General Manager’s Update

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General Manager’s Update

28 February
• Affiliate Congress
• Board update
• Nominations Committee
• Liz Pollock co-opted
• Affiliate Awards
Affiliate Congress


Volleyball Victoria, in partnership with Victoria University, has confirmed details for the 2019 Affiliate Congress.  The Congress is being hosted at Victoria University, Footscray Campus, Ballarat Road on Saturday, 23 March.  The Congress will include important information sessions for affiliates and incorporate the State Team Coaches professional development day*, and annual pre-season information session for State League.  Level 2 coaching and refereeing courses will be hosed on Sunday at the same venue.
* The Coaches professional development day is open to all coaches and we encourage interested individuals to consider the range of topics on offer.  Current and aspiring State Team Coaches are expected to attend with the fee reimbursed upon appointment to a State Team role.
The Affiliate Congress will address key issues for Clubs and Associations including mandatory Child Safe regulations, grant writing, and features of the SportsTG database, website, and competition management system.
Up to four streams will be available, specific to your interest and role/s within your Club or Association, each with a different focus, including for: Coaches, Affiliate Presidents and Secretaries, State League Delegates, and State League Referees.
We thank Victoria University for their considerable support, particularly Loretta Konjarski who has been instrumental in identifying and sourcing expert presenters, and we look forward to offering more opportunities through the University.
More information on the Affiliate Congress and a link to register can be found online at 2019 Affiliate Congress.
Aspiring Level 2 Coaches and Referees can register by following the links:
Board update
Nominations Committee
The Board has commenced preparations for the Annual General Meeting by endorsing the recommendations of the Nominations Committee, including President, The Hon Stephen Conroy, Officer Director Elizabeth Tupper, and affiliate representative Susan Lloyd.
The Nominations Committee has identified both short and long-term priorities to modernise the model by which Volleyball Victoria is governed.  The Nominations Committee will prepare documentation to support the Board election process, including a position description for the President and a skills matrix relevant to the needs of the organisation and those retained by the current Board.  This information will be circulated in the coming weeks in preparation of the Annual General Meeting, nominees will be expected to address the position requirements with their nominations.
In the longer-term, the Board will look at the nomination and election processes, terms of Board Members, and election of the President.
Liz Pollock co-opted
As a result of the work identified by the Board, Liz Pollock has been co-opted into the position vacated by Grant Hyde’s resignation upon his appointment to the Board of Volleyball Australia.  There is substantial work for the Board in the coming year and Liz was identified as a very suitable candidate to provide support given her experience in governance and professional expertise in change management, characteristics that will serve the Board well in this period of modernisation.  These are complemented by her obvious extensive background in volleyball.
At this time, the Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm, Saturday 27 April at the State Volleyball Centre.  Annually, three Board positions are subject to elections, and this year the terms of President, The Hon Stephen Conroy, and Ordinary Members Paul Freckleton and Ian Jenkins are expiring.
Volleyball Victoria is subject to quotas that require female representation of at least 40% on the Board.  Currently, the Board has two elected and three co-opted female Members.  It is a State Government funding requirement that Volleyball Victoria retain at least four female Board Members following the Annual General Meeting.
Affiliates interested in discussing the composition and/or performance of the Board should contact Geoff Rietschel, General Manager, email or telephone the Office 03 9794 0009.  Materials supporting calls for Nominations will be released shortly.
Affiliate Awards


Following the AGM, the Board will host the Affiliate Awards in conjunction with an awards dinner.  Affiliate Presidents will receive a formal invitation to attend the function as guests of Volleyball Victoria.
In the meantime, Affiliates are asked to consider the individuals, initiatives, and associates that have achieved success in 2018.  Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:
I. Most Outstanding Association
Awarded to the Association that is an engaged partner of Volleyball Victoria who achieves growth through the provision of quality experiences
II. Most Outstanding Junior Program
Awarded to an affiliate that has contributed to the growth and development of junior volleyball in their community
III. Excellence in Coaching
Awarded to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution by providing support, development, and growth of coaches and/or athletes within their Club, Association, or Victoria.
IV. Volunteer Achievement Award
Awarded to an individual who provides outstanding services to volleyball in the areas of administration, officiating, and volunteering at Club, Association or State level.
V. Most Outstanding School
Awarded to the school that is an engaged partner of Volleyball Victoria who supports growth in the sport and achieves a high standard of success on court
VI. Most Outstanding Teacher
Awarded to the teacher who provides outstanding leadership and supports growth and development of volleyball in the education sector.
Annual Award nomination form.

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