The 2020 Bellingen Show may be a way off but it's all go at Show HQ where planning for next year's Show is in full swing. Following her election as President of the Show Society, Gillian Anderson has taken the lead in setting up an organisational structure to ensure the viability of Bellingen's most popular and longest running event
Gillian explained that to commence this process she called for a full appraisal of the personnel needs of all the Show sections from Section Coordinators. Gillian added that after documenting those who were continuing to be involved in the organisation of the show, we set about identifying gaps in our personnel structure.
Gillian then put out a call through local and social media for anyone who might be interested in being part of organising to help fill the gaps and thereby help balance the heavy work load of staging the Show and bringing back the fun.
The response was most pleasing she said, especially when twenty-one people turned up to our first of two planning meetings earlier this month.
The planning meeting was facilitated by Kerry Pearse from KEMJ Pty Ltd who explained the format of the session and took the group through the Show’s operational structure, a summary of which was displayed around the walls on sheets of butcher's paper.
After this discussion, participants were invited to peruse the existing organisational format, discuss matters relating to key areas and to consider "gaps" they might be interested in filling. At the end of the meeting Gillian and Kerry were pleased to note that most gaps had a name inscribed on them and the Show’s operational structure had gained in strength
However there is always more to do and more people required to do it. Before our next planning meeting on 22nd November we will be posting information on media, notice boards and libraries, displaying where the gaps are in our organisational structure. If you are interested in any of these positions, or know anyone who might be, please come to our next planning meeting to be held on Friday 22 November at 4;00 pm in the Luncheon Pavilion at the Showground. You will be most welcome.
For further information, contact Show Society President, Gillian Anderson on 0419 124368 or Mary Ann Perry, Society Secretary, on 0498 483915.
The Bellingen Show has been running for over 130 years - the current Show Committee would like it to run for another 130 years! And, on the basis of show attendances over the past few years, we think that our community agrees with us. But unlike the weather outlook for the next few months there are dark clouds on the horizon and the year ahead will be a challenging one for the Bellinger River Agricultural Society.
As a volunteer organisation it is important that our people find their engagement with the show to be an enjoyable and satisfying community experience. Although we have good crowds attending the show, funds in the bank and a wonderful group of volunteers, the membership of the organising committee has declined over the past few years and we are now faced with situation where a few people are carrying too much of the work load. If the show is to continue we have to address this imbalance as a priority.
The committee are a committed, skilled, professional group, who are inclusive, supportive and gain a huge satisfaction each year presenting a wonderful community event.
The committee is in the process of identifying all the activities associated with running the different areas of the show. The members currently responsible for these areas have been asked to say which of these activities they are happy to continue doing to support the show into the future. The challenge for us now is to attract new people or find innovative ways to fill the 'gaps', particularly in areas associated with sponsorship, entertainment, volunteer co-coordination, marketing and promotion. This will be the focus for a series of planning meetings to be held later in the year.
If you share our belief that the Bellingen Show is an important community event worth supporting, why not join us and become a member of the organising committee. If joining the committee is not your thing but you would still like to be involved, come and talk to us about where you think you might be able to help.
The first planning meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th October between 4 and 7pm at the Luncheon Pavilion, Bellingen Showground. We are asking anyone who thinks they might like to be involved to come along see if they can help in some way.
Should you have any questions or like to discuss any issues raised please do not hesitate to give me a call.
0419 124 368