President’s Welcome 2016

Greetings and Salutations!

Firstly, my sincere apologies for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the first newsletter from your new President. I can only apologise for the lateness and I can assure you that my tardiness will not be repeated.

Before I go any further, I would like to say thank you to all the members of the outgoing committee. Steering any club/organisation takes many skills and, Boot Co’s ongoing success as a club, is testament, not only to the outgoing committee, but to all previous committees. Thank you, again.

I now ask you to join me in welcoming the incoming committee. I have observed that this is a committee that has enthusiasm, skills, knowledge and maturity to take Boot Co forward. Their varied backgrounds and experiences will be invaluable to the club’s ongoing success.

I am again, honoured, to be President of Boot Co. The trust and respect that has been shown to me by club members is very humbling and I will continue to assist the club to grow and be successful in maintaining a relaxed, friendly and respectful forum where men can come together to meet, talk, explore their fetishes and have fun. Together, with the incoming committee, I believe that Boot Co is heading for another successful chapter in its own history: new chapters are exciting, filled with the unexpected and provides opportunities for the club to continue to grow in meeting the needs of its members.

I know many members have some idea of who I am but, for those that don’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joshua Hart; I am 58 y/o; have a partner of 24 years, Kevin; I work in senior health management for a not for profit, religious based organisation. Kevin and I joined Boot Co in 2002 when we first moved to Brisbane. Kevin won Mr. Qld Leather 2004 and then I won the title in 2005. In 2008 I was voted in as President and continued until 2010 when my work took Kevin and I to Cairns for three years. We returned to Brisbane in 2013. So, please feel free to say hello to us when we are out and about.

Now, back to business. Outside of the planning and preparing the clubs events, the committee have undertaken some extra projects, particularly in our social media platforms, to ensure that all information contained on our Face Book page, web site, twitter etc is current, accurate and authorised by the Boot Co committee. Furthermore, this is helping to preserve the club’s journey and adding information to our archives.

The committee have also decided, in order to ensure transparency, the minutes of the committees monthly meetings will be posted on our website for members to view. You will be able to find them in the member’s only section.

Upcoming events: our biggest event of the year, Corium, is now less than two months away and planning has commenced in earnest. This also means that the annual Mr. Qld Leather competition and the Qld Leather Boy competition nominations will be soon be open with the application forms and information packs available on our web site. If you have the drive to represent Boot Co; if you believe that you have the passion and skills to become Mr. Qld Leather, then this is your chance to put yourself forward. Likewise, if you believe that you have what it takes to be an outstanding Qld Leather Boy, then we want to hear from you. Judging for both titles will commence in early August and will culminate at Corium on August 27th. Last year saw six men battle it out for the Mr. Qld Leather title and eight battle it out for the Qld Leather Boy title.

Well men, I will leave my meanderings there for now and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Yours, in leather, Joshua Hart, President.

BootCo. 2016 AGM and Forms

Brothers,

How fast the year has rolled around!

The committee invites members to consider nominating for the 2016/17 management committee for the upcoming BootCo. AGM to be held May 7th 2016,  downstairs at the Sportsman Hotel from 7pm.

Please find attached the nomination form and voting proxy form for nominations.

Please note the closing date of nominations is Wednesday 27th April 2016. The committee must receive nominations before the closing date.

Yours in Leather 2015/16 BootCo Management Committee.

You can download the COMMITTEE NOMINATION form HERE.

Or download the PROXY VOTING form HERE.

Change Of Guard On Committee

Men of BootCo, there has recently been a change of guard on the BootCo. Committee.

Both Anthony Smith (President) and Cyll Duncan (Secretary) stepped down in early February due to personal commitments. We are sad to see them leave, and thank them for the countless hours of work that they invested to ensure our club grows from strength to strength.

Following a call out for interim Committee members in January, the BootCo. Committee are pleased to announce that Torren Adelle and Ari Frost have accepted Interim positions as regular committee members, and Kobi Cooke has stepped up into the role of Interim President.

Kobi brings a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and organisational skills, having previously served for five years for the Community of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kobi is currently in his 8th year on the Committee of Brisbane Pride Festival, and his 7th year on the Committee of BootCo. During his tenure, both organisations have gone through great progress.

The role of Interim Secretary has been taken up by Timothy Roberts (Queensland Leather Boy 2015). David Eisentraut (MQL 2015) and Gary Woodhouse still sit as Committee Members and Benjamin Bullivant continues in the role of Treasurer.

The interim appointments will serve on the committee and organise our events until the Club’s Annual General Meeting in May, (in approx. 6 weeks), where all Committee Positions will be available to anyone who wishes to apply. In a short while, nomination forms and proxy voting forms will be issued to financial members for the 2016-17 BootCo committee. If you wish to nominate for a committee position or vote at the AGM, please ensure you have paid your membership dues up until May – the committee are more than happy to check the records for you if required.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Club’s AGM in May.

Expressions Of Interest For Committee Positions

2015 has seen a number of changes to our Club’s Committee, including the resignation of several committee members due to career changes and moving away from Brisbane. In addition to this, our President and Secretary feel that after three years of serving our Leather Community in these roles, that it is time to tackle new challenges, and will not be seeking re-election.

BootCo is seeking expressions of interest for people to join the BootCo committee in the capacity of:

President,
Secretary and
Committee members

Our committee is a dynamic group of people who like to collaborate, think outside the box, and commit to supporting Queensland’s Leather Fraternity and the wider LBTIQ+ community. If you wish to nominate for any of the above positions, you we invite you to come to our next committee meeting on 9 February to get a feel for committee life. Please direct your expressions and any enquiries to president@bootco.org.au.

Expressions of interest will close Friday 19 February 2016.