1. AGM and interactive workshop (2-Mar-05)
Turnout: approximately 10 people
This included presentations by exiting chairperson (2004), incoming chairperson (2005) and me on what GOLD is and what we aim to achieve. We also had an interactive workshop where we obtained feedback from those who attended as to what sort of events they wanted.
2. Networking Sundowner – Rigby’s (8-Apr-05)
Turnout of approximately 30 - 40 people
This was a networking function for members and non-members to get to know each other over a drink and sausage sizzle (I guess you can call that the Australian version of a hot dog grilled on the spot). All members were provided with a free drink.
3. Seminar / Presentation on “Buying Property - Contracts, Conditions and Consequences” (21-Sep-05)
Turnout of approximately 50 people
We had an energetic presenter from the real estate agents regulation body to explain the finer points of buying real estate: Offer and Acceptance, Contracts, General Conditions of Sale etc.
4. End of Year Sundowner – Belgium Beer Café (25-Nov-05)
Turnout of approximately 30 people
This was a networking function for members and non-members to get to know each other over a drink and finger food. All members were provided with a free drink.
5. IEEE GOLD Committee Lunch (14-Jan-06)
The committee met over lunch to celebrate a job well done for 2005 and discussed nominations for positions and recruitment for outstanding positions. I assumed chairpersonship following this meeting.
6. Administration and sponsorship
We held six committee meetings to organise the above events.
We had two premium sponsors this year (a utilities company and a mining company) and obtained sponsorship of $2000 Australian dollars (approximately $1515 US dollars).
7. Membership recruitment
We sent an electronic letter to recent graduates at the beginning of the year detailing the benefits of being an IEEE GOLD member, including links to websites. We also put an article in the WA Section newsletter to recruit volunteers, and emailed the WA student branch committee members appealing to them to join the IEEE GOLD committee next year upon graduation.