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Bid to oust Serangoon Gardens Country Club president falls short due to lack of quorum

Out of the 111 petitioners who requisitioned the EOGM, the presence of 75 percent of this number was necessary at the meeting in order to proceed with the vote. Unfortunately, there were 4 less than the number needed to make up a quorum

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Singapore— The Serangoon Gardens Country Club (SGCC) is one of the oldest country clubs in all of Singapore. However, things took an unfortunate twist for the club over the weekend, as a bid to unseat the club’s current head was foiled, as the scheduled meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

The SGCC was to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EOGM) over the weekend, on Sunday, September 8.

Current president Terrence Fernandez announced from the podium that the vote of no-confidence against him could not push through because there were not enough members to make up a quorum.

Out of the 111 petitioners who requisitioned the EOGM, the presence of 75 percent of this number was necessary at the meeting in order to proceed with the vote.

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Unfortunately, there were 4 less than the number needed to make up a quorum.

The beleaguered current leader of the SGCC has only been in office for a short while. TODAY Online also mentions that Mr Fernandez is fairly new to the SGCC.

The elections where he eventually emerged triumphantly had been a contentious, three-cornered fight.

Plunging him into difficulty from the get-go, several of the club’s senior management staff resigned soon after he began his term as president, including SGCC’s General Manager.

Afterward, due to what they claimed to be a loss of confidence in Mr Fernandez’ leadership, the majority of committee members also tendered their resignations. Furthermore, the club president is also accused of a breach in SGCC’s constitution since he did not agree to hold an EOGM in 2018 that would have removed him from the club’s leadership.

Supporters for Mr Fernandez say that rival camps, including former club presidents, have been detracting him, however.

But those who are opposed to Mr Fernandez have alleged that mistakes have been made in auditing and that there are lawsuits filed by the current president against its former general manager and another former employee, which could cost the club a lot of money in legal fees.

TODAY reported that as the president left the clubhouse after he announced that the EOGM had been cancelled, calls of “coward” were heard from the opposition groups and his supporters said he should be given a fair chance.

The report also said that signatures are now being gathered yet again in an effort to oust the President.

According to its Facebook page, the “Serangoon Gardens Country Club (SGCC) is a family-oriented country club located in the heart of Serangoon Gardens. Established since 1955, we are a members’ club offering sports, recreation, dining and entertainment facilities.”

It states is mission as to “Exceed members’ expectations with a wide range of activities and excellent service, offering members and their families and guests a satisfying experience at the club.”/ TISG

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