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Annual General Meeting – Sunday 13th December at 2pm

It’s time for our Annual General Meeting to be held, delayed due to the lockdowns for Covid 19. Come along earlier for lunch and to enjoy the last day of our Floral Christmas Tree Festival. This will be held in the Gallery Room at 2pm on 13 December 2020. All members welcome to attend.

Notice is given that the 56th Annual General Meeting of

The Eden Garden Society Incorporated

will be held at

Eden Garden, 24 Omana Avenue, Epsom,

2.00 pm Sunday 13th December 2020

Meeting agenda:

Minutes – previous Minutes of 55th AGM 2019

Matters arising from the minutes of the 55th AGM 2019

Reports from the Acting President, Acting Manager and Treasurer

Election of Officers for December 2020 through to July 2021

Explanatory notes:

  1. Document distribution

Financial Statements

Notification will be given via newsletter as to when the audited accounts will be available prior to the meeting. They will also be distributed at the meeting and members who wish to have more time to read these before the meeting should please feel free to arrive a little earlier.

 Eden Garden wish to call for nominations for the Executive Committee for Eden Garden Society Incorporated.

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 13 December 2020 at 2pm and the new executive committee will take office at this time.

Following resignations from the committee during a challenging year the remaining committee, outside of the AGM, requested interest from members and approached recommended personnel with a broad offering of relevant skills to service support for the operational needs of Eden Garden. Below is the list of present committee members and brief bios of those willing to stand for re-election. We are especially seeking people with skills in legal & compliance and marketing & sponsorship. The executive committee requires 7-10 positions to be filled. If we do not fill 7 positions at the AGM, we will look to co-opt skilled members during the 2020-21 year.

Micheline (Mich) Newton is currently Visitor Services Manager at Botanic Gardens. Mich has served on the committee of Eden Garden Society for over 7 years and brings a wealth of knowledge around HR and visitor experience as well as marketing.

Don Gibson has been a Chartered Accountant since 1982, and established his first accounting practice in 1985. He has previously served on the College Rifles Rugby Committee and the College Rifles Sports Committee.

Ann Nicholas has 35 years of experience in the horticultural industry including the growing, retail and sales areas. Ann has also run her own horticultural businesses and has experience in running the Ellerslie Flower Show with gardening and plants being her lifelong passion.

Al (Wal) Vendt has extensive experience in the building and hardscape landscaping industries. Amongst a number of projects, one of his favourites was for BLEENZ creating the children’s playground for the blind and visual impaired, not only making it visually pleasing but creating a very tactile experience as well which added extra challenges.

Anne Martin has over 25 years experience in retail and hospitality having run her own various business enterprises including a winery and wedding venue. Anne brings valuable experience also in marketing.

Graeme Bakker has over 30 years experience in business management and in the education sector. Graeme has served on a number of boards over the years and brings a great deal of experience also in HR. He has been involved in a number of start up projects including the creation of ‘Boomer Business’ Community Sheds and ‘Eye on Nature’ environmental education programme for children.

Members of the Association proposing to nominate/second Committee members or to stand for election are requested to lodge the nominations on the Nomination Form. Click here for the form 


Micheline Newton – Acting President

Don Gibson – Treasurer

Anne Martin

Graeme Bakker

Al Vendt

Ann Nicholas

David Pitman is stepping down from the committee after years of dedicated service to Eden Garden.

Please email, post, or deliver these to the Eden Garden administrator Karen Macy, to be received no later than 4pm on Monday 7 December 2020.