Important information about proposed constitutional changes
At the AGM on 22 November 2022, members will be asked to vote on changes to the Foundation’s constitution to give effect to the proposed merger with the Hospital Research Foundation Group. Information about joining the THRF group has been provided to members during the consultation process and is available on our website.
The principal amendments to the constitution involve changes to the membership structure of the Foundation. If approved, The Hospital Research Foundation Group will become the sole member of the Foundation. Existing members of the Foundation will cease to be members, and thereafter be recognised as “associates ” of the Foundation.
There are further consequential amendments to the constitution to give effect to the changed governance structure, including in relation to elections to the board and the conduct general meetings. The THRF Group has also requested certain stylistic changes to, for example, the offices of President (which will become Chairperson) and Vice President (which will become Deputy Chairperson) to conform with titles utilised within the THRF Group and the charities it manages.
Critically, there is no change to the objects of the Foundation in clause 4, nor to the principles governing the conduct of the Foundation in clause 5.
Invitation for all AFSA Members to an Important meeting
I wrote to you recently outlining the opportunity for the AFSA to join The Hospital Research Foundation Group. Thank you to those who provided feedback and sought clarification.
Feedback received to date has been very positive. Regarding the clarification sought so far, attached are our considered responses to the questions asked.
As the next step in our consultation process, I would like to invite you to a “Town Hall” meeting. This meeting builds on the information which has already been provided. The meeting is purely for information & asking questions: no voting will take place.
The AFSA Board members, the CEO of AFSA and the CEO of THRFG will attend the meeting. We will provide an overview of the proposal including the direction of the partnership, what is in it for AFSA and THRFG and how it will work. We will also be able to directly answer any questions you have.
After the Town Hall meeting there will be more than four weeks for further follow up before the proposal is put as a resolution to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for 22 November 2022. Voting at the AGM is determined and protected by the AFSA Constitution.
Town Hall meeting
For the Town Hall meeting you can attend in person or join via Zoom. Could you please indicate if you will be attending in person or virtually via Zoom by Friday 21 October 2022.
Date: 25th October 2022: 6pm – 7:30pm
Venue: THRFG Offices: Level 1, 62 Woodville Road, Woodville, SA 5011
To confirm please visit this link.
September 9th –
Following discussions over many months, Arthritis SA have been invited to join The Hospital Research Foundation Group (THRFG). This is a rare and exciting opportunity which offers the potential for substantial benefits to the Arthritis community in South Australia. THRFG is a responsible, experienced South Australian based Charity that is well structured and resourced both financially and executively. A total of eleven charities are already part of the group including Parkinson’s, Stroke and Palliative Care Charities. All have benefited significantly from becoming part of the Group.
The potential benefits to AFSA of joining the group would be significant. Ensuring viability and long-term financial stability, a greater ability to deliver services, education, support and advocacy and an increased focus on vital research into Arthritis.
Arthritis SA would continue as a separate charity. However if this invitation is accepted by Arthritis SA members, THRFG would become the sole member of Arthritis SA and the current board would become an Advisory Board to THRFG.
Accepting the invitation from THRFG, and making the proposed changes, can only happen through a vote by AFSA members following the consultation period. All members have been sent correspondence by mail outlining the proposal and FAQ’s.