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      Wednesday
      Sep282016

      AGM Proxy Voting

      Are you a Trust Shareholder who can't make the 8th October Annual General Meeting (AGM)?

      If you are a Trust Shareholder (up to date with your subscription) but can’t make the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Saturday 8th October (11am for 11.30am start at the Leeds Civic Hall) then you can nominate someone to be your proxy. Please note:

      • ·         Your proxy must be an up to date Shareholder of the Trust.
      • ·         A Shareholder can only hold a maximum of 5 proxy’s.
      • ·         In order for the proxy to be valid you need to email chairman@lufctrust.org before 7pm on Wednesday 5th October 2016.

      All Shareholders, Free Members and Leeds United Supporters are cordially invited to the AGM and open debate that follows but please note only up to date Shareholders are allowed to take part in the AGM part and vote in the board elections. We look forward to seeing you all at the event.

      Thursday
      Sep222016

      Final Call for the Board And Reminder Of Easier Ways To Pay

      Starting with the latter.

      Continuous Membership.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust is happy to remind the family of Leeds United supporters of a new form of Shareholder membership, Continuous Shareholder.

      Currently, the vast majority of our Shareholders either pay via annual £5 subscription (predominately through Paypal) or are Lifetime Shareholders through a one-off payment of £100. No form of Shareholding existed between those two.

      Paypal, while an effective medium via which to pay subscriptions, means the Trust loses a portion of the fee in charges. Payments direct to the Trust bank accounts would remove that revenue loss.

      Remembering to renew a Paypal subscription can be a hit-and-miss affair, and so we have decided to bridge the gap between Annual and Lifetime Shareholder.

      Since August 2016, you can become a Trust Shareholder simply by setting up a standing order of £1 a month which entitles you to be a Continuous Shareholder for as long as that standing order is in place (once you cancel, your Shareholding ends one month after the last payment).

      While this amounts to a bit more than the usual annual fee of £5, the benefits of never worrying about keeping your Shareholder status active is taken away.

      Just to be clear, existing Annual Shareholders can change to Continuous Shareholders at any time up before their last annual subscription runs out or can choose to stay annual in their payments for the forseeable future. Equally Lifetime Shareholders stay just that, lifetime.

      The relevant bank account details you need to enact Continuous Shareholding are:

      The Co-operative bank, LeedsUtdSTrust, 08-92-99 65100301.

      All Shareholders, regardless of which of the three payment methods used, are entitled to the full democracy and services of the Trust. The Trust has about 6,500 signed up free members, we recommend the new Continuous Shareholder category as a quick way to become a paid up Shareholder.

      By joining for the first time or renewing your shareholding, you can help ensure the future of the Leeds United Supporters Trust as the valuable, strong voice of Leeds United fans it works hard to be. We represent the voice of Leeds United supporters and their ambitions for fan ownership. We also lead from the front in defending individual fans who feel they have been wronged in their relationship with the club, liaising with the police to ensure fair treatment and reminding the owners of our beloved club’s rich and deep history and that their duty of care to fans. The Trust remains part of the Supporters Direct family of fan groups.

      We look forward to welcoming you into our democracy and Leeds United community.

      Speaking of democracy, a reminder that applications for the Board need to be in before 12pm on Saturday 24th September 2016.

      At the Leeds United Supporters Trust AGM on 8th October, elections will be held to become a Board Member. Any fully paid up shareholder may stand for election. The board has a maximum of 12 places and at each AGM either some board members are coming to the end of their 3 year cycle (you are elected for 3 years but no prohibition exists to stop you standing again after that time is up) or spaces have accrued (also note any co-opted board members must stand for election at the AGM to become full board members). This year at least 5 places could be up for election and subject to due process, and you can stand to help the Trust progress.

      So how do you apply? It’s as simple as this...

      • Write to the Chair (chairman@lufctrust.org) giving your name, address, contact details, indication of shareholder status and D.O.B, indicating you are interested in standing
      • Provide an LUFC/Trust related biography for circulation and include in that a personal statement on how you think your skills and ideas will benefit the Trust and the membership
      • Receive an explanation of what being a board member entails and some examples of board roles presently undertaken or needed to be undertaken
      • Be prepared to sign on election the code of conduct for board members (a code that has been in place since 2006)
      • Attend the AGM, or if unable to, provide a supporting statement.
      • If elected, you will then begin your 3 year term as a board member


      This application process is open from today until 24th September 2016. All applicants will be acknowledged and the applications forwarded to the Trust Election Working Group which is independently chaired by Mr Thomas Hurst. In the event of a ballot, independent adjudicators will count the votes cast by shareholders in attendance at the AGM.


      As from the date of this annoucement the EWG consists of Mr Thomas Hurst (non Trust member acting as independent chair as required by the constitution), Mr Gary Cooper (ex Trust Chair and Lifelong Shareholder) and Mr Nick Roberts (Shareholder). All three members have participated in the EWG in previous years. If the make-up of the EWG changes that will be reflected here.


      The board of the Leeds United Supporters Trust looks forward to receiving your application.


      Tuesday
      Sep132016

      A Bright New Leeds United Dawn?

      For the club if unconfirmed reports are to be believed but definitely for the Trust.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust hereby again give notice of the date of the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Open Forum.
       

      Annual General Meeting and Open Forum 2016


      Date - Saturday 08th October 2016.

      Time - 11.30am - 2.00pm (including lunch provided).

      Location – Committee Rooms 6/7, Leeds Civic Hall.


      All Shareholders, free members and Leeds United supporters are welcome (but only fully paid up shareholders may vote).

      An agenda will be published and circulated to shareholders one week in advance of the AGM. The agenda will include membership and financial matters, a look back and a look forward (incorporating board questions), elections, guest speaker (confirmed Nicola Hudson from Supporters Direct), special invited guests (Sharon Reid Leeds Fans United and Gary Cooper, Leeds Ladies FC) and discussion around all matters Leeds United. There will also be a buffet lunch available on the day. 

      We could have a lot more to talk about than was anticipated when the first notification of this years AGM was published...

      We look forward to seeing you on October 8th.

      Leeds United Supporters Trust Board 2015-16.

      Tuesday
      Sep062016

      The Public Face Of Volunteer Leeds United Supporter Activity

      Be part of the team that puts its head above the parapet.

      At the Leeds United Supporters Trust AGM on 8th October (Leeds Civic Hall, Committee Rooms 6/7), elections will be held to become a Board Member. Any fully paid up shareholder can stand for election. The board has a maximum size of 12 places and at each AGM either some board members are coming to the end of their 3 year cycle (you are elected for 3 years but no prohibition exists to stop you standing again after that time is up) or spaces have accrued (also note any co-opted board members must stand for election at the AGM to become full board members). This year up to 7 places could be up for election and subject to due process, and you can stand to help the Trust in its work.

      So how do you apply? It’s as simple as this...

      • Write to the Chair (chairman@lufctrust.org) giving your name, address, contact details, indication of shareholder status and D.O.B, indicating you are interested in standing.
      • Provide an LUFC/Trust related biography for circulation and include in that a personal statement on how you think your skills and ideas will benefit the Trust and the membership.
      • Receive an explanation of what being a board member entails and some examples of board roles presently undertaken or needed to be undertaken.
      • Be prepared to sign on election the code of conduct for board members (a code that has been in place since 2006).
      • Attend the AGM, or if unable to, provide a supporting statement.
      • If elected, you will then begin your 3 year term as a board member. All newly elected and existing board members will receive a schedule of 2016-17 board meetings.


      This application process is open until 24th September 2016. All applicants will be acknowledged and the applications forwarded to the Trust Election Working Group which is independently chaired by Mr Thomas Hurst. In the event of a ballot, independent adjudicators will count the votes cast by shareholders in attendance at the AGM.

      The Trust is a democratic co-operative society and the representative democracy involved is a vital component to its running.

      The board of the Leeds United Supporters Trust looks forward to receiving your application and to the contribution you can make to the Trust and the Leeds United family of supporters.

      Please note the present make-up of the board can be found here: http://lufctrust.squarespace.com/the-board/

      Monday
      Sep052016

      For One Of Our Own This Saturday

      In memory of Pauly.

      Last Friday the community of Middleton and the Leeds United family of supporters attended the funeral of a loyal Leeds fan, Pauly as he friends knew him, who died tragically young at the age of 29. All of his family wore Leeds shirts with the number 29 on the back at the funeral.

      The Trust has been contacted by his friend Jade Brown, who has also been very active on social media (included tweeting the club) representing his family and friends, asking for our support in requesting the club to put his picture on the screen at Elland Road in the 29th minute of the Huddersfield game this Saturday (10th September) so the ground can have a minutes applause for one of our own. The Trust is happy to support this request and we call on the club to make the requisite efforts required to enable this.

      We all recall the circumstances 11 months ago around a similar request for Skye Thompson where the sheer will of the Leeds United support ensured a touching tribute, the Trust hopes on this occasion for a seamless co-ordination between club, Pauly's family and friends and the support allows us all to pay our respects in the 29th minute of Saturday's game.

      The Trust offers its belated condolences to Pauly's family and friends.