Norths legend Greg FLorimo and now General Manager of the North Sydney Football club has called on all Bears fans and interested foundation club supporters to get down to North Sydney Oval this coming Tuesday night.

"We've got an information night to let people know were we're at. We think we have had good coverage, so we'll see how we go" said Flo who played a record 285 first grade games for his beloved Bears.

At the meeting the club will urge people to get involved and help ensure the club raises approx $300,000 to cover the cut to the Football Clubs' 2005 grant recently made by the North Sydney Leagues Club.

The gates of Bear Park will open at 5:30pm with a sausage sizzle and other activities. Flo has also called on a number of ex North Sydney players to attend.

For information call the Club on 9466 8860 or email to: [email protected]

The official notice of the meeting follows.


When: Tuesday 26 October, 2004 Where: North Sydney Oval at 6.30 p.m.

In recent months, the football club has received the latest in a series of body blows: * NRL Partnership Committee has refused to commit itself to expansion putting back consideration of the issue until later next year delaying again the introduction of the Central Coast Bears; * The North Sydney Leagues Club has slashed its grant to the Football Club for next season to $350,000; and * The NRL and NSWRL have been approached and have refused to assist the Football Club.

These decisions have put the Football Club in a very challenging position and our short term/medium term future is in the balance.

We are convening an emergency information (and discussion) meeting for all members and supporters. The purpose of the meeting is: * To clarify our current position and predicament; * To discuss and agree an appropriate way forward; and * To implement the strategies agreed upon.

The immediate priority for the Football Club is raising additional funds to ensure that the area is represented next season by Premier League, Jersey Flegg, Harold Matthews and S.G. Ball teams.

The meeting on 26 October is crucial to the future of this club. This is, by far, the greatest challenge our club has faced. However, we know now exactly where we stand and what needs to be done.

We encourage all members, supporters and friends of the Bears to attend the meeting and express their views, feedback and proposals.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Club on 9466 8860 or email to: [email protected]

Yours sincerely Mike Gibbons Chairman North Sydney (DRLFC) 6 October, 2004