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2019 Annual General Meeting Notice
Notice is given of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Canterbury Branch, to be held at 6.30?pm on Wednesday, 25 September, 2019, in the Sydenham Room, South Library, 66 Colombo St, Christchurch.
1 Roll and Apologies.
2 Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 18 April, 2018.
3 Business Arising.
4 2018 Reports from Council and Representatives.
5 2018 Financial Reports.
6 Appointment of Auditor.
7 Election of Officers and Council.
9 General Business: To discuss future directions; some options are:
1 Wind up: Our rules include this eventuality. Itís not yet clear the best way to disperse our funds. The University of Canterbury Foundation has been suggested as an alternative to the RSNZ CB Trust, so we began exploring this with the UC Foundation. We could retain the RSNZCB Trust with a sum of money if a new organisation with similar objectives to the Branch was established to help with the costs of establishment. Alternatively, the trust could be wound up with all the funds going to the Foundation.
2 Carry on: We would need to find new members, especially those to serve on the Council. Our membership is ageing and declining, a problem common to other voluntary organisations. Attracting sufficient younger and dedicated members in a rapidly changing world is difficult. We are still obliged to find representatives for the Riccarton Bush Trust and Canterbury Museum Trust Board. We would need help, perhaps from the Royal Society, for the returns to Charities Services and the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.
3 Change: Our original purpose when we were formed as the Philosophical Society was to act as the premier scientific society for the Canterbury Region. Over the past 150 years the world has changed at an increasing rate. People have become busier and the internet has been disruptive by replacing lectures as a ready source of information. We have more competition for an audience from other organisations. If we are to continue in the roles of promoting science and informing the public we would have to change and find a form that is acceptable to new members and to the general public. We would need help with presenting a speaker programme attracting a viable audience; finding an attractive, accessible and affordable venue; providing opportunities for socialising at the events; promotion and advertising; and help with administration and reporting.
We had a positive meeting with Rose Crossland of Christchurch Libraries. A partnership with the City Libraries could meet some of these needs. We would need to explore what form our relationship with the Royal Society would then take, and how to also retain our links to the University of Canterbury.
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