Murray Valley Bushwalkers Inc AGM #8 August 16 2019

MVB Inc acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we travel, explore and are passionate about. We pay our respects to the Elders, past and present  

Location: Sustainability Community Centre, Lincoln Causeway – (previously Tourist Information Centre)

 The clubs 8th AGM opened at 6-45 pm

Many thanks to Claire Greenhalgh from the Sustainability Activity Centre for the use of the facilities and amenities. The hall was free of charge and, tea and coffee is supplied.  Members were asked to bring a plate



 Jan Douglas Tony Marsh Claire Sandford David Allen Alison Dallinger
Cheryl McCarten Carmen Huser Sean Parker  Belinda Pearce  Liz Parish
Trevor Potts Michael Courtney      

Apologies:  Di Ross, Judy Brooke, Michelle Crofts, Ross Mitchell, Mick Webster, Peter Presutti, Di Ryan, Iris Joss,  Gayle and Ian Angel, Juanita Barron, Annette Ash, Gary Guidotti, Shirley Dendle, Cathy McQueen, Michelle Bailey, Loraine Parker, Kathleen Withers, Cheryl and Jeff McKimm, Jennifer Geer, Anni and Peter Turnbull, Ro Smith

Reports of the activities of the association

Minutes of the last AGM held August 17 2018 were reviewed 

Business arising: Nil

Motion that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of the last AGM

Confirmed:         Cheryl      Seconded:  David

Motion carried

Presidents report - Di Ross

 Looking back I remember saying to one of the members after the first issue I dealt with, right I have 11 months and 2 weeks to go, bring it on !!!

I absolutely loved the challenge of helping bring the Hans Kaspers memorial event together, supporting this year’s Mt Bogong Conquestathon and trying to help and provide support to members, not to mention trying to maintain a high standard of leadership while trying to juggle family, work, me time and sport.

All committee members have made important contributions to the club’s development over this year and I would like to thank them for their efforts as well as supporting myself as President.

I'm grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to work with you all and have enjoyed my time. Thank you also goes to the members; some incredible memories over the last year.

I look forward to seeing this club grow in all areas, supporting new ideas, continue to support leaders and seeing younger generations attend events. This is such an amazing club with so much to offer to our community.

Motion: That the Presidents report be accepted - moved  Liz seconded Claire  - the motion was Passed


Treasurers Report – Gayle Angel

 Hume Bank Balance as at August 16  2019  $12,380.58

Paypal Balance as at August 2019 $545.23

equipment assets as at August 16 2019 $4,508

mvb balance sheet june 30 2019

mvb profit and loss 2019

mvb insurance invoice 2019

Membership Report - JAN DOUGLAS

 The membership system continues to work well with most members logging in to the website and either paying via Paypal or paying offline via funds transfer. This is greatly appreciated as it smooths the way for efficient management by the membership person. Even offline payments (bank transfers) are easier to manage if people login and interact with the membership system first before (or even after) sending us the money. For any assistance re membership please contact Tony or Jan

Total Financial membership as at August 16 2019 is 150 (165 at Aug 18 2018

Single Memberships 76 (73)
Family of 2 Memberships 30 (32)
Family of 2 Members 30 (32)
Family of 3 Memberships 1 (4)
Family of 3 Members 2 (8)
Family of 4 Memberships 3 (4)
Family of 4 Members 9 (12)
Family of > 4 Memberships 1
Family of > 4 Members 4
Total 155 (165)

subscription payments Statistics for the period August 18 2018 to August 1 2019 

This years statisitic in bold and previous years statistics in brackets

Number of subscription payments received 112 (119) (95)

Number of subscription payments received by Paypal 71 (75) (58)

Value of subscription payments received by Paypal $3064 ($3169) ($2398)

Total of subscription payments received $4668 ($4968) ($3794)


Website report  - Tony Marsh

The website goes into its 9th year with the same software platform from day 1 in July 2011 ie the free open source content management system called Joomla, a server based in Singapore and a series of paid for extensions created by teams of programmers in Switzerland, Romania and the US - for full details of all the software used on the MVB website go to the Aug 18 2017 AGM 

In My Dreams

The really burning issue to simplify membership / event registration procedures is to merge the two operations which are currently carried out on the clubs website (new memberships and renewals) and  Google drive (event registration). If I can free up some time by allocating tasks to others I hopefully will be able to report back in the next AGM that we have data exchange happening accurately and conveniently. 

The clubs Facebook group is open to the public and has 264 (227) members many of whom are not MVB members -  similarly there are MVB members who dont use Facebook. Facebook privacy credentials have taken a hammering recently but we continue to utilise this social media tool as it provides extensive publicity for the club.  

HOME PAGE SLIDESHOW The programming of this is an aspect of the website that would very easily be picked up by a member. It needs updating more often and I dont have the time.

There are some short videos on the website now on how to best leverage the fabulous stash of photos on our Flickr site and Facebook - get in touch with Tony if interested to learn how - its very rewarding work!

The website  - Ther are some mobile device issues - a major website overhaul is pending - Neil Brown has offered his services to help trial new templates - in the middle of yet another amazing ski season Im off track on this.

Event management - Di Ryan and Judy Brooke

Data Collected in the 2018 / 2019 Financial Year in bold (the previous THREE years figures in brackets)

Activity Number of Events Participants
Social - Movies, SS&A, AGM, Xmas Party & Table Tennis, Meetings, Fundraising 18 (5) (7) (2) 53 (64) (81) (25)
Cycling 8 (4) (0) (3) 19 (16) (0) (6)
Snow shoeing/skiing 13 (12 (11) (12) 57 (54) (55) (37)
Multi day events backpacking/car camping / extended walks 2 (22) (19) (13) 137 (139) (134) (84)
Day walks 24 (44) (75) (60) 144 (345) (419) (346)
Half Day walks / fun runs / morning walks / orienteering / recce / training 86 (42) 546 (281)
Evening walks (7) (6) 34 (41) (49)
Canoeing 27 (23 (26) (26) 233 (214) (343) (309)
4 Wheel Drive trips 0 (4) 0 (33) (0) (0)
TOTALS 206 (159) (144) (116) 1274 (1186) (1081) (851)

For a club of our size to engage our members 1274 times over 206 events in a 12 month period is truly amazing! 

Our event management practices are without doubt the way we achieve this

Contrary to way most clubs operate our leaders are empowered to publish new events before messaging the Events Coordinator that a new event has been created - this makes it easy for the coordinator to review  the event and approve, unpublish or suggest changes - leaders are required to submit a new event notification form - you can access the New Event Submission Form here

This gets events up on the program very quickly - but most importantly it provides quality assurance of the clubs program of events

Club fund raisING - the Bunnings Sunday morning sausage sizzle and the Bogong Conquestathon are both lucrative fund raising activities that we wish to continue - volunteers are always welcome


Ive got to single out Peter Presutti for special thanks! As a founding member, tech supporter and legend Peter is a gem!  After 7 years of great service to the club you can now take a year off Pete!

Tony Marsh Aug 16 2019

A motion was put that the reports as tabled be accepted Move by Michael and seconded by Cheryl  motion carried


Election of office bearers and ordinary members of the committee

The Committee numbers will increase to 9 positions as required by our club rules because of the number of financial members as at Jan 1 2019 had increased

The executive committee comprises President, Secretary, Treasurer and Events Co-ordinator.             

Position Nominee Nominated By Seconded By
President Jan Douglas  Tony Marsh Iris Joss
Secretary ALISON DALLINGER Jan Dougls Tony Marsh
Treasurer Gayle Angel  Tony Marsh Jenny Marsh
Events Co-ordinator Judy Brooke  Jan Douglas Iris Joss
Committee Member Di Ryan  Peter Presutti Gayle Angel
Committee Member Ayu odonnell  Di Ross Jan Douglas
Committee Member JUanita barron  Di Ross Jan Douglas
Committee Member Iris Joss  Jan Douglas Michelle Crofts
Committee Member DI Ross  Peter Presutti Tony Marsh

Election of all the nominated 2019 Committee members was confirmed by   cheryl Mcarten and seconded michael courtney   - motion carried

As at the close of nominations for the 2019-20 committee (august 9 2019) the secretary role was vacant.

The chairperson asked for a volunteer from the floor to fill the vacant Secretary role and Alison Dallinger offered her services and was approved by the meeting - proposed by Carmen Huser and seconded by Liz Parish Motion carried

A committe of 9 persons was duly elected to manage Murray Valley Bushwalkers for the 2019-2020 period

General Business

 Incoming president Jan Douglas spoke

Thank you 


I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the members to thank Tony Marsh for the many hours  that he puts into managing the club website and generally being willing to help in so many other ways to ensure the smooth working of the club..Many thanks Tony

Under our constitution a member can only serve 4 consecutive years as a committee member so after serving 4 years Peter has earn a rest...I would like to thank Peter for contributing so much to MVB....notice I only said a rest!

Dianne Ross decided to stand down as president but is happy to stay on the committee which is to Di thank for your leadership for the past 12 months. 

Kathleen decided not to continue on the committee but I would like to thank her for her contribution for the past 12 months. 

So welcome to the new committee 

Alison Dallinger as secretary 

Gayle Angel as treasurer

Dianne Ross

Judy Brooke - events

Dianne Ryan 

Iris Joss

Juanita Barron

Ayu ODonnell

  1. Meeting Closed at  7-15pm

Guest Speaker - Belinda Pearce

MVB Member and Biodiversity Project Officer Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc

Topic: Environment and Indigenous History Anecdotes of the Kiewa Valley

For background information about the project that this presentation was derived from click here

You can access a pdf version of the presentation here

guest speaker at agm

agm aug 16 2019


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