The first ASC AGM held in Perth was well attended and lively with discussion of many matters. Most of those present offered comments and questions which revealed the insight and enthusiasm of ASC WA members.
In brief, the main reports of this meeting held on 30 November were:
From the President:
- Progress toward planning the 2012 national conference
- The activity of the branches with ACT, SE-Qld and SA being especially active and WA running the enormous Astrofest event (attended by 3000 people)
- Networking with the Tall Poppy Campaign and supporting science communication events run by other organisations
- Maintaining contact with the National Inspiring Australia team and some of their state and territory representatives
- Upgrades to the ASC website and news of major improvements planned for 2012.
From the Treasurer:
- The Association remains in a sound financial position
- Membership dues remain at $88 for an individual membership for a full year (dues were last raised 5 years ago) and student membership at 40% of the individual rate
- Branches will receive capitation at 10% of the dues income from their members and up to another 10% for special projects on submission to the Executive;
The main outcomes were:
- Election of 2012 ASC President: there was one nomination for President and I was elected.
- Motion to amend the Constitution: the meeting approved the proposal for a minor change in wording to specifically mention that branches may have rules. The previous clause only mentioned branches having Constitutions.
The meeting ended promptly at 7.15pm and the David Ellyard’s third consecutive end-of-year science trivia quiz got under way. Forty five people formed numerous teams for a spirited evening of well-played competition. Last year the AGM made it to Adelaide for the first time and the decision to travel further west once again proved sound.