2016 AGM - President's Report

2015 – President’s Report - AGM, Monday 29th March 2016

With no AGM in 2015 – due to our change in constitution moving our financial year from Sept – Aug to now a calendar year - the last AGM was held in October 2014.

During that time we have maintained a strong, passionate committee who continually strive to improve the way we as a branch engage the community with literature for young Australians – the key aim of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Our regular ‘And the Winner is’, Book Week Arts Ideas night and Book Week dinner as well as a collaboration with City of Holdfast Bay Council for book week activities at Mockingbird Café, Glenelg were all strongly supported by our members. 

We acknowledge and thank Mr Ray Pincombe for his representation of SA on the CBCA National board and his tireless work on the various sub committees within this board.

Soon we will be looking for a replacement for Ray - so our new committee would be happy to take expressions of interest from anyone who may wish to be considered for this role.

This year, with the change in format of the BOYA announcements, our programs will be a little different so please keep an eye on the website for details. There is also an opportunity to attend a PD day in June at the State Library and the program for this day should be out soon.

2016 also sees the bi-annual CBCA conference themed:-  Read - Myriad Possibilities in May in Sydney – the program looks great with many popular, talented authors and illustrators including SA Janeen Brian – so I encourage you to attend if possible.

I would like to thank the 2015 committee for their support and friendship. They volunteer their time and energies to ensure that the CBCA has a SA presence and despite their busy and often demanding professional roles they have taken on additional tasks as event organisers, caterers, newsletter editors, proof readers, website creators, presenters and hosts as well as committee members. 

Thank you to the teacher librarians, teachers & staff who have supported the branch during 2015 through providing venues for events & leadership in training. The collaboration between these people has been invaluable to the success of our ventures during the year.

Sadly a couple of our sponsoring book shops closed their doors or withdrew their sponsorship in 2015 however we appreciate the ongoing support of Pegi Williams Book Shop – Walkerville, Booked At North Adelaide & St George’s Books Magill and encourage our members to support where possible these wonderful shops.

I have been a committee member since 2009 and branch president since 2013 – tonight I step down from my role and off the committee with mixed emotions. I encourage our members to consider being part of this committee - new faces bring new ideas and great things can happen if there are enough people to share the load - so I hope some of you will consider bringing your talents and expertise onto the committee for 2016.

Thank you


Tracy Glover (President)

The Children’s Book Council of Australia, South Australian Branch

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