Season 2021 will be the eighth for Ronnie as Club President (making him the longest serving President to date). His son Nick is the Club's Senior Captain so a lot of footy talk goes on at home and at the office, where they work together.
Ronnie works tirelessly behind the scenes and can always be found mid conversation with players, coaches and spectators alike.
His friendly and outgoing manner ensures he is approachable and his positivity is infectious as well as his great sense of fun - although he does love a win!!
Ronnie is CEO at MATCH Executive, a recruitment company.
A passionate football fan of both AJAX FC and Carlton FC, Peter has had a long journey at AJAX starting some 17 years ago assisting in the club's Auskick program. He then moved up the ranks through to Juniors and his son Justin plays in the Senior Team. Peter joined the Senior Committee in 2016 and serves as one of the Co-Vice Presidents.
Peter is always on hand to help out across the Club, and was recently instrumental in overseeing the Club's new non playing and Team apparel wear.
By day Peter is CEO of Berkowitz Furniture, a furniture family!
Peter played in the last North v South match which was the forerunner of the AJAX Football Club. He trained with St. Kilda U18 in 1957 however a knee injury put a premature stop to his season for that year.
In 1958 joined AJAX at the Peanut Farm in St. Kilda however after three matches his work career took him away from football. One of his work colleagues recruited him to play with Old Trinity where he played continuously until 1970. During another knee injury in 1965 he recuperated by taking up fencing.
In 1969 having played well over 100 senior games, Peter continued his involvement at Old Trinity for a number of years on their committee. After retiring from football PK took up serious squash and played competition pennant for many years for North Eastern Jewish Community in Doncaster and represented Australia five times at the Maccabiah Games in Israel and at the Pan American Maccabiah Games in Chile.
Peter joined the thousands watching AJAX win the flag in 1979 B Grade and has only missed a handful of matches since. He joined the committee in 1997 and has been an invaluable member ever since. Peter attends every training session, every match, pre-season, post-season and is our most treasured committee member and supporter. His wife of 50 years Denise (a very patient lady) and 3 daughters, are working on providing grandchildren for PK, to play with the Jackas - so far he is 5 into the count.
In 2011 he was awarded as a life member of AJAX FC and in 2016 was also recognised by the VAFA with “The Certificate of Merit”.Having a career in accounting working with organisations including Qantas, Jetset Tours, Nexia, Lowe Lippman, his business acumen even assisted Olympian Michael Klim set up his business. Now, semi-retired he is involved in handling the management and accounting for a Body Corporate group.
Peter's aim is to make certain the club is inclusive welcoming of all regardless of ability. Over the past few years despite its many headaches he has enjoyed ensuring the Thirds can play competitive Sunday games.
PK has achieved immense pleasure in is involvement with the AJAX FC and has ambitions to write a book “The Road Back to A Grade”.
Mandy's association with AJAX began with the Junior FC , standing on the sidelines watching her two sons play. Her attendance was soon consumed by the tasks earmarked for the perennial wife of the Team Manager! As the years passed and women's football gained popularity, Mandy's two daughters excitedly joined ‘the club’ and became part of the Jackettes.
This time Mandy took the opportunity to personally contribute and joined the Committee in 2018 (one of the first women to join the Committee) and became the Team Manager for the Jackettes.
AJAX FC was now a family affair and a major component of the Caplan family life.
She feels that whether our AJAX women choose to play for fitness, social connection or recreation, they have taken to the field with spirit, energy and a passion that proves that Football and AJAX FC belongs to them as well!
Without a doubt this role is Mandy's most rewarding and she feels proud to be a part of AJAX.
Mark has been in the IT Industry for most of his professional life and continues in this area with various roles from management, investor and advisory board member. Mark played with AJAX from the mid 1970's to the early 1980's and was part of the 1979 AJAX B Grade Premiership team that was promoted to A Grade.
A family man, he is married with 4 sons who have all played for AJAX, having three of his sons all playing in the same seniors team!
Aside from serving the Club since 2013, Mark enjoys travelling and as a St Kilda member for almost 30 years, he hopes to see many more premierships for AJAX as well as St Kilda.
David has two sons whom he initiated to football with AJAX Auskick in 2004. Having joined the AJAX Junior Club committee in 2013, he moved to the Senior Committee when his sons began playing in 2016. He is the Team Manager for the Senior men's team during the season as well as general committee member.
His day job is Inventory/Logistics Manager for Triala Foods (one of our Major sponsors) and helps out at Kehilat Nitzan and Father Bob Foundation, feeding the poor and homeless. As a regular blood and plasma donor, David feels it's easy to give back to the community at large.
He also enjoys cycling and is passionate about seeing both AJAX and St. Kilda winning a premiership!
While Brett didn't play senior football with AJAX, he played seven years and over 100 games with the AJAX Junior Football Club. His father was the second ever President of AJAX Junior Football Club which is probably where he saw the benefits of being involved and volunteering.
Brett's partner's sons Josh and Jarryd Ludski brought him down to watch matches every week and after one very long lunch with another member, he found himself coerced and agreed to serve on the Committee. A member since 2018 Brett loves every minute of his involvement!
When not at the Club, he is Director of Same Day Tree Works - a tree and hedge services company.
Alida's connection with football began over 15 years ago when her two sons played Auskick with AJAX. They continued to play every age/year with the Junior Club until U17, both winning premierships as juniors. She assisted their teams wherever possible, First Aid Trainer at matches, organising social events and junior parental rostering duties.
Her youngest son Toby plays in the Senior Club, and she joins the committee bringing her Administrative skills and commitment to the Club. She has previously served on the AJAX Maccabi Swimming Club as Secretary, after previously competed as a junior & open athlete many years ago.
She believes in the importance of teamwork both on and off the field and her love of sport and passion for Maccabi strengthens her drive to contribute to the Club any way possible.
Alida is a practicing Yoga & Meditation teacher and uses many of these skills in every day life.