PRESIDENT’S MEETING BOYCOTT
Warwick RSL boss says meeting ‘unconstitutional’, refuses to attend but organisers vow to go ahead
WARWICK RSL Memorial Club president Geraldine O’Neill will not face members at a special general meeting set to take place in Kings Theatre tonight because she says it is unconstitutional.
Mrs O’Neill said there were technical discrepancies between an original petition calling for the special meeting and wording used in notices publicising the meeting.
An email sent to Mrs O’Neill on January 4 contains legal advice addressed to the club secretary, which states a meeting held tonight would likely be unconstitutional.
But secretary Lindsay Goodwin said the meeting would go ahead, and urged members to take part.
A draft letter, which never reached the secretary’s hands, advisd the meeting notice displayed in the club outlined different reasons for the meeting than was stated in the original request, which was signed by more than 15 members.
“The notice should be amended... and the date for the meeting must be moved forward to 14 days,” the draft letter states.
On the eve of the meeting Mr Goodwin said he had not been made aware of the constitutional issues raised by Mrs O’Neill.
“I have received no correspondence and I really should have,” Mr Goodwin said.
“The secretary convenes all general meetings. It should have come back to me.”
Mrs O’Neill declined to say why she had not notified the secretary of the discrepancies in the 10 days since receiving the advice.
A large number of members was expected at the meeting after a review of the club’s financial viability was revealed in the Warwick Daily News.
The report by Kestrel Solutions dated March 2018 stated the club was on the brink of insolvency. “We do not believe the current committee and management have the capabilities and skills to deliver the necessary changes required,” it stated.
Mrs O’Neill said the club was now turning a profit and was governed by a “team of like-minded business people”.
“I have worked hard to pull this club around because I believe in the community and I believe in the importance of this club,” she said.
“I played a major role in saving this club when it was broke 20 years ago and within three years we had the club back on track.
“There is no magic bullet, there is no quick fix. Most financial thinking people have said it would take 10 years to get through the debt.
“In actual fact we are starting to turn the club around towards making a profit.”
NO SHOW: Warwick RSL Memorial Club president Geraldine O'Neill says she will not attend a special general meeting of the members of the club.
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