February 2021 GM Minutes

Founded 20 May 1964



Meeting declared open at 10.05 am with President, Terry Tournoff in the chair.



Attended: Kaye Wallace, Carol Clarke, Terry Tournoff, Kathie Bell, John Wooldridge, Judy Yarrington, Kath Hill, Maurie Garland, Jeff Chan, Scott Grant, Leslie Poulton, Judith Jackson, Sue & Peter Langdown.

Apologies: Margaret Clark, Robyn Greenaway, Carol Pammer, Cherie Jenkins.

Apologies accepted: Moved Kaye, seconded Kath.



Minutes of the previous meeting, held in February 2020, were not read.  Terry explained that COVID restrictions had come into force shortly after this meeting and all meetings were suspended. The Society had been able to hold an AGM late 2020 where the February minutes were read and any business arising from the meeting had been attended to during 2020.



Incoming correspondence received and outgoing endorsed – moved Kaye, seconded Judy.

Kathie has been monitoring mail and email during 2020 and kept up to date with anything requiring attention.



A flyer has been received from The Royal Australian Historical Society regarding an online Workshop on Wednesday 28 April 11am-12 noon for $10. Booking required.

Item 21, incoming from Debbie Sommers, Australian Museums and Galleries Association. Another series of Significance Workshops, with the theme “Journeys” will be held between April and August this year – details and dates to be advised in March. Debbie is also seeking indications of interest in proposed workshops in 2022 to develop the “Journeys” project further, as this will help her secure funding for this to proceed.



Presented by Leslie.

Accept and pay outstanding accounts.   Moved Kath, seconded Judy.



Read / tabled as follows:

Management Committee – Terry

Museum –Terry

Archives – Kaye

Shop – Cherie  read by Kathie

Workroom/Textiles –Robyn read by Terry

Photography – Judy

Books – Carol  read by Kathie

Isabella Kelly Book has been a good seller and is almost sold out.  Maurie has contacted the publisher (Brolga) but they have no more stock.  Maurie will contact them again to obtain quotes on possible reprints.

IT Matters – Scott



Tours – Kathie.  Have been slow up to now.  We had a group of 28 on Sunday. There are 2 large groups coming in today, and 2 school groups booked for March which Robyn will host. One group booked in for April.

BWSF – Kathie.  If approval is obtained from Council a Fair will be held in the Park with activities and stalls on Saturday June 5.  Admission will be charged.  There will be no street parade.  There were concerns about finances to run this event, but some good donations have been received and they should now be OK.

Kathie also mentioned that the 150th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church is coming up and this will be celebrated in town followed by a visit to Ashlea, the site of the original church for those who wish to attend.

Promotions/Publicity – Terry. We are part of the Hunter Chapter of Museums and Galleries and will put an article in their next newsletter.  Terry and Kathy will be attending their AGM to promote our Museum.

Terry has drafted a Leaflet “The Museums Trail Brochure” with the idea of having this available for visitors at each of the museums to promote the museums in the area.



New England Tour – Kathie.  To be held 25-27 March. There is an information flyer available for those interested.  Please put your name on the list on the noticeboard in the meeting room if you are planning to go.

Meeting Times – Kathie would like to see a change to meeting times as the Management Meeting is currently held the day before the General meeting and this does not allow enough time for minutes to be prepared, sent out and read before the General meeting is held.  This will be raised at the Management meeting with a view to changing that meeting to the second Tuesday of the month.  Terry reminded all that meetings are open for all members to attend.

Journal – Maurie.  He has been preparing this since 2002, and is wishing to step down after June.  He is happy to assist with an article and production.

Website – Maurie asked if this was being updated, and it was suggested that a link to our facebook page should be added.

Public Relations – John.  Rotary are sending letters to council in support of proposals to upgrade Wingham and John wondered of the Museum should do the same.  It was felt that as the plan is available for all to see, individuals are free to comment to council.  John has also spoken to Ron Hindmarsh (Art & Soul) with a view to promoting as a package, a visit to the Art studio, Museum and suggested lunch at the RSL.


Next meeting Wednesday 21 April at 10am.
The meeting closed at 11.20am.