Affiliates of the Victorian Softball community gathered at the Waverley Softball Association Pavilion on Saturday for the 2017 Softball Victoria Annual General Meeting and Members’ Forum.
At the AGM, two new members were elected to the Softball Victoria Board in Charelle Ainslie and Alison Lyons, while Chairman of the Board Gail Bergmann stood down after completing six years of dedicated service.
The outstanding contributions of Kerrie Maddern and Mary Walkinshaw to the sport of Softball in Victoria were officially recognised with the awarding of Softball Victoria Life Memberships, while Jodie Lightowler, Lynda Otimi, Alison Pendlebury and Angela Forgan were ratified as the recipients of the Merle Short Awards for 2017 in acknowledgement of their highly valued involvement with Victorian Softball.
In reflecting on the past year, Softball Victoria President Jenny Holliday detailed in the 2017 Softball Victoria Annual Report the progress made on the organisation’s key focuses in growing participation, club and association development and organisational sustainability.
In particular, Holliday highlighted the success of the organisation’s Active Families Playing Together and Sporting Schools Programs, the increase of Victorian representation at national level through structured support systems for athletes, coaches and officials and the significant increase in member associations’ engagement with the Homeplate website.
Holliday also recognised the positive contributions of Softball Victoria’s two Executive Officers over the past year, Sara Dailey and Nick Frayne, as well as highlighting the hard work of Softball Victoria staff Kerrie Laverick, Simon Blundell and Jenny Cassidy.
“During her time with us, Executive Officer Sara Dailey reviewed where we needed to make a real step change to increase our capacity to support our members,” Holliday said.
“While Sara was only with us for a short time, during her tenure she undertook a staff review to position SV for the future, transitioned our financial services to a new provider, acquired the WLIS funding and secured funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria for a state-wide facilities audit.
“We thank her for this positive positioning and for her service to softball and wish her the very best for the future.
“With Sara unfortunately having to step down, the Board were very pleased to appoint Nick Frayne to lead the staff and regenerate the momentum.
“The Board look forward to working with our community over the coming year to achieve our vision of growing softball; for all, for life, together.”
Prior to the AGM, a highly successful and interactive Softball Victoria Members’ Forum was held, which saw a diverse range of important topics, updates and information presented to attendees.
The forum also included a presentation of Softball Australia’s Homeplate status recognition certificates to three Victorian Associations – Waverley, Frankston and Glen Eira Moorabbin.
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