2015-2016 Committee

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM yesterday! The turnout was just amazing, and it was excellent to hear feedback and ideas from so many different paths and traditions within our community. 🙂

Minutes of the AGM and of the committee meeting that followed it will be available soon, but we thought we’d share the changes to the committee resulting from the AGM.

Firstly, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing committee members, who were invaluable in the Collective’s first year. It was a pleasure working with you and learning so much about different paths within the Pagan community. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope to see you around the traps soon. Allison, Lisa, Bret, Brett, Hawthorn and Seline.

Congratulations to our new committee, who will be representing the PCV over the coming year:

General Committee Members – Sarah, Cosette, Ben, Shaz, Ang, Lucas, Cameron, River, Nickole, Fiona, Ceilidh, Dorian, Amanda, Mark J, Belinda and Buck.

President: Josie

Vice President: Mei

Secretary: Mark H

Treasurer: Ryan

Thank you again to everyone who attended! More AGM news coming soon. 🙂

Agenda for Annual General Meeting 2015

Pagan Collective of Victoria

Annual General Meeting Agenda

July 18, 2015

1pm – Stuzzi Restaurant

Type of Meeting: Annual General Meeting

Meeting Facilitator: Josephine Harris

Invitees: All PCV members

  • Opening remarks/Welcome
  • Presentation of Annual Report (Chair/Secretary)
  • Apologies
  • Adoption of Annual Report
  • Presentation of Accounts (Treasurer)
  • Adoption of Accounts
  • Election of Management Committee/Office Bearers

Note: a committee meeting will immediately follow the AGM.

  • Closing remarks

PCV Annual General Meeting 2015 – Proxy Voting Now Open

Dear members,

Nominations have now closed for the Annual General Meeting, which is set to take place at Stuzzi in Northcote at 1pm on the 18th of July. At the AGM, members will be asked to cast their vote on our new committee.

Members who are unable to attend the AGM are invited to send in their proxy vote before the event (see below). Several roles have gone uncontested and will not require a vote, however the role of Vice President requires a vote from members as there are three candidates.

The nominations for the 2015-2016 year are:

President: Josie (uncontested)

Secretary: Mark H (uncontested)

Treasurer: Ryan (uncontested)

Vice President: Mei Turnbull, Cameron Keech, Lucas Dell

General committee members (we can have as many general committee members as we like, this list just has to be approved by members at the AGM): Ben F-C, Sarah M, Cameron K, Mark L-J, Belinda L-J, Lucas D, Nickole H, Amanda N, Shazbeith, Dorian E, Cosette P, Fiona M

How to cast your proxy vote (for members who are unable to attend the AGM):

To cast your vote on the role of Vice President, please email your vote to pagancollectivevic@gmail.com no later than midnight on Thursday, the 16th of July, 2015. In this email, please include:

  • Your legal name
  • The name of the Vice President candidate (see above) you wish to vote for
  • Your proxy – the name of a person attending the meeting. If you don’t know anyone attending the meeting, you can designate the chairperson (president) to be your proxy.

Proxy voting closes at midnight on Thursday, the 16th of July 2015.

June 2015 Update

Brrr! We hope you’re all keeping warm on these long, cold nights and frosty mornings! We’ve been in recovery mode after the Yule Dinner, but the CBD Pub Moot saw us swing into action once again. 🙂

CBD Pub Moot – We had a rocking good time at the Melbourne Central Lion Hotel yesterday, and the turnout of 20 was far more than we expected! It was lovely to share a drink and discuss our different paths with old friends and new in such a relaxed atmosphere! Thanks very much to everyone who came along!

The first CBD Pub Moot, June 2015. Photo courtesy of Mark.

The first CBD Pub Moot, June 2015. Photo courtesy of Mark.

AGM – There is less than one week left to nominate for the AGM. If you would like to join the committee (whether it’s as a general committee member or in an exec role), you will need to email us before midnight on the 3rd of July. This is a great way to get involved with community building across Victoria, and to have a say in the direction of the Collective. We have only four committee meetings a year, which is not a big face-to-face time commitment!
The AGM itself is taking place on the 18th of July at Stuzzi in Northcote. Click here for more information.

Imbolc – Our Imbolc Ritual will be hosted by Melbourne Reclaiming. A Facebook Event has been set up for it over here.

Hills Coffee Meetup – The next Hills Coffee Meetup is taking place on the 12th of July at the Magpie Cafe, Upwey. Newbies and any/all branches of Paganism are welcome – this is a friendly, inclusive meet-up, and a chance to connect and chat with other Pagan folk on a variety of paths. See the Facebook event page for more information.

Yule Dinner – The Yule Dinner was a fantastic success! We shared a sumptuous meal, laughed and enjoyed some stellar live music. Catching up with old friends and making new ones, we bid farewell to the longest night and looked forward to good things to come.
Congratulations again to the recipients of the 2015 PCV Awards:

Ben F – The Keen Bean Award (for a member under 25 who has made great contributions to the Collective).

Sarah M – The Most Active Member Award (in recognition of Sarah’s support of the PCV since the very beginning, and of her tireless work organising and facilitating the Hills Coffee Meetups).

Kacey – Most Distance Travelled (Kacey came from Adelaide just for us!)

Seline C – PCV Lifetime Membership Award (in recognition of Seline’s long-standing contributions to the Victorian Pagan community, and of her support of the PCV since its beginning).

 A huge thankyou to everyone who helped to make the Yule Dinner happen. This was the PCV’s first large-scale event, and its success is due to the many people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
Thankyou to Mark H and Belinda L-J for the beautiful photos! There will be even more up on the website shortly. Hugs, gratitude and wishes of safe travel to Kacey, who flew over from South Australia to share his wonderful music with us. Thanks also to Mei and Mark for the decorations and party favours! A big thankyou is also needed for River, Nickole and Sarah, who helped us promote the event to their wide networks of contacts. And finally, thank you to everyone who came along on the night! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
There have been a number of photos from the night published in the Yule newsletter. We will have a full set of photos here on the website in coming weeks. 🙂

Newsletter – The Yule newsletter is out now. As well as photos from the Yule Dinner, it includes a summary of the results of the members’ survey, and article about the Wildwood tradition and more. Members, please get in touch if you didn’t receive your copy. 🙂

May 2015 Update

We hope you had a lovely Samhain!

The nights are long and dark and the chill has hit the air. Victoria’s Pagan scene seems to be getting bigger and brighter every month, with new coffee meets, public rituals, pub moots, workshops and more springing up all over the state. Long-standing regular events have reported record numbers, too! As always, you can find a comprehensive list of Pagan events, rituals, workshops and social meetups organised by many different groups and individuals across the state over on our Calendar.

The PCV is no exception to this recent flurry of activity. We have been as busy as ever, with preparations for our Yule dinner underway, and the new Ballarat Pagans in the Pub launching this month. We also have our AGM coming up in July.

PitP Ballarat Ad

Ballarat Pagans in the Pub
Pagans in the Pub is back in Ballarat this weekend! Witches and Pagans from Ballarat and beyond, come and join us at Irish Murphy’s from 12:30pm for a drink and a chat with Pagan folk from a variety of paths in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Irish Murphy’s is centrally located, and has meals until 2pm. Pagans in the Pub in Ballarat is hosted by the Pagan Collective of Victoria, and will be running quarterly throughout 2015.

Yule Dinner 2015
Our Pagan Community Yule Dinner is taking place on the 13th of June, and is open to all witches, Pagans and interested folk across Victoria. This dinner will be the first of its kind for a while, as it is an open invitation to members of all groups (as well as solitaries!) to join together for a meal. It will be a night of music and merrymaking not to be missed! Click here to see the Facebook event for the Dinner. Tickets are on sale until the end of May (there will be no tickets to purchase at the door, so please book now to avoid disappointment). See you there!

Yule Ad

Monthly Hills Coffee Meetups
Our Dandenong Ranges coffee moots are still going strong. Many thanks to those lovely people who braved the chilly Mothers’ Day weather for this month’s meet. The June meet will be taking place on the 14th of June – the day after the Yule Dinner. Come and join us for a healing cuppa and a recovery chat!

Members’ Survey
The PCV is always looking for ways to improve our services to the pagan community and our members. To better help us do this we have created the PCV Members Survey and Census 2015. The survey is completely anonymous and you will be helping us to better understand our community and provide us with feedback on what you would like from being a member of the community. We would really appreciate it if you take 5 – 10 minutes to complete the survey.
Click here to complete the survey.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM for the Pagan Collective of Victoria will be taking place on the 18th of July 2015, 1pm at Stuzzi Restaurant and Bar in Northcote.
Nominations are now open for President, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President (a new role). We are also seeking nominations for general committee members. To nominate yourself or someone else for any of these roles, please email your nomination to: pagancollectivevic@gmail.com. Before you send it, make sure your nominee is aware that they are nominated, and that they agree to it! 🙂

**NOMINATIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, JULY 3rd 2015**

All PCV members are eligible to nominate and be nominated before the meeting and are invited to attend the meeting to vote. Not a member yet? Memberships to the PCV are free until the end of 2015. Visit www.pagancollective.org/join for more information.
The first committee meeting with the new committee will take place straight after the AGM. It is requested that the current President, Treasurer and Secretary attend this meeting

Annual General Meeting 2015

The AGM for the Pagan Collective of Victoria will be taking place on the 18th of July 2015, 1pm at Stuzzi Restaurant and Bar in Northcote.
Nominations are now open for President, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President (a new role). We are also seeking nominations for general committee members. To nominate yourself or someone else for any of these roles, please email your nomination to: pagancollectivevic@gmail.com. Before you send it, make sure your nominee is aware that they are being nominated, and that they agree to it! 🙂  Nominees should also make themselves familiar with the Model Rules of Association, and the PCV  Committee Roles 2015.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, JULY 3rd 2015.

All PCV members are eligible to nominate and be nominated before the meeting and are invited to attend the meeting to vote.

The first committee meeting with the new committee will take place straight after the AGM. It is requested that the current President, Treasurer and Secretary attend this meeting.

A Facebook event has been set up for this meeting over here.

We hope to see you there. Happy nominating!

Your PCV Committee

A second February 2015 update!

Another quick post to update all you PCV folk about a few developments. 🙂

  • Our new shipment of stickers has arrived, so more membership packs have been posted out this week (thanks Ryan, Mark, Mei and Josie!). We are hoping to clear the backlog of packs by the end of March. New members, keep an eye on your letterboxes!
  • We’ve tweaked our calendar! Check it out to stay up to date with all sorts of Pagan events taking place in Victoria in 2015! Please let us know if you’d like your event or gathering added to the list.
  •  Minutes from the latest committee meeting are all done (thanks Mark!), and can be found over here. We have a lot of very exciting ventures coming up!
  • We have a new, centralised Facebook page for our Hills Coffee Meetups (thanks, Sarah!), along with a page here on the website. Be sure to like this page to stay up to date.
  • The date has been set for our Annual General Meeting. Nominations for President, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President (a new role) will open shortly, once position descriptions are released. We will also be seeking nominations for general committee members. All PCV members are eligible to nominate before the meeting and are invited to attend the meeting to vote.
More membership packs getting mailed out! Photo courtesy of Ryan M.

More membership packs getting mailed out! Photo courtesy of Ryan M.