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New President For Friends

New President for Friends

At the Cranbourne Friends Annual General Meeting on November 15, Erin Cosgriff was elected to the position of President.

Erin, a plant lover who has been a member of the Friends since 2015 and a Friends committee member for one year, is also a Garden Ambassador at Cranbourne. Her professional background prior to retirement was as a health administrator with a focus on women’s health in the public sector. She is an avid gardener, an appreciator of curated gardens who values their role in fostering interest in the beauty of our natural world and its protection.

The 2019-20 Annual General Meeting was notably more modern than previous such events, as it was conducted online via Zoom. Although this was done because of COVID-19 restrictions, the online presentation was considered advantageous by members who did not have to drive to Cranbourne to attend the meeting.

Another new development this year was the production of the Friends first official Annual Report, which can now be accessed online: Annual Report.

This attractive document was developed at the instigation of Jenny Potten with the help of  graphic designer Janette Wilson. Jenny and Janette are two important members of the Friends Committee. The contribution of Special interest group leaders and others to the Annual Report initiative is greatly appreciated.

Important elements of the Annual General Meeting were:

  • A presentation by Professor Tim Entwisle on “State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020”
  • The awarding of an honorary life member award to Helen Morrow, formerly the Friends membership officer.
  • The appointment of an auditor to approve the Friends financial accounts.
  • Executive Director Chris Russell summarised the effect of COVID-19 on the Gardens and described upcoming developments.

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