HOW do the Bathurst Bulldogs plan to improve themselves on the back of another Blowes Clothing Cup club championship?
Upgrade ground facilities, expand the club committee and announce a new club captain.
Those were the key talking points out of Friday's annual general meeting where Greg Reid, returned as president, laid out his plan to make the club more inclusive and energised.
Reid has an unchanged executive committee but with a new constitution.
"It hasn't been amended since 1983. The club is more complex than ever before and we want to make sure the constitution is tweaked slightly to reflect the new generation," he said.
“We’re not changing the underpinning values of the constitution but we’ve taken time to refresh it to make it reflective of our current generation.
“Having extra people on the committee allows us to spread the workload and also to put a succession plan in place.”
The club are also looking forward to significant infrastructure upgrades.
Bulldogs will put their recent $149,000 grant from the state government towards a new scoreboard and lighting for Ashwood Park.
The Bathurst Bulldogs women's team have enjoyed back-to-back premiership success and the club is determined to give female members a chance to make just as big an impression off the field.
"Women's rugby is thriving and we need to get more women onto the committee and into leadership positions to foster it the game's development," Reid said.
"We pleased to announce Kate Gullifer as our assistant treasurer and Ali Stanford has joined the committee for the first time."
Bulldogs are no strangers to having younger players in key mentoring roles.
Now it's the club's sharpshooter who is being handed a bigger responsibility.
"Mark Donnelly has stepped down from the role after four years of fantastic service and Kurt Weekes will take his place," Reid said.
"We're working really hard to get a lot of youth into leadership positions at the club. I'm really passionate about us building succession plans for the future.
"It's important we keep these young people engaged and help them learn about the running of the club. Mark will remain on the general committee."
Matt Sharwood will be celebrating his 21st year as club treasurer.
Brian Roberson and Pip McIntosh return as vice-presidents, Nick Hart is secretary, Greg Carr is registrar and James Horsburgh is assistant secretary.
Justin Mobbs, Murray Roberson, Adam Hart, Shane Cantrill, Paul Carver, Tyler Cooke, Stanford and Donnelly make up the club’s general committee.
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