AFLMA Newsletter #14
The Newsletter of AFLMA Inc, the AFL Members Association.
In this issue:
1) Club Member Forum News
3) Saving When Saturday Comes
4) AFLMA Committee News
5) AFLMA Game of the Year
6) Contact details
CLUB MEMBER FORUM NEWS
A couple of issues ago (http://www.aflma.com/news011.htm) we told you
about the AFL Members initiatives of the
In late July
Support group. The AFLMA were asked to nominate 4 volunteers to the
group. Attending were President Michael Agrotis, former Committee
member Stephen Teliki, and 2 'ordinary' AFLMA Members with Carlton Club
Overall 10 people were invited to attend the meeting. It was
facilitated by a representative of the Centre for Business Research
(Deakin Uni) and John De Rango (Carlton Membership Manager). There was
some frank and honest feedback given to the Club. In particular the
fact that as AFL Members represent 20% of the Club's Membership Base,
not enough is done to make us feel like we are part of the club.
are elected by the members, each member is contactable by email, there
are short biographies of each member on
and all of the Group's recommendations are published on the Club's
The AFL Member representative is Steve Corden and he can be contacted
by email at mailto:email@example.com. Anyone wishing to find out more
about the Forum should check out the URL:
The AFLMA has written to other Victorian based clubs, suggesting that
they form similiar groups. To date we have had responses from St Kilda
(who are happy to work with the AFLMA) and Essendon (who declined the
suggestion, stating that they are happy with their current feedback
The AFLMA has about 4,000 members. That's a nice number but we need
Subsequently, membership recruitment is an important part of the
Association's activities. And it's an area where everyone can help,
whether that be at the football or when queuing for football tickets.
Download our Sign-up sheet from the AFLMA website (www.aflma.com) and
take it (and a clipboard and pen) with you to the football and when you
are queuing for tickets. Hand the sheet to the AFL members around you,
tell them about their Association, and encourage them to join.
Once the sign-up sheet is full of names and contact details simply
return it to the address or fax number noted on sheet. It may cost you
45 cents and a little time, but the payback in protecting your rights
will be well worth it.
If you have already have the sign-up sheet loaded on your computer
please download a new copy. We've recently added a flyer that will
assist you in telling fellow AFL Members about the AFLMA, what it
stands for, what is has achieved and what it aims to achieve in the
future. If you can't access the AFLMA webpage please contact us (our
contact details are below) and we'll email you the Sign-up package.
It is only with your continued support that we will be able to work
on your behalf and kick goals.
SAVING WHEN SATURDAY COMES
You may have heard that the popular ABC radio footy program "When
Saturday Comes" is to be axed, despite being one of the most popular
slots on ABC 774. This year WSC has given the AFLMA several
opportunities to put our views across, and 2 weeks ago interviewed Mike
O'Brien about the AFLMA's first anniversary. After each appearance we
have received inquiries from members wishing to join the AFLMA.
Naturally enough, the AFLMA is interested in keeping this friendly
voice in the media on the air. However, we also feel that "When
Saturday Comes" is a far better lead-in to the ABC's footy coverage at
than 2 more hours of pet care and gardening advice, which is
apparently going to replace it. Many WSC listeners in the over 40
demographic were offended by the station manager Ian Mannix's comments
that they would prefer this to Francis Leach and 'Coach in the Outer',
'Footy Brain of the Year', 'The Country Club', 'The Four Noels' etc.
The AFLMA committee has written to Ian Mannix asking that the decision
be reconsidered. If you are a listener who would like to see the show
stay on air, we ask that you also email him at
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or contribute to the WSC guestbook
The AFLMA was formed because the AFL has lost touch with its fans - it
would be sad if ABC was seen to have lost touch with its listeners.
AFLMA COMMITTEE NEWS
The AFLMA's Treasurer Jay McGrath recently resigned from the AFLMA
Committee, due to business and family commitments. Jay's resignation
was accepted, with regret, and we wish him well in the future, and
thank him for the work he has performed on the AFLMA Executive.
Ian Pike (who was an Ordinary Member of the Committee) has accepted
the appointment as AFLMA's Treasurer. Subsequently, a vacancy now
exists within the AFLMA Committee. Our Rules state that when a casual
vacancy occurs, the committee may appoint a member of the Association
to fill the vacancy. If you, or someone you know, is interested in
joining the AFLMA Committee please contact us at mailto:email@example.com.
We remind members of AFLMA that an election for all committee positions
will be undertaken at the next AGM, which will be held in February or
AFLMA GAME OF THE YEAR
With the Home & Away season over, now is the time for all AFL Members
to vote for their selection in the AFLMA Game of the Year. To register
your vote go to http://www.aflma.com/aflmagoty.htm.
We believe that AFL Members are ideally suited to issue the award for
the Best Game of the Year. The membership isn't limited to supporters
of any one team and extends to those without specific club allegiance.
We are a group of people who are among the most passionate supporters
around who appreciate good football.
Patterson VIC 3204
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