If you are a member of ANZMES you may have recently received the Winter 2019 Issue (136) of 'Meeting Place', their quarterly journal. I just want to encourage people to respond to the request for input into the ANZMES strategic plan and to give thought to whether you want to be nominated for the committee (or know someone that would be a great addition) It would be great to help build up a strong plan and team for our national organisation. There has been a long history of people volunteering for ANZMES (it was founded in 1980, apparently the first ME patient organisation in the world), and it must have felt quite overwhelming at times for those involved - so much to do, and so few involved. There is still so much important work to do for our community, so please think widely. Do you have any friends or relatives that are capable & compassionate managers or organisers, and that are familiar with ME and the issues around diagnosis, care, stigma, research? George Connolly, President, has written in his Report on page 4 about working on a strategic plan... George has also asked for nominations for the Executive Committee and the Office Bearers (President, Vice-President & Treasurer)... I have attached the nomination form. Let me know if you want me to nominate you! According to the Constitution, nominees... It looks like nominations can be received now, or prior to the AGM (which I believe will be in November?). Last year I remember the Spring issue of Meeting Place had information about the people nominated by then, & voting forms. So perhaps it would be good to get nominations in by August 20th, which I understand is the deadline for the Spring issue that is published around 15th Sep, so that postal voters have the information they need. The Purpose statements of ANZMES can be viewed here https://www.register.charities.govt.nz/Charity/CC30391. And are... These statements are interesting as they state that ANZMES is focused on supporting and advocating for sufferers of ME/CFS, not just for members. The constitution can be viewed under the 'Charity Documents' on the Charities Services site (link above). The national office email is email@example.com (or phone 09 269 6374) - if anyone has any questions about the roles or the process. It would be interesting to know if anyone here is considering having their name put forward.