Eltham Redbacks FC fellow members,
As President of the Eltham Redbacks FC, I would like to inform you of an important project the Committee has been working on that will build on the past hard work and secure the future of the club
In November we commenced discussions with Diamond Valley United FC with the view of merging the two clubs and becoming the premier football club in the North East region. After numerous meetings and discussions the Committee recommends proceeding with the merger as there are many benefits with little to no downside.
The new merged club will be called Diamond Valley Redbacks FC and we will continue to be based at Eltham North and wear the same red/black playing strip. The current ERFC committee will continue to manage and operate the new merged entity along with Murray Ovens, Fabrizio Rocchi and all the coaching staff.
Benefits are numerous including the Redbacks becoming a powerhouse in the region by obtaining a State 2 men’s position (or State 1 after the FFV restructure due to the NPLV) giving our boys the pathway to high level. Of course all our women/junior/SSF/Vets/Metro teams will continue as normal and benefitting from the merger in many different ways.
I have taken the liberty to create a merger fact sheet which will address most of your questions along with the benefits and potential challenges. Please take the time to consider them as I want all members to be fully informed.
Click here to download the merger fact sheet
To enable the merger to occur, we require 75% approval of all members at a Special General Meeting to be held at Eltham North Reserve on 19th January 2014 at 12pm.
Click here to download the notice of a Special General Meeting and meeting agenda
In other words, we need more than 580 members to attend and vote in favour of the merger on the day. As you can appreciate this is a huge challenge and logistically it will be difficult to accomplish. For this reason we ask that you complete the proxy formproviding a committee member the right to represent you in voting in favour of the merger.
Click here to download the proxy voting form
We need all members in favour of the merger to complete the proxy form and return to the secretary. We suggest completing the proxy form then cut-and-paste into an email.
All proxies must be address to The ERFC Secretary and sent firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 8th January 2014. Alternatively you are welcome to attend the Special General Meeting on the 19th January 2014 to vote.
If we don’t get 580 votes in favour, the merger can not proceed – so please ensure you provide your proxy.
We ask that you get behind the committee and support the merger as this will be an incredible once in a life time opportunity for the club to cement its future and become the premier football club in the North East region.
Ivan Dalla Costa