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2021 Easter Eggstravaganza!

Sorry, couldn't help myself with an Easter pun!

Easter 2021 at AAC Falls Creek was a sight to behold! Fantastic weather, pristine walking and riding trails, beautiful views and most importantly, people in the Lodge!! It really was great to be back at Falls Creek, our home away from home.

Granted, for those travelling from Melbourne the drive was longer than usual with plenty of complete stops on the Hume highway to keep you on guard, but thankfully it seemed most took their time and kept their cool.

A huge thanks again to John B, Jenny H and Justin C for all they did getting the Lodge COVID-friendly for Easter, it was great to see everyone socially distancing, disinfecting and checking in using the QR code when they arrived.

Wish you were there? Well here's a selection of photos which hopefully let's you feel like you were there and might inspire you to visit in 2022.

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Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice is given that a Special General Meeting of AAC Falls Creek Inc will be held:
DATE: Tuesday, 13 April, 2021
VENUE: via Zoom videoconference
TIME: 7:30 pm – Special General Meeting to commence
RSVP by Friday 9 April 2021 is essential

AGENDA

1. Apologies
2. Update the Rules of Association

Special Resolutions to be voted on

A. That the proposed changes to replace the term President with Chairperson be adopted

B. That the proposed changes to better support videoconference annual general meetings be adopted

C. That the proposed change to update the means of giving notice be adopted

D. That the proposed change to the example age for a progressive debenture/joining fee payment be adopted

Preparation and conduct of this special general meeting

• To be admitted to the meeting you must RSVP by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Friday 9 April. Prior to the meeting you will be sent a link to join the meeting.

• The meeting may only address items on this notice.

All proxy forms, must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Friday 9 April. Proxy Forms may be downloaded from aacfallscreek.com/pdf/SGM2021/ProxyFormSGM2021.pdf

• If you will be attending the meeting, please prepare in advance. Install Zoom on your computer, tablet or phone and use Zoom’s facilities to test that your audio and video are working. If you have a headset with microphone, please use it to reduce background noise.

• Please keep your mic muted during the meeting unless the chairman recognises you to speak. The chairman or his assistant may mute you if necessary. We prefer having all cameras active during the meeting but you may be asked to “mute” cameras if there are difficulties.

Jenny Hughes (Secretary)
C/- ProAcct Advisors & Accountants Pty Ltd
PO Box 140 BALWYN VIC 3103
Phone: (03) 9880-9600
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

​Note: The AGM is planned for Tue 18 May.

 

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Explanation of Proposed Changes

Why do we need to change the Rules?

Elections for committee members have rarely been required. When the Rules of Association (aka the constitution) were updated in 2014 to comply with new legislation for Incorporated Associations, we simply adopted the default election procedure from the Model Rules provided by government. Our focus at the time was more on ensuring that our membership and debenture provisions were properly included in the new Rules.

In 2019 and 2020, however, the club was in the fortunate position of having more willing candidates than positions to fill. The election in 2019 showed some weaknesses in the procedure laid down in the rules. In 2020 the AGM was held as a video conference. It became clear that while the Rules allowed for members to attend the AGM and vote using technology, this was not well supported by some of the other rules pertaining to AGMs and elections.

The videoconference AGM was very successful, allowing members to participate who had previously been unable to attend in person. The Committee has determined that even after the pandemic has subsided, AGMs should encourage remote attendance. Accordingly the Rules should be revised to explicitly include measures that were beneficial in the running of an AGM that includes members attending via technology. After reflecting on the ballot process for videoconferences it became clear that further improvements to the process should be considered in future, such as the possibility of using preferential voting. The proposed rule changes address all these considerations and should be treated as a group.

While reviewing the Rules, some other minor items were identified that we would like to update.

Summary of the proposed changes

The specific changes proposed are detailed in aacfallscreek.com/pdf/SGM2021/Detail_of_Proposed_Changes.pdf .

The current Rules of Association can be found at aacfallscreek.com/xDocs/rules/rules2014.pdf .

Improve support for video conference AGMs

Rule 40 Use of technology

  • Allow modified procedure where a video conference or similar is used for a meeting

Rule 43 Adjournment of general meeting

  • Allow adjournment if there are serious technology problems

Rule 35 Annual General Meetings

  • Allow election of committee and possibly some resolutions to be voted on before the AGM. Allow finalisation of results after the meeting closes.
  • Allow a deadline for proxies prior to a meeting so proxy voting is efficient during a videoconference, including validation of the proxies

Rule 57 Nominations

  • Allow for a deadline for nominations prior to the AGM so that a ballot can be organised if required

Rule 59 Ballot

  • Allow for a ballot process other than the simplistic paper process that was in the model rules
  • The new wording provides scope for a ballot to be held before the AGM, with announcement of the results at the AGM, or possibly soon after the AGM. There is also scope to move to preferential voting without mandating it

Rule 39 Proxies

  • Allow for a situation where there is a direct ballot of members and proxy votes will not be used

Rule 46 Determining whether resolution carried

  • Allow for electronic equivalent of a written poll in a videoconference
Other proposed changes

In revising the Rules, we also identified a number of minor changes that would be beneficial

  • Use the term Chairperson rather than President (numerous occurrences throughout the Rules)
  • Remove faxes as a means of giving notices and make allowance for direct electronic messaging such as SMS (Rule 80 Notice Requirements)
  • Change an example of when junior membership payments may be due from 17 to 18 to reflect our current practice. It is only used as an example so this is not essential, but it would be clearer (Rule 12 Debentures)

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Easter 2021 – Expressions Of Interest

Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns are already on the supermarket shelves, so Easter must be around the corner! The Club is pleased to invite Members and their Guests to come forward with Expressions of Interest to stay at the Lodge during the 2021 Easter period. Just a reminder the dates for Easter this year are Good Friday on April 2nd and Easter Sunday on April 4th.

Once we know how many people would like to spend this Easter at the Lodge, we can then apply those numbers to our COVID Safe Operating Plan and confirm bookings accordingly. A reminder there are additional cleaning surcharges for COVID-19. These will be shared among the bookings so it is not possible to give an accurate figure until the number of people in the Lodge is known. (There is also a minimum total booking cost of $400 to open the lodge during the Green Season, but this cost is shared between bookings and is unlikely to be an issue for Easter)

If you haven’t been to Falls Creek for Easter, give it some thought. It’s always so much fun, with an organised Easter Egg Hunt (COVID pending) and plenty of sight-seeking, hiking, bike riding and walking trails to work off all those Easter Egg calories!

If you would like to register your Expression Of Interest to stay at the Lodge this Easter, please contact our booking officer (Alan) directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cut-off for Easter Expressions Of Interest is close of business Friday, February 19th.

Stay safe and stay well!

Summer Lodge Opening - Expressions Of Interest

With COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria easing, the Committee is looking forward to being able to open the Lodge from Monday January 4, 2021.
Details around COVID-19 restrictions for accommodation houses are still somewhat unclear, however the Committee wishes to provide Members and Guests the opportunity to stay at the Lodge during Summer in a COVID safe manner.
While we can’t take bookings at present, we do wish to take expressions of interest (EOI) from all those interested in staying in the Lodge this Summer. The number of bookings that can be accepted under the current restrictions will depend on the number and composition of EOI’s received. For example, a single large family booking would be more easily contained in the Lodge than numerous smaller group bookings based on current restrictions. Furthermore, COVID based density limits on the number of people in common areas will also need to be maintained.
Falls Creek Resort Management have begun promoting their traditional Summer events such as the Dragon Boat Festival, The Longest Lunch and numerous MTB events so rest assured there is plenty to see and do whilst at Falls Creek this Summer! Please also note the Lodge is currently fully booked for the Peaks Challenge cycling event in March and with families looking to holiday throughout country Victoria this Summer, it is recommended getting your expression of interest in early.
Please note that the minimum cost to open the lodge for any booking remains at $400 as per recent advice and that COVID-19 cleaning fees may apply to some bookings.
To make an expression of interest to stay at AAC Falls Creek this Summer (from January 4, 2021) please contact AACFC Booking Officer, Alan, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome New Lodge Managers!

After a thorough recruitment process, we are extremely pleased to announce the new AAC Falls Creek Lodge Managers are Julia Mitas and Craig Moegel.

Julia and Craig are Falls Creek locals and have previous experience managing a member lodge on the mountain. Julia will have primary responsibility for the day to day management of the Lodge while Craig will also provide assistance as required. For those that have visited “The Pass” for a coffee or snack, you may recognise Julia from there, while Craig is well known as Falls Creek Ski Patrol Leader and SES volunteer.

Julia and Craig are planning on moving into the Lodge in March and we will provide further updates as details are finalised.

Welcome Julia and Craig!

2021 Summer Season Rates

The Club is pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Season rates will remain unchanged from the 2020 Rates when they come into effect on January 1, 2021. The Club hopes this provides an excellent opportunity for Members and their guests to escape to the Lodge to enjoy the beauty of Falls Creek in Summer.

The nightly rates for the 2021 Peaks Challenge along with the 2-night minimum stay for this event also remain unchanged from 2020. Please also be reminded that for the Peaks Challenge weekend linen is provided by The Club and all cleaning at the end of the stay will be done by the Lodge Manager.

There is one change to the Summer booking policy for 2021, which is the minimum booking cost increases from $300 to $400. Note this minimum booking cost does not apply to the Peaks Challenge weekend, or any other time that may be advertised by the Club from time to time.

 2021 Summer Rates

AACFC

Member

 AAC

Member

 Guest And 

Summer Associate

 Nightly Rate  $31 $37 $43

 Peaks Challenge Nightly Rate

(2 night min booking required)

$70 $80 $90
 Minimum Summer Booking: $400   

AAC 70th Anniversary Neck Buffs For Sale

 To mark the 70th anniversary of AAC, the Club is making available for purchase a limited quantity of neck buffs for a price of $10.00 each, including GST. The buffs are dark navy in colour and are only available to Club Members. For any Member interested in ordering a neck buff, please send an e-mail to Justin C. on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.AAC Neck Buff

Lodge Opening Update - Summer Season

Please be reminded the Lodge remains closed at this present time.

With updates recently to Melbourne’s and Regional Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions, the Committee has now begun the work to understand what is required to implement a COVID Safe Operating Plan for the Summer season. Apart from COVID restrictions there are also financial implications to consider before opening the Lodge for Summer and the Committee will consider these when making any decisions on when and how the Lodge can open.

Please stay tuned for updates during November as details become clearer.

 

New AACFC Life Members

Congratulations to Noel Poon and Ian Farrow for being recognised as Life Members of AAC Falls Creek! Both Noel and Ian have provided a huge amount of continuous service to our Club over a long number of years.

Noel Poon:

- AACFC Committee Member 2000 to 2013
- AACFC President 2008 to 2012
- AAC National Committee 2005 to 2020
- AAC National President 2015 – 2020
- AACFC National representative 2000 to 2015 for AACFC
- FCAA Representative

Ian Farrow:

- AACFC Committee Member 2000 to 2012
- AACFC President 2002 to 2006
- AAC National President 2003 – 2007
- AACFC National representative 2000 to 2020 for AACFC and AAC Niseko
- AAC Niseko Committee 2005 to current
- AAC Niseko President 205 to 2015
- Falls Creek Board of Management 2010 to 2015 (State government position)
- FCAA Representative

Congratulations and thank you to both!

For anyone wanting to put forward any recommendations for Life Members, please refer to the Life Member Policy here: Life Member Policy

New AAC Falls Creek Committee

Post the elections held at the AACFC AGM on August 25, and the subsequent Committee Meeting on September 1, your 2020/21 Committee is as follows:

 President Justin Checcucci
 Treasurer Will Zacharin 
 Secretary Jenny Hughes 
 Lodge Supervisor John Burnett
 Membership & Events Lynn Cameron 
 Bookings Officer Alan Long 
 Communications Tony Jordan 

 

With COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions in place, the AAC Falls Creek AGM held on August 25 was the first ever virtual meeting, with all attendees dialing into the secure Zoom meeting. With only a few Internet connection issues throughout the meeting for some attendees, the meeting was a success and proved that videoconferencing could be something to consider for future meetings.

The Committee would like to thank Mike Szkilnik for his services as Treasurer. Mike has overseen the financial health of the club since 2012. The significant loans from the 2012 lodge redevelopment have been repaid and he has enabled financing of the recent refurbishment as well as the rejuvenation of the spa area with very little increase in annual subs and restrained growth in accommodation fees. Thanks again Mike, we look forward to seeing you and Maureen at the Club in the coming season.

A big thank you also to Tony Ryder, who advised at the the AGM he would be standing down from his role as Membership Officer. Tony, we thank you for your services to the Club and the Committee and look forward to seeing you at the Club in 2021.