Dear fellow BASA Members,
Firstly I will introduce myself Gunter Blum from Balloons Galore in QLD who as the current Vice President took over the position as acting President for the rest of the current term after the resignation of Anthony Simpson in Sept 2009.
In the past 12mths your BASA A committee has been doing lots of backroom work to assist with uniting all the states together.
Just some of the actions taken have been the appointment of an accreditation officer Robyn Scholes from Victoria who has been in the business for close to 20 years and is a qualified teacher. She is writing a program/ education modules that will hopefully give us recognition in a broader field. In the meantime Maureen Egan from Balloon Elegance New South Wales will continue with the current format of mod 1 and 2. The concept of education through accreditation goes back to the late '90s when Margie Monk from "It's A Gas" in South Australia first introduced the module system. Unfortunatley it was perhaps ahead of it's time but with the event of the modern medium Maureen picked up the ball produced CDs and her we are
today and I might add she has done an excellent job.
Planning is under way for the ABC 2011 Convention in Adelaide
Dates : 29th,30th 31st May 2011.
Venue : Hotel Grand Chancellor, 65 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000, Ph 08 8231 5552
Room cost approx $ 145.00 - $160.00
Venue to decorate : The Adelaide Arcade check it out www.adelaidearcade.com.au
Workshop classes and the BEST possible décor will be made for your education at ABC 2011. BASA A is calling expressions of interest from members who would like to participate in the education as class and session presenters. Details available from Margie Monk 0418 838 641.
Tuesday evening will be the launch of " The Titanic Event for 2012 " smile for the TV media cameras and the glamour of the red carpet.
Environment and Lobbying Officer
This last 12months has been a time when the humble balloon still has it's objectors. State presidents and members have been fighting the fight and keeping the image of the balloon as we know it.
BASA A has accepted an offer from John Miner a media lobbyist who will assisting the association with any environment treats and negative media. Should your state have a problem BASA A contact for this is Raymond Connett 0415 689 657.
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