Special General Meeting – Declaration of Result

Thank you to all MRC Members that attended today’s Special General Meeting at Caulfield Racecourse. The Club would also like to thank all MRC Members who submitted postal votes.

At this Special General Meeting the Executive Committee was seeking the change to the Club Rules.

The proposed change was as follows: 

Clause 14.2 of the Club Rules stated: 
“No Executive Committee Member may hold the office of chairman, vice-chairman or treasurer for more than six terms of twelve months. For the avoidance of doubt, the maximum period of time an Executive Committee Member may hold the office of chairman, vice-chairman or treasurer is six years in aggregate” 

The proposal was to change the reference to “six terms” and “six years” to “twelve terms” and “twelve years”.

The proposed new clause 14.2 of the Club Rules will state: 
“No Executive Committee Member may hold the office of chairman, vice-chairman or treasurer for more than twelve terms of twelve months. For the avoidance of doubt, the maximum period of time an Executive Committee Member may hold the office of chairman, vice-chairman or treasurer is twelve years in aggregate”

The special resolution, facilitated by independent scrutineers, CorpVote, was passed by a majority of 1283 votes in favour of the amendment, among a total of 2522.

The amendment brings the maximum terms of office bearer positions in line with that of general club Committee tenure, and enables incumbent Chairman, Mike Symons, and Vice-Chairman, Peter Le Grand, to remain in those positions, which they have held since 2010. Club Treasurer, Domenic Romanelli, has occupied that office since the club’s most recent Annual General Meeting in October 2015.

MRC Chairman, Mike Symons, thanked the club’s members for their support in carrying the resolution.

“We welcome today’s endorsement by members for this rule change,” Mr Symons said.

“It allows the Committee to continue to position the club for long-term growth and sustainability.”

Office bearer positions will continue to require nomination and support on an annual basis by the full Committee, upon the election of Committee members at the club’s Annual General Meeting. Committee members are elected on a rolling three-year basis.

The club rule change approved by MRC members must also be endorsed by the Victorian Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, before taking effect. If that formal endorsement is not received before August 1, Mr Le Grand will act in Mr Symons’s stead from that time as necessary.