Talk:2010-2011 AGM/Candidates/Craig Franklin

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Hi Craig,

I am very impressed with your candidate statement and I agree with your point that all potential office-bearers - whether the position is contested or not - should provide a statement for the perusal of members. I see that action as a courtesy and a sign of respect.

There are many comments that I could make about the content of your statement but in brief I note that you have a good grasp of many of the issues to face the chapter - particularly with regards the role you are about to undertake - and yes the chapter should move forward to a more robust way of accounting.

I also note in particular your comment that the chapter should have the election conducted by a suitably impartial individual, rather than the Secretary. I say this in full agreement with you as to the great job that Sarah has done in the past. Indeed I count Sarah as one of my oldest friends on wikipedia - but the chapter will do well in the future to remove any possible appearance of conflict of interest especially now that more money is likely to come into the chapters coffers. I will be very interested (as a financial member) to see if that change can be accomplished before the 2011-2012 AGM.

My best wishes to you in your future role.VirtualSteve 20:22, 13 September 2010 (EST)

In actual fact I have had nothing to do with the election. I provided our sysadmin with the list of valid nominees and he set the software up and the software then opens and closes the election at the preset times and dates and calculates and publishes the results automatically. All I have done is accept the nominations as required by the association rules, verify they were valid and then pass the list onto the chapter's sysadmin. This is also all I did last year but last year (and in each year prior to that) Brianna was the sysadmin and she did the programming of the software. Sarah 01:31, 19 September 2010 (EST)

Hi Craig, I am delighted that you are taking over and can lead us to a more professional accounting scheme. My only comment is that we have appointed an auditor, but the committee felt that there was no need to spend money on an audit this year. CAV do not require an audit for our turnover, but could ask for one anytime. We had to appoint an auditor to apply for approval to fundraise in some States, so Steve found one in Wagga. If we appoint a new one, we will have to update the information given on those applications, but we have to do that anyway after the AGM with committee member details. It is possible that we will need to audit the 2009 - 2010 accounts to satisfy the fundraising authorities in NSW. I have yet to check that as I am being very slow with things as I have a broken arm. --Bduke 07:19, 14 September 2010 (EST)

Hi Brian, thanks for clarifying the above. I am between classes right now so I cannot comment at length, but I would point out that I think this underscores the need for more effective communication and making it easier for ordinary financial members to access information - because I honestly had no idea that an auditor had been appointed up until just now. With regards to audit, while I am aware that it is not legally necessary for us to conduct such an activity, I am of the view that it never hurts to be prepared, and that voluntarily undertaking an audit will increase public confidence that the committee is carrying out its financial activities with due care and diligence. I look forward to speaking with you further after the AGM. Lankiveil 17:36, 14 September 2010 (EST).
The appointment of the auditor was reported in the February Minutes. Sarah 01:22, 19 September 2010 (EST)