The APANA Annual General Meeting was held on the 26th of July, 1997. It was held in Canberra at at the Grace Christian Ministries Centre, at 28 Guilfoyle St, Yarralumla, ACT.
The meeting was chaired by the outgoing President, Adam Frey, and these minutes were taken by George Hansper.
Adam Frey (outgoing President) Melbourne Garry Ford (outgoing Secretary) Brisbane John Childs (outgoing Treasurer) South Australia Peter Childs (MC member) South Australia George Hansper (MC member) Melbourne Paul McConnell (MC member) ACT Rebecca Richards (MC member) Sydney Robin Buckley ACT Chris Cogdon Melbourne Bryce Davies Melbourne Sebastian Filzek Melbourne Matthew Geier Sydney Edwin Gibbons ACT Rose Mallett ACT Craig Miller ACT Michael Moynihan ACT Gavin Murphy ACT Laurie Nelmes ACT Scott Neville Melbourne John Newnham Melbourne Edwin Parsons Melbourne Mark Purcell ACTGuests (a non member present as a guest of a member)
Cindy Childs Dave Elliot Anne-Marie Nelmes Jenifer Sayers Suk Yee SetoApologies
Benno Rentinck (regional co-ordinator) MelbourneProxy voters
Matt Jackson Geoff O'Callagham Jeremy Selby Zilah Williams John Maaz Ritcjie Geissler Susie Kaufman Bob Chambers Hilton Brown Martin Rheumer Chris Seedy Darren Perera Ron S. Tan Arthur Thomas Daniel Bonner Geoffrey TraversProxies were also received from Bernie Morey and Rev. C. Scott Kroeger, but these were not valid as neither gentleman were financial members at the time.
Adam noted that volunteer effort is mostly unacknowledged and that this is a healthy situation in an organisation like APANA.
Adam did however wish to thank Greg Patten for his efforts in rebuilding our membership database, and also the means for accessing and maintaining the same database.
The Secretary, Garry Ford, addressed the meeting, noting a few points from the Secretary's report. He noted in Brisbane the emergence of small ISPs which were offering internet access for as little as 50c/hour. These ISPs are relying on rapid growth to stay above water, and were generally operating beyond their means. Garry suggested that APANA was losing members to such ISPs, but that these people would return to APANA when these unviable ISPs went bust.
The Treasurer addressed the meeting, saying that he was generally quite pleased with the solvency of APANA and it's individual regions. He made two important statements for the benefit of all regions:
Adam thanked the John Childs for his efforts as treasurer, and noted that his services as a highly skilled treasurer were invaluable to APANA.
Adam Frey moved a motion that the Annual Report be accepted by the members. The motion was seconded by Paul McConnell. The motion was passed unanimously.
Treasurer addressed meeting describing how the "level of involvement" of members will vary greatly from member to member. There will always be people who just want the ISP-like services, and others who will put more into APANA by being involved in committees and the like. While there have been rumblings of dissapproval towards people "just want to surf the net", the treasurer's advice was: "Let's take their money and make the best use of it for the organisation."
Due to an initial slow reponse, a 10 minute recess was held so that members could discuss the potential candidature with each other.
After the recess, 4 nominations were received:
An election was held by secret ballot, and Mark Purcell was elected as President by a clear majority.
The chairman, Adam Frey, thanked all the nominees for coming forward and offering their services to APANA.
There was only one nomination for the position of Secretary. Garry Ford was nominated by Rebecca Richards and was seconded by John Childs. Garry was deemed elected under Rule 38(2) of the Rules of APANA.
There was only one nomination for the position of Treasurer. John Childs was nominated by Adam Frey and was seconded by Peter Childs. John was deemed elected under Rule 38(2) of the Rules of APANA.