March 18, 2016  |  Members Statement

Members Statement – Sevil Francis

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — In this week as we celebrate International Women’s Day I rise to congratulate Avondale Heights local Sevil Francis, who has made history recently by becoming the first female president of Avondale Heights Football Club — the first in the club’s 50‑year existence. Like many volunteers Sevil’s first involvement with the club commenced as a committee member when her son, Mehmet, started playing with the under‑14s in 2007. A true family affair, Sevil’s husband, Richard, also volunteers his time as a timekeeper. Commenting on her rise to the presidency Sevil said to the Moonee Valley Leader on 8 March:

It’s surreal to think that I am the president of the football club …
It’s (because of) the love for Avondale and Avondale Heights as a community, I wanted to give back …
We’re (women) not just going to run the canteen, we’re not just going to wash the jumpers, we are going to make the decisions on what is best for the club …

In this day and age, it may be archaic to say it, but we need to say ‘We can make the decisions and we do as good a job as the men can do’.

Congratulations, Sevil. You have set a fine example for women to follow in your footsteps. Working alongside secretary Lisa Riitano and vice‑president Glen Graham, I wish you all
the best for season 2016.