SMISA is due to hold its annual general meeting this spring and we have provisionally scheduled this for Saturday 30 March (before the Dundee game) at lunchtime in Paisley town centre.
The AGM will look back on what has been achieved in the past year, as well as ahead to what we hope to achieve in 2019/20. A running order for the day, including our annual accounts, will be issued not less than 14 days before the meeting.
It also means the election of members to the trust committee. As it stands, three of the nine places will be open for election. Six committee members previously elected will continue to serve for at least another year – Alan Quinn, Kenny Docherty, Graeme MacPherson, Janette Swanson, Jim Cumming and George Adam.
As it stands, two of the group – David Nicol and Kevin Park – are planning to step down from the committee at the AGM, although both will continue to play an active role in SMISA’s work. David remains a director of St Mirren FC, having been asked to stay on the club board after his two-year term as your elected fan representative ended last year, when David Riley was elected to replace him.
As the rules state one-third of SMISA’s elected committee members are required to step down each year, that means the member who has served the longest since last being elected – Colin Orr – is required to stand for re-election. There are other members who have been helping out over the past year who now plan to stand. However any other members who wish to put themselves forward can do so.
Committee members are expected to attend fortnightly meetings (these are usually held on Monday evenings in Paisley town centre) and be able to make a meaningful contribution to the trust, both in terms of their time and the quality of their input.
Anybody who would like to stand should email [email protected] and request an application form. To stand, you will need to be nominated by two members of the trust and to have been a member of SMISA for at least 90 days prior to the date nominations are due to close, which is Sunday 3 March.
You will also need to submit a 500-word statement explaining why you would like to be elected and to submit a photograph, both of which will be used on the election webpage on the SMISA website.
Voting will run for two weeks from Wednesday 13 March and will be concluded in time for the AGM. The election will be administered by an election management group made up of committee members not up for election, who will verify all nominations.