AGM Notes: Committee Shake-Up, New Memberships and Re-Elections..

The 2017 AGM took place this Sunday (Feb 5th 2017) at The Willoughby Arms, Kingston-upon-Thames, London. On the dock was a quick rundown on what was a hugely successful 2016, what is setting up to be an equally effective 2017 and the announcement of a shake up to the size and people on the Chapter’s committee and a few special presentations.

A rundown on the membership numbers was first addressed with 2017 already surpassing the 2016 number. After that it was on to the shape and set up of your 2017 committee.

First off was the presidential re-election. Unopposed and universally supported Mr Sean Wilson will again lead the way in 2017. With that matter of course dealt with it was time to re-assign some roles.

With Sean stepping up midway through 2016 from the VP role, that for 2017 needed to be filled. Melanie Hardman has stepped forward to take that and will work well after a 2016 which saw Melanie manage to raise a impressive amount of money for charity in our former President Ian Smith’s name, honour and memory.

Another role which needed filling was that of Chapter Secretary. Jed Parisi, the secretary for the previous two years has stepped away from the chapter and in his stead Cedric Auchere has happily stepped up. Cedric is already pushing ahead with a members database to aid contact ease from the committee to our paid members.

Other positions were consoldiated with Michael Herring (Membership), Andy Donnelly (Treasurer) and Stuart Court (Comms & Web) all signing on for another year.

Terry Peppard, who will serve 2017 as one of the two Northern reps for the chapter will also stay on the committe for 2017.

With geography still being sorted out, Adam Nathan has stepped forward to be the first London rep for the chapter. Serving the same purpose as other areas, London now has a rep to work on regional meets and communications.

But sadly, one of the South reps Martyn Oppery has stepped away from his role. Massive thanks to him for the effort in trying to get things rolling in the south west.

The AGM was rounded out with a few special presentations; With 2016 and the early remnant of 2017 being a year of change, the chapter President Sean Wilson has seen it the time to begin a new initative. The initative being the awarding of life memberships to those who have been long-standing members or who have worked exemplary to boost the name of the chapter through Charity work or other work worth rewarding.

These life memberships were handed out by Sean Wilson, so here is his thouights on the who and why:

Chris and Paula A’Bear had been a part of the original committee since the 2004 inception. They have been heavily involved alongside many others through that infancy up until 2016. They are relinquishing their roles for 2017 due to work commitments but remain excited to see how the group develops and expands. This seemed the most approrpiate way of showing our appreciation for all of their hard work.

Melanie Hardman was awarded a lifetime membership due to her fantastic work on the charity front in 2016 for the chapters nominated charities (around £5,000 at last count) and all of that work and the appreciation for it seemed a great fit for this.


 

Lastly, we have awarded Ian Robert Smith it posthumously due to all the work in laying the foundations for what we see in 2017. He is missed heartily by everyone who crossed his path and so many owe their position and friendships by the work he did in spreading the UK Seahawks gospel. This on the night was presented on his family’s behalf to April Hardman.

One other presentation saw Midlands rep James Keay present a hand-crafted original and rare brickwork to Melanie and April. The work handed to James by chapter member Lenny Sap was handed over before the AGM and is a design of the Seahawks logo. A very unique and cool gift from one Seahawker to another. Great work Len!

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For more intricate details, the minutes of the AGM will be sent out in the coming days. For announcements on the 2017 National Meet, the 2017 nominated charity and much more, keep an eye on this website in the coming days and weeks for all that!

Congrats to all those nominated to the committee and a massive thanks of appreciation to all of those who attended!

Go Hawks!

 

 

 

 

 

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New Seahawkers Chapter Logo Launched, With UK Roots

A bit of cool news to bring you as well as something all new and shiny!

As was mentioned previously. The Seahawkers central council ran a competition at the backend of 2016 to design a new chapter-wide logo. One of our number, Gordon Currie, entered it and was lucky enough to end up as the winner.

This past Sunday the official changeover and launch of the new chapter logo went live and the picture is below. This picture will be on all relevent information and merchandise once new ideas are presented and passed for the 2017 season and beyond.

A massive and hearty congrats to our very own Gordon Currie who does so much for this group, chapter and Seahawk ‘fandom’ that this is the perfect way of showing appreciation of having his work represent the wider chapter.

Great work Gordon!

Go Hawks!

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2017 Membership Opens!

So the day has finally arrived, after numerous enquiries about it, we can finally open up the 2017 Membership process.

In 2016 we had a record year in terms of membership numbers smashing all other yearly records for our very proud chapter!

So want to join this merry bunch of men, women and children? Then you can very simply!

Above this post you will see the How to Join tab with all the relevant details.

Membership costs £10 for the year (single person membership) and £15 for a family membership (up to 4 people).

All payments are to be sent over PayPal preferably to ukseahawkers@live.co.uk. Along with your payment you MUST provide full names of all members signing up, the full address of the member (single and family membership) as well as a e-mail address for a contact source for the new database being put together this year.

Once payment is sent and received a membership pack will be sent off at the earliest opportunity including a few items, most importantly your 2017 membership card!

If you receive all of that then this year tag us in on Twitter @SeahawkersUK with the #ImInUKHawks and we will spread your pledge of allegiance all over the Twitter-sphere.

So, what are you waiting for!!! Join in the fun!

2017 is ALREADY shaping up to be a big time year for us.

 

 

 

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New Seahawkers Logo Vote Open

As you may or may not know, the chapter-wide logo for all Seahawks booster clubs is changing. In the spirit of competition the club is running a competition after several submissions from all corners of 12’s fandom entered specific logos over the past few weeks and months.

The logo competition is running with votes open until November 20th. So go quick and vote!

If you want to, which you may, our very own Gordon Currie, Graphic Designing don has one of his designs up for the vote (option 3) so to get one of our own’s work across all the chapters and representing the club would be fantastic for Gordon for all the work he does!

You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VJ8BLM2

Remember…OPTION 3 (if you so choose….)

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2015 Pick ‘Em Winner Collects His Prize

As the 2016 competition rolls on with a tight top of a leaderboard. The 2015 winner of the Chapter Members pick ’em league finally got his hands on his prize today (Wednesday 16th 2016).
Cedric Auchere, from Leeds was the lucky man who outdid plenty of other chapter members to claim the 2015 prize. The Prize – a ball signed by Seahawks LB Kevin Pierre-Louis- was finally handed to Cedric this week after the prize was collected from Seattle last month.

The Chapter President, Sean Wilson was on hand to present one, if not the only Anglo-French UK Seahawks member the prize. Cedric had this to say about his Seahawks fandom, saying:

“Being a Seahawkers is an obvious choice as a 12, if you live in Seattle that is. But what about when you live in Leeds? Well to me it was still an obvious choice, the choice of making my “twelveness” official ; not many 12s outside the USA can claim to have an official chapter at hand. So for the past few years my family and I have been members. As well as being part of a chapter and getting to meet fellow 12s.

On winning the pick ’em, Cedric added:

“It was a great surprise to win the “pickem” competition last year resulting in receiving a signed football today; and no it wasn’t Sean’s autograph but Kevin Pierre-Louis’! I have to admit that my membership has been very productive this year as I also was the lucky winner of a field pass for the Bills game. So special thanks to the UK Seahawkers and Sean. And Go Hawks!”

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Cedric poses with his Pick ‘Em Prize

As this proves and Cedric and many more can attest to it certainly pays to be a UK Seahawks fully fledged paid member!

To get involved, click here and congrats to Cedric!

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Special 12 Flag’s’Journey’ Reaches the Motherland

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Since January’s devastating loss of our former President Ian Smith, one 12 flag has made trips across the country and last week, for the 2nd time this season, went to Seattle.
A little background on this flag, the idea of it being signed in memoriam was the idea  Chapter member Adam Nathan at Ian’s wake in January and was a focal point for the National Meet in April and September’s spreading of Ian’s Ashes on the Sound in September.
It was on that trip which saw former ‘Hawks RB Marshawn Lynch sign the flag. This past week’s trip however had two ‘moments’ to add to the story of a sharp idea from Mr Nathan.
Firstly came when in the company of Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones on the Sunday (6th November), saw the flag emerge and Walt offer to sign it, which he did with his ‘HOF’ signature.

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Walt signs the flag on Sunday night

Then following a visit to the teams facility* on the shores of Lake Washington the following Wednesday where it was handed over to Thomas Buren who along with his team soon found a quick spot for it. Two days after, on Veterans Day in the US, Thomas and his colleagues flew the flag up the flagpole on the practice field and put the chapter front and center of many a cool picture, as a showing of the pride team taking in the part of Ian’s tribute.
It was a gesture which is greatly appreciated by the chapter, committee and most importantly Ian’s family with all of Ian’s work alongside the Military Seahawkers and his past serving in our military too making such a big impression on who he was.
This was a great end to a great week for those who made the trip and the possible finish point of very cool idea of a gesture and ‘tribute’ to the Big man from one of our members

*massive thanks to Chris Johnson and the guys at VMAC for sorting a few of us out for the tour of the teams facility, greatly appreciated.

 

For the other few pictures of the flag up at VMAC, here is the post from our President Sean Wilson

 

 

 

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Date & Venue Set For 2017 AGM

As the year winds down towards a new one and another Seahawks season picks up steam, it’ll soon be time to take stock of what 2016 bought to the chapter and what 2017 could bring and do to help boost our chapter!

With that in mind we are pleased to announce the date and some early details for the 2017 Chapter AGM.

As with the 2016 meeting, the 2017 congregation will come together at The Willoughby Arms in Kingston-Upon-Thames in London. The date is set with the blessing of the welcoming landlord, Rick as February 5th 2017.

That date may ring a bell as it is the same night as SUPERBOWL 51. Last year we did similar- hosting the AGM in the prelude to watching the NFL season’s final chapter- and it went down well with a great turnout and positive feedback of lining the two calendar events up on the same night.

The Willoughby is the venue as a sense of tradition in remembrance of our former President Ian Smith who had the pub as a ‘base’ for watching games in small and large groups in recent years and the committee all see it as our ‘spiritual home’ because of that and giving the custom to Rick and the pub on this occasion as a way of gratitude for all the hospitality!

Timings of the night will be announced in the coming weeks. As well as all the relevant information on 2017 membership and everything that will come with that small price next year.

But a few things on the order of business. The AGM is open to members only but all non-Members (and non-Seahawks fans) are welcome to join us to watch the Superbowl later in the evening if they so wish. The capacity will be capped at around 70 however on Rick’s request, with first refusal for ‘entry’  for the night going to 2017 Chapter members.

As stated above, more information will be confirmed and released in the coming weeks in the lead up to the night. But get involved in what should be a great night!

In the mean time if you want to find out more information then leave a comment or contact one of the committee or your local reps. All contact information is via one of the tabs on the top of the page!

GO HAWKS!

@SeahawkersUK on Twitter

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Willoughby Arms, 47 Willoughby Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 6LN

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Closest train station: Norbiton (around a ten minute walk from Station to venue)

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