Monday 21st September 2020
Sanctuary Northern Rivers: Working for refugees worldwide.

This is a Notice that there will be a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 9th September 2020 at 6.00pm, (gathering from 5.30pm) at the Lismore Workers Club, Keen St Lismore, to be followed by the Annual General Meeting.

This meeting and AGM replaces the one which was cancelled in March due to COVID concerns. People who wish to observe via Zoom, are encouraged to contact us by 5pm Tuesday 8th Sept 2020 to arrange access (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Agenda for the Special General Meeting is as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. Present/apologies/quorum
  3. Declaration of conflict of interest
  4. Proposed Motions:

That the Constitution of Sanctuary Northern Rivers is amended in accordance with the changes proposed in the document entitled “Table of proposed changes to SNR Constitution, February 2020” and as set out in the revised Constitution of Sanctuary Northern Rivers Inc.

A copy of the two documents referred to in point 4 can be downloaded here

  1. Table of Changes Proposed
  2. A copy of the Constitution showing both the original and proposed changes

Following the AGM in 2019, it became clear that the way ordinary Board Members and Office-bearers had previously been elected conflicted with the Constitution.

The Board is proposing to change the Constitution to make clear that:

  1. The election at the AGM will be solely for Members of the Board for a term of 2 years
  2. Office bearers will be elected at the first Board meeting following the AGM
  3. The term of Office Bearers will be until the following AGM
  4. Other amendments are to update the Constitution, correct errors and to make it consistent with the terms of the legislation

If you have any questions about the Agenda, please contact the Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Agenda for the AGM is as follows:

  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Outline of meeting. Invitation for membership
  3. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM (2019)
  4. President’s Report
  5. Receipt of Annual Financial & Auditor's Report for 2019
  6. Election of members to the Board of Sanctuary for 2020/21
  7. Other business
  8. Close of meeting

Following the meeting there will be a presentation and discussion surrounding the "Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative", which is being proposed by several lead refugee resettlement NGO's. http://www.ausrefugeesponsorship.com.au/

Members are asked to renew their membership before the meeting, and new members encouraged to join. People who are unsure of their status, can enquire with the treasurer via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A membership form with payment details is available here.

We would be pleased to communicate with anyone who may like to become a board member of Sanctuary Northern Rivers. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership

Sanctuary invites all our supporters including members of the resettled community, to renew or apply for membership before or at the AGM. A membership form can be downloaded here. The cost is $30 per individual, or $45 per family or institution, or $15 for students or concession card holders. Payment details are on the form.

Nominations to the Board

Sanctuary seeks Nominations of candidates for election to the Board from its financial members by using the Nomination Form which can be downloaded here. Nominations must be received by the Secretary at PO Box 1146, Lismore 2480 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 14 days prior to the AGM and must be signed by 2 members of the association.

Donations

Sanctuary invites ongoing donations for our activities, and gifts can be made via deposit to our bank account, or via the Givenow website here. Please email the treasurer if you would like to donate via cheque or direct credit: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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