August 2017

Welcome to our August e-news.

Our annual program begins

Twenty-five aspiring community and industry leaders have begun our ten-month leadership program which kicked off with an opening retreat at Lake Hume Resort in July.

We offer an intensive experiential learning program. It takes our participants across the region and beyond. We offer them the chance to experience the best practice in the factors that contribute to sustainable communities, to understand the innovative projects that are underway in our region, and to meet many of the individuals that drive these.

Brown Brothers Milawa Winery was the perfect venue for our first program day. Here, participants were able to explore the region's economy and to consider what works when it comes to strategies for sustainable businesses and jobs growth.

Ross Brown provided much food for thought in his presentation entitled 'wine, tourism and the local economy'. He encouraged participants to explore the links between leadership and the economy. Honorary graduate, Barry Sullivan, spoke about leadership in a business context, and Ovens Murray Regional Partnership Chair, Irene Grant, (AVCLP '99) talked us through the current and emerging regional priorities.

Thank you to Brown Brothers Winery, for sponsoring and hosting the first day for our 2017/18 group and for providing our winery tour. View the day's photo gallery here.

Save the date for our AGM

The AVCLP Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 17 October, at 6 p.m. The location for the meeting is the Wang Central Offices, 15-17 Ely St Wangaratta. We will soon be advertising board vacancies. As the time of the event nears, please keep an eye on our website and social media for further information.
This edition


21 Aug - GOTAFE Cybersecurity event
22 Aug - VRCLP Leadership Summit
27 Aug - Alumni Gathering 
31 Aug - Grants masterclass 

1 Sept - Leadership Lunch 
6 Sept - Connect with Compassion
20 Sept - Governance 101 workshop

17 Oct - AVCLP AGM
21 Oct - Personal branding workshop

This month's photo is of our 2017-18 participants at their first program day hosted by Brown Brothers Milawa Winery.
// Alumni networking events
There are two opportunities coming up, for our Alumni to network with the graduates from other years. Congratulations to our newly-formed Alumni Engagement Committee for organising these events.

Alumni Gathering at Tarrawingee

AVCLP graduates are invited to a lunch gathering, to celebrate and reconnect with each other. Join us on Sunday, 27 August 2017, at 12-noon, in the Plough Inn in Tarrawingee. Tickets: $35/head. Finger food will be provided and drinks are at bar prices. Partners and families are welcome to attend. Tickets  here.

Leaders Luncheon with Christine Nixon

Former Victorian Chief Commissioner of Police and chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority Christine Nixon, needs no introduction to most Victorians.  Christine’s career is full of highs (and lows) and she will share her leadership experiences and wisdom with us at a special Leadership Lunch in Wangaratta on Friday, 1 September from 12-noon to 2 pm.  Tickets are $55 each. Alumni and their work colleagues, family and friends are invited to join us at this luncheon. Tickets here.

VRCLP State Leadership Summit

The Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program's annual conference will be held at Waurn Ponds near Geelong on Tuesday, 22 August.  Come along and be a part of the discussion on intergenerational leadership. Network with staff and graduates from other Community Leadership Programs - and listen in to The Great Debate! 

The Great Debate? Get ready for Victoria’s biggest debate of intellect and strength, as two teams of local and national comedians reason, beg, borrow and steal to be the champions for 2017. The subject will be topical, controversial and divisive and the comedy will be free flowing, hard-hitting and at times incompatible.

On the negative team will be: Lawrence Mooney from Postcards, Have You Been Paying Attention, Agony Uncles and Dirty Laundry, and Nayuka Gorrie, a freelance social writer who has contributed to SBS Comedy, NITV and The Saturday Paper.

On the positive team will be: Fiona O'Loughlin, who started out as the winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s (MICF) Best Newcomer Award in 2001, and who has gone from there, together with Rob Braslin, a popular stand-up comedian who has also appeared in successful TV commercials and the ABC TV series Rosehaven.

Book here

// Opportunities

Business information and inspiration

Are you looking for business information and inspiration? The North East Small Business Festival is underway! Now in its fifth year, this festival offers a range of free and low-cost events, workshops and networking opportunities for new and established businesses. Events and support services will take place across Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Indigo, Alpine and Towong Council areas.  More here


We live in an increasingly networked world, and cyber risk is firmly at the top of most connected people's agenda. GOTAFE invites you to join special guest Mike Burgess, Strategic Cyber Security Adviser, to discover how you can protect your IP and put a stop to cyber-attacks. 10 am, 21 August 2017.  Lunch and networking from 12-noon. GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, Fryers Street Shepparton. RSVP by 17 August 2017. More information and RSVP here.

Connect with Compassion

In recent years we've highlighted the benefits of mindfulness in contributing to our well-being. The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre is screening two documentaries about mindfulness, in support of the Seven Women charity. This will also be the Launch of the charity, Connect with Compassion, hosted by Wangaratta resident Mandy Hogan. the new charity aims to create a global cycle of giving and receiving. Wednesday, 6 September from 7 pm. Tickets: $25. More here
// Leadership Skills Workshop Series
There is something for everyone in our Leadership Skills Workshop series.

Grant writing

Learn how and where to find grants, and why your organisation needs a grants strategy, with Jeanie Hall from Grant Ready. In addition learn the basics of grant writing from Tammy Atkins of The Read Team. Join us from 4.30 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, 31 August 2017 at Wang Central, 15-17 Ely Street Wangaratta.  The course fee is $70 per person. 


Governance 101

This new course has been designed by AVCLP, in response to demand from regional boards and committees. In this three-hour workshop, learn about the function and legal responsibilities of boards, how to improve board performance, how to run effective meetings, how to attract and retain volunteer committee members and get some tips and tricks for effective record keeping.

This workshop will be facilitated by Kim Scanlon, who is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and who has twenty-five years’ experience serving on community committees, boards and trusts. Join us from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm on Wednesday 20th September at Wang Central 15-17 Ely St Wangaratta. The course fee is $130 per person. Book now.


Coming Soon

Personal branding
Developing a compatible and positive personal brand is pivotal to the acceleration of your career, the growth of your business and your development as a leader. For these reasons, come along on 21 October to hear from Sandra Martin and Dr. Natalie Shepard, from Universally Speaking. Learn how you can enhance your career prospects through the development of your personal brand.  Spend a fun Saturday afternoon developing a more confident YOU in time for the end of year events. You'll look and feel fabulous! This workshop is suitable for women and men. Tickets will be available soon online.

Financial Literacy for Committee Members  
Have you ever joined a committee and been embarrassed to discover that you don’t understand the organisation’s financial statements? Join us at this workshop, in November, where the team from AgBiz Assist will explain committee and board financial papers, and guide you through what to look for, and the right questions to ask around the board table. Tickets will be available online, soon.
Contact us:
Kim Scanlon, Executive Officer
and new program development
0417 348 547
Karlie Langdon
Program Coordinator
0437 827 548

We appreciate the support of our sponsors, including our major sponsor - the Victorian Government.
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