Important AGM for Deeside club

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The annual general meeting of the Deeside Indoor Sporting Club (DISC) to be held on Sunday, August 24, will be a crucial one for its future.

The retiring committee is urging all members to attend the meeting and make their views known.

Almost two years ago, the club was thrown into crisis when their premises were put up for sale, with no guarantees offered as to its future.

A DISC spokesman said: ‘‘Mr Charlie Anderson, the new landlord and also the owner of the Tor-na-Coille Hotel in Banchory, has been very supportive of the club.

‘‘However, the prolonged period of uncertainty before the sale took place had a severe effect on membership and in come.

“Moreover, some officers of the committee have extended their terms of office by two years (during which much hard work has been done) and, not surprisingly, they wish to take
a break.

‘‘Thus, members will be faced with the twin problems of how to repair the damage of the prolonged uncertainty and electing a new committee to carry out their wishes.

‘‘Bob Peters, who has now been president for five years, wishes to stand down as does James Riddell, the treasurer, who has created a very successful bowling shop within DISC which has provided vital income, but it has made severe physical demands on him.

‘‘Importantly, the committee has managed to keep the club going through a very difficult period but it recognises that its reserves have been largely drained.

‘‘The club must quickly find a way to return to profitability and the committee feels that increases in fees are unavoidable.

‘‘It also feels the neede for a strong mandate from the members and would like to see a good turnout for the AGM which will start at 7pm in the DISC premises.’’