The WABA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 23 November 2013 at the Australian National Botanical Gardens at approximately 2pm (following the mini-workshop at 1pm).
All members are invited to participate in this important meeting, which is a key part of the successful operation of WABA. As required by the WABA Rules (see link to Associations Incorporation Regulations 1991 on the About Us page) the formal notification for the AGM and agenda have been sent out and are on the Notice Board.
Committee members for 2014 will be elected at this meeting, so please consider nominating for one of these roles. The WABA Committee consists of office bearers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary/Public Officer) and at least three Ordinary Committee members (website manager, newsletter editor, social manager, etc).
The WABA Committee drives the many things that happen behind the scenes to keep WABA operating successfully – it can be busy but it’s always rewarding - and fun too! The WABA Rules set out the way the Committee is elected at the AGM:
Nominations for office bearers and three ordinary committee member positions need to be made in writing. Nominees must agree to be nominated in writing. Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary by Wednesday 20 November. A Committee Member Nomination Form is attached and can also be found at the bottom of the Join page of the WABA website. Further nominations may be received at the AGM.
Once you have completed the nomination form you can scan/send to the Secretary, Glenda, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post to WABA, PO Box 2020, Woden ACT 2606.
Information about the role of office bearers is set out in the Associations Incorporation Regulation 1991 (link on the WABA About Us page). Ordinary Committee members support office bearers and have a vital role to play in all WABA committee meetings, contributing to discussions, developing policies and ideas and more. Meetings are relatively informal and are held about every 4-6 weeks (depending on upcoming activities) at a committee member's home and take about one to two hours (depending on the agenda).
The other roles which are a vital part of WABA such as website manager, workshop/field trip coordinator, newsletter editor, and more, can be appointed by the Committee - so please also let us know if you are interested in these. It would be great to have more than one member available for these tasks so they can be shared and backed up when someone is on holidays, unwell or just busy with the many other bits of life that we all have! So come on - how about it?? There’ll be experienced members to mentor and guide you, so you won’t be thrown in at the deep end!
If you are interested in finding out more about being on the Committee or any of the other roles, please contact any of the current committee members (their details are on the WABA website if you need them) who will be happy to talk with you. You can also send queries via email. Keep in mind that experienced members of the WABA Committee will always available to assist and mentor you in any of these roles.