Looking to the future

On the 26 November 2022, 23 Friends of the Prom members gathered in the Tidal River Theatrette (including two members online) to discuss what it means to be “A Friend of the Prom”.  This was a full day event, led by professional facilitator Patrick O’Callaghan from Deliberate Impact, who provided us with energetic and thoughtful direction.

The Friends of the Prom committee has been considering how to plot the best course forward for our organisation so that we continue to be an effective volunteer group. The workshop was designed to help us develop a strategic plan for Friends of the Prom by answering questions such as – what values guide our activities; where should we focus our efforts; and how do we maintain a strong volunteer base?

The workshop was one step along the way to developing our strategic plan. The Committee now has Patrick’s report to consider before reporting back to members.

Friends of the Prom would like to thank the Victorian Government and Coastcare for making the review possible by providing us with a grant that enabled us to engage a professional expert.

Workshop participants

Farewell to our friend Max

Max in action at the nursery April 2021
Max pricking out seedlings at the nursery 2021

The Friends of the Prom volunteers are saddened to hear Max Parnell has passed away on Tuesday 8th February 2022, aged 87.  Max had been made a life member because of his valued contribution to our group over nearly 30 years.

He was a also one of the original  nursery volunteers, that dedicated crew which visits the nursery every second Thursday without fail.  We fondly remember Max as a steadying presence – friendly, reliable, practical and funny.  We were so privileged to work along side Max all that time.

Our thoughts are with his family and close friends.

Max didn’t want a funeral. Instead his family arranged a series of functions in the district to celebrate his life including sharing pre-dinner drinks at the Stockyards campsite with Friends of the Prom volunteers after their Beach Clean activity on Saturday 26th February..

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