At the 24 November 2013 AGM, Peter Tuck moved that John Fuss be made a Life Member of the Sturt Lacrosse Club. The motion was carried unanimously.

Section 6 of the Constitution sets out the process and guidelines for Life Membership; they have been observed as follows. The nomination was proposed by a financial Club member, in fact a Life Member. The nomination was in writing and set out the nominees Club history. The Management Committee convened a Special Committee consisting of the President and two or more Life Members, namely Lindsay Wapper, John Correll, Laurie Stone, Allan Jennings, Don Gomer, Allan Pallant and Peter Tuck who assessed the nomination and its unanimous view was it met the Guidelines.

We need at times to reflect on what has occurred in the past and provide recognition where it is well deserved. Some people look for formal recognition and others avoid it. This is about a person who is definitely the latter.

In the mid-1970s, we had a league team coach of some note, Brian Neil. The team needed additional drive in the midfield. Word on the grapevine was there was a dynamic midfielder ex-Glenelg looking for a new home. It was Fussy. Not only dynamic but aggressive, forthright and outspoken. He provided a great lift to the team and returned the next season and then played for some years, married Marilyn in 1982 and came back to play until the late 80s when his knee blew up in a game against East Torrens; that ended his serious playing days. As a result of this forthrightness and outspokenness, John never did fare well with playing awards but was a highly regarded player.

But John was much more than just a player. He has been a great supporter of this club in many other ways and most often without recognition. Since his retirement as a player it has not been unusual for him to call Club administrators saying “I have heard …….. “”What does this mean”” how about ………”” I can……” – always positive and great assistance for an administrator.
When our Pasadena ground became excessively expensive and various other proposals put but impractical, we found WMPF at St Mary’s and made some initial enquiries of the the Dept. of Rec & Sport. Marilyn knew Wendy Ey, the senior person at Rec & Sport, through athletics. John rang… “What’s happening…?” “I can help, I know the head of the Department”. “What no Men’s change rooms”, “hang on Ill check a couple of things”. Then, “it will be on site next week”. John and Marilyn (and a very young Matt) were there to unload the building off the truck and bolt it down and we had men’s change rooms. Then John acquired and put up the field lights (being a licensed electrician then being very handy) and arranged our original advertising signs. He made the connections and did the practical work and here we are, and they are just a few in a long series of events which continue to this very day.

John put his hand up to coach the Women’s League team in the 1990s- management immediately thought he will be reliable, support and get the best from the girls and always consider the future, but could the refs cope? No is the anwer, they even sent him from the grounds in the 1990s – some things dont change! But the girls respected him and performed well and that was important.

During the 1980s John was heavily involved (he knows no other way) with junior recruitment and coaching. His son Michael was playing then. A highlight was the U13 GF against top team Brighton at Brighton. John had worked hard to make the players into a skilled unit but at half time were well behind; John let them know and in the next half the kids were inspired and went on to a great victory. The photo is in our picture gallery. A number of players in that team are still playing. He has retained his interest to the present and has led junior programme over the last several years.

In Summary
1975: League team player from mid-1970s to late 1980s: ‘short-fuse’ attack midfield, later with the ‘backs’
Early 1980s to late 1990s: junior coaching and recruitment. One highlight – 1987 u13 premiers coach.
1990 – 1995: major involvement in move from Pasadena to St Marys.
Late 1990s: Women’s A grade team coach
1999: Mens league coach
2005 to 2013: Junior recruitment, Junior teams coordinator, mens list development, womens list development, re-entry of womens league team in 2010, game day set up and field marking, container procurement, representation at LSA Board level and competition committees, planning and execution of junior presentations; continuous, direct involvement in management decisions and the full range of doing the practical things that make a Club work.

John came to Sturt in the mid 1970s as a player and went on to support the club in so many ways from the mid 1970s to now. He is driven and determined has leadership qualities and he gets it done. A great Sturt person, great Lacrosse person and Sturt Lacrosse Club Life Member 2013.

    LIFE MEMBERS

A.H. TAYLOR 1951 (deceased)
T.D. McCORMICK 1959 (deceased)
I.W. WILES 1964 (deceased)
H.B. WICKS 1965 (deceased)
E.B. SELTH 1967 (deceased)
V.P. SELTH 1967 (deceased)
W.T. PALLANT 1967 (deceased)
Don G. GOMER 1972
Brian W. GOMER 1972
Edward W. BLACKLER 1972 (deceased)
David G. GOSCOMBE 1972 (deceased)
Peter J. DREW 1976
Robert K. WOOD 1976 (deceased)
Alan PALLANT
Allan JENNINGS
Trevor TOMLINSON (deceased)
Jack LYNCH 1980 (deceased)
Sharon LYNCH (deceased)
Peter TUCK
David EYRE 1995
Lindsay WAPPER
Laurence STONE 2000
John CORRELL 2003
Craig JAEGER 2003
Frank VELLA 2008
Mark NORTON 2010
John FUSS 2013

STURT LACROSSE CLUB INC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on Sunday 24th November 2013 – Clubrooms at St Marys at 4:15 PM

 At the 2013 AGM, the Club’s Constitution, clauses 9, 10 and 11 were changed to the following :-
9. OFFICERS OF THE CLUB
(a) The officers of the Club shall consist of:
i. Patrons,
ii. President,
iii. Vice-Presidents (the number of whom may be fixed from time to time at an AGM of the Club),
iv. Life Members
v. Secretary,
vi. Treasurer,
vii. Junior Boys Manager
viii. Junior Girls Manager
ix. Junior Recruitment Manager
x. Junior Social Program Manager
xi. Lacrosse Operations Manager-Men
xii. Lacrosse Operations Manager-Women
xiii. Bar And Canteen Manager
xiv. Game Day Catering Manager
xv. Senior Social Program Manager
xvi. Fields, Match Equipment and Field Set Up Manager
xvii. Buildings Manager
xviii. Two Honorary Auditors.

(b) The Officers (with the exception of Life Members) shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting and shall hold office until the next succeeding Annual General Meeting, when they shall retire, but be eligible for re-election.
(c) In the event of the position of any officer (other than Life Members) not being filled at an Annual General Meeting or otherwise becoming vacant, the Committee may approach any person to fill such vacancy until the next ensuing Annual General Meeting.
(a) The responsibilities and duties of the Officers of the Club are as set out in Schedule 2.

10. MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB
(a) The business and affairs of the Club shall be managed by a committee consisting of all Officers of the Club (except Patrons, Vice Presidents, Life Members and Hon Auditors), who shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting.
(b) Such Committee may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as the Club is authorised to exercise and do, and which are not by the Constitution and Rules of the Club, directed or required to be exercised or done by the Club at a General Meeting.
(c) The Committee may from time to time make and alter By-laws regulating the use of the Clubhouse by members, the admission of guests to the Clubhouse, and generally for the good conduct of the affairs of the Club. Such By-laws shall, provided they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and Rules of the Club for the time being, be binding on all members and be construed as part of the Constitution and Rules until they are rescinded or varied by the Club at a General Meeting.
(d) The Committee may form or dissolve at it absolute discretion, standing or special purpose subcommittees of its members and/or appoint Ordinary Members to subcommittees so formed, to conduct business of the Clubs as defined and within limits specified by the Committee.

11. COMMITTEE MEETINGS
(a) The Secretary shall at least seven (7) days before any Committee Meeting give notice of such meeting.
(b) At all meetings of the Committee, the chairperson shall be the President and if the President is absent from any such meeting, Committee members present will elect a chairperson for the meeting. The chairperson at all meetings shall have the right of a casting vote.
(c) The quorum of a Committee shall be five (5) members, present in person. If within thirty (30) minutes from the time appointed for the meeting, a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be dissolved.
(d) From a decision of the Committee on all matters coming within it power, there shall be no appeal unless and until ordered by the vote of a majority of members at a General Meeting of the Club.

Delete sections 12 to 19 and add Schedule 2 Duties of Office Holders

MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB
The Club’s management structure is set by the Clubs Consititution and Rules.  The management committee is elected at each Annual General Meeting and consists of the officers prescribed in s9 of teh Constitution.  The Committee and the role and duties of each Office is set out in schedule 2 of the Constitution.  The Committee exercises the powers and does the things it is authorised and required to do by the Constitution or is directed to do by the Club at a General Meeting. The Officers which make up the Management Committee are elected at each Annual General Meeting and hold office until the next succeeding Annual General Meeting, when they must retire but are eligible for re-election. In the event of a position not being filled at an Annual General Meeting or otherwise becoming vacant, the Committee may appoint any person to fill such vacancy until the next ensuing Annual General Meeting.

Members of the Committee are responsible to the President for the development of strategy and policy, conduct of business and achievement of outcomes in their respective areas of responsibility.

Only the Officers individually or the Committee collectively can make decisions or authorise the making of decisions that commit the Club to an expense, a policy position or an action(s), or issue correspondence (paper or electronic) on the Club’s behalf or appearing to be on the Club’s behalf. The Treasurer must ensure that all money paid out from the Clubs funds has the proper authority to be so paid.

The Officers may (an should) assign others to do work of a project or ongoing nature in their area and either notify the Committee after an assignment or consult with it before it is made as they see fit in the circumstance of each case, except the appointment of the League (or Senior) coaches where the Constitution requires the Lacrosse Operations Managers to find and nominate a person for men and for women for approval of the Committee.

Everyone should be aware that the committee has finalised the member protection policy, available here