Queens Trust Memberships 2017/18

June 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Queens Trust memberships for 2017/18 are now open for joining and for renewals. As previous years there will again be the great opportunity to win one of 5 Queen of the South 17/18 season tickets (1 adult, 2 senior and 2 junior) for all those that join by 10th July 2017. So get those memberships in without delay!

The Queens Trust membership has been increasing over the last few years and it would be great if we could continue this trend. So please spread the word and encourage anyone you know to join. It really does help to have the backing of as many fans as possible. It would be fantastic to get to over 200 members again this year so please help if you can.

Thanks to the support of our members we were once again able to enter this years Queens shirt draw. We also have a number of ideas for next season to continue our work of promoting Queens and football in the community and of strengthening the Trust as well as supporting the club and the clubs supporters wherever we can.

Memberships can be purchased through our listing on eBay ‘Queen of the South Trust Membership’ or by paypal, direct banking, or by cheque or cash. More details on the ‘How to Join’ tab at the top of this page.

If you have any questions or queries or any suggestions or ideas please do get in touch with us at joetulip1919@hotmail.co.uk it would be great to hear from you.

The next meeting of the Queens Trust will be on Monday 10th July in the Queens Arena at 7.30pm and is open to all Trust members.

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Queens Trust 2016/7 – review

June 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Membership
Increased Queens Trust membership for the 4th year in a row up to 216.

Activities
Produced and promoted the matchday posters for 22 home games.
2 entries in the annual Queens shirt draw competition
Purchase of additional QOS season tickets from club for Trust members draw.
Purchased Queens shop vouchers (£100) for the Trusts share the matchday poster competitions.
Gave out 500 free Queens Trust rattles and maracas to kids on matchday.
Helped secure the work of Paine Proffitt for use on the front of the matchday programme.
Successful in having a Queens Trust resolution for Supporter Representation added to the QOS AGM agenda.
5 QOS supporter groups joined together in support of Supporter Representation with a combined membership of over 500 members.
Secured support to run a QOS community museum/shop in Dumfries town centre if successful in getting a Supporters Representative.
Helping with half time entertainments when possible.
Helped QOSDSA with their bucket collection.
Paying to keep sign board for next match updated at Palmerston.

Sponsorships
Sponsored local schools football tournament.
Sponsored Queens players towards coaching badges.
Main sponsor of Globe Inn 2017 Sick Kids Friends Foundation Charity Calendar.

Shares
Purchase of 20 QOS shares from J White July 2016 takes Queens Trust to a holding of 924 shares
Purchase of 77 QOS shares from M Johnstone January 2017 to take Queens Trust to 1001 shares refused by the Queens Board of Directors

Meetings etc
Attended all SLO meetings held during the year also Dumfries Common Good Committee meetings and Scottish Fans conference at Hampden Park.
Attended the QOS AGM.
Meetings with both Supporters Direct and Scottish Football Supporters Association as well as a joint meeting with Dumfries Common Good Committee and QOSFC.

Social Media
Increased followers on facebook (1,608 followers) and twitter (844)
Opened Instagram account (99 followers)
Promotion of all things QOS related.

Big thank you to the many who have supported us over the last year through your memberships, donations, helping with the matchday posters, support for the Trust resolution at the AGM, gifting us programmes and signed items for future stalls/raffles/auctions and by taking part in our competitions on social media. Your support and help is much appreciated.

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Queens Trust Statement – Supporters Director Resolution

February 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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The Queens Trust would like to thank The Dumfries Common Good Committee for giving their support for this item to be added to the agenda, thus giving the clubs owners, the 1,000 shareholders, the chance to vote on this issue. We would also like to thank the Doonhamers Travel Club, the New Bazaar Doonhamers, Devorgilla Doonhamers and the QOS Disabled Supporters Association for their backing of this motion. These groups and the Queens Trust have a combined membership of over 500 supporters. The Queens Trust is also grateful for the support of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, which has a membership of almost 67,000, and Supporters Direct Scotland.

Supporters are the lifeblood and heart of their club. It is common for football club Directors to be fans of the club but a Supporters Director is something quite different. This is a director who has been democratically elected by the supporters and who specifically aims to represent their views. Supporters are the key stakeholders of any club and are central to the clubs social and financial vibrancy.

Supporter involvement in clubs is increasing across Scottish Football through the election of Supporters Directors and through Supporter Ownership. Only last week Airdrie announced they will be looking to appoint a Supporters Director this summer with their Chairman saying ‘This is the future. Fan representation will become a bigger part of the Scottish game in seasons to come. It’s very important to me that this happens.’

If our resolution is successful the Queens Trust would hold an election to decide who amongst its members would take on the role of Supporters Director. Membership to the Queens Trust is open to all supporters and all members of the Trust would be invited to put themselves forward as a candidate. The winner of the election would take the Trusts position on the board.

At present attendances for Queen of the South are declining. This falling interest needs to be urgently addressed and a long term view adopted that focusses on increasing community support for the club. There is now a staggering amount of competition for people’s time and money. We believe that having a Supporters Director at the very heart of Queen of the South will help towards addressing these issues.

If we are successful at achieving a Supporters Director on the Board one of the key ambitions of the Trust is to open a community shop / museum in the town centre. We believe that this will be of great benefit to both the club and the town. The Trust has run two previous temporary shops in the town and the community showed lots of goodwill towards the club. Through a permanent presence in the heart of the town we would hope to increase the clubs visibility and encourage additional support which will in turn increase the clubs revenue. It would also be one less empty shop for the town.

When the Trust met with the local council and the Queens chairman last year to discuss our resolution there was no Supporter Liaison Officer in place and the creation of this post was not mentioned at all. While we think this newly created position will have benefits, we believe that the addition of a Supporters Director would add much greater value to the club. The Supporters Director will not be chosen by or answerable to the board. The Supporters Director will be chosen by and answerable to the supporters. The supporters would have a voice in the boardroom where all major decisions affecting the club are taken.

Supporter involvement at the boardroom level is increasing throughout the Scottish game and can lead to greater time and financial input from supporters. The introduction of a Supporters Director at the very heart of Queen of the South would create a new level of openness, transparency and supporter engagement. It would create the feeling that we really are all in this together.

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Trust meeting

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Next Queens Trust meeting is on Friday 17th February at 7.30pm in the Queens Arena. All Trust members welcome to attend!

Mini museum / community shop

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At last nights Queens Trust meeting we received offers of support that if we were successful in achieving a supporters representative onto the board of directors at the club would enable the Trust to run a Queens Trust mini museum / community shop within the town

The Trust committee were all very positive of the idea and felt it could be something that could be a benefit both to the club and to the town.

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Recent matchday posters

January 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Recent matchday posters from this season

. Posted widely around the area and also on Facebook, twitter and just recently now also on instagram…

Queens Trust meeting

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‪Next Queens Trust meeting is on Friday 27th January at 7.30pm in the Queens Arena. All Trust members welcome to attend!‬

Junior Blues & Queens Trust Juniors

December 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The Queens Trust has had made some great Queens Trust rattles and maracas which we will be giving out free to Queens Junior Blues and Queens Trust Juniors at this weekends game.

Each junior will get to pick one. Either a rattle or a maraca, not both sorry.

Queens Trust members will be in the Arena from 2pm to hand them out before the game. So make sure and get along to the game to get your free gift and then use them to make some noise and cheer the team on!

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Great present for a Queens Fan…

December 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Looking for a Queens related present? The Queens Trust still have some of the fantastic Limited Edition Signed Prints available of the posters that we have been using to promote home matches. One of the designs (with the old stand) is now also the front cover of this seasons programme.
These unique images by the artist Paine Proffitt (www.paineproffitt.com) are published as limited edition fine art prints. They are printed using the latest Giclee printing processes and each print is individually numbered and signed by the artist. There will only be a small print run of 25 for each of the three designs. The prints will not have opponents or dates mentioned.
Prices:
Loose print £65 (£55 for Queens Trust members)
Framed print £95 (£85 for Queens Trust members)
Framed prints will have a white mount and a black frame. P&P (to UK) is £5 on every print ordered whether loose or framed. Prints will be delivered directly to any address provided.
These fantastic artworks can be purchased through the Queens Trust. Please email joetulip1919@hotmail.co.uk with any orders or if you require any further information.

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Queens Trust news

September 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Queens Trust news.

Membership of the Queens Trust is now at the highest it has been in years at 215 members. A fantastic number, thank you all for your support. If you are not yet a member it’s never to late to join. Click on the ‘how to join’ link at the top of this page for more information.

The matchday poster competition that we have been running this season has been a great success with around 200 people sharing each of our posters on Facebook and Twitter. This has helped the posters to reach over 10,000 people for each game. After each game we pick a winner at random and the Queens Trust present them with a £10 voucher for the Queens club shop. So far we have had 5 winners. If you have not yet had a go please do as it is a very easy way to help promote the club and its home games and you might just be the next winner!

We have some exciting things in the planning for the Junior Blues and hope to publish news on these next month. So watch this space.

The next meeting of the Queens Trust is on Friday 7th October at 7.30pm at the Queen of the South Arena. All members are welcome to attend.

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