PRESIDENT’S REPORT 1979

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T0 27th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 21st
SEPTEMBER, 1979


It gives me
pleasure to present this my third Annual Report as President of the
Society.

Due to recent
changes in my employment however and increased demands on my time both
at work and on the homefront, I find that
this year must be my last as President of the Society.


In addition, I am concerned that if the Society is to function in step
with current issues a change of President at regular, though not too
frequent, intervals facilitates opportunities for new enthusiasm and
vigor for differing approaches to problems, and for benefits from new
contacts, to be introduced.


I feel that, although not obligatory, a three-year term satisfies these
criteria and that those opportunities are now due.


This year we restricted meetings to two Committee Meetings on 8th May
and 7th August, 1979, in addition to tonight’s Annual General Meeting.


These were sufficient to organise a working bee on three occasions at
the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary, to move to continue membership
of the-
         
   The Australian
Conservation Foundation,

            
Conservation Council of
Victoria,
and

            
Port Phillip
Conservation Council
,
      
and to deal with other issues and to pay accounts due.


A fall off in participation by members during the year has been noted
and in the ensuing year a concentrated effort to involve members of the
local community in worthwhile projects may be called for if both our
membership lists and finances are to be left in a healthy condition.


Since innovations in the structuring of the Society were passed at the
last Annual General Meeting, our organisation is now much more
streamlined, there being a maximum of only five persons and three
persons required at a General Meeting and Committee Meeting
respectively, and that a postal vote is now possible to decide changes
in the constitution.


The few matters raised during the year did not give sufficient
opportunity to realise the full benefit of these moves, but were enough
to confirm that, if necessary, the Society can act quickly and with
authority in lending its support to any issues the Committee sees
within the Society’s scope of participation.

Again I thank the hard core of members who
have remained active within the Society through the year, and I wish
the incoming President as much satisfaction as I have gained during my
term though knowing the people this Society has brought me in contact
with.


Paul Weir