This is a simple
page to keep the PCUG membership informed about the elections during the 2004
AGM. If you read September's 16 Bits magazine - you will already know that the LMS team plus John Telek were not opposed, and so our able Returning Officer
(Gordon Urquart) duly declared us elected. You can read
our manifesto and profiles of the new committee members here. As John Talek
did not nominate with the team - his profile is not included - but to quote the
STOP PRESS announcement in 16 Bits "John
is a senior programming consultant at Telstra, and has wide experience in
software development and programming. John is one of the most active members of
the PCUG HIT team and has helped solve problems for many of our members". So
John will be a very welcome addition to the committee.
At this time
when the committee changeover is occurring, I believe we need to explain to
members the current problems we face, and to ask for support from all who would
like to see the group survive. So instead of re-writing my short statement at
the AGM - I'll just repeat the text here.
thanks to those who have offered help and support to our team, and to those who
took the trouble to send us your proxies (via snail mail even).
taken on the job because we believe that despite the best efforts of previous
committees (and the
latest financial statement), and taking a pessimistic
view, the group is in serious trouble due to declining membership and high
3 views: Pessimistic – Assets will not cover depreciation by the end of this
FY (effectively broke). Neutral – ditto by end of 2007. Optimistic – still O.K
by the end of 2006 or 7.
that the PCUG is worth saving and I take the optimistic view. But if we
further reduce member facilities, or benefits, or increase fees, the group
will probably take the pessimistic path.
optimistic path is to offer more benefits to members by using some of the huge
potential we have among our members and assets to provide what we do best.
Help and training and improved TIP services.
facing some problems which need addressing within a very few weeks.
Comindico (our supplier of bandwidth to the Internet) is in receivership
as of last weekend. The receiver’s state that it will be sold as a going concern
– but there are many
Apart from TIP costs, our other largest cost is the current centre and
training room rent and associated costs. The lease renewal is due within a very
Comindico point - we may need to take some very quick decisions which
hopefully will not cost much (we may even end up with a better deal).
centre and training room - I believe we have two options. The first is to
share the facilities with other organisations, and/or increase or maintain
current training room use by commercial organisations. The second is to move
to much cheaper premises. But either way – I feel that a good training
facility will be central for any group rejuvenation plans.
We may not
be able to do much of this without a lot of help from the membership. But we
have had such a good reaction so far that I am hopeful. Wish us luck.
If we can't improve the situation
within the next 12 months, we will gladly hand over the committee to a new
John Saxon - 28 Sep 2004