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Roll of Honour
Australian Bush Poetry Champions
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Poets often tell yarns too.
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ABPA Strategic Plan
2016 Review of Competition Package
and Strategic Plan
2016 ABPA Committee
- ABPA Committee
President - Tom McIlveen
Vice President - Hal Pritchard
Secretary - Rhonda Tallnash
Treasurer - Shelley Hansen
- Committee Members
- ABPA State Delegates
Qld - Cay Ellem
NSW - Rob Christmas
Vic - Jan Lewis
Tas - Philip Rush
SA - Bob Magor
NT - Lance Lawrence
WA - Irene Conner
- Magazine Editor - Neil McArthur
Promotions Officer - Brenda Joy
Webmaster - Gregory North
President's Report Oct-NovWell here we are...marching ever onward, with Winter already a fading memory, Spring well and truly sprung, and Summer almost upon us! The Brisbane Ekka, Binalong NSW Championships, Rathdowney Logan Village Music & Heritage Festival and the Drovers’ Camp Festival Camooweal are done and dusted, whilst the wheels have well and truly started turning in preparation for Tamworth Country Music Week 2017, WA Championships in Toodyay (4th-6th November) and the CJ Dennis Poetry Festival, coming up at Toolangi Victoria 22nd to 23rd October.
Welcome to our newer members. So far for this year of 2016, we have 42 new single memberships, 3 dual memberships, and 2 new clubs/associations.
The new ABPA Facebook Page is powering along, and is proving to be a great support to the main ABPA website. It was set up to provide an informative network about poetry and poets between members, as well as a promotional outlet to reach the wider public. Your contrib-
utions and interest in our new page is always welcome and I would encourage all fellow members to continue using it, as well as the website forum. Contributions to be posted under the banner of the ABPA, may be sent to Treasurer Shelley Hansen or to Promotions Officer Brenda Joy. Emails here.
I have been asked to clarify a matter mentioned in my previous Report regarding the risk of legal liability. This issue was entirely surrounding the potential consequences which could result from inappropriate use of the ABPA online forum. Changes to forum access permissions have recently been implemented in an effort to mitigate this risk as much as possible. To allay concerns and answer any lingering questions on this topic, the Executive has posted a list of FAQs on the ABPA forum, for the information of all ABPA members. This post may be viewed without necessarily logging into the Forum, by navigating to the “Public Noticeboard” section or by clicking here.
Extract from the Report from the Review Sub-Committee.
REPORT RE ANNUAL REVIEW OF ABPA COMPETITION PACKAGE
AND ABPA STRATEGIC PLAN.
In line with the ABPA Committee’s policy (established in 2015) to have an annual review of the ABPA Competition Package and the ABPA Strategic Plan, all ABPA paid up members were invited through the ABPA Magazine in the President’s Report, the ABPA Website and the ABPA Forum, to submit in writing, any concerns or recommendations re the above, to the ABPA Secretary, for assessment by a Review Sub-Committee.
This Sub-Committee comprised the ABPA Executive, Tom McIlveen, Hal Pritchard, Shelley Hansen and Rhonda Tallnash, Ordinary ABPA Committee members Robyn Sykes, Carol Reffold and John Peel and ABPA Promotions Officer, Brenda-Joy Pritchard.
Over a four week period, the sub-Committee conducted the review via email and through a decision-making SKYPE meeting.
The resultant minor amendments to the ABPA Competition Package will become available after the sub-Committee’s findings have been ratified by the ABPA Committee in October and the necessary adjustments to the Competition Package have been implemented.
There were no submissions relevant to a review of the ABPA Strategic Plan.
Details of the submissions made and the decisions regarding them will be available after November to any ABPA paid-up member who makes application in writing to the ABPA Secretary.
It would be greatly appreciated if judges, organisers, competitors and supporters visit the ABPA Website to re-familiarise themselves with the wide range of helpful material in the Competition section, before being part of a performance or written competition.
The ABPA Committee and the ABPA Review Sub-Committee wish to thank all who availed themselves of the opportunity to input to the upgrading of the ABPA Competition Package and for the continuing support given to the ABPA Administration to assist them to keep our organisation functioning as the principle communication network for all aspects relating to the genre of Bush Poetry.
Our treasurer Shelley Hansen has regrettably given notice that she will not be standing for election at the 2017 AGM. This is being announced early in order to give ample time to source and nominate a suitable replacement for the Treasurer role. If any interested member would like to discuss the duties involved, please feel free to contact Shelley. As always, thank you to all fellow committee members for your continued support, and to Graeme Johnson for his tireless contribution in overseeing and organising the upcoming Golden Damper competition in Tamworth. Also to Janine Keating for her work in seeking ABPA sponsorship and thank you to Ray Essery and Neil McArthur for your support and donations in helping to launch the Inaugural Frank Daniel Bush Verse Award, to be held at St Edward’s hall in Tamworth this coming January. I have further explained this in another submission in this magazine, entitled ‘St Edwards Hall Walk-Up and Compete'. I would like to urge and invite all members to consider coming to Tamworth in January, for an extravaganza of Bush Poetry over an eight day week, that I guarantee you will find second to none!
In Poetry, Tom McILveen.
Welcome to the ABPA website
WELCOME, membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) is comprised of writers, performers and individuals who are interested in bush poetry and enjoy written and live stories in rhyme and metre. If you have an interest in this piece of Australian culture called Bush Poetry, you are welcome here.
The objectives of the Australian Bush Poets Association is to foster and encourage the growth of Bush Poetry in Australia. By definition, Australian Bush Poetry is metred and rhymed poetry about Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life.
To join the Australian Bush Poets Association and receive our bi-monthly magazine, go to our Membership page.
The ABPA keeps in touch with our members through this website (and forum) and our bi-monthly magazine of Bush Poetry news, events, results of written and spoken competitions as well as samples of contemporary bush poetry. Many members have books, CDs and other products. These can be advertised in the magazine. For rates, click here. The deadline for ads and other content for the magazine is the 22nd of the month preceding publication. Magazines are published at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December.
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In Binalong's historic Mechanics Institute, performance poetry winners: Ken Potter, Ted Webber, Ralph Scrivens, Terry Regan, Rhonda Tallnash, Heather Searles and Sue Pearce.
See the full report and results.
New NSW Performance Champions - Rhonda Tallnash and Terry Regan
New NSW Written Champion - Glenny Palmer