Ten members, elected at our Annual General Meeting in August 2019, form the Committee of Management of the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens:
President: Allison Martland
Vice President: Judy Lavery
Vice-President: Libby Hogg
Secretary: Kate Kirkhope
Treasurer: Jane Laidlaw
The Committee of Management works for the good governance of the Friends of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and sees its chief task as supporting the work of our members to benefit the Gardens. The Committee offers activities and events including: the Geelong School of Botanical Art, Through the Garden Gates tour, the evening Talks Program, Tours and Winter Luncheon. It also manages staffing and administration and works in partnership with the City and the Gardens. The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens Incorporated is the Trustee for the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens Gift Fund.
Annual General Meeting, August 26 2019
Nearly forty members attended the Friends’ 2019 Annual General Meeting to receive the Annual Report, Financial Reports and to confer Honorary Life Memberships. Sincere thanks were given to out-going Committee members Anthea Williams, Ro Richards and Glenda Guest for so generously contributing to the management of Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. A presentation of flowers was made, particularly acknowledging Anthea’s seven years on Committee.
Honorary Life Membership was conferred on two very worthy members who have volunteered with the Friends since 1998. It is with appreciation that Pauline Lynch [Perennial Border] and Margaret Ward [Teahouse and Heritage Rose Garden] were honoured for their dedication, supporting the Friends and Geelong Botanic Gardens for 21 years. Posthumous Honorary Membership was conferred on Gwwelda Owen, for her many years of volunteering in the Friends Nursery and two final years on Committee. Her daughter, Penny, was proud to receive Gwwelda’s certificate on her behalf and spoke movingly about the impact that volunteering can have on people’s lives.
The evening commenced with a wonderful supper and concluded with a talk by Heath Chasemore, Manager City Parks and Gardens at the City of Greater Geelong. Heath gave members an insight into the scope of the Parks and Gardens portfolio, as well as the Geelong Botanic Gardens Strategic Plan. It was interesting to hear of the long-term vision for the Gardens and planned projects that are being progressively achieved.
Many thanks to Heath and our members for participating in this important event. Heath also chaired the Committee elections.