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Welcome to the May Newsletter Issue 12

President's Report


Thank you to everyone who attended the recent AGM and especially to the newly elected committee who will lead and represent our Club with pride over the next twelve months.

My involvement with Sydney Rangers FC has been a rewarding chapter of my life ever since I joined the club socially in 2004 and I've always enjoyed my times as a player, then as a coach and in the various roles I have performed on the committee. After a significant injury, it's been fantastic to finally put the football boots back on and play with Rangers O35's. 

I look forward to continuing the hard work and commitment of our previous Rangers' President's, Gavin Mears & Sherif Mouakkassa, to help this Club continue to grow, play an important role in our community and to achieve all of our goals.     

Your new committee has been busy setting out the Club's mission, vision and goals for the next chapter in our history and we encourage all members to take the time to read this document which can be found here. We look forward to receiving your feedback and any other ideas you might have as members and supporters of the Club, so please feel comfortable to contact your committee.

We have so much to look forward to this year with all three of our winter comp teams performing admirably in their respective divisions and all teams are in with a shout to secure our first (and somewhat elusive) winter comp winner's medal for the Club. Pride Football Australia returns later in the year from 10-12 October in Sydney and once again we will be working with our football sisters, the Flying Bats, to produce another fantastic tournament with high quality events.

Shortly, I will be heading to South America to follow the fortunes of the Socceroos at the Brazil World Cup and they will certainly be up against it playing the likes of Chile, Netherlands and Spain but as they say, "the ball is round". You can follow my short but sweet blog in the weekly update and on Facebook in the coming weeks.

Finally, I would encourage everyone to continue being involved in making this special Club what it is - a friendly, fun, welcoming place that encourages participation at both a competitive and social level on the football field and to engage with our GBLTI community in fun and interesting ways to promote a more healthy, tolerant and vibrant society. 

 Outcomes of the AGM

 
On Tuesday 22 April, Sydney Rangers held its Annual General Meeting at club sponsor ACON's offices on Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. You can find an abridged copy of the AGM minutes here

Paul Flynn presented the financial statements and Treasurer's Report and advised that SX Media has now formally signed as Rangers' new major media partner with a dedicated Gay News Network sponsors' sports page

Retiring President Gavin Mears presented his report of the club over the previous year and over the past 8 years as a final farewell to the club he has served with so much pride, dedication and passion. 

A number of special resolutions were passed in consultation with Public Officer Mitch Coidan. These resolutions have cleared the path for life memberships to be granted, a broadening of the rules regarding memberships in general and also some minor changes to the Constitution.

The new committee was automatically elected to become Office Bearers of the Club to fulfil the following positions: 
President - Joseph Roppolo
Committee - Paul Flynn, Bruce Nagle, Mark Robinson & Joel Larson.
Mitch Coidan will remain Public Officer for the Club to continue his worthwhile and greatly appreciated work.


Sherif Mouakkassa was nominated for a Life Membership for his pivotal work founding and actively growing the Club in its formative years, which was unanimously approved at the meeting. Joel Larson presented an outline brief to move and establish the club's new bank account with St George Bank which was accepted. The outstanding contribution to the Club by outgoing President Gavin Mears was highlighted to bestow recognition and thanks. 
Mark Robinson and Ben Bagshaw were also thanked for their tireless work fundraising and developing the Club. Newly elected President Joseph Roppolo concluded the meeting by outlining the mission, vision and goal for the new committee to take the Club forward which was accepted by all present.

Remembering Albert Kennedy
25 Years On


On 30 April 1989, a young 16 year old boy tragically lost his life. That boy was Albert Kennedy. Albert was chased by a ruthless homophobic gang to the roof top of a car park in the city of Manchester, where he fell to his death. Albert Kennedy is the brother of Sydney Rangers Over 35's Coach Billy Kennedy. Twenty-Five years on, Billy has paid a moving tribute to his brother, 

"25 years ago we lost a son and a brother to a senseless act. Albert never got to share those priceless moments that we all take for granted. Whilst time can help us understand, it cannot erase the memories of the sadness and isolation Albert felt during his short life."


Local Manchester woman Cath Hall was so moved by Albert's tragic death, she became the founding patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT). For 25 years, the AKT has supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people aged under 25 who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. On 7 July 2014, the Albert Kennedy Trust will officially celebrate 25 years of existence. Billy has also paid tribute to the AKT saying, "In 1989 Manchester and the world was a very different place. Less open, less diverse and far less accepting. As a family, we could not be more thankful to the AKT for ensuring young people in the UK do not suffer the way that Albert did. And especially for helping us, Albert's family, make sense of why he was taken from us too soon."  
 

As a mark of respect for both Albert and Billy, the Sydney Rangers O35's team (pictured below with our opposition, Abbotsford) wore black arm bands and held a minute's silence before their game on Saturday 3 May.  In a script writer's dream, Billy scored from the penalty spot in emphatic style in the Rangers 6-1 win.  

If you, or someone you know is the target of homophobic attacks tell someone immediately.  In an emergency, dial Triple-000 or report the incident at your local Police Station who have trained Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer's who can help you. Our sponsor ACON's Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project can also be contacted on 9206 2116.

If you would like to support the AKT, donations can be made at www.akt.org.uk.

Fundraising Efforts


The boys from Rangers had a blast over the Easter long weekend with 3 fundraising parties in 6 days: I Remember House at The Ivy on 18 April, Diva Fever at The Hi-Fi Fox Studios on 19 April and Honey's 2nd Birthday Celebrations at Mind Nightclub on 24 April. In total, the Club raised $905 at these three events - a fantastic result!

Fundraising is an important way for the Club to help fund our social activities and a great way to meet fellow Rangers and expand your social network. Sydney Rangers would like to thank all those that offered their time to help out during these 3 events. The Club is always looking for volunteers to help with future fundraising events.

Recognition of Rangers' Founding Member, Sherif Mouakkassa

At the recent AGM, Sherif Mouakkassa has been awarded with the Club's first Lifetime Award to recognise his pioneering efforts to form Sydney Rangers FC and commence the Club's early development including writing the Constitution.

Sherif was the first point of call for many of our early Rangers members and his enthusiasm and passion for football hasn't diminished to this day as he is plays an important role in the heart of the Rangers O35's team. 

Team Bonding Night for Over 35s

On the back of the most comprehensive Rangers 35s victory ever, an 8-1 dismantling of Leichhardt Tigers where no fewer than 4 players scored, the boys thoroughly enjoyed a night of cheese, wine and fantastic food.

Consummate hosts, Hugh and Lynn Urquhart put on a great spread welcoming the boys into their beautiful family home. Everyone agreed the night was a standout success and will only make the team stronger as the boys get to know the new faces in our team, as the season progresses and we head towards the finals.

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Important Dates to Remember

 
30 Jun 2014:
Membership Renewal Due (last date to accept membership renewal to be eligible for PFA & Justin Fashanu Cup)

Saturday 19 Jul 2014:
Justin Fashanu Cup and PFA Team Selection Draw (Venue TBA) 

9-16 Aug 2014:

Sat 20 or 27 Sept:
Rangers Winter Comp End-of-Season Gala Night (Venue TBA)

Fri 10 October 2014:
Launch Night for Pride Football Australia (Venue TBA)

Sat 11 October 2014:
PFA Tournament including Justin Fashanu Cup (Venue TBA)

Sun 12 October 2014: 
Farewell Event, PFA (Venue TBA)

Keep an eye on Facebook, the Sydney Rangers website & Twitter for more detailed information on the above dates.  You can also email the Sydney Rangers Club here for more information.

Sydney Rangers FC 2014/15 Fees Are Now Due!


Th registration system for memberships will be reset from 01 Jun 14 for all members to renew their annual subscriptions.

All subscription fees to membership will be required to be paid by 01 July 14.

Those who do not renew by the due date will not be able to play Saturday competition until they do so, in accordance with club policy. 

The fees payable for 2014/15 memberships are:
 
Full - $50
Social - $30
Supporter - $20
 
All payments must be made using MyClubmate only. Cash and direct debit to bank accounts will not be accepted to ensure proper accounting for subscriptions. The club is currently changing banking institutions so DO NOT use the WESTPAC accounts as they will not work, or we risk losing your payment.
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