Thank You Evening

So many people have contributed to the club’s progress over the past year that it won’t be possible to speak to, or contact everyone individually. If you don’t get asked to attend this evening by a club official don’t take offence and certainly don’t stay away, we’d like to thank as many people as possible.

The evening is to recognise the impact of all the hard work of so many people and the 100:400 scheme, without which it is likely the squad that took us to the 1st round proper of the FA Cup would not have been at the club. That great day in November when we hosted football league opposition at our home and walked away with our heads held high would not have happened without the pledges of support, our sponsors, the ground works and the tireless work of so many club officials and volunteers.

The evening will include a few words from Gordon Bartlett, and officials from both Wealdstone Football Club and the social club informally outlining our plans and ambitions for the next 12 months along with an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions.
All those that come along will be welcomed with a free drink and drink prices will be on promotion throughout the evening and there will be a light finger buffet to enjoy.
Ruislip Social Club – The Past 12 Months

Just under a year a go I wrote an article for this programme outlining how the first 12 months of ‘ownership’ of Ruislip Social Club had gone and outlined some of our ambitions for 2009.

Firstly I need to say what an encouraging 12-months we’ve had making some significant progress towards our ambitions thanks in no small part to the support of a lot of different people.

I listed a number of things that we hoped to achieve in 2009 and in the main we’ve achieved most of those including an agreement to repay historic tax debts over an extended period, two sportsman’s dinners, live music, and staging high profile games against Leeds, Rotherham and Watford along with a second junior 6 a side tournament. We have proved that we can run a friendly, inclusive and successful social club that can stage major dinners. music, football matches and outdoor events.

A couple of things we haven’t managed include a first trophy in our new home but I’m sure Gordon and the boys are planning to put that right in 2010! Regardless of which trophy or what achievement, what a great feeling it will be to celebrate promotion or a cup success back at our own club house! Although I must say a home FA Cup 1st Round tie against league opposition was something special.

We’ve had a frustrating 12 months in relation to discussions with the freeholders however we continue to try and build cordial relations and hope that we can have productive discussions in 2010.

2009 also saw a change of management at the social club with Leo Morris replacing Ray Kemp. A change which I personally wish I’d handled much better. No-one should underestimate the role Ray played in turning the social club around at a critical time for everyone involved. Ray made personal sacrifices and worked with tireless enthusiasm and passion to help deliver a structure and environment so markedly different from the one we took over.

We have recently finalised the accounts for the year ending June 2009 and the outcome is encouraging with significant prior year losses being overturned to deliver a profit in the year. The social club still has a high level of historic debts however progress is being made to repay these and ease the financial pressure on the club.

If we can continue to make progress and we can work together with the Wealdstone Board and Supporters Club then we can continue to drive this social club forward and deliver our ultimate aim of being able to support the football club’s playing budget and help towards making us an even more successful and famous club than we already are.

The social club continue to review how we do things and what we can do better but as always we need the help of others to deliver these changes. The club’s Associate Board will hopefully continue in 2010 to support Leo in his role and the recent help of long time supporter Norman Goldsmith has really helped. It goes without saying, if you have a few spare hours a week or a month or think you can help the social club in any way, please contact Leo, myself, Paul or Peter.

We are hosting a Thank You Evening on Friday 29th January for people to come along and hear from representatives of the football and social club. Enjoy a free drink, a light buffet and allow us a chance to say thank you for everyone who has helped support the efforts at Grosvenor Vale over the past year.

Thanks to everyone who has made use of the social club this year. It’s OUR social club and its success will directly support the playing budget so please come in and have a drink and a bite to eat when you can.