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FoP Inc Role Descriptions

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, February 16, 2018

 

Dear Friends

The Friends of Parks Board has now endorsed ‘role descriptions’ for Board members.

You may well ask ‘Why is this needed at all’ ? as Friends of Parks is a volunteer organisation.

The role of the Board has evolved since the organisation first became an incorporated body, with a constitution and board of management back in 1993. In those early days it was more an informal body that oversaw the grant governance arrangements commensurate with the new constitution.

Fast forward to 2018 and there is a very different operating environment in place. The environmental sector is much more complicated and diverse with lots of competing demands - the market place is more competitive, social/political and economic changes are happening faster and more consistently, legislation and governance requirements continue to evolve.

To ensure that the Friends of Parks organisation maintains its place as one of the peak volunteer organisation in South Australia, providing practical hands on support in parks, the Board has also needed to evolve and adapt to the changing circumstances.

To meet these changes, and in so doing provide more consistent support to member groups, it has developed a business plan consisting of five (5) separate sub-programs, with Board members taking a more primary role in driving business outcomes for the organisation as a whole. As a result the skill requirements needed by Board members has also changed. Board members need to be experienced and savvy in a number of areas, and this is expressed in the role descriptions for Board members – it is just one example of how much things have changed.

So, if you feel that you have something to contribute to the Board, please nominate to be a Committee member for the 2018 AGM.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM, to be held on Monday, 30 April 2018, at 9.30 am, at the Morialta Natural Resource Centre.

Duncan MacKenzie OAM

PRESIDENT

FRIENDS OF PARKS INC.

Attachments: Board Role Descriptions -

President

FoP Board Role- President FoP Board Role- President (118 KB)

Vice President

FoP Board Role- Vice President FoP Board Role- Vice President (28 KB)

Treasurer

FoP Board Role- Treasurer FoP Board Role- Treasurer (114 KB)

Marketing Chair

FoP Board Role- Marketing and Promotions FoP Board Role- Marketing and Promotions (120 KB)

Webmaster

FoP Board Role- Webmaster FoP Board Role- Webmaster (118 KB)

Committee Member

FoP Board Role- General Board Member FoP Board Role- General Board Member (38 KB)

 

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Natural History Medallion are open

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, February 10, 2018

Australian Natural History Medallion

For furthering interest and knowledge in Australian Natural History

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Natural History Medallion are open. This year all communication, as far as is practicable, will be via email. Signed nominations and supporting documentation should be forwarded via email as pdf files. Larger documents may still be sent via post to the FNCV Blackburn address as indicated on the attached documents.

Please feel free to circulate to other networks.

Don’t hesitate to contact if you have any questions or require assistance.

Nominations close 1 May.

Yours sincerely,

Maxwell Campbell

Secretary to the ANHM Committee

Phone: 0409 143 538, 03 9544 0181

email: mcam7307@bigpond.net.au

ANHM - Dossier guide ANHM - Dossier guide (51 KB)

ANHM - General Committee Nomination ANHM - General Committee Nomination (13 KB)

ANHM - Nomination 2018 ANHM - Nomination 2018 (110 KB)

ANHM - Trust Fund Donation Request 2018 ANHM - Trust Fund Donation Request 2018 (14 KB)

Call for Nominations to Conservation Council’s Executive Committee and Environmental Standing Committees

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 05, 2017

Call for Nominations to Conservation Council’s Executive Committee and Environmental Standing Committees


1. Nominations are now open for Conservation Council’s Executive Committee

If you are interested in helping to manage the State’s peak environment body then please consider nominating for the CCSA’s Executive Committee.

The role of Conservation Council’s Executive Committee is to provide progressive, collective leadership to the organisation, and to manage its affairs.

We are looking for people who have experience in management, high level campaigning, business, finance or fundraising or any other aspect of managing a non-government organisation and would like to assist. The positions are voluntary but rewarding. Attached is a nomination form. You can also nominate others.

Elections, if needed will be held at CCSA’s AGM on 2 November 2017

As our hard working and successful President for last few years (Nadia McLaren) will not be nominating this year we particularly ask people to consider the president’s position. If needed please talk to Craig Wilkins (0417879439) or Nadia for more info.


2. Call for nominations for our Environmental Standing Committees

To support the policy work of the Conservation Council we seek people who are willing to lead our Environmental Standing Committees on Biodiversity, Coast and Marine, Energy, Planning and Development, Waste, Sustainability and Water. If you or someone you know has the skills and expertise to share, then consider nominating yourself or asking others to nominate (form attached)

Nominations close 5pm Wednesday 19th of October
–post nomination forms to CCSA or email completed forms to hadyn.hanna@conservationsa.org.au

CCSA - ExecCommittee CCSA - ExecCommittee (131 KB)

CCSA - ESC CCSA - ESC (126 KB)

Vale Dianne Cordes

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 26, 2017

Hi everyone

It is with great sadness that I let you know that Dianne Cordes, a tireless volunteer and dear friend to many, passed away last night at 7.40 pm, after losing a very long battle against cancer.

Dianne was a strong supporter of Friends of Parks Inc., having been a President, Secretary, and Member of several groups, including the Friends of Old Government House, Friends of Belair National Park, Heritage Committee - just to name a few.

I have just been speaking to Lorena (daughter), who has advised of the funeral details:

St Columba's Anglican Church - 3 Rosevear St, Hawthorn SA 5062

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 2 pm

The notice will be in The Advertiser on Saturday.

Regards

Pam Smith

Vale Lindsay Best

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, March 02, 2017

Hi everyone

We have received the sad news that Lindsay Best passed away last Saturday.

Lindsay worked for the Department from 1982, and was Director of National Parks in the late 1990’s.

The funeral will be held on Friday, at 3:00pm, at the Heysen Chapel, Centennial Park.

Valerie and family will appreciate your support at this time if you are able to attend.

Regards Pam Smith

​ Vale Margaret Bolster, AM

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 09, 2016
                                
Dear Conservation SA friends and supporters

With huge sadness we note the passing of one of Conservation SA’s most important elders, leaders and friends: Margaret Bolster, AM (President 1999-2001).

Margaret was a courageous advocate for the environment and we are incredibly grateful for her immense contribution to SA conservation over her lifetime. We honour her legacy by continuing our work as the voice for the environment in South Australia.

A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret will be held on Saturday the of 10th December at 2pm, St John’s Church Norton Summit, Adelaide, followed by a reception at the nearby Scenic Hotel.

Margaret's family, Frances, Camilla and Brent, have asked us to share the details of her memorial service with our supporters.

They also request that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Margaret’s name to Conservation SA:

 www.conservationsa.org.au/donate

2016 SA ENVIRONMENT AWARDS

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 

The Conservation Council of South Australia presents:

2016 SA ENVIRONMENT AWARDS

Do you know someone who has made a difference for South Australia's environment? We want to celebrate their achievements.

 
Nominate them for one of our environment awards by Friday 11 November. You can also nominate yourself!

Jill Hudson Award for Environment Protection

This annual award is in memory of Jillian Hudson (1948 -1997). Jill had a great passion for the environment and she made sure that these values were passed on to her students whom she told: "Life is an opportunity and its purpose is to stand for something and to make a difference."

The Award is to go to someone living in South Australia who, in the past 12 months, has made an outstanding contribution to protecting SA’s environment.

Conservation Council SA Unsung Hero Award


Conservation SA's Unsung Hero Award recognises those who have a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment. This could be through environmental work and advocacy, community campaigns, a long-standing professional contribution, or through education and awareness programs.

The Award is to go to a South Australian (or group) who has made a sustained contribution to protecting SA’s environment.

Conservation Council SA Young Achiever Award


South Australia's young environmentalists contribute to the protection of our environment through many avenues, including involvement in community awareness campaigns, volunteering, political advocacy, research and science, and on-ground work.

Conservation SA’s Young Achiever Award recognises those who are committed to improving environmental outcomes.

The Award is to go to an individual (or group of young individuals), aged under 28 and living in South Australia who, in the past 12 months, has made a significant contribution to protecting SA’s environment.
For more information and to enter visit: www.conservationsa.org.au/environment_awards

 

ENTRIES CLOSE 5PM FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER

Vale: Enid Robertson

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, August 15, 2016

In Remembrance

A Memorial Meeting for Enid Robertson is being held this coming Friday, 19th August at 2 pm. at the Friends Meeting House, 40A Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide.

The function will be held in the manner of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

A bush gathering will also be held this Spring at Watiparinga Reserve, Belair.

This notice is from Enid’s family; Helen, David, Beth and Anne Robertson.

Please pass this information onto anyone who may be interested.

 

Don Reid - Secretary

Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park


Hello FoP Member Groups

Enid Robertson’s family have asked that I let some conservation and botanical friends of Enid know that Enid Robertson died this past Sunday, July 10, 2016, succumbing to the effects of cancer.

She was an excellent botanist, taxonomist, field naturalist, contributor of specimens to the Herbarium and a volunteer in botanical matters for many volunteer groups for decades.

The depth and breadth of her commitment to nature conservation, management of native vegetation, and to community education was profound.

She was a good woman and her botanical friends will miss her dearly.

There will not be a funeral. A memorial will be held in a few weeks time.

I know that Enid was a Life Member of Friends of Parks and Patron for several groups. I would like to pass this message on to the relevant Friends Groups.

Regards

Ann Prescott

 

Campground Hosts Newsletter - Feb 2016

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Campground Hosts Newsletter - Feb2016

The latest edition of the SA Campground Host newsletter, with some interesting stories, great photos and information.

We always appreciate your feedback, and would especially appreciate any contributions for our next edition – photos, stories, interesting experiences, would be really welcome.

Hope to hear from you soon.

 

Cheers

Lynn Newman
Community Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Community Partnerships and Volunteer Programs Unit | Regional Coordination Branch
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
P (08) 8124 4841 | M 0467 777 972

Archie McArthur OAM, SA's own Ant Man

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 17, 2015


[... reproduced from an article by Tim Williams appearing in the Sunday Mail of 19 July 2015]

MUCH like the comic-book superhero, Adelaide's very own 'Ant-Man' is a diminutive bundle of irrepressible energy.

At 93, world-renowned entomologist Archie McArthur can be found at the SA Museum every day, painstakingly classifying ant species.And he believes the new Ant Man film, though not his cup of tea, has an important message for two-legged life forms.

"What I noticed was how the ants co-operated with each other, whereas the few people in the film were at each other's throats," he said after watching the blockbuster at the Piccadilly Cinema.

"Ants have occupied the planet for millions of years, compared with tens of thousands for Homo sapiens, and during this long period it is believed ants have evolved a preferred way of life for survival, and this involves co-operation and good behaviour."

The movie stars Paul Rudd as a master thief who, thanks to a hi-tech superhero suit, can shrink to insect-size.

Mr McArthur's small office in the museum's Science Centre, that he has occupied for 25 years since retiring to Adelaide from the family farm in the South-East, is a far cry from the hi-tech labs of comic book scientists.Yet in his work he displays a similarly intense focus to his fictional counterparts.

Right now that means sorting through 423 specimens of a particular ant genus, likely to add hundreds of new species to the 143 he has already written a book about.

"I've built up a hell of a big collection of ants here.We've certainly got the biggest in Australia, it could even be the world,"the museum's longest serving volunteer and honorary research associate said.

"They are the world's best garbage collectors.They are terribly important in the environment."

[Archie McArthur was on the Lower South East CC for many years]