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      Wednesday
      Aug242016

      Pre-Payday Prompt: The Easy Way To Belong

      Welcome to Continuous Membership.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust is happy to reminder 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 presently exists 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.

      From 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.

      MOT.

      Tuesday
      Aug232016

      Reminder To Keep The Date

      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, a guest speaker and discussion around all matters Leeds United. There will also be a buffet lunch available on the day. 

      We look forward to seeing you on October 8th.

      Thursday
      Aug182016

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust Third Way.

      Introducing Continuous Membership.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust is happy to announce the launch 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 presently exists 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.

      From today, 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 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.

      MOT.

      Thursday
      Aug112016

      Take talk the talk to walk the walk - apply for the Trust board

      The world of Leeds United is full of passionate supporters, plenty of whom have talents to offer.

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

      Thursday
      Aug042016

      Leeds United 2016-17, what is progress?

      The 16-17 championship season starts for us Sunday. The Trust Chair hopes for progress.

      New season new hopes and dreams, new realities to come. We all have our own opinions on to why we are still in the Championship 7 seasons after promotion back from League 1 and how close/far we are to getting out, but regardless of whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist, surely we can all agree on a few wishes for the season ahead, all themed today around signs of progress.

      We would all like signs of progress off the pitch in 2016-17. That means no drama, whether that be worrying financial stuff, ownership legitimacy issues caused by outstanding legal matters, personnel problems, erratic public relations or even just plain bad planning. The club has to revisit that elusive path of perceived stability and progress that for a few tantalising months last summer it showed. A season where none of the above issues becoming headlines happens would be almost unique for us and very welcome. If someone serious in intent comes along to try and buy/invest in the club and the present majority and minority owners took such an approach seriously, that really would be a season to remember.

      We would all like progress on the footballing managing/coaching side – and across the spectrum not just the first team. No Leeds United manager/head coach for a while has had a second full season (or in the case of the last 5 a full season). It’s time for someone to plan medium term and for that someone to be given the time to do so. That someone, hopefully, is Monk and hopefully he is the last highly qualified football professional our present Chairman employs. Equally, after the upheaval of the last few years at the academy, Thorp Arch also needs a period of stability. Continuity is a wonderful thing to behold.

      We would all like progress on the pitch. That doesn’t mean we win every game, it does mean we want to see a team that grows as new signings bed in. We also want to see the yet to be flogged youngsters, the remaining manifestation of our confused transfer activity 14-16 and the rare survivor from pre 2014-15 knitting together to give the fans real hope that medium-term progress and a future pop at promotion are feasible. Obviously the first bits of progress are required to help this last one occur. I know some elements of the support think it’s unrealistic to expect to be competitive immediately, it’s a point of view I fully understand, but we all want to see a stall set out and some decent football. It’s not a lot to ask whether it’s for the benefit of those who travel 4 miles or 400+ miles to home games.

      We would all like progress from the club towards us the support. Something important has been lacking with us all for more than 15 years: a common outlook and purpose, a unity that is vital to generate the right match day atmosphere. Maybe, with events we can’t even guess at, this is the season all the division and angst forced on us by previous club regimes (and a significant amount by the present one) are diluted, old enmities are put away and Elland Road rocks to the atmosphere we used to so love to generate (regardless of results). The disposal of the pie-tax is a start, the ending of the needless segregation of the South Stand would be another bit of welcome news. With a new CEO in place maybe the club reaching out to all elements of the support is imminent, maybe?

      Further afield, like the supporters of the other 91 league clubs, we would all like real progress in the game of football. Take out the greed and obscene spending, lose the faking and cheating, forget the excess hype and television focus, reverse the sky-high prices and reward the fans, call out the racist/sexist/homophobic/trolling idiots and it just might be we have a season that reminds us why we so love the game (even after what it has done to Leeds fans collectively over the decades). Good intentions start at home so on the off chance some of those improvements accrue let’s hope Leeds United as a club are in the vanguard of setting new standards, well we can hope.

      Finally, a vital small piece of progress that makes all calls for progress redundant, each and every one of us is given reasons to feel proud of our club. It is a whole new season with a tantalising but unlikely prospect of peace and contentment. Yet like as we have for many a season past we start with a passion for progress. May the season 16-17 be everything you have patiently waited for. Enjoy.

      Cheers

       

      Michael Green – Chair.