At the 47th SSPA AGM held in South Australia, a new National Council has been elected.
Congratulations to the following newly-appointed SSPA National Council members:
President: Sam Millard (Victoria)
Vice-President: Linda Henderson (NSW)
Secretary: Alicia Jenkins (New South Wales)
Treasurer: Rosemary Hobbs (Victoria)
Overseas Liaison Officer: Samantha Lilly (Victoria)
Journal Editor: Tony Munro (New South Wales)
Membership Secretary: Vicki Fallon (New South Wales)
Sports Coordinator: Kobie Donovan (Queensland)
Suzanne Franklin (Western Australia)
Sandra Lundie (North Queensland)
Leisa Prowd (Victoria)
Sarah Darkin (Tasmania)
Michael Blair (New South Wales)
Trish Pinnell (South Australia)
Meredith Young (Victoria)
Notice is hereby given that the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA) will take place on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at the Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair, South Australia at 9.30am.
Members may nominate a person/s for election to National Council. The following positions must be filled: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Journal Editor, Overseas Liaison Officer, Membership Secretary and a minimum of six National Council members.
It is suggested that the following is thought of when electing National Council members:
# All active states are represented;
# Male and female representation is equally spread;
# Detailed knowledge of and experience within the SSPA.
To enable members to decide whether they or someone they know would be suitable for a National Council position, please refer to the summary of the responsibilities and obligations of National Councillors that appears here.
SSPA membership subscriptions are due from 1st August 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your membership and hope that you continue in the year ahead. Please renew your membership to remain financial and enjoy the benefits of being an SSPA member. A 2014/2015 membership form is available from the Membership page on this website.
Remember your membership needs to be current to receive a discount on your Convention fees and to vote at the AGM.
**A big THANK YOU to the early birds who have already enrolled for 2014-15.
The 47th SSPA Convention will be held from Saturday 20th – Friday 26th September 2014 at the Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair, South Australia. Belair is approximately a 15-minute drive from the Adelaide City centre.
The latest (July) update about the 2014 Convention which includes detailed information about the week can be accessed from here.
The Convention programme itself can be viewed here.
Registration is now open. Information about registration along with the Convention registration forms can be obtained from here. The deadline for completed registration forms is 31st AUGUST.
Any questions or queries should be addressed to the Convention Committee at: [email protected].
In a recent episode (24th March) of the ABC-TV’s Q&A, the SSPA was represented in the audience by Samantha Lilly. Samantha’s appearance was highlighted by her invitation to direct a question to media personality and Collingwood Football Club President, Eddie McGuire about the AFL’s position on discrimination in light of the incident concerning a dwarf entertainer at an AFL club Mad Monday function last year.
For a viewing of this episode, go to the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3955666.htm
October is fast approaching, which means we need to get excited now for DWAM 2014.
A letter has been drawn up, and is signed off by the President of the SSPA, ready for distribution to SSPA members in all states wanting to approach their local Bunnings Warehouse to host a sausage sizzle on Saturday 25th October 2014.
Townsville has already secured their date, so c’mon Australia, let’s get behind DWAM and get ourselves out there and talk to as many people as we possibly can.
It’s all about education!
Wristbands – $3 each Pens – $5 each
If you have any other awesome ideas for DWAM 2014, would like to support it by buying a wristband or pen, or would like to be a part of the DWAM team let us know by emailing us at: [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you.
After much consideration, it has been announced that Australia will not bid to host the 2017 World Dwarf Games. Instead, it is hoped that an Asia Pacific games can be organised in Australia between now and 2017. One option to be explored is to hold such an event in conjunction with an international convention (the SSPA’s 50th anniversary Convention).