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Post by Catavolt » Thu, 30 Jul 2015, 15:10

What would it take to start a Newcastle branch?

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Post by jonescg » Thu, 30 Jul 2015, 15:47

Motivation, desire, and about 20 financial members from the region.

You could easily take in surrounding areas, but New England might be a bit far. Then again, Perth branch has members from Broome, and Adelaide takes in Darwin.
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Post by Gabz » Thu, 30 Jul 2015, 16:22

why 20 ? does sydney even have that many ?

Probably prefer it be called a hunter branch Image
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Post by Grinhill » Thu, 30 Jul 2015, 22:16

Count me in!

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Post by jonescg » Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 01:48

20 is a good number for maintaining sufficient interest. You can of course start with fewer members (at least 5, I think, from my memory of the constitution) but 20 seems to be the critical mass which allows it to sustain itself.
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Post by Gabz » Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 04:14

well august October is the big EV months in the hunter so we should arrange a meetup to discuss the idea I guess.

if we decide soon to attempt creating a branch or not the upcoming activities are a good place to recruit members.

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Post by 4Springs » Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 14:59

When starting our Tasmanian branch we didn't know whom to ask, and so got bits and pieces of (sometimes conflicting) information from several sources. It can be a mite confusing - especially when none of our group had had any experience in another branch.
I've been thinking that I should write a "how to" guide on starting a new branch. I probably should get started while it is still fresh in my mind!

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Post by Sutho » Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 21:03

Catavolt wrote: What would it take to start a Newcastle branch?


Good idea John. I'm in. Thanks for putting your hand up. Image

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Post by Vectrix150V » Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 23:01

Yep sounds good.

I forgot the EV festival was on again, should take the Vectrix and do a couple of laps.

I *really* need to throw the leaf cells in it, the thundersags are living up to their name (143V resting to 102.9V @ 150A urk). Not going to be real competitive with anything at that rate.

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Post by poprock » Sat, 01 Aug 2015, 04:42

I would be interested but not able to participate much because of health and inferior knowledge. Still looking forward to ev fest.

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Post by Catavolt » Sat, 01 Aug 2015, 19:09

I think Hunter branch would be a good name for it.

What would be a preferred location and days to meet up and how often?
I'm happy to use the Catavolt workshop at Warners Bay for some get togethers .


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Post by Gabz » Sun, 02 Aug 2015, 20:47

Weekends are al right for me week days a bit harder.

Just pick a time and date for the first meeting and go from there. Meetings times is one of those things you can't please everyone.
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Post by Gabz » Mon, 03 Aug 2015, 03:21

I've found that if we always use a place like the catavolt workshop meeting fall over if, one person with keys can't make it.i.e John

http://www.thecommons.org.au/ hosts community groups and newcastle makerspace has another spot in hamilton. https://pachamamahouse.wordpress.com/
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Post by Sutho » Mon, 03 Aug 2015, 14:34

If John couldn't make it, we could use my workshop as a fall back. It's only about 1km from Catavolt.

My preference would be Tuesday nights.

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Post by Catavolt » Wed, 05 Aug 2015, 19:04

Tuesdays would be fine with me.
It would be cool to alternate the sheds.
Hugh and Andy also have Keys to Catavolt work shop as well.

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Post by Gabz » Wed, 05 Aug 2015, 22:28

so first meeting next Tuesday 11/8/2015 6-7pm start ?
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Post by Vectrix150V » Mon, 10 Aug 2015, 19:19

Is this still on?

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Post by Catavolt » Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 18:07

Hi Guys how does 6:30 next Tuesday sound 25-8-15 at Catavolt 12/56 Medcalf St, Warners Bay.

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Post by jonescg » Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 19:55

Jon - get in touch with Daryl Budgeon budgeond@optusnet.com.au to discuss the detail on what is involved in forming a branch. Also don't be afraid to seek Christopher's help (4Springs on this forum) since the Tassie branch is going from strength to strength.
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Post by Gabz » Mon, 24 Aug 2015, 00:35

Catavolt wrote: Hi Guys how does 6:30 next Tuesday sound 25-8-15 at Catavolt 12/56 Medcalf St, Warners Bay.


I'm in i created a meetup http://www.meetup.com/AEVA-Sydney/events/224822346/ on the Sydney AEVA group in case there are more newie people following that group.
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Post by Catavolt » Tue, 25 Aug 2015, 20:51

Hi
All ok still for 6:30 tonight at Warners Bay

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Post by Gabz » Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 04:21

So the minutes from tonight’s meeting was

we resolved to have monthly meetings
get more information on the benefits of forming a branch compared to just being a group of people with similar interest. if AEVA provide insurance funds etc.

I was the only AEVA member in attendance, next meeting set for next month see meetup.com http://www.meetup.com/AEVA-Sydney/events/224870897/

Numbers where around 5 then 6-7 uni students from the NU racing team
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Post by jonescg » Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 04:52

It sounds like plenty of interest from the region. The AEVA does offer public liability insurance to branches who host events and attend displays, as well as a bunch of other great stuff. If everyone started or renewed their membership, it's generally a fairly straightforward process to start an official branch.

Gabs, if you can send your meeting minutes, complete with an attendance record to Daryl, he can start to get the branch formation process rolling.
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Post by Gabz » Thu, 03 Sep 2015, 16:32

The Motions proposed at the AGM will greatly affect our ability to form as a branch. may be best to put of any formation until after the vote.
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Post by rhills » Thu, 03 Sep 2015, 20:26

I think it's fair to say the motions proposed wouldn't affect your ability to form a branch, they'd just affect how the branch would fit into the AEVA hierarchy.

IMHO, most regional branches aim to provide venues/times for enthusiasts to get together and swap ideas/stories about their vehicles/dreams rather than providing a forum for political activism and grandstanding over the bigger picture.

If that's correct, then the proposed new structure fits quite well, I believe.
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