AGM 19/20 – Nov 2020

Thank you to everyone that came along to this years AGM, we had a great turnout. Thank you also to Cllr. Tracey Huges for taking on the role of returning officer.

Your new committee is as follows.

Ruth Harrison – President

Jennie Day – Secretary

Ben Fraser – Vice President

Vicki Hogan – Treasurer

General Members
Kate Hutchinson

Sonia Austin

Nicky Wright

Jan Dixon

Thank you to our past committee for all you have done and welcome our new committee. Roll on 2021!

For those of you that couldn’t attend you can find the president’s speech below.

Firstly, I acknowledge the Quandamooka People, Traditional Custodians of the lands, waters and seas where I stand today. I pay my respects to Elders, past, present and future.

I would also like to thank Councillor Tracey Huges for joining us tonight. Councillor Huges is the councillor for Division 8 which includes Judy Holt Park. I would also like to acknowledge the support that both Councillor Huges and Redlands City Council have provided us this year in the form of grants that have enabled us to complete a strategic plan and redo our very old constitution that we will look to ratify tonight.

I would also like to acknowledge the Community Gaming Benefit fund that has also supported us this year with a grant to purchase two new equipment trolleys for our obedience trial equipment. We applied for this grant as part of our ongoing drive to make the club more accessible and safer for a wider range of people looking to get training for their dogs and get involved with dog sports.

Finally, I would like to thank all my fellow committee members and club volunteers.

2020 has and is a year that will go down in history. The fact we are sat here tonight in Nov rather than our usual September is down to the fact that this year has been challenging.

It certainly hasn’t been easy but we are starting to see the light and for this club that is down to a lot of hard work. We may have been closed for, I can’t even remember how long, but we certainly made the most of the time we were closed.

It may seem like a lifetime ago but we have achieved a lot in the 2019/20 FY.

We held our first Christmas Market. It was certainly an adventure one I am not sure we will repeat in the heat of the summer and one we were certainly not in a position to take on this year but it was worth doing. Thank you to Karin and the Market committee that got that off the ground! I am sure we all learnt a lot!

We went to the Dogs Queensland End of year presentation night with a sniff of a chance of going home with Rally club of the year. Sadly it wasn’t meant to be but we had fun and both Caroline and Sharon walked away with trophies. Congratulations to both of them. Sadly trialling hasn’t been much of a focus since.

And on that note, we will be looking to hold all our 2021 trials here at Redlands, assuming that we remain COVID safe.

We have some amazing local and international trainers speak to use virtually during our closure. That was truly great and so much value for everyone was gained. Thank you to everyone that helped sort all of them out. It was a bit of a labour of love but we have some amazing videos for our records for future club trainers.

We have also trained a number of new instructors across both obedience and agility. Thank you to all those who took part in the course. I can’t wait to see you all taking your own classes in the new year!

Just some of the things I can also remember include,

  • Completing our Strategic Plan
  • Rewriting our constitution
  • Applying for a variety of grants
  • Organising our new obedience trolleys
  • Christmas market
  • 2019 trials
  • Updated a variety of policies including our vaccination policy (thanks Karin for leading that, it was certainly complicated)
  • Got COVID safe
  • Run a completely new instructors training course (thanks Nicky)
  • Ran a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings
  • Had a couple of online quiz nights……

What we have managed to achieve this year is amazing.

It hasn’t been all been sunshine and rainbows though. Sadly, our flyball team decided it was time to move on and we wish them luck and thank them for their contributions over the years. We have also seen our OIC take a break and we wish her well and thank her for her dedication to improving our training methods. We also lost Anne on this day last year. It has been a very weird year yet it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago she was here doing all the things she did. Of which there were many, much more than her role of treasurer did include.

We have had lots of ups and downs, but we have got through. I want to personally thank everyone for all their efforts to get us here today. The club continues to evolve, and it will continue to adapt to the challenges in the future. We have already brought in new classes in the form of Noseworks and Foundation Rally and look to bring more in the future. We are also looking to work more with our local community, whether that is our Redlands Community or our Dog Club Community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that I won’t be re-standing next year. This will be my final year as President. I feel that we have achieved an awful lot in a short time and once we have managed to complete some things in the background to set the club up in a more efficient and inclusive manner it will be time for me to let someone else take the reins.

Here is to 2021!

Ruth Harrison – RDOC President.

And the Treasurers Report

Treasurers Report

Well, this has been an interesting year from a financial point of view.

You are welcome to look at the Audited accounts which are available to view.

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I would like to thank Anne Lencioni for being our behind the scenes accountant. With Anne’s help we have migrated our banking online making it so much easier to track and audit our accounts. Not only are we saving trees with a lot less paperwork, it has made our auditor’s job much easier and quicker with no unexpected surprises.

This year we have recorded a loss of just over 4 and a half thousand dollars.

However, in 2019/20 we actually brought in more money than the previous year. The reason for the deficit is in part down to a lack of training fees coming in for the period we were closed, that also includes the fact we couldn’t bring in new members either. But the majority of the costs for last year were down to maintenance and upgrades to the lights. The lights are a big cost to the club and need regular maintenance. We also had to sort out some issues caused due to vandalism.

Considering the weird year we had, we have come out of it pretty well. A couple of other stand out items were costs for COVID safety and of course insurance. We have a number of insurance policies to protect the club house, trailer, equipment and the committee.

If you have any questions about the financials please email – treasurer@redlandsdoc.com.au