The Cumberland Throw

Parramatta Leagues Club General Meeting – Your Attendance Is Crucial

Next Tuesday, 14th May, a general meeting will be held at the Cumberland Lounge of BankWest Stadium to again vote on the adoption of a new constitution for Parramatta Leagues Club.

As many PLC members are aware, an important objective for ILGA appointed Administrator, Max Donnelly, has been to implement governance reforms at the club via a new constitution which would incorporate transitioning the leagues club’s board back to member elections.

To that end, his constitution proposes the merit appointment of a new board, with triennial elections to follow. This would take the form of a three year cycle where two, two, then three board members would progressively be subject to elections for their positions.

Earlier this year, a petition organised by opponents to Mr Donnelly’s processes argued that the first board should be elected by members. They rejected any consideration of the appointed skills-based board model proposed by Donnelly.

The Cumberland Throw supports Max Donnelly’s proposed constitution, including the appointment of the first board. (Our full 2018 interview with Max Donnelly can be heard here.)  We cannot afford a return to the factional fighting which has long featured in Parramatta Leagues Club elections.

An organisation which has total assets of over one hundred million dollars, and a $150 million hotel development looming, requires the best qualified people on its board, especially as it transitions to triennial member elections. Importantly, history has proven that a well governed PLC is crucial to the Parramatta Eels.

To that end, we encourage any eligible PLC member to make the effort to attend the meeting on Tuesday 14th May.

For Mr Donnelly to appoint a board, 75 per cent of leagues club members must approve his proposed constitution. It’s rare for meetings to draw much more than 200 voting members. If such a number again attend, it will only require around 50 opponents to prevent the adoption of the new constitution.

We therefore need to maximise support for Max at the general meeting, and that can only happen with more members attending. Hopefully, previous opponents might also realise that continued opposition is only prolonging Max’s stay.

The longer this drags on, the longer Max Donnelly will remain in his Administrator position. Every time this constitution is rejected, the transition of control to members is delayed.

Paul Garrard has been one of the most prominent opponents to Max Donnelly. He’s been quoted as saying, “You are going to always get factions – it doesn’t matter if you have a tuckshop or a club.”

Let that comment sink in. Why should we accept factionalism as easily as that?

Max Donnelly’s constitution offers a solution.

Please attend the meeting to support his constitution and a path to a better future.

 

The details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 14th May

Location: Cumberland Lounge, Level 1, BankWest Stadium – Entry via Gate F, Western side

Time: 7pm (registrations from 6pm)

Please note – For member who are time poor, voting will be possible after the meeting preliminaries are completed (approximately 5 minutes after the commencement of the meeting).

The ballot box will be opened from then so that you can cast your vote and leave. Of course, if you enjoy a debate you are welcome to stay and listen before voting.

 

Eels forever!

 

Sixties

 

 

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Michael Formosa

I thought this is on Monday 27th May.

Rocket
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Rocket

Do you have to be a member for three years to be eligible to vote ?

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

To me this is a vital meeting, and am just shy of 3 months short of the 3 year membership requirement to vote, after my foolish decision to drop both the old football club and PLC membership after 12 months of incompetence by the mob elected in 2009, I constantly remind myself of that after being a member of the clubs since 1968. I strongly urge all members here and eligible to vote to get to the meeting and get this decision passed.. Its well overdue and if complacency becomes your motivation to not go and voted, then I ask… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

Thanks Sixties; work commitments up here prevent me from attending; its a shame that online voting cannot be done. Those comments from Garrard are a joke.

John Eel
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John Eel

Milo I am pretty sure that a vote for the new constitution will get you online voting.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

John that’s something I really hope for the future.

BDon
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BDon

Sixties, you’re right about Donnelly, his appointment won’t be dispensed with until the State government are comfortable that proper governance and competent management are in place. Otherwise, what’s the point of the whole exercise?

Scott
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Scott

I will be there an looking fwd to everyone yelling out SIT DOWN to the same flops trying to get M Donnelly reforms blocked . If theyd just voted for them when they first came in Max would be long gone and they could put there people up for election lol no chance i hell id vote for any of them .will the bar be open ?

Trouser Eel
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Trouser Eel

I’ll be there.

Clive
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Clive

It still amazes me that these same agenda driven stooges keep turning up to try and get control of the club again. Seriously get a life and move on you greedy, selfish old fools.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Don’t support this brainless proposal … the club will suffer for ever….
If you truely love Parra and want to see Parra win Premierships don’t support this. Max Donnelly said in April this proposal will not be successful. Look at his board are making decisions! It’s a mess!

Jason
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Jason

I’m gathering this dribble is from Andrew E..

The only way forward is voting yes to ensure we don’t have uneducated dimwits on the board who only care about their own interests.

Who wouldn’t want online voting and skills based board model. Vote yes

Scott
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Scott

What was the result ? After listening to them against fools ,special mention to Gerard hes a deadset gronk and yeah labozzeta your dapto dog family do block vote i went home . No beers on tap either