To GSG members
Since resigning as Vice President recently it's been in my awareness how grateful I am to all of you who've joined the group I co-created in 2007.
As well many of you have become friends and colleagues and not only participated in many events that GSG has run or promoted but gone a big leap further. By this I mean done further training, run courses, retrofitted your homes, opened your homes/gardens to the public, started groups e.g. community gardens, transition towns, moved into voluntary and paid positions of more responsibility related to sustainability some now able to support GSG on a whole new level etc. GSG can't claim credit for all of this as some of you have been active years before you joined us and were going to continue no matter what. It has been a gift to have been able to meet and work with you all no matter whether this describes you or whether GSG was your first introduction into taking action. The important thing is the caring and the willingness to do something about what matters to us all.
The committee members have also been fantastic bringing whatever skills and experience they had and had time to devote. Often they have been parents with young children. Working with Dave especially has been a delight as he has a great combination of character traits that are again helping to integrate the new committee members and enable the new committee to flourish. Difference is a given in any group and can make it rich and dynamic if handled well. Thanks also to Ingrid Hindell (with her anything's possible attitude and hard work ethic) and Gavin Gamble (patient, thoughtful and well read) who have been on board for a number of years as well as past committee members Bridget Ure, Geoffrey Moss (now rejoined), Phil Baulch, Kathryn McCallum, Karina Donkers, Julia Brangwyn, Tory Sorenson and Scott Adamson who are all still active in their own ways.
The new committee which now includes Gavin Brown, Vicki Perrett and Vivienne Burke are doing a brilliant job. After getting help from 68 fantastic volunteers for Sustainable House Day last year, I recommend putting your hand up to help Vicki Perrett and her team including Liz Hines, Andrea Buckley and Heidi Fog with Sustainable House Day Geelong
this year as it's going to be terrific. Some people have made solid friendships volunteering at this event with others apart from all they've learned.
I will still be involved in GSG and events and look forward to connecting with you ... that is if we recognise each other. Geelong Sustainability Drinks
was so successful last night that I didn't know half the people there! We have a diverse, wonderful and expanding community.