On the 29th March 2018, PQFG held it’s Annual General Meeting. Overall the meeting was well attended and we would like to thank everyone that came out and thanks to those who were key in organising the event.
Introducing your new board of Directors.
The BOD photo depicts from left to right: Don Mcllhargey, Phil Betts, Bob Patterson, Rion Porteous, Julie Blood (Secretary), Rod Wiebe (Vice President), Don Jordan, Lynn Wiebe (Treasurer), Doug Kitts (President). Missing from photo: Bruce Wall, Phil Charlesbois and Gordon Gebhardt.
From Richard Thompson, outgoing President, Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game
March 9th, 2018
I have not been producing a monthly article because it is the club volunteers that have been driving the club’s activities. I would like to list a few that they have completed while I was president.
Archery continues to draw members, especially youth. They have upgraded their winter facilities and constructed a storage building to handle their targets. Our 2 ranges have welcomed their use as well. They have been able to produce a number of members who have done well in provincial competitions.
Henry range upgraded its ranges and added a new one. This was a multiyear project lead by John Willson. At this time we need to also mention that our community supporters have supplied hundreds of hours of labour and heavy equipment to make many of our projects come true.
Dorman Range has continued to upgrade its facilities to allow easier use by our challenged members and visitors. Cement walkways were put in by volunteers, financed by a grant from our MLA Michelle Stillwell.
Dorman has also seen a major upgrade in their storage facility on site. They have added equipment to help in the movement of the supplies that our located there.
Our hatchery continues to produce fry with help from members, outside volunteers and DF0. New pumps and waning systems have helped reduce loss by low water within the hatchery and much easier management of the hatchery.
We have moved to a more on-line program for registration. While some members still do not use it. A high percentage do, thereby reducing costs and volunteer time.
I can’t claim credit for any of these.
Yet it has not all been easy. We had to deal with the move to withdrawn from the BCWF. Members spoke and voted overwhelmingly to remain.
We are starting to feel the effect of our volunteers aging. This year, for the first time in many years, we had to cancel the banquet. We found no one to take it on. Our summer picnic has followed the same path. While we can fund it, we cannot find the people to manage it.
We have attempted to work at increasing our focus on Fishing with no luck. We have the volunteers but how to manage remains a problem.
We have dealt with disputes within the club and the need to follow club and range rules. Some members still stray from these and everyone needs to police them.
Finally, we became landlords. We purchased the mobiles at Henry and Dorman and have 2 great sets of people sharing the general upkeep of the sites. Whether this was a good idea, time will tell.
I have had the privilege of serving with some very dedicated people over my 4 years. Your Board has had representatives who wanted to see the club succeed
A final thank you to all those members who have done the work and allowed me the right to call myself President, Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game
We’re getting really close to Board elections at the AGM on March 29th 2018. This is your last chance to raise your hand and help shape the future of our association.
I’m looking for an,
This position is expected to be greatly simplified as our current treasurer is having conversation with our accountants for a data entry person who will look after financial obligations and prepare financial statements.
BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE.
Some great folks have stuck their hand up for one of these four positions. This could be your chance to front your opinions. If you are interested call or write.
Being a board member requires a two-year commitment-but we’re bendable.
EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR.
This person is usually chosen by other members of the executive but is open to any member to nominate an executive. Please reply to me in less than 150 words why you nominated this person.
MEMBER OF THE YEAR.
This person, among all our membership can receive the coveted trophy as Member of the Year. Again please send you nomination to me replying with 150 words or less why you feel this person deserves recognition for outstanding service.
We have the ability to award special recognition to a person or organisation that has helped with the aims of PQFG or enhanced our reputation. Again the 150 words or less would be appreciated.
I have the job of announcing that the Annual PQF&G Fund Raising banquet has been postponed indefinitely.
The Board and Banquet Committee have been unable to fill several vital spots in the organizational structure. This was due to several key members being out of town at Banquet time and the inability to find members to fill the leadership positions needed for the event to succeed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who supported the event by attending faithfully each year.
Also, thanks to those people that did all of the little jobs that really made the Banquet a success, whether selling 50-50 tickets, setting up tables or the myriad of other small but essential jobs.
The end result is that our finances will take a hit of approximately $17 000. Your Board will be looking at cost saving measures and consider utilizing funds accumulated from past financial periods.
It may be time we looked at other sources of revenue and your Board will be doing so.
The Board has moved the date of the Annual General Meeting until March 29th, 15 months after the last meeting.
The Meeting will deal with budgets, elections and reports from various group within the organization and other items required by the Societies Act.