AFLMA Newsletter #3 :: 20 September 2001
The Newsletter of the AFL Members Association
In this issue:
1) AFLMA website launched
2) Join Up! Join Up!
3) AFLMA's own survey
4) Media Watch
5) What we have been doing
6) AFLMA activity over the forthcoming week
7) Spreading the word
8) Contact details
AFLMA WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Last weekend the AFLMA set up its own website, which you'll find at
We believe this is an important communications tool between the
AFLMA Committee and AFL Members. On the site you'll find, among
other things, contact details, an archive of our Press Releases
and Newsletters, and links to newspaper articles about the AFLMA
and the AFL Membership.
Our webmaster (Ross Symons, who has done a terrific job) tells us
that there were about 50 hits to the website prior to us telling
anyone that it exists. People wanting the site to exist is a strong
sign that the AFLMA is an idea that has arrived.
JOIN UP! JOIN UP!
The site also enables AFL Members to join the AFLMA on line. Just
point your browser to http://www.aflma.com/join.htm.
If you have previously given us your details would you please
confirm your details via this page. We have been collected your
details in a variety of ways - in person, over the telephone and
through emails - and as a result some items were missed. In
addition, entering the information into our database has been a
By visiting the website and entering the details yourself it will
save us a lot of work and ensure that our database is complete.
While you are there please enter the details of family members
who are also AFL Members. Often someone joining the AFLMA will
mention that their spouse/child is also an AFL Member, but leave
it at that. It is important that we get their details as well.
You can also enter the details for friends who don't have internet
access, but first ask them if that's okay.
Please be assured that the AFLMA takes your privacy seriously and
will not sell or make commercial use of any data supplied by its
AFLMA'S OWN SURVEY
The AFLMA is conducting a survey that is open to ALL members. We
expect this to the first of a series.
We would be very grateful if you could take the time to fill in
the survey online at http://www.aflma.com/AFLMASurvey.htm.
Over the past week we've been receiving quite a few mentions in
the Media. Here are the items we know about:
- Michael O'Brien was interviewed on Triple M. A lot of you would
know that Brian Taylor is an AFL Member, but I didn't know until
last Saturday that Eddie McGuire is also one of us.
- Mike Sheahan devoted a major article to the AFL Members' plight
in Friday's edition of The Herald-Sun, and gave us good space on
- Rod Nicholson had an article in The Sunday Herald-Sun.
- Two articles have appeared on Stephen Mayne's Crikey email
- and there have been many mentions by Gerard Healy, David Hookes
and telephone callers on 3AW's 'Sports Tonight'
If you want to read the Sheahan's and Nicholson's articles you can
find links to them on our website: http://www.aflma.com/press.htm.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING
About a fortnight ago AFLMA Chair Michael Agrotis (he wasn't there
when we had the vote) wrote to the AFL's CEO Wayne Jackson. The
main points of the letter were to inform the League that we have
formed, to emphasise that we wish to work with the AFL and to seek
an initial meeting. Within a couple of days we received a positive
response. And on Saturday Wayne Jackson publicly revealed the
contents of his letter, when he told the Triple M radio audience
that "I have written to the group and am very happy to meet with
them after our finals series".
The AFLMA Committee see this as a very important and encouraging
AFLMA ACTIVITY OVER THE FORTHCOMING WEEK
We are still focusing on spreading the word and reaching as many
AFL Members as possible. We believe that putting together a
large database of AFL Members was an important part of getting
the AFL's ear, and it is important that this activity continues.
Over the past few weeks we have been leafletting outside the MCG.
The AFL have asked that we cease doing so as it detracts from the
stature of the Preliminary and Grand Finals. After some
discussion the AFLMA Committee have decided to comply with the
AFL's request. We will, however, still be meeting, from about
12:45, near "The Legend" sculpture (at the foot of the steps,
below Gate 8). If you want to meet us, for a relaxed, friendly
yarn, please come along.
We will also be promoting the AFLMA at the Grand Final ticket
queues on Sunday and Tuesday mornings. Are you and/or your
friends and relatives joining these queues? If so, why don't
you help us out? Contact us (on the details below or at the
MCG prior to Saturday's match) so that we can discuss what we
SPREADING THE WORD
Do you know other AFL Members? People at your work, friends,
relatives, etc? Tell them about us. Pass on our website address.
Email or give them a copy of this Newsletter. Encourage them to
get in touch with us, via the contacts listed below.
The Purpose of the Association is simply "To promote the
interests of AFL Members". Membership to open to any financial
AFL Member (Full, Restricted and Absentee) and there is no cost
Telephone: 0412-125-533 or 0418-921-508
- Irwin Hirsh, on behalf of the AFLMA Committee