“It has not been easy, and at times, not enjoyable, but I have absolute belief and conviction that it was 100% the right thing to do."”
Outgoing Chairman, Jim Stacey
Derek Golding was last night elected as the new Chairman of Kingswood RFC, as Jim Stacey stood down after a successful 3 year reign.
The 2017 AGM saw a record attendance for the club, with 64 members from across all the sections packing into the Clubhouse to hear a breakdown of the 2016/17 season.
After 3 years of guiding the club, outgoing Chairman, Jim Stacey, took his final opportunity to make an passionate plea to everyone at the club.
"The last three years have some of the most challenging years in my 30 years at the club. We have seen and implemented significant change within the structure and finances of the club. It has not been easy, and at times, not enjoyable, but I have absolute belief and conviction that it was 100% the right thing to do."
"I would like to thank each and every committee/board member, past and present, for their efforts and hard work over the last three years, I truly appreciate the commitment and passion each and every one of you has shown. I would also like to pass on my best wishes to the incoming Board members, officers and volunteers. I wish them every success in their new roles for next season. I will do my best to fully support you and I encourage all members to do exactly the same."
There were further changes to the Board of Directors with a few faces swapping seats, plus the creation of some exciting new roles to help push on and progress the development of every section of the club.
Alan Bell has vacated the Hon. Secretary role after 5 years to become the clubs new Vice Chairman. Stepping into the Hon. Secretary role is Tom Lovell.
The club also welcomed back a familiar face in Paul Nicol, who returns to the Board in the role of Club Treasurer.
The Board also saw the creation of 2 new Director of Rugby roles, to add to the already existing Senior DOR position, to make sure each section is best aligned and prepared for future development. The 3 DOR's are:
Stan Bailey - Senior Director of Rugby
Tony Vickery - Mini's & Junior Director of Rugby
Nick Hodge - Girl's & Women's Director of Rugby
In a final change to the Board structure, the role of President has now returned to a non-voting, club figurehead role. Vacating President, Mark Phillips, took his final duty in asking club legend, Richard Caines, to take on the role, an offer that Caines duly accepted.
Full minutes of the 2017 AGM will be made available in the next few days.
Updated 09:26 - 13 Jun 2017 by Alan Bell