Calliope Roosters may not be back next year
THE Calliope Roosters are on the chopping block, facing death if they can't find enough volunteers.
Even after a desperate call from within the club and throughout the Gladstone District Rugby League community, the Roosters are still short of making up the numbers for a committee.
It leaves the club in a dire situation which can go one of two ways; someone steps up to take up the slack or the club is not here in 2015.
"Everybody wants to be associated with the club, we are a one-team town," outgoing president Trevor Huth said.
"We have great supporters, but no one wants to put their hand up and help.
"We are running out of time. We really need to get the committee sorted or there might not be a senior club."
The struggle is also despite the fact the club snagged Laura Gavaghan as secretary for the coming year.
Responding to the plea in The Observer last week, Gavaghan and Calliope have found a way for the fan to help the club, despite no former association.
But there is a lack of support from within.
With Huth and a couple of former committee members hanging around to lend a hand when possible, Gavaghan in a major role and Dave Bowen stepping in as president, the rest of the landscape is proving barren.
"When I heard the boys were in a bit of strife I had to say 'yes'," Bowen said.
With the Calliope Roosters' Annual General Meeting on Saturday at Calliope Bowls Club at 3.30pm, a rush of volunteers is not expected.
But even if the club is able to find a treasurer to keep the club afloat, the issue does not stop there.
The club would need to then have an influx to help out on game day, training and the general assistance at the grounds.
And then there is the issue of piecing together a couple of teams for supporters to cheer on.
"We have a lot of interest, but it is pending getting blokes jobs," Huth said.
"We have a coach committed if we can get certain players."
Above everything, the plea from Huth, Bowen and other volunteers is simple.
"If the seniors can't get this sorted, it hurts the kids and that is what all the work is for," Huth said.