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President’s Annual Report
November 24, 2001

1: Introduction
2: Where we started this year
3: Office
4: Finances
5: Membership
6: Professionalism
7: Human Resources
8: Constitution
9: Better understanding
10: Managing the Society
11: Thankyous
12: Conclusion


Reports
President’s report (AGM Nov 8, 2003)
Management Committee report (Jan 2003)
President’s end of year reports (2002)
President’s report (Mar 2002)
President’s report (Jan 2002)
President’s report (Nov 2001)
Nat. Assn. President’s report (Nov 2001)
President’s report (Sep 2001)
Miscellaneous reports (Jun 2001)
Vice-president’s report (Jun 2001)
Vice-president’s report (Mar 2001)

President’s Annual Report

AGM, November 24, 2001

By Paul Leverenz

Introduction

I want to start by saying I am very proud of all we have achieved this year despite the continual struggle we face for health and recognition.

As I’ll explain more fully later this Management Committee inherited a very difficult situation. I need to make it clear that the Society almost folded in the last 2 years – for lack of human resources. For the second year in a row we struggled to achieve a quorum at the AGM and had to hold meetings in February. When you have to start asking for nominations from the floor ‘on the day’ you are really struggling – not just numbers wise but, more importantly, in organisational continuity. I think it is important that we, the members, realise this before making assessments of the Management Committee.

There is much positive to report – we have made inroads into several areas, and achieved a lot this year.

Feb 18 – Public meeting with Dorothy Morris speaking.

Feb 24 – Management Committee elected.

May 11 – GP Seminar held at the Chiffley Hotel, with Hugh Dunstan as the speaker, 26 GPs attended.

May 12 – Public Seminar with Hugh Dunstan as the speaker “Advances in Metabolic Research” at Urrbrae Education Centre. Roughly 200 in attendance.

July 21 – Members Meeting: Judy Lovett spoke on the National ME/CFS Association / and the Management Committee presented a report on the Royal Australasian College of Practitioners working party Draft Guidelines.

July – Response to Royal Australasian College of Physicians sent.

Aug 25 – Public Medical Seminar at the University of South Australia. Speakers were Dr Peter Del Fante, Dr Rey Casse, and Dr Richard Burnett. 80 in attendance.

Sept 22 – GP Seminar. Co-organised with Fibromyalgia SA and the Adelaide Western Division of General Practice. 30 attended.

Advocacy for National Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation Conference. Letters to Federal and State politicians, and to businesses.

Advocacy for important issues such as chemical sensitivity

Improved liaison with other organisations – particularly Fibromyalgia SA and the Allergy and Chemical Sensitivity Association.

Development of an Education Support Group which has made some inroads into a number of issues dealing with secondary schooling.

In July, we moved to a reasonable sized office and are on the way to setting it up well. We are in the process of setting up systems and structures that will provide long term benefit to the organisation. Our realistic goal is to have it up and running well by Awareness Week 2002.

We have been working on a lot of things which will take fruition next year. A few of us have attended the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at the Arthritis Foundation. We plan to train leaders (we have already done one person) and trial the course for ourselves next year. (http://www.stanford.edu/group/perc/cdsmp.html)

It is also good to note that Bill Daniels has again been asked to run a WEA course on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Whilst this is not an ‘official’ Society event it is good publicity for the condition.

So we have had a productive year, and as I said can be proud of it.

Along the way we’ve had assistance from a few people. I’d like to extend thankyous: IITAB & SA Training Revelation who donated their old phone system to us; Electrolux for a discount on a refrigerator; and Bank SA for a $1000 donation.

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