February 2016 Newsletter
Has anyone noticed how quickly this year is going?
We are now halfway through February and the Board is already looking toward the 2015 AGM and the 2016 Planning Day.
Tentatively we have set 01 June for both the AGM and the Planning Day. All members will be sent an invitation closer to the date.
As promised, we have finalised the new Constitution and will be sending it to all members along with the new By Laws for their review. There will be a Special General Meeting to approve it on 17 March. An invitation will be sent to all members in the next week, there will be teleconference facilities provided.
At the same SGM, the Board will be presenting a resolution to convert the structure of the FSIC from Incorporation to Company Limited by Guarantee. This is a requirement of us being a Health Charity and gives the organisation better protection.
On the 29 January, our Communications Director and myself met with the Rural Health Minister’s Advisor about funding reinstatement by the Health Department. We also met with the Chief Medical Officer and senior members of the Health Department. The meetings were positive and we were able to show the incredible results from Food Safety Week 2015 and the summer campaigns.
We also met with the CEO of FSANZ, as we wanted to thank him for all the support we have received over the last 18 months particularly. This was done under a tree in the Evacuation Area, as the entire building was evacuated due to a problem in the IT room - just as we arrived!
The Review Meeting was held in the afternoon, and there were 10 attendees both in the room and via telephone. Thank you to FSANZ for hosting it. It was a good warts and all look at where we are and where we are going. There were some very good suggestions and feedback. Thank you to all who attended. It was agreed that it was a useful exercise and we should do it each year.
Our last meeting for the day was with the team from ACT Health, as we start to meet with all jurisdictions, to ensure that our fourth goal is met by the 2015 AGM. It was a positive meeting and it was great to start building the relationship with ACT Health.
The Local Council Survey had a response rate of more than 16 percent (for a charity anything over 2.9 percent is considered good) and there were lots of interesting and worthwhile ideas. We have 10 Councils interested in membership.
We have had four new members since my last Chair Report.
It’s been a busy month and we are now planning our Easter campaign.