On Thursday evening we held our AGM for 2014, had a few drinks, elected a bunch of new committee members and plan a swag of trips. Read on if you interested in the details!
President’s Address – Sean RMR
Sean explained the club’s need for enthusiastic new people to take up executive positions and help GRUBS continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.
Treasurer’s Report – Jono Neville
Full report to follow. Jono outlined that the club is financially in a good position, but that we did not submit any paperwork for 2014 S1 funding due to a lack of interest from the outgoing executive committee. This funding is still available in 2014 S2, so an effort should be made to apply for it and do some spending.
All positions were vacated and declared open for nominations.
Key Executive Roles
- President – Graeme ‘McCheesesauce’ Harris nominated himself. Elected unopposed.
- Vice President – Alex Mougenot was nominated by Adam Gibson. Elected unopposed.
- Treasurer – Alice Fleetwood nominated herself. Elected unopposed.
- Secretary – Kimberley T-d was nominated by Sean RMR. Elected unopposed.
Specialist Executive Roles
- Climbing – Kwan Lee was nominated by Vaughan Christie. Elected unopposed.
- Paddling – Clayton Young was nominated by Sean RMR. Elected unopposed.
- Bushwalking – Vaughan Christie was nominated by Kwan Lee. Elected unopposed.
- Marketing/PR – Simran Assan nominated herself. Elected unopposed.
Sean RMR, Jono Neville, Casey Fulton and Ryan Simmons agreed to remain in advisory committee roles.
With no opposition, annual member fees will remain at $10 for students and $20 for externals.
Sean RMR moved that climbing fees be set to $40 per semester, with $10 of this being donated to the Australian Climbing Association of Queensland (max $10 per climber per year). Alex Mougenot seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.
Jono Neville brought it to attention that the club constitution is out of date and requires fixing. This is a task for the incoming executive committee.
Sean RMR brought it to attention that there are a body of risk assessments paperwork that needs to be completed in order for GRUBS to satisfy CampusLife. He has volunteered to champion this task.
Sean RMR moved that the procedures, accreditation and skills tracking systems used by climbers within GRUBS be brought in line with those used by the QUT Cliffhangers. This would ensure that during inter-club events, everyone would be on the same footing and have mutual assurance of skills and capabilities. Adam Gibson seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.
Graeme Harris moved that a Knowledge Base be created for the club, such that the human knowledge possessed by the older executive members of the club could be transcribed to a permanent medium. Casey Fulton seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.
Adam Gibson moved that a sign-on-day sub committee be created to form a presence at the next Griffith O-Week Club Sign On day in an attempt to sign up a large volume of first year students with the intention of ensuring club succession into the future. Sean RMR seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.
Graeme Harris moved that the gear hire procedures and costs be updated, as this is a great potential revenue source for the club that is going underutilised. Jono Neville seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.
Sean RMR suggested a Buccarumbi to Jackadgery three-day whitewater canoe trip later in the year, pending water levels of the Nymboida.
Casey Fulton intends to run a three-day bushwalk through Girraween and Bald Rock national parks over the Labor Day long weekend (4/5/6 Oct).
Ryan Simmons suggested a group come together to plan this year’s end of year Blue Mountains trip.
Alex Mougenot will be running a climbing trip to Mt Ngungun in the Sunshine Coast hinterland this Sunday (31 Aug)
Alex also suggested a mid-semester climbing and bushwalking trip to the New England Tableland.
Alice Fleetwood, Lothar Ledgerd, Sarah de Wit, Suzanne Louise and Graeme Harris agreed to run bushwalks at some stage this semester, with advice from Casey Fulton.
Casey Fulton brought up the current under-utilisation of the shed, and what could be done to improve this. A plan was formed to move the boats and shizzwizz (boating equipment) into the main shed to clear out downstairs, then to convert this space into a bouldering cave. Casey Fulton will be championing this project.
Sean RMR floated the idea of selling off a number of the older whitewater and flatwater boats now that Goolang has closed in order to raise funds. Clayton Young agreed to look into this.
Simran Assan suggested updating the GRUBS logo to be more recognisable and modern, and has volunteered to do this.