The Annual General Meeting of the Rationalist Society of Australia Inc. was held at 7:30 pm AEDT on Wednesday 21 October 2020.
Due to COVID-19, this AGM was not held in-person as was the case in previous years. Instead, the 2020 AGM was held via Zoom.
The President’s Report 2020
1. Formal matters
Election of a chair
Dr Meredith Doig (RSA President) was elected as chair of the meeting.
Moved: Christopher Noonan Seconded: Greg Kasarik
Attendees and Apologies
- In attendance (34)
|Rosemary Watson||Luke Beck||Leslie Allan||Maxwell Campbell|
|Meredith Doig||Jeff Lerner||Con Karavas||Ralph Catts|
|Aziz Islam||Nick Lee||Rod Bower||Gaye Mason|
|Leo Brewin||Chris Noonan||Brendan Liveris||Steve Munro|
|Ken Derrick||Brigitte Battova||Craig Sankey||John Hutchinson|
|Greg Kasarik||Barry Clearwater||Keith Birney||Leanne McDonald|
|Tanya Watkins||Vicki Caulfield||Robert van de Graaff||Michael Henry|
|Elizabeth Dangerfield||Jeremy Lawrence||Thomas Hannah||Chris Botha|
|Stella Thomas||Hugh Sarjeant|
- Apologies (29)
|Sujai Thomman||Geoff Green||Joel Murray||Xiao Cheng Chen|
|Brian Wilder||Victor Franco||John Barrell||Christopher Brown|
|Nicholas Wade||Ray Lakeman||Oliver Berckmans||Zachary Reynders|
|Nicholas Fowler||Russell Cameron||David Brew||David Goss|
|Paul Monk||Ian McLeod||John Smyrk||Judith Hoy|
|Phillip Edwards||Deirdree Wallwork||Thomas Gengenbach||Paul Meo|
|Douglas Leverett||Jim Howe||Ross Seaman||Peter Consandine|
- Proxies (49)
|Victor Franco||Meredith Doig||Rex Williams||Meredith Doig|
|Derek O’Reilly||Chair||Phillip Sweeney||Meredith Doig|
|David Swanton||Chair||Kevin McDonald||Meredith Doig|
|Donald Humphries||Meredith Doig||John Downey||Chair|
|Rohan Navaratne||Chair||Julian Jordan||Chair|
|Alfred Flatow||Chair||Walter Frank||Chair|
|Ferdinand Klesch||Chair||Anthony Sunderland||Meredith Doig|
|Jenny Stonier||Meredith Doig||Margaret Gawler||Meredith Doig|
|David Walsh||Chair||Bruce Fisher||Meredith Doig|
|Geoffrey Lennie||Chair||Christopher Hall||Chair|
|Adrian Gargett||Chair||Patrick Weir||Chair|
|Glyn Cryer||Meredith Doig||Victor Stevens||Chair|
|Jon Cook||Chair||Yvonne Patterson||Meredith Doig|
|John Bryson||Chair||Gary Wilson||Chair|
|Hussain Alrikabi||Chair||Grahame Beecroft||Chair|
|Phillip Edwards||Chair||Mathew Withoos||Chair|
|Jack Dikian||Chair||Bronwen Long||Chair|
|David Stimson||Meredith Doig||David Slatyer||Chair|
|Simon Rouse||Chair||Matthew Goddard||Chair|
|Greg Norton||Meredith Doig||Charl Nienaber||Chair|
|Jacquie Connolly||Meredith Doig||Brett Connolly||Meredith Doig|
|William Greer||Chair||Romola Wilkinson||Chair|
|Lyle Allan||Meredith Doig||Dominic Kelly||Chair|
|John Timlin||Chair||Angus Muir||Chair|
The RSA Rules specify that a quorum comprises the lesser of 10% of the members entitled to vote, or 40 members entitled to vote. There being 34 Members present and 49 proxies, a quorum was achieved.
2. Minutes of the last AGM
To read the Minutes of the 2019 AGM, please click here.
Motion 2.1: It was moved and carried without dissent that the Minutes of the 2019 AGM be accepted as a true record.
Moved: Ralph Catts Seconded: Leanne McDonald
There is no formal business arising from the Minutes of the last AGM, though a question was asked about whether the RSA invested its funds in ethical investments. This was addressed in the President’s Report.
Motion 3.1: It was moved and carried without dissent that the President’s report be noted.
Moved: Jeff Lerner Seconded: Luke Beck
Motion 3.2: It was moved and carried that the Treasurer’s report be adopted.
Moved: Ken Derrick Seconded: Max Campbell
4. Election of a Committee
As per the RSA Rules, the committee of the RSA comprises at least five and not more than seven members (Rule 44).
Motion 4.1: There being seven nominations received, it was moved and carried without dissent that a committee of seven be elected, comprising: Meredith Doig, Luke Beck, Brendan Liveris, Chris Botha, Stella Thomas, Vicki Caulfield, and Christopher Noonan.
Moved: Jeff Lerner Seconded: Nick Lee
5. General business
At the 2019 AGM, a question was asked about whether the RSA invested its funds in ethical investments. RSA member Ralph Catts followed up his question with a well-considered paper on the issue. The Financial Advisory Subcommittee has investigated this issue and after careful consideration, decided to re-allocate the RSA’s investments partially to ethical funds. This will be carefully monitored over the next 12 months.
6. Next meeting
The next AGM will be held between 1 July and 30 November 2021. The Committee of Management will decide the actual date and notify members at least 21 days prior.