bob was immediately co-opted onto the Society board and will stand for election at the AGM. By co-opting Bob it meant that he could be immediately proposed as the second Society Director on the club board.

 

Another important piece of business requiring attention this past month has been the recruitment of a completely new finance team. My thanks go to John Knight and Barbara Tough as they step back from the Society finances. Both have been invaluable to the Society and invaluable to me personally as they’ve steered me through these first couple of months and prepared us for the Audit and AGM.

I’m in no doubt that the finance part of the Society is far too much work for one person and so we hope to recruit several volunteers to help, and also to co-opt a new Financial Director onto the Society board. I believe we’re nearly there with having a team of four volunteers working away in the background but we’re still on the outlook for a FD to be the liaison between the team and the Society board. This doesn’t necessarily need to be an accountant; it could be someone with a banking background. If you feel you could help in this way or know someone who might be able to fill this role, please get in contact with me at the address below.

 

Finally, we’re committed to bringing live streaming of our games to our exiled fans and to enhance the DFCTV package with live radio commentary as well as highlights. Work has been going on in the background with the media team and Ross Day putting in many hours to bring this to our membership. We’ll have further news on this in the near future. 

 

Meanwhile, you can be assured that the Society board is working hard for our members to let you once again have “Trust in our Trust”.

 

Peter Campbell

Chairman, Dundee FC Supporters’ Society Ltd.

peter.campbell@dee4life.com

Monday
Nov042013

AGM Notification Letter, Agenda & Proxy Form

Notice is hereby given for the Society AGM to be held at 10.30am on Saturday 16th November 2013 in the Andy Penman Lounge at Dens Park Stadium. The AGM Notification Letter and Agenda letter can be viewed here, and the covering letter can be viewed here. If you can not attend the AGM and wish to appoint a proxy then a proxy form can be viewed here. All letters and forms are also available from the club shop, DundeeDirect. Doors open at 10am on the morning of the AGM and members attending the AGM are encouraged to arrive early where the Society board members will be working hard to get you registered and into the meeting asap. If you have any pre AGM questions or if you are unsure of your membership number please email contact@dee4life.com.

Monday
Nov042013

Nov 2013 Election Result

At the close of nominations at 5pm on Saturday 2nd November 2013 there were four nominations received for election to the Society Board. With four place available there is no need to hold an election. Accordingly the four nominees will be elected onto the Society Board at the AGM on 16th November 2013. The four nominees were Dave Forbes (re-election), Mike Jeffries (re-election), Bob Hynd and Ian Baird. The returning letter from the EMG can be viewed here.

Wednesday
Oct302013

AGM Reminder - Nominations for Election

Annual General Meeting Reminder

The dealine for nominations to serve on the Society board is 5pm, Saturday 2nd November. All papers must be delivered to Dens marked for the attention of the Election Management Group who will make arrangements for a ballot, if required.  There are four vacancies on the Board due to resignations and normal rotation of membership as required by the rules of the Society.

Prospective candidates are reminded that only properly validated nomination forms will be considered by the Election Management Group.  Rules regarding this, along with the forms can be found on this website. (click here)

Thursday
Oct242013

Society Board Meeting Live Update 24/10/13

- Bob Hynd has been co-opted onto the Society Board and elected by the society board to fill our second position on the club board. Bob is an architect which is the skill set requested by the club board. Bob will stand for election at the upcoming AGM.

- Minutes for the 25th of September were approved and will be posted online in due course

- DFCTV / DFCSS website revamps under way

- Live Commentary and Video streams will be tested in the coming weeks, prior to launch.

- Meeting arranged with the DBBT for 28th of November

- Brian Lawrence has resigned his position of Secretary, we would like to thank Brian for all his hard work over the last few months

 

Full Minutes will be published once approved by the Society board.

Saturday
Oct192013

Society AGM Notice

FORGET ABOUT THE FIFTH!

Remember, remember the 16th November! That’s the date of the DFCSS Annual General Meeting, a particularly important occasion this year for all fans of the Dark Blues! The meeting will be held in the Andy Penman lounge, with the doors opening at 10.00am in readiness for a prompt 10.30am start.

Although the full agenda has still to be agreed by the directors, it will include such items as approval of the 2012 AGM minutes, receiving the revenue account and balance sheet for the financial year ended 31st May 2013, and receiving a report on the Society’s performance in the past year.

One further important item will be the election of new members on to the board. It seems remarkable, doesn’t it, that the current board was elected to office less than three months ago and yet, because of just one of a number of contentious and/or confusing rules within our constitution - a constitution which we will work very hard over the coming months to bring up to date and make fit for purpose - two of our number have had to resign, putting themselves up for re-election should they so wish. Although only two directors are in this category, i.e. Dave Forbes as longest serving director and one other, there are in fact four places to be filled on the board and we’re looking for like-minded people to come and join us and help us continue the work we began back in August of building a better Society and forging ever strengthening bonds with the Dundee FC board and other groups such as the DSA and DBBT.

Nominations to join the board will open on Saturday 19th October 2013. Forms will be available to download from www.dee4life.com, collect one from the club shop, Dundee Direct or request one by emailing election@dee4life.com from this date.

Alternatively, forms can be posted out by writing to Election Management Group, c/o Dens Park Stadium, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY. The EMG can also provide any further guidance you may require, including the rules of election, which are also available to download at www.dee4life.com.

Completed forms must be posted to the Election Management Group address above or handed into Dens Park office in an envelope marked for the attention of the EMG, and nominations will close at 5.00pm on Saturday 2nd November 2013. Should there be more than four nominations, a vote will take place between the 4th and 14th of November with the result of the ballot being announced at the AGM.

Remember, remember....if you are a member of the Society this is not just our AGM it’s your AGM. So come along on the 16th and help make sure the meeting is interesting, positive and gets our next year of business off to a flying start.

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