Another month has rolled around and unfortunately due to the recent small outbreak of COVID locally, we have been forced to postpone the AGM for another month, which will now be held on Wednesday 2nd September, 2020 @ 6.00 pm at Club Catalina. The notice of the Chamber’s AGM, which includes a proposed amendment to our constitution and a nomination form for office bearers and committee positions is attached.
The amendment contains a clarification of the various levels of membership and has been drawn up following advice from Business NSW, our parent body.
The changes were foreshadowed to members in a communique from our Membership Secretary earlier last month, but in short, it sets out to clarify membership classification, clear up uncertainty in the constitution regarding Council and political membership, not-for-profit organisations staffed by volunteers who provide community services, and associate members with valued input. An appropriate membership fee structure will reflect that membership status. More importantly the amendment clarifies voting rights and meeting attendance to ensure the Chamber is run by members for the benefit of members, free from possible conflicted influence.
The committee recommends members support the amendments.
It is important that three separate parties record their signatures for each nomination. This will include the member nominating, a member being the seconder and the person being nominated. This ensures compliance with the constitution and as an indication that the nominee is comfortable with being nominated. All signatories MUST be full financial members of the Chamber as at the date of the AGM.
Completed nominations must be recorded as received by the Chamber Secretary at least seven days prior to the AGM either by a scanned emailed copy or hardcopy by post, to the Chamber postal address.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone for acting so promptly, to avoid any further COVID outbreak in recent weeks – the response was fantastic, with high numbers of people getting tested and self isolating if required. It certainly has been a roller coaster this year and I don’t think we have seen the last of it.
Support any small business you know, we are here for the long haul and if there is any support required, please reach out and we will see how we can assist.
In finishing, how wonderful is it to see the activation on the foreshore with the recent additions of two new sculptures. The purpose of public art is to engage the community, excite, amuse, challenge and reinvigorate a sense of place, pride, identity and connection. The sculptures are certainly challenging some in the community but the overall response has been amazing. We look forward to seeing many locals and tourists enjoying this wonderful sculpture walk for many years to come.