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Westfest Beautiful Sunday !

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We had a great day at the Westfest Big Sunday, a few Arabs signed up on the day, and loads took away the leaflets and booklets to have a look through.

Many pertinent questions were asked and hopefully answered. We have relied a lot on social media and word of mouth to get the message out about the Foundationbut nothing beats face to face engagement. We hope to attend similar events in the future but if you want to arrange for a group of your Arab friends to get togther we will be delighted to come along to speak about he aims and objectives of the Foundation. Meanwhile if you want to find out more or would like to join us just visit www.dusf.scot

Notice of AGM and Election of Directors

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The Dundee United Supporters’ Foundation (DUSF) 2018 Election Notice

The DUSF Board of Directors have started the annual process of holding elections to the Board in time for the Company’s Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 12th August 2018 at 11am. in Chamber East, The Chamber Building, Panmure Street, Dundee, DD1 1EP.

This notice marks the start of the formal election process and is an invitation to qualifying members to consider whether they wish to stand for election to any of the forthcoming vacancies on the DUSF Board.
One current Foundation Board member is standing down (by rotation) and is understood to be seeking re-election, and there are another three vacant positions.

There are currently four Directors and as required by our Articles, one Director has to stand for re-election. The Director standing for re-election this time is:  Michael Evans.

The other Directors who will remain in place are; John Gibson, Graham McLelland and Martin Manzi. Also there are an additional three vacant Director positions to be filled.

The Board wishes to give DUSF members full information so that the process is seen to be open,
fair and to help members get involved if they wish to do so.

In accordance with the standing election rules adopted by the Board, nominations are invited
for election to these positions by the return date of Saturday 30th June 2018.

Nominations are open from all current DUSF members who meet the following criteria;

  • Aged 18 or over on June 30th 2018.
  • The candidate must be a Founder Member, or a current fully paid up member (i.e has made membership contributions over at least the last six months and continues to contribute).
  • Each nomination must also be supported by five current DUSF members who must also provide their details

Completed forms should be returned to FourM Limited, The Returning Officer, DUSF, Stannergate House, Dundee Road West, Dundee, DD5 INB or by email to the Returning Officer at info@dusf.scot to arrive by the closing date of midnight on  Saturday 30th June 2018.

As there are currently three other vacant positions on the Board, only if there are more nominations received than current vacancies will a postal ballot of the membership be held.

The election rules can be found in our Articles of Association 

To be nominated for election to any of these positions, nominees must fully complete a Nomination Form. Please carefully read the Election Rules and the notes printed on the form before completing it.

A blank nomination form can be downloaded here

Failure to follow the nomination requirements may invalidate the nomination. Please bear in mind that leaving submission of nomination papers until the latest date will prevent us from getting in touch to try to correct any errors invalidating nomination papers.

FourM Limited,
Chartered Accountants
Returning Officer 

1st June 2018


							
						

Supporters’ Foundation keen to talk to potential investors in Dundee United

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From The Courier 9th April 2018

The Dundee United Supporters’ Foundation have told potential investors in the Tangerines that it will be good to talk.

The DUSF, speaking from a new-found position of strength having surpassed the 500 paying members mark, want to be at the heart of a new era of cooperation between United and their fans.

Tannadice chairman Mike Martin told the club’s annual meeting at the end of last month that discussions with parties interested in buying out majority shareholder Stephen Thompson were at an advanced stage.

There have been rumours of American involvement, with wealthy United supporter Alastair Borthwick, who has already made substantial cash available to the Tangerines, being mentioned as a possible candidate to lead a buyout.

The DUSF, who have seen a surge in membership over recent weeks, are keen to hold talks with any interested individual or consortium with a view to fulfilling their long-term goal of using the funds they have raised from members to help secure a brighter future for troubled United.

A DUSF spokesperson said: “As we go from strength to strength as a Foundation, we want to play a constructive part in United’s future.

“Some people may think United fans have been apathetic as regards the situation at the club but our growing membership tells us that is not the case.

“That means reassuring any interested party that we will be positive, constructive partners and will approach any buyout or investment with an open mind.

“Our door will be open and we will be keen to talk, on behalf of our 500-plus membership, to anyone who wants to take the club forward.”

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500 Members !!!

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A big welcome to Stephen Conway who becomes the 500th member of the DUSF

Here is Stephen (with the tammy) and son Craig, grandson Ciaran and great grandson Jamie.
Stephen has been been an Arab for 56 years and said, “I just think that the idea of a United Foundation could be the saviour of our once mighty club, keep the faith fellow Arabs good times will return. Arab4life whatever league.”
Thanks to Stephen and thanks to every one of the other 499 for your great support.

DUSF Joint statement along with Fans United and The Fed DUSC

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DUSF Joint statement along with Fans United and The Fed DUSC 

Dundee United fans with giant flag

Yesterday we sent a letter to Dundee United FC Chairman Stephen Thompson and Director Mike Martin signed by representatives of Dundee United Supporters Foundation, The Federation of Dundee United Supporters’ Clubs and Fans United.

The letter asks a number of questions around the financial situation at the club including the possibility of potential investors and the sale of Gussie Park. We have also asked questions on the operational arrangements at the club and the impact of another season in the Championship on these arrangements.

We asked the Club to consider these questions urgently and respond in writing within 14 days.

The news today that Mr Thompson has resigned as Chairman with immediate effect with Mr Martin replacing him makes our request for clarity even more relevant. Particularly as Mr Thompson now plans to dispose of the bulk of his current 54 per cent shareholding during the next few months and Mr Martin has been part of a Board that has delivered the unacceptable footballing and financial results of recent years.

Thanks once again to all of our new members since last Saturday. We are heading towards the 450 mark !!!

 

Cheers

DUSF Steering group 

Latest Update

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February 26th Update

A very brief update mainly to bring you the excellent news that over the last 48 hours our membership numbers have swelled by more than 25%.

A very warm welcome to our new members, it is great to have your support and backing and the increase in numbers this weekend has greatly encouraged us. A big thank you too to all of our members who have helped to grow the Foundation by sharing the information with their friends and family.
Getting the message out about the Foundation to all United fans is vitally important and while we try to use social media as best we can, sometimes ‘word of mouth’ is more effective. So please help us to keep the momentum going by enlisting your Arab friends.

We can help by providing publicity material, and we are willing to attend any meetings or informal gatherings you may want to organise where we can talk about the Foundation face to face and answer questions anyone may have.

On the subject of spreading the word we will be doing a further leaflet drop outside the ground before Tuesday’s game v Queen of the South so if you can spare an hour before the game to help out please email us.

 

Foundation Funds Continue to Grow

Membership is currently sitting at 355 and cash at bank is £40,010

The only ongoing payment is a £96 monthly cost for maintenance and security of the website. Other costs are in administration such as postage and stationery, and rewards merchandise. We are trying to keep these costs to the absolute minimum.

All of your member subscription contributions are going directly into the Foundation bank account minus a 2% fee for GoCardless transactions and around 5% for PayPal.

 

Survey Response

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Following a survey of our members the Dundee United Supporters’ Foundation has voted overwhelmingly (more than 80%) not to support the current board of Dundee United Football Club by means of any monetary donation or loans.

There is real concern amongst the DUSF members that any money donated to the club will disappear into the big black financial hole that currently exists. Therefore monies raised and held by the Foundation will not be allocated to the current Board and may be used when the crisis, which appears inevitable, hits the football club.

Today’s news regarding the potential sale of the club’s GA Arena academy facility, only adds to the financial uncertainty at the club. The sale of an asset, that’s development was partly funded by supporters’ donations, raises a number of questions we will look to formulate with the other fans’ groups in the coming days

Member’s Survey

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A survey asking a few questions on the progress of the DUSF so far has been emailed to all members. So please take a few minutes to have your say. The survey will remain open until midnight on Wednesday 14th February.