War­wick RSL boss says meet­ing ‘un­con­sti­tu­tional’, re­fuses to at­tend but or­gan­is­ers vow to go ahead

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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.”

Photo: Mar­ian Faa

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.

Photo: Mar­ian Faa

NEW COM­MIT­TEE: War­wick real es­tate agent Dar­ryl Evans lodged a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the cur­rent com­mit­tee of the War­wick War­wick RSL Me­mo­rial Club to re­sign.

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