Venue – Alvie Hall
Corner of High Street Road and Alvie Road
Mt Waverley, Victoria. 3149
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Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30 commencement.
Start Time: 7:30 End Time: 10.45 pm (Hall vacated by 11:00pm)
Entry: $8:00 – Members $5.00 – Concession Members
Guests free for first meeting if accompanied by a Member
$12.00 – Non Members $10.00 – Non Members Concession
Annual Membership – $30 – $15 Concession – includes First Entry Free
AGM Meeting – FEBRUARY 5th Tuesday 7.30 – BARRY HILTON –
BARRY HILTON is a brilliant engineer / inventor of the Hilton Centrifical engine (see http://www.nutech2000.biz/super-efficient-engine-release/ ) Barry will be speaking at our first meeting for the year launching his latest and world unique invention that potentially transforms wind power generation. NO, you have never seen anything quite like this one. An extraordinary concept to say the least and out side the square.
Some years ago Barry explored a range of Free Energy devices such as the Ed Gray Pulse motor and he went pretty close to a Free Energy Magnet motor. He has utilized this concept in his Wind Power system making it truly unique. I am sure you will all be interested to hear this lecture so please mark your diary…
Lecture 2 – March Meeting – Tuesday 5th – Barry Hilton
– The Nuclear Battery – the answer to all our energy needs
We are sorry that time did not permit for Cameron to give his presentation as set down for October so we hope that Cameron can present his wonderful concept early in 2013 when he will have plenty of time to present it in full. We look forward to that and encourage you to invite interested friends to the meeting when it is set. Times are getting tough for many folk and this concept could be the answer.
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY Co-OPERATIVE: The quickening of our time and the extent of the expanding consumerism has raised concern for many. We no longer feel as if the current political system can have any real influence in changing things for the better. Our politicians (Local, State and Federal) are determined sell all of our national resources and infrastructure to the highest global bidder and when they fail we the people have to bail them out, requiring us to pay again and again.
Over the last decade 10,000’s of people have moved into geared property investment pushing up housing pricing, though in a real sense there has been no wage inflation, if anything, increased cost. This is compounded by foreign investment where not only large tracks of our farming land has and is being sold to other nations but residential and commercial too.
This and many other concerns for our current time has been the centre of conversations for around many a table, with people and groups facilitating the debate and some taking action.
The reality of the current situation is that action now resides with each individual to make decisions about how they interface with the system into the future.
Many groups have painted utopic views of the future with the missing element being how one transitions for where they are now into the future they want to live in.
On common ground we now look to expand our horizons and challenge our paradigm to create the sustainable un-encombered life. It is not through the corporate world where loyalty no longer means anything but by enriching our lives in the process of a sustainable future and contributing to each others success
Some of you will be familiar with WATER4GAS as they have been around for some years now. I recently purchased their 10 DVD set which I have found excellent and ideal for the beginner as it is so detailed and comprehensive. They emphasise the idea of a SYSTEM that works to get the best efficiency from the HOH supplementary fuel.
The components include:
1- Drawing air up through the cell which was a key feature in the Archie Blue Cell. A most important feature which Barry Hilton describes in his lecture ‘ RELEASING THE FIRE OF PROENTHESIUS’
2- The MAP Enhancer.
3- The O2 Bias control.
4- The fuel Heater for Fuel Injection Vehicles and Diesels.
5- The Charged water Cell and many other ideas that make for better efficiencies. We also have the option to add frequencies to the cells which have the possibility for raising the energy levels to greater magnitudes. We still have a lot of potential to realize. Claims for a Corolla are in the order of 60mpg and double MPG is quite typical according to the claims so we need to test the system across several models to see if the claims stand.
FIT A HOH SYSTEM FREE TO YOUR VEHICLE
I am proposing that if you would like to be part of a trial we can fit up your vehicle free of charge and give it a good test run. If you like it after testing we can negotiate a base price or remove it. I would like to try several models from a Corolla late 90’s to Hilux and 4WD’s, Light truck. See how we go with that so please call 03 94572814 if you would like to be part of this trial or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do need some runs on the board to re-generate some new enthusiasm and the vigour we had in the early days thanks to Cameron and Les and all those who were keen enthusiasts.
Generators are also of keen interest and I recommend you read Patrick Kelly’s Chapter 10 where there are plans for a full engine conversion to run totally on HOH. Recently updated with some great info. See page 64. This is one project we should dedicate our selves to and its cell variations. There are some interesting cell configurations which are worthy of attention and Pater Campbell has suggested it would be a worthy project. You will see the slotted Meyer type tube cell configuration that Freddie used in his cell but he has disappeared.
Any one interested to form a project group on this one??
Selwyn Harris claims to run a generator totally on HOH. Does anyone have a contact for him as he is one man I would like to come to our meeting? Any help appreciated to locate him.
I also draw your attention to some new legislation regarding Associations which members should be aware of.
Looking forward to see you at the next meeting. Details to be announced soon.
Sincerely Ian C Hacon Secretary
Changes affecting incorporated associations from November 2012 – Legislation update 28 August 2012
Victorian incorporated associations stand to benefit from the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (the Act) and its associated regulations, which commence on 26 November 2012. The new Act will replace the Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
The main changes to the law relate to:
- annual financial reporting provisions
- trading activities
- statement of purposes
- defining an office holder
- protection for office holders
- minimum rights of members
- record keeping
- disciplinary proceedings and grievance procedures
- register of members and personal information
- contracts and other documents.
Annual financial reporting provisions
A new three-tiered reporting framework will replace the current ‘prescribed’ and ‘non-prescribed’ reporting requirements. The tiers are based on an association’s total revenue:
- Tier one: $0 – $250,000
- Tier two: $250,000 – $1,000,000
- Tier three: more than $1,000,000.
Under the new reporting arrangements, only tier-three associations will be required to have their financial statements audited.
Tier-two associations will be required to have their financial statements reviewed by an independent accountant – a process that typically costs about one third of a formal audit.
Tier-one associations do not need to have their financial statements reviewed. However, a majority of members present at a general meeting may vote to do so.
Each tier will be able to find all of its annual financial reporting obligations clearly set out in one part of the Act.
An incorporated association will be able to trade if such activities relate to its purposes (for example, community organisations delivering services that include a fee-for-service component, or running an op shop). However, an association will still not be able to distribute any surplus income or assets to its members.
Statement of purposes
The purposes of an incorporated association will now be part of its rules, and not set out as a separate statement, as is currently the case.
The topics an incorporated association’s rules must address have been expanded to include:
- an association’s name and purposes
- members’ rights and obligations
- procedures for resignation and cessation of membership
- the process for appointment and termination of the secretary
- preparing and keeping minutes of general meetings
- provision for members to access minutes of general meetings, including financial
statements submitted at a general meeting
- right of access (if any) by members to minutes of committee meetings.
These changes will be included in the updated model rules.
Defining an ‘office holder’ and their duties
The term ‘office holder’ refers to:
- a member of the committee
- the secretary
- a person, including an employee of the association, who makes or helps make decisions that affect the association’s operations (in large associations, this may be the CEO or a senior manager)
- a person with the capacity to significantly affect the association’s financial standing
- a person whose instructions or wishes the committee is used to following; this does not include a person giving professional advice.
An office holder must:
- act in the association’s interests and in accordance with its purposes
- act with due care and diligence
- act in good faith and for a proper purpose
- ensure the association does not trade while insolvent. This means it must not incur debts it cannot repay.
An office holder must not:
- improperly use their position or information obtained through their position
- participate in voting on matters where they have an interest.
Protection for office holders (indemnity)
Under the new Act, an incorporated association must indemnify its office holders. This will protect these people from liability for activities they undertake in good faith on behalf of the association.
For example, if an office holder is sued for something they have done on the association’s behalf in good faith and must pay damages, the association must reimburse the office holder.
The association must provide the indemnity from its assets – the government does not fund this indemnity. If an association does not have insurance cover, the indemnity is only available to the extent of its assets.
Minimum rights of members
The new laws clarify the minimum rights of members. Members have the right:
- to inspect and obtain a copy of the rules
- to inspect and obtain copies of minutes of general meetings (including the financial statements tendered at the annual general meeting)
- if the member has voting rights, to be notified of the date, time and place of all general meetings and to be provided with a proxy form (if the association uses a standard proxy form)
- to attend and, if entitled under the association’s rules, vote at general meetings
- to inspect the register of members of their association
- to a fair and reasonable grievance procedure.
Associations will be able to use technology (for example, computers or teleconference) to hold general or committee meetings in two or more venues at the same time.
The term ‘public officer’ will be replaced by the term ‘secretary’. The secretary does not have to live in Victoria or be an association member, but must live in Australia.
The law will allow for the temporarily filling of the role of secretary. A secretary appointed under that process will hold office until a new one is appointed.
The grounds on which the office of secretary becomes vacant will now include:
- when they becomes a represented person within the meaning of theGuardianship and Administration Act 1986, or
- if they move overseas.
Examples of a ‘represented person’ include someone who has suffered a severe injury or illness, and can no longer look after their own interests.
Incorporated associations will now be able to keep records in a language other than English. However, they must make records available in English when asked by an association member or Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Disciplinary proceedings and grievance procedures
The new laws clarify:
- what an association must do to ensure that parties to a grievance are treated fairly
- that when an association has a disciplinary procedure in its rules, it must be applied fairly.
In applying a grievance procedure, the association must ensure that each party to a dispute has a chance to be heard and that the dispute must be resolved by unbiased decision making.
If a member is facing disciplinary action, they must be told why, and be given an opportunity to be heard.
Register of members and personal information
An association will be required to maintain a register of members, which must include:
- each member’s name and address
- the date they became a member
- the member’s class of membership (if applicable)
- the date they stopped being a member (if applicable).
There may be circumstances when a member may have a legitimate reason for not wanting their personal information to be generally available – for example, in an association for people with serious health issues or victims of violence.
To address these concerns, the new laws will provide that:
- when special circumstances exist, a member may ask the secretary to restrict access to their personal information on the register of members
- when the member is a child, their parent/guardian may exercise this right on their behalf
- if the secretary is satisfied that there are special circumstances that justify doing so, they must agree to the request
- when the secretary declines to restrict access as requested, they must notify the member in writing of the reasons for their decision
- the member may seek review by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) of the secretary’s decision to decline to restrict access within 28 days of receiving notification
- if the secretary has declined to restrict access, they must not give access to that member’s information until after the 28 days or if VCAT has made a decision (if the member has sought a review of the secretary’s decision)
- if a member has had this information restricted, the secretary must still ensure the member receives notices of all association meetings and business.
Contracts and other documents
The new laws simplify the process for executing contracts or documents. However, if the association’s rules provide for more restrictive arrangements, those rules take precedence over the process outlined in the legislation.
For example, if an association’s rules specify that the secretary, treasurer and two committee members must sign any contract, this rule overrides the legislation.
You can find more information about the new Act from November 2012 in our Incorporated associations section.
All incorporated associations will be notified in writing before the laws come into effect. Please ensure we have your association’s current details – including those of your public officer (secretary) – so we can keep you informed. To update your details, view our Change an incorporated association page.
We are holding information sessions about the new laws throughout October, November and December – details will be posted in our Events section.
If you are a representative body and wish to arrange an information session for your members, email email@example.com.
We can also provide information about the changes for newsletters or email updates distributed to associations. For further details, firstname.lastname@example.org.