FOCA 2019 AGM & Spring Seminar

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EARLIER POSTING of information, made prior to the event:

Join us for the 2019 FOCA Annual General Meeting & Spring Seminar:

“Association Planning: Getting it Right”

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019  9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: The Boulevard Club, Toronto

Click here Register now ($60 per member)

NOTE: you will be asked to select one break-out session (see details below)

* Can’t attend in person, but want to vote in the FOCA Annual General Meeting? Contact us about a webinar option for the AGM portion of the morning ($20 per webinar participant, to defray some of the technology costs of this option).

Come to network with lake association representatives from across Ontario. Stay in-the-know in the off-season, and get inspired for your 2019 Association plans!

The day includes seminars and discussion sessions:

  • the FOCA Annual General Meeting of members (NOTE: Official Notice of business to be conducted was emailed to the Executive representatives of all member Associations on January 30, 2019. If you believe you should have received Notice, but did not, please contact the office.)
  • presentation of the FOCA 2018 Year in Review, Strategic Plan update and 2019 priorities
  • presentation of the FOCA Achievement Award to a member Association
  • feature speaker Dave Meslin, “Connecting with your council – and why” about making plans for municipal engagement, and creative ways to do it (see more, below)
  • Boating: Association “pinch-points” around noise, safety, wake and boating etiquette – with speakers from the OPP and Safe Quiet Lakes
  • Cottage Succession: planning tips from estate lawyer Peter Lillico
  • Association governance/organizational planning session

Planning” is the focus of this year’s seminars. Our feature speaker is Dave Meslin, on creative ways to reach your community goals.  ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Meslin’s 2010 TED talk “The Antidote to Apathy” has been viewed over 1.5 million times and translated into 37 languages. He last spoke to FOCA at our 2016 meeting, prompting an attendee to report in the event survey: “Dave Meslin is the most interesting speaker in the past 15 years!” Come hear about his forthcoming book and his thoughts about rebuilding democracy. 

NOTE: When you register for the 2019 FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar, each attendee will be asked to select one of the following concurrent break-out sessions:

Session (A): Cottage Succession Planning – led by estate lawyer Peter Lillico, focusing on planning considerations for the future of your family cottage. This is an overview of the detailed seminars Peter can bring to your region as part of the ongoing FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar series of in-person meetings, or on DVD recordings available from FOCA.

Session (B): Organizational Planning for Associations – led by non-profit governance lawyer Ted Hyland, featuring best management practices for volunteer-led associations on topics such as planning for financial continuity, signing authorities, legal filings, as so forth.

Session (C): Diving into Boating Issues – this discussion group session will expand upon an earlier presentation in the day, “Creative Solutions to Boating Issues,” with an emphasis on the top issues affecting lake associations regarding boat etiquette, noise, safety and wake.

Top Reasons to Attend a FOCA Event:

• To get ideas about association membership and volunteer engagement
• To network with other lake association peers and partners
• To learn about current issues and emerging priorities

“I came to the FOCA AGM and loved it. If I knew how great it was, I’d have volunteered [to attend on behalf of our Association] way sooner.”Jan V. ~past FOCA event attendee

Michelle LewinFOCA 2019 AGM & Spring Seminar