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From the President - May 2019

18 Apr 2019 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Open Day: On Tuesday, 9th April we welcomed around 40 members and visitors to RGSQ’s new home - Gregory Place for our “Open Day”. Many commented that it definitely looked like a Geographical Society! Members also remarked that a key benefit of the new premises was the easy access which the “open plan” now allowed to browse the library and map collections. To do so had, previously, been somewhat difficult at Milton as these resources were located in a separate room from the auditorium and were rarely used by members.

I would like to thank Bob Abnett and Ian Francis for leading a team of volunteers (John Fairbairn, Jim Graham, Roger Grimley, John Ladbrook, Neville McManimm, Peter Nunan, Graham and Kay Rees, Bob Reid, Mary Comer, Ralph Carlisle) who worked to complete the fit-out of the new premises, and preparing and catering for the Open Day/Evening.

And so, this completes our move … We now hope to see members coming along to enjoy Gregory Place, browse our library and map collections, attend the regular monthly lectures, meetings of special interest groups or just to drop in any time they are in the vicinity.

Changes to office staffing: Recognising the Society’s expanding range of activities and obligations, in late 2018 Council resolved to address a critical need to review and restructure RGSQ office employed positions. Over the past few months, in consultation with our existing staff, we have been engaged in clarifying and redefining office roles. We believe the changes will assist staff in their work and enable us to pursue more effectively the Society’s wider goals in promoting Geography. The changes which have been introduced are:

  • The Executive Officer position is discontinued; the email address execofficer@rgsq.org.au should no longer be used.  
  • Bernard has accepted a new role as Australian Geography Competition (AGC) Coordinator working exclusively on the AGC from 1st April 2019. He will no longer work on other RGSQ matters;
  • Lilia has accepted and will continue as our Business Manager from 25 March 2019, taking on some additional responsibilities previously undertaken by the Executive officer. She will no longer work on the AGC;
  • Rosie will continue in her current role as Administrative Assistant, working primarily with Lilia and as our receptionist. As occasion demands she will assist Bernard with the AGC in intensive periods of the Competition.

I would like to thank Bernard, Lilia and Rosie for their cooperation and assistance during this process of change. The next few months will be a period of transition during which responsibilities are re-aligned. Members please note:

  • Regular office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-2.30pm. If you wish to visit RGSQ outside these hours please check in advance with staff on 07 3368 2066.
  • Phone inquiries relating to all RGSQ matters should continue to use 3368 2066. Rosie will respond on reception (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.00am-1.00pm) or Lilia will respond (daily from 9.00am to 2.30pm). If no-one is there to take your call please leave a message on the answering machine 
  • Email inquiries relating to all RGSQ matters should be directed to Rosie at admin@rgsq.org.au or Lilia at info@rgsq.org.au. The email address execofficer@rgsq.org.au should no longer be used.  Any inquiries relating to the AGC should be sent to Bernard at AGCcoordinator@rgsq.org.au 
  • Correspondence from RGSQ committees or members to external agencies should be directed in the first instance to Lilia. She will either place the correspondence on RGSQ letterhead, record and post it, or forward it to the President or relevant Councillor to address.

Please support our staff in their new roles and thank you for your recognition of these changes.

I look forward to seeing you at RGSQ Gregory Place.

Dr. Iraphne Childs, President

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