November 2017

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our November e-news.

A new Board and a (slightly) new name for the New Year

Thank you to those able to join us at our recent Annual General Meeting. Our Board of Management for 2017-2018 is Clare Kiely of Wangaratta, Kirsten Williams of Yarrawonga, Anthony Griffiths of Glenrowan, Robyn Farley of Benalla, Linda Griffiths-Brown of Mt Beauty, Rosie Koop of Glenrowan, Caz Sammon of Wangaratta, Max Dowling of Mansfield and Dr Tarek Rana of Wodonga.

The Board will elect its Executive later this month. During the AGM, retiring Board member Ty Caling from Bright was acknowledged for his three-year contribution to the Board, including two years spent as Treasurer. Thank you, Ty.

You might have noticed that we've changed our name to Alpine Valleys Community Leadership to better reflect the increased range of leadership training and networking opportunities the organisation now develops and delivers. However, our main business is, and will always be, the delivery of our flagship program the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program and its program name will remain. 
This edition

Now - Ovens Murray LGBTI Leadership Program applications open
20 Nov - Statewide Alumnus Survey due
30 Nov - Christmas event
1 Dec - Community Renewable Energy Forum

This month's photo is of our 2017-18 participants at Victoria's Parliament House.

Annual program update

The Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program is closing in on its halfway mark with the mid-year retreat at Howmans Gap later this month.  Recent program days have seen participants examine the themes of community development during a visit to Mansfield, and health and wellbeing in Corryong. 

Some participants have already started turning passion into action: congratulations to current participant Kelly Harwood for starting North East Tac Tics, a support group for families of children with Tics, Tourette’s or Sensory Processing Disorder. 

Visit our new website

In line with our new name, we're excited to launch our new website - you'll still find us at but we look a little different and now have a page dedicated to regional Board vacancies. If you're seeking a regional board opportunity, keep an eye on this site. If your organisation is looking to advertise a vacancy, email us with the information and we will post it on our page for you.

Statewide alumni survey

As our participants come from all walks of life and with a diverse range of life experiences, is it possible to measure the value of programs like ours? The alumni of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program would have recently received an email from the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs Secretariat, requesting their participation in the Regional Community Leadership Program Alumnus Survey.  We encourage all our alumni to take the time to contribute to this survey. It is the first statewide survey of our regional leadership programs since 2012, and its results will provide important evidence to our funders of the impact of our programs on leadership capacity in regional Victoria.  If you have misplaced the email, contact Kat at VRCLP via for a new one, as each email has a unique link that's not transferable. The survey closes on 20th November.
// Join us

Christmas event 🍸

Rehearse your icebreakers and get ready to mingle. Our Alumni Engagement Committee, Board, and staff invite you to join us to celebrate another very successful year.  Our Christmas event will be held on Thursday 30th November at the Goods Shed Wodonga from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Tickets cost $28 per person with drinks at bar prices.  Purchase your tickets here.
// Opportunities

Ovens Murray LGBTI Leadership Program applications open

If you're over eighteen and identify in our region’s LGBTI community, consider participating in what we believe to be regional Victoria’s first community leadership program for aspiring LGBTI leaders.

We're partnering with Gateway Health WayOut Wodonga and Hume Phoenix to deliver this training in February and March next year. The program is free thanks to funding from the Victorian State Government’s LGBTI Community Grants Program 2016-17.

Learn more here.

Governance Foundations for NFP directors

We're seeking expressions of interest to enable the delivery of another of the popular Australian Institute of Company Directors Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors courses in late February or early March 2018.  More than one hundred people have completed this training with AVCL, and we've always received great feedback. 

The course is designed for first-time or aspiring directors of a not-for-profit (NFP) board. Executives will also gain a deeper understanding of the functions of their boards. Over one-and-a-half days, participants will be taken through training that examines:
  • Duties and responsibilities of the NFP Director
  • Strategy and Risk
  • Finance for the NFP Director
The price for this training will be $1,300 per person.  Email us to register your interest. We need a minimum class size of seventeen to enable this course to run.

Financial Management for Boards and Committees

In the last of our Skills Workshop series for 2017 and in partnership with AgBiz Assist this FREE two-hour workshop assists participants to understand the financial performance of the organisation for which they work, or govern. The reporting obligations of Not for Profit entities will be explained, and participants will learn how to read the story of an organisation’s performance through its financial statements. 

Our November 2017 workshop was booked out in three days!  We are taking expressions of interest for the next workshop in early 2018. Email us to register your interest.

Community Renewable Energy - A Way Forward

Congratulations to Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) who last night won the Banksia Foundation's award for Sustainable and Resilient Communities!

The TRY team invites you to their forum on 1 December to discuss and share knowledge of developments and opportunities for community renewable energy. Their leading keynote speakers will inspire and provoke! They include Dr. Kate Auty who is ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment and adviser to the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Dr. John Hewson who is a public policy commentator and experienced renewable energy entrepreneur, Dan Cass who is a strategist at The Australia Institute, and Simon Corbell who is a Victorian renewable energy advocate. Australian music icon, Shane Howard, will also be launching his renewable energy anthem.  Register to attend here.
// Leaders in the news
Our programs have assisted an array of leaders serving in roles across the region. If you're one of our graduates and have been in the news, please share your update with us on Facebook.

Prosecco Road

The King Valley Prosecco Road group visited Victoria's Parliament House recently to secure support for the economic opportunity presented by this wine variety for our region. Among the deputation that met with Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes to showcase the best of our region’s Prosecco Road vintages, was 2017 AVCLP Graduate Alison Lloyd. Read more here.

Kelly a shoulder to lean on

If it's going to be, it's up to me: have you seen this Wangaratta Chronicle article about AVCLP participant Kelly Harwood? She has developed a support group in Wangaratta for parents of children with sensory processing disorders.

Alumni Scholarship Fund

Our Alumni Scholarship Fund Committee members have been busy. The group held a Bunnings BBQ last Saturday in Wangaratta and raised $550 was raised to go towards a scholarship for a 2018-19 AVCLP participant. Thank you to everyone who supported the day, especially to organisers Tammy and Sandra.
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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