This has been a very exciting year for our small group. We are
still one of the longest running GS groups in the world, particularly
regarding our ongoing seminars and membership.
We have witnessed the wedding preparations of two of our most exciting
and vibrant members, the 50th birthday and BIG BIRTHDAY hip’n happening
party of our esteemed President, and the 92nd Birthday of our revered
founder Laurie Cox, this month.
New Members We have also been fortunate to have an explosion
in new membership through enquiries via the website. Thanks to the
follow-up work from Robert and Laurie in organising meetings in
Melbourne with our new members, Earl Livings and Tom Valcanis, they
have joined AGS and may form a Melbourne Australian General Semantics
Robert and Laurie have also had several meetings with Peter, Daniel
and Deborah from Newcastle (in May and yesterday), who learnt about
our group via the website and Robert is working at getting Daniel
Fogarty to be an AGS contact person in Newcastle.
UN NGO Conference and AGS Inaugural National Conference In
order to nurture the Melbourne group along, we decided to hold our
first National Conference in Melbourne, at the Initiatives of Change
Centre. After some deliberation, the title of the conference was
determined to be “Living Well, through the effective use of language
in thought and action, with General Semantics.” I would like to
thank Robert for organising the venue, creating a fabulous brochure,
and worked out costings etc etc. I would also like to thank David
for his tireless work in liaising with the IGS and the United Nations
regarding the conference, organising participants, and submitting
our proposal to present a workshop entitled "Improve Your Thinking
Skills for Better Health" for their 63 DPI Non-Government Organisations
Conference. Unfortunately we were not given a spot to present the
workshop, so will just be attending as Delegates for IGS.
We trust the efforts involved in presenting the Conference may
result in an increase of our membership. Recruitment of new members
has always been a task that we have not had too much success at,
despite many hours deliberating and implementing ways to find and
attract new members. I would like to thank Robert for his many hours
of work maintaining and updating our website, particularly his interesting
summaries of the monthly seminars, which I think is an excellent
enticement to people who may be interested. The Website seems to
be the best ongoing form of advertising the group to people who
are likely to be interested, as they find it themselves, generally
through web searches.
I got some interest from several people at the NLP Course I just
participated in, so I will further follow that up over the next
October also beckons the auspicious 60th Birthday of our long term
and valued member, Jeanne James, which will no doubt include an
expanded meeting of the ACT AGS Group.
The Monthly Seminars in Sydney have now found a new and
spectacular venue in Bonnet Bay in Sydney’s south. October beckons
the first AGS wedding between the current President and our long
term Treasurer, Gavan (where did the calculator go!) Callaghan.
With all members of The Tuesday night group moving in the past
year, only 2 members have been meeting on Tuesday nights, with a
much more informal focus than in the past.
I would like to thank the members who have shared their expertise
and presented some very interesting Seminars over the year, particularly
Robert, David, Laurie and Dion. Needless to say, it is vital to
our group, and building and expanding our knowledge and application
of GS to have these generous and enthusiastic members put so much
of their time and effort into researching and presenting our monthly
Topics covered in our Monthly Seminars in 2010:-
February - ”GS formulations as a system” How do we organise
our GS knowledge? Led by David
March - Sharing and TeachingGS, How to bring S&S to the masses Led
by Robert & Laurie
April - Non Violent Communication (NVC) -Led by David
May - ”Enemies of Science”- Alternative / Complementary Therapies
Led by Dion
June - Logical Fate and our premises - P1s /P2s Led by Pauline
July - Cause and effect formulations led by David, incorporating
time for 2010 AGM
August - "Here's Something About GS - A Primer for Making Sense
of Your World"-
...The thoughtsof Steve Stockdale', former IGS Director, Led by
Fri 27 Sun 29 August - National Conference, Melbourne
October -The Four Horsemen of the Problem-Solving Apocalypse A day
on how we make errors,
... what to do about it, and problem solving. Led by David
November - Scientific Method and Falsification Led by David
December 5th - Christmas party
Thank you also to David for continuing his work in being Public
Officer of AGS, and keeping us “legal”.
Thank you to Gav for his tireless work in keeping up with membership
dues, meeting fees etc in his work as Treasurer and chief chef and
host of the monthly seminars.
The AGS Library
The AGS Library, kindly hosted by Gavan, has continued to grow
during the year, so don’t forget to have a peek at it when you are
on the way to the bathroom to see if there is anything of interest
to your studies.
The rest of 2010 and 2011 seems to be an exciting time of ongoing
individual learnings, and connection with the wider local and international
communites, particularly through the UN Conference, our Website,
and by participating in other groups that embrace ways of improving
our abilities to strengthen our grip on the map/territory formulation
I wish you all a fantastic year!!
AGS President 2010