Update – Blind Citizens Australia Annual General Meeting 2014

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) held its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne, at the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens Hotel, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne on Saturday 4 October 2014 at 11.00am. the meeting was streamed live over the internet and a recoarding will be made available shortly.

The BCA 2014 AGM agenda included conformation of the 2013 AGM Minutes a presentation and discussion of the Annual Report and Financial Statements as well as the announcement of the election of Directors and NPDC representative for Western Australia.

Changes to Board and NPDC representation

the Board of BCA would like to welcome Lauren Henley and Michael Baker newly elected members to the BCA Board.

BCA Director’s terms completed at the 2014 AGM were; Cheryl Pascual, Anna Briggs, Michael Sadhu and Bruce Ind. The board would like to pass on its appreciation to Cheryl, Anna, Michael and Bruce for their dedication energy and effort during their time on the Board.

There was one election for a position on the National Policy and Development Council(NPDC); Western Australia held a ballot for electing their representative for the NPDC.

A very close result; congradulations to Grace King being elected as NPDC representative for Western Australia.

Annual Report

If you would like a personal copy of the 2013-2014 BCA Annual Report, please call the National Office on 03 9654 1400 or 1800 033 660 to request. This Report is available in large print, Braille, or by email only. As soon as the Report is available it will be sent to you in your preferred format. The Report is also published on the BCA Website on the Publications page.

Revised Constitution

As there was much interest and suggestion shown in regard to Consideration of the proposed Revised Constitution in the weeks leading up to the AGM; at the Board meeting held on Friday 3rd October, the Board decided not to present the proposed amended constitution for adoption, but would pass it back to the Governance Committee with a view to further member consultation.

This year the Board members have been looking very closely at all of the BCA Governance documents with a view to ensure that they are up-to-date with current practices and with recent legislative changes. The BCA Constitution was last revised in 2007

This document takes into account the changes to the Charities Act as well as the recommendations from members to reduce the “red tape” where possible.

Copies of the revised constitution, along with a summary outlining the differences between the 2007 Constitution (Word doc) and this 2014 Revised Constitution (Word doc) are also available from the National Office by request.

If you have any questions relating to the proposed changes, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Directors, or the Executive Officer, Rosemary Boyd.

Rosemary Boyd
Company Secretary