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Sorry it has taken so long, but as a Board we wanted to get the Roles and Responsibilities of the new Board correct and this was finalised on Thursday evening.   

The whole Board want to place on record their thanks and appreciation to Rob Clark for the work he has done as Chairman. 

As the VSC is a Community Benefit Society the board acknowledged the importance of this and made an example of how sucessful the Community scheme is at DRFC. It was conversed that the VSC is better equiped at present to partner with DRFC in its community work until it had gathered enough momentum before doing its own campaign. The Board did agree that the VSC can however take part in small charitable work and a scenario about the VSC getting involved and helping out with local voluntary work, the example of pushing an appeal for volunteers to repaint a local park and help renovate a local park was given which was widely accepted by the Board.

The commercial aspect of the Trust was discussed and this is an area the VSC should look to exploit to increase it's revenue stream and it's reputation amongst the businesses in the community.

The Board discussed the officers that should be appointed and it was debated about what was needed in what areas to help the VSC progress, from there various officers were appointed by the Board which were all unanimously agreed:

Chairman: Nathan Batchelor (nathan.batchelor@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Secretary:Martin O'Hara ( martin.ohara@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Treasurer: Mark Lister (mark.lister@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Vice Treasurer: Andy Audsley (andrew.audsley@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Membership Officer: Lee Croft (lee.croft@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Press/Communications Officer: Mike Follows (mike.follows@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Community Officer: Dave Burkitt (dave.burkitt@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Commercial Officer : Kevin Twell (kevin.twell@drfc-vsc.co.uk )
IT/Website Officer: Rob Willliams (rob.williams@drfc-vsc.co.uk)
Board Members without portfolio: Glyn Wigley (glyn.wigley@drfc-vsc.co.uk), Martyn Bentley (martyn.bentley@drfc-vsc.co.uk), Rob Clark (rob.clark@drfc-vsc.co.uk)

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The findings of the "In Rovers We Trust" project included feedback from supporters that games weren't promoted as well as they could be, the club listened and are planning new ways to get the details of the games out to the citizens of Doncaster.  One of these is the newly released #whosnext? project.

To help promote games, and have a bit of fun at the same time, the club have come up with the #whosnext? poster competition.  Twitter users will recognise the hashtag symbol (#), which is used as a topic identifier.


After every home match, fans can pick up a #whosnext? poster from the club shop or the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium, or download one to print themselves from www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk. 

Place a poster somewhere in your neighbourhood, possibly in a local pub, a local shop's window, even on your Sheffield Wednesday-supporting neighbour's car (ahem), then post a photo of it to @DRFC_official on Twitter, and add the #whosnext? hashtag.

If you don't use twitter, you can upload it to your facebook page and tag the photo as "doncasterroversfc", or add it into the #whosnext? thread on the VSC forum.

The club will randomly select one fan each match from those who have taken part, and they will receive some free Rovers goodies!

What are you waiting for?  Let everyone in your area know #whosnext and win some Rovers prizes.

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The VSC is to hold its Annual General Meeting 2012 at 11.30AM on Saturday 25th August in the Belle Vue Bar at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The agenda will include a review of the year, updates on projects the VSC has been working on with the club, election of new board members, and a Q&A session with the club's Chairman, John Ryan, and Chief Executive, Gavin Baldwin.

The meeting is open to all supporters, although only VSC members will be eligible to vote on matters.  There will also be an opportunity to join the VSC on the day, or alternatively you can join via Paypal by clicking here.  Membership of the VSC costs just 12 per annum.

The VSC is wholly staffed by Doncaster Rovers supporters willing to volunteer some time for the benefit of the supporters and the club.  We act as a critical friend to the club, and the relationship between the club and the VSC has never been stronger.  We also support community projects and make linkages between the club and supporters. 

The VSC's Board of Directors is looking to recruit up to six new members at this AGM to become involved in exciting projects in partnership with the club.  If anyone would like to join the VSC team as a board member please contact chairman@drfc-vsc.co.uk for further information.

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Last Saturday's season opener in the Capital One Cup against York City saw the opening of the Belle Vue Bar, Doncaster Rovers fan's own supporter's bar.

As part of the stadium rights the club now enjoy under the new management agreement, the former "Lakeside Bar" on the stadium's West side has had a new "Rovers" theme and a new name, which the club asked the VSC to help with.  After many suggestions from supporters on the Viking Chat forum, the Belle Vue Bar was selected as the winner, which the club were delighted with. The bar was officially opened by John Ryan and Terry Bramall to the cheers of the gathered supporters.

Gavin Baldwin, the Rovers' Chief Executive said, "It's great that we can work closely with fans through the VSC on things like this.  We recognised that it's important for supporters to have a "home" to come to before games, and we hope the fans feel that the bar is now theirs".  The VSC also appealed to supporters to donate Rovers memorabilia to make the bar more homely and Rovers-orientated than it was when the Stadium Management Company ran it.  This appeal has resulting in many fantastic pieces of clothing, programmes, photos and documents being donated, and the bar now looks like a Rovers museum!  Gavin added "We are really pleased that supporters have donated their treasured Rovers possessions. Some of these items are wonderful and will undoubtedly stir great memories in Rovers supporters when they see them".

If you didnt get opportunity to visit the bar at the York City game, why not call in before a game and take a look?  And remember, all profits from the Belle Vue Bar now go directly to the club, not the Stadium Management Company, so help the Rovers by having your favourite pre-match drink at the Stadium.

John Ryan and Terry Bramall prepare to reveal the new bar sign

 

The Belle Vue Bar is now open!

As a further celebration of the bar opening, the club positioned fifty Rovers scarfs around the ground which fans could find and have for free.  These were all located, so hopefully there are 50 fans with nice new scarves for the coming season, courtesy of the club.

Even these two scarves managed to be grabbed by lucky fans.

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Today sees the VSC launch the Tomorrow's Rovers project, a new fundraising initiative aimed at supporting the development of youth players.

As I'm sure all supporters are aware, six of last season's excellent u18s squad are now signed on as professionals with the club - Jordan Ball, Liam Wakefield, James Husband, Patrick Mullen, Andrew McCormick and Jonathan Maxted. James Husband was given his opportunity in the first team towards the end of last season and turned in some impressive performances, not looking out of place on a field of players with combined career transfer fees well into the tens of millions of pounds.

This development of local young players is, in the view of the VSC Board, vital to the future of the club - a steady stream of players developed in the Doncaster Rovers way, who understand the way we play because that is the way they have been taught, and are able to come into the first team and be comfortable, prepared and excel.

This summer the VSC has been speaking to the club about supporting the continuation of the successful youth development programme, and has decided to sponsor one of the youth squads. The club have introduced this sponsorship for this coming season, and have ensured that sponsorship money is "ringfenced" to be spent only on youth development projects.

This is where you, the fine members of the Viking Chat forum, come in! We spoke with the club about barriers to the young players' development, and the resounding response was transport. The club need a dedicated minibus to take young players to away matches, training opportunities, development days, etc, and these are opportunities that some squads are missing out on, so we have decided to run a fundraising drive to sponsor a second youth team to assist the club in securing that minibus for the benefit of all the young players at the club.

The Tomorrow's Rovers project gives us all a chance to invest in the future of our club and the future of Doncaster's talented young players.

We know times are hard, but see this as a very worthy cause with a tangible payback. Many supporters tell us that seeing local lads come through and pull on the iconic red and white hoops gives them an enormous sense of pride.

Please support this cause by donating via Paypal using the button below, or email chairman@drfc-vsc.co.uk if you would like to donate via an alternative method. As little or as much as you can give will be gratefully received, and move us closer to securing that minibus.


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