Establishing an Association

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This is main­ly of inter­est to Syd­ney mem­bers: I need to form an Asso­ci­a­tion, pri­mar­i­ly to admin­is­ter the funds that have been raised via dona­tions to this blog (and also

Dona­tions have totalled over A$10,000 so far, and while I had thought this raised no income lia­bil­i­ty for me, I have been informed that it could be regard­ed as income by tax­a­tion author­i­ties. Form­ing an Asso­ci­a­tion to man­age the funds will over­come this dif­fi­cul­ty.

A min­i­mum of 5 peo­ple are need­ed to form an Asso­ci­a­tion, and giv­en the mod­el rules for Asso­ci­a­tions that we will adopt on the night, I need 7 or more peo­ple join me for din­ner one evening next week. We will adopt the mod­el rules, and also sim­ple rules for the Asso­ci­a­tion (main­ly to sup­port my research into finan­cial insta­bil­i­ty), elect office bear­ers, etc.

I’d like to make this an enjoy­able event, so I’ll book a cheap but good restau­rant in inner city Syd­ney for the occa­sion. I hope to start at about 6.30pm and have it all finalised by 8pm (includ­ing hav­ing din­ner). I will make it either Mon­day, Tues­day or Wednes­day evening next week (March 8, 9 or 10) depend­ing on which is most con­ve­nient for the largest num­ber. I hope those who attend enjoy putting faces to the names they’ve seen reg­u­lar­ly on the blog.

Could Syd­ney-based blog mem­bers there­fore please email me at my usu­al address (debunk­ing at gmail dot com) if you are able to come along on one or more of those nights? I’ll then let you know via return email what restau­rant we’ll use, and on which date. We need to elect at least the fol­low­ing office bear­ers for its Committee–a pres­i­dent (yes I’ll stand for that elec­tion!), a vice pres­i­dent, a trea­sur­er, a sec­re­tary and three ordi­nary members–so also please con­sid­er which role you’d like to take.

I am a great non-fan of meetings–I reck­on they are where work does­n’t get done–so I hope we will keep for­mal meet­ings to the bare min­i­mum, which is one meet­ing per year. The laws gov­ern­ing Asso­ci­a­tions in NSW are laid out here by the Office of Fair Trad­ing.

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