General Manager’s Update
18 December 2020
- Christmas Greetings
- Committee Update
- Annual General Meeting
On behalf of the Committee of Volleyball Victoria Inc, I take this opportunity to wish our members, partners, sponsors, and stakeholders a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a safe holiday period.
If you’re taking a break, put your feet up and enjoy the company of many, or perhaps just the important few. If you must work, we wish you great productivity and many happy returns.
We look forward to 2021. Volleyball has missed us, just as we have missed volleyball. It brings us together, just as it sets us all apart (no puns intended).
After a year like this, I want to avoid clichés, 2020 has uniquely presented new experiences we have shared; be they personal challenges, incredible disruption, or great uncertainty. It has changed our life perspective.
What hasn’t changed is the passion, enthusiasm, and sheer joy that getting on court provides our community and the need for respite for which we are all seeking.
We look forward to getting you back on court and seeing you in a new year, a year of great promise and possibility.
The Office enjoys a break over summer, closing on Friday, 18 December and re-opening Monday, 11 January, gradually returning to full staffing through the month of January.
Please have a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to partnering with you and once again thriving in 2021!
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting was held 14 December using the Zoom online meeting platform. The Meeting proceeded in accordance with the Rules and with considerable brevity. Volleyball Victoria President, Paul Freckleton, spoke to the considerable growth achieved in 2019, with in excess of 7,000 members registered and took time to thank the community of volunteers and the Office staff who made this possible.
Paul went on to note the transition of presidency from long-serving President, The Hon Stephen Conroy, and thanked the Committee. He noted the induction of Murray Mansfield as Life Member of Volleyball Australia, the integration and success of the Australian Volleyball Super League Club, Melbourne Vipers, and the 50th anniversary of the Country Championships.
Three Special Resolutions were put to the Meeting; two nominations for Life Membership and one Distinguished Service Award. The outcome of these Resolutions included:
- Life Membership conferred on Allan Hassell
- Life Membership conferred on Luke Campbell
- Distinguished Service awarded to Steve Benson
A transcript of the commendations will be available when these Awards are presented in April 2021.
In addition, the Annual Affiliate Awards were also reconfirmed, with the following Award winners noted:
- Most Outstanding Teacher – Sarah Johns (Canterbury Girls Secondary College)
- Most Outstanding School – Westall Secondary College
- Most Outstanding Junior Program – GMVA Spikezone
- Excellence in Coaching – Tanya McInerney (Ivanhoe Grammar School)
- Volunteer Achievement Award – Geoff Moss (Maroondah Volleyball)
- Most Outstanding Association – Maroondah Volleyball