Plenary Meeting – the highlights….

Operating Loss for 2019   Unfortunately, our event made a loss of approx. $6,700 in 2019.  We have a reasonable balance in our operating account, as well as some in Term Deposits (not much interest in the current environment!) and so the loss is not of immediate concern, but we cannot allow this to happen again.  The loss was mostly due to the decision to not charge admission and the increased entry fees did not do enough to balance out the lost income.  However, we feel the “free” admission was received positively by all and we’d like to continue that as it also had practical spin-offs for the Committee in not needing an additional volunteer at the entry table to take admission money and not having to organise, collate and issue Competitors’ Passes and Season Passes.  Consequently, there will need to be a (slight) increase again in solo entries, a larger increase in Championship entry (not increased for 2019) and an increased administration charge.  We will review this again after the 2020 event.

Time of Year for 2020 “Casey Comps”  Since the meeting reported here, we have been in touch with the Theatre Management at Cranbourne Community Theatre and the move “back” one weekend to avoid using the Cup Day “Long” weekend is not possible without pushing out another group providing performance opportunities for young people.  We did not feel comfortable doing so.  We are now considering a move to May, 2021 at the same venue and will discuss this at our AGM in February/March.  Of course, we will need to consider what other Comps may already be in this time period so that we don’t disadvantage them or our usual competitors.  If you have any ideas on this, please let us know.

Donation to Breast Cancer Network Australia   We honoured our commitment to BCNA with a $2,000 Committee donation, plus $553.50 from the two collection tins, $35.00 proceeds from the silent auction of Sheila’s art work and a $50.00 donation on behalf of our penciller, Lanii Douglas.  The BCNA have already thankfully acknowledged receipt of our total donation.  Thanks everybody!!!

Section organisation, Definitions and Rules  It was agreed to continue with the same arrangement of sections and dance styles as in 2019.  We will also ensure clear descriptions for “Best All-Rounder” Awards, the “Entertainment” Section and add to our Rules for 2020 a statement to do with expectations of respectful behaviours from competitors and others in attendance.  The fee for registering an official protest is to increase to $20.00.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held in February and advertised through the website and facebook, inviting any potential new members to the Committee to attend.

2019 Results & Awards    All section results and special award presentations for 2019 can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  Watch out for photos of Championship and Scholarship Winners and our Presentations.  Thanks to “On Stage Media” for their digital still photography and video files of all who competed in 2019.


Championship and Presentation Pictures

These are on the way due to the kindness of “On Stage Media” – 9005-9111 or 0413 571 007.

2019 Scholarship Winner:  Congratulations to Bethany Whittorn, from Joanne O’Kelly School of Dance, who won our $500.00 Scholarship section on the final night of our 2019 event.