Time to fly the Panthers flag

LAVINGTON Panthers advisory group chairman Brian Chalmers is seeking election to the parent club’s board of management.

Mr Chalmers is trying to secure one of the two seats on the Penrith Panthers board available to regional affiliates.

Five regional clubs including Lavington have submitted board nominations and voting will be held from March 1 to 7.

Mr Chalmers has drawn the prized No.1 spot on the ballot paper and is hoping Lavington’s 5000-strong membership will back him.

“I truly believe it is time to fly the flag harder and try to get recognition on the board,” he said.

“We are the southern most club in the Panthers group.

“It is easy sometimes to get forgotten about.

“We have had recognition in the past, but I think we can get a lot more.”

He has been the Lavington advisory group chairman for 18 months after replacing Ken Hallows, who previously stood for the Panthers board without success.

Mr Chalmers attended a three-day directors forum in mid-January ahead of being nominated for the board, which has a two-year term.

“It is a step in the right direction to let them know we do care,” he said.

“We want to be more part of what is happening.”

Mr Chalmers was a former director of the Lavington Sports Club which joined the Panthers group 12 years ago after falling on financial hard times.

He is also a past president of the Lavington Football-Netball Club and was at the helm when it entered the O & M league in 1979.

Lavington has arranged for members to vote for Mr Chalmers on four days during the voting period.

They are March 2 (1-2pm), March 5 (1.15-2.15pm and 7-9pm), March 6 (6-9pm) and March 7 (1-2pm).

Mr Chalmers heads up an advisory committee which includes his son Stephen along with former Lavington football coach Tim Sanson and lawn bowlers Ray Edwards and Slawko Kitt.

The board make-up will be revealed at its annual meeting on March 27.

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