Good evening fellow Lasallians. Welcome to the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
First, I'd like to begin by thanking my committee for their time and work in making our club the envy of others.
As usual, I'd like to begin with football, the core reason for our existence.
As in previous years, we played 52 games in 2014. Not bad for a non-professional club. However, out of the 52 games we only managed to win only 19 and drew 12, which worked out to a loss of 21. As usual, the top scorer was Chris with 32, followed by Thomas 16 and Fann 14.
In 2014, we made two international trips, both to Penang for the 7s and an inter-port friendly. This year we hope to host them sometime in December. As it's becoming clearer that we prefer the PSC 7s to the RSC 7s, a decision to skip the RSC 7s altogether may not be a bad idea.
On the financial front, I am pleased to report that we have a healthy surplus of $4,900. For that, we must thank our trusted treasurer, Raymond for keeping our books in order.
On the social front, we celebrated our 15th Anniversary in this very same venue. A feat only more established and richer clubs could emulate. Special thanks to Mark and Chris for making it a memorable event.
In January, we also celebrated 2 birthday parties. Meng's 50th and my 60th.
But it wasn't just about parties, I must add. I'm pleased to report that in 2014 we continued to do our part for the community. We gave out the Lasallian Awards to 3 recipients and recently 2 more for 2015. And we also continue to provide support to the CJC needy students.
I would like to thank Rama for taking the lead in this.
On a final note, I would like to touch on a point that will affect us all. Ageing. And I am not just referring to you and I.
I am referring to our beloved club.
The question I pose to each and everyone of you is, where will Essex be when we retire from football?
Will it be infused with younger blood, or die a natural death?
It is a fact that we will age and so will our opponents.
As Trevor would attest, it's been very difficult lately, to find teams in our age group to play with.
Thanks to Kong, we acquired a new set of jerseys; unfortunately, our body parts can't be replaced. Some of us may be close to retiring form soccer, which is inevitable; others may choose to continue for as long as their bodies allow them.
But if we should choose to pursue other more leisurely interests, does it mean that we should cease being Essex Lasallians?
I believe not.
Let us not forget that our club was founded on three pillars and social/community is one of them.
So when we decide to hang up our boots, it doesn't mean that we have to stop getting involved in our other activities.
Because only when we continue to live and foster the Essex Lasallian spirit, can the club continue to exist long after we stop playing football.