On Wednesday 22nd February BWC held its 2016 AGM – our second since we began the Club’s revitalisation in 2015. Often an AGM can be a colourless affair – ours was anything but! What was achieved in 2016 was amazing, by any standards. We ran fund-raisers, produced a Senate policy submission on children’s access to internet pornography, received a $20,000 State Government grant for our Financial Literacy project, built relationships with major corporate partners such as PWC, McCullough Robertson, ANZ and Stanwell, hosted Queensland Women’s Minister Shannon Fentiman at a brilliant sundowner event, delivered professional career development workshops and much more. All of this was achieved with the inspiration of our tireless part-time CEO, and hours and hours of hard work from our Board and member volunteers.
We’ve invested in our people and brand and dramatically turned around our financial performance to end the year with a $25,700 surplus. So it’s not surprising that among the many comments I heard from new and existing members present were ‘inspiring’, ‘exciting’.’ impressive’, ‘important’ and ‘looking forward to being part of BWC in 2017’. For more details, download a copy of the annual report here.
We’re not resting on our laurels in 2017 either, with exciting events in the planning stages, so watch this space! The BWC Board is also committed to improving our back-end processes and systems and to giving renewed focus to our community grants program.
But our biggest priority for 2017 will be to engage more deeply with our members, to create more opportunities for them to be involved in the Club’s work, and to keep growing our amazing community of like-minded women.
The Board has been strengthened with the election of two new members. Balveen Ajimal is joining as a Director and will relinquish her role as CEO in May 2017. We are also pleased to welcome Amanda Sartor, as Treasurer, and I am delighted to be elected as President for a further term.
BWC is showing Brisbane and Australia what a group of determined, committed and capable women are able to achieve and we look forward to having you on that journey with us.