Indigo FM’s 2020 Annual General Meeting had been postponed for several months due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, it was eventually held yesterday early evening at the wonderful Wooragee Centenary Hall, with 13 members in attendance.
Indigo FM is excited to welcome Yackandandah’s Nigel Jones to it’s Committee of Management for 2021. Nigel is an enthusiastic supporter of Indigo FM and holds a strong interest in community life, especially in the Yackandandah community, where he lives with his wife Donna and their young family.
Nigel joins a 6 member Committee of Management, with each of the 5 previous Committee members being returned for another term. In a slight re-shuffle, Greg Clydesdale after 5 years serving as Secretary will take on a General Committee role and Jocelyn (Jos) Ceccanti will take on the role of Secretary.
Jos was co-opted onto the Indigo FM Committee of Management in April 2020 following a couple of resignations, to help fill the vacancy. She very quickly demonstrated outstanding communication and organisational skills which led to several positive initiatives. Jos’ extensive background in various levels of radio, as well as her role as a Committee member for the past year will have her ready to hit the ground running in the Secretary’s role.
In addition to Nigel, Greg and Jos, the remaining 3 Committee of Management members Scott Landells, Phil Fraser and Bernie Jovaras, were returned in their previous roles (President, Vice-President and Treasurer respectively) unopposed.
The members did vote for one additional General Committee role, for which the Committee of Management will look to fill at their discretion, throughout 2021.
President Scott Landells is excited to again lead Indigo FM for another year, his 7th as President.
“It’s an honour to lead our progressive, diverse organisation and I’m looking forward to the challenges of 2021. Like pretty much every community group anywhere in the world, the Covid-19 pandemic presented many significant challenges. Indigo FM’s business model adapted though and we are significantly changed long-term for the better, I think, by the experience,” Landells said.
“I will be especially focused on continuing to evolve our organisation, so settling new CoM member Nigel Jones into his role on our Committee as well as Jos Ceccanti into her role as Secretary will be key focuses of mine. They – along with each of our continuing CoM members Greg, Bernie and Phil – bring wonderful skills and perspectives to the table and I am confident we can again provide strong and creative team-oriented leadership.
Whilst the formal AGM Agenda focused on the financial year 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020, an informal General Meeting held afterwards allowed current Committee members to outline the various positive initiatives – several unexpected – that arose through the second half of 2020. These initiatives have allowed Indigo FM to continue to evolve especially in the areas of themed podcasts and making smart use of technology. From a financial viewpoint, collectively these initiatives filled the breach caused by the loss of Marketing revenue due to event cancellation and have seen Indigo FM reverse it’s financial fortunes considerably from a precarious mid-2020 position to a relatively healthy state in Feb 2021.
These initiatives include a refurbished Yackandandah Community Centre and the talkback Yack Chat program, themed podcasts with Chiltern Lions Amateur Players – CLAP – (Christmas Carols) and Indigo Shire Council Tourism (Weekend Road Trips), Sponsorships with Victorian Seniors Festival and First National Real Estate Beechworth / Bonnici & Associates, the launch of an Internet Radio Station and some very positive engagement with the Tangambalanga community and businesses – most recently at the Family Fun Day in late January 2021 held at the Union Hotel Tangambalanga. Also the support from Ben Quick at ReConnect with “behind the scenes” telecommunications infrastructure on both the Yack Chat program and assisting with live streaming at Beechworth has been significant.
In summary the Indigo FM Committee of Management for 2021 is:
- Scott Landells – President
- Phil Fraser – Vice President
- Jocelyn Ceccanti – Secretary
- Bernie Jovaras – Treasurer
- Nigel Jones – General Committee
- Greg Clydesdale – General Committee
- spare – General Committee