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2017/05/25 VIMS AGM 2017

Victoria Insight Meditation Society (VIMS)

 Annual General Meeting

Minutes (approved)

Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda Items:

  1. Call to order


  1. Establish Quorum (minimum 3 members per VIMS’ bylaws)

Council: Brock Brown, Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Bruce MacRae

Members: John Hilditch, Rod House, Joyce Elliott

Guests: Shelly Hilditch, Isabelle House

Absent with regrets: Joan Glover (Founding Member), Sandra Joy (Council)

  1. Approve Agenda

Motion from RodHouse to approve the agenda.

  1. Approve Minutes from May 26th, 2016 AGM


Motion from John Hilditch to approve the minutes from the May 26th, 2016 AGM.


(Bruce MacRaetomodifythewebsitetoindicatethatthe2016 AGM minutesareapproved)


  1. Financial Statement for January to December 2015


June Fukushima continued to fulfill the role of Treasurer in 2016 and Wei Wu the role of Bookkeeper.  Thanks to both June and Wei for their efficient oversight of VIMS finances.


Account balances as of December 31st, 2016:


Chequing Account:                        $5,888.83

Savings Account:                        $3,764.66

TOTAL:                                    $9,653.49


  1. Review of Financial Records


John Hilditch did a review (random sampling) of the Victoria IMS financial records and found everything to be in order.


Motion from Joyce Elliott to accept the financial records including the financial statement (point 5 above).



  1. Determine if audit is required


Motion from Rhonda Duncan that no audit will be required.


  1. Directors’ reports


The reports were pre-circulated to the members of VIMS.


Motion from Rod House to accept the reports.



  1. Transition to B.C.’s new Societies Act


The Victoria IMS constitution and bylaws will have to be amended by the fall of 2018. The amendments needed will be undertaken by Council and can be voted on at a special general meeting or at the next AGM to be in effect.


  • Election of officers


All current directors were willing to stand for another year and informed Brock Brown that they meet the necessary requirements.  As Sandra Joy was unable to attend the AGM she sent her consent to be elected in advance to Brock Brown.


Officers acclaimed on slate presented:


BrockBrown                        – Chair

Bruce MacRae            – Vice-Chair

June Fukushima            – Treasurer

Sandra Joy                        – Secretary

2019/04/28 Tuere Sala retreat audio day 2

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a weekend retreat presented by Tuere Sala from Seattle.


2019/04/27 Tuere Sala Retreat Audio

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a weekend retreat presented by Tuere Sala from Seattle. These files are from day one of the retreat.



The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on The 23rd of February, 2019 during a retreat presented by Margo McLoughlin


2019/02/22 Margo McLoughlin Day one audio

The following files were recorded at Goward House on the 22nd of February 2019 during a retreat presented by Margo McLoughlin.


2019/05/25 Adrianne Ross Weekend Retreat

Balanced Clear Mind/Wise Compassionate Heart,

Five Faculties of Mindfulness
A Non-Residential Retreat

Adrianne Ross

 Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC,
Retreat Dates are May 25 & 26, 2019
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm
;  Sunday 9:00 – 4:00 pm.
Registration open. Register Here

Through this 2 day retreat, we will explore how the five faculties of mindfulness – stabilitybalanced energy, faith (confidence) and wisdom can support our meditation practice and our daily lives in the world.
e will be both recognizing our strengths and cultivating and developing these qualities together in a balanced way. There will be periods of meditation instruction, silent sitting and walking, and time for discussion with the teacher. The weekend will be held in a background of silence.

Adrianne Ross, MD, has been involved with meditation and healing since 1978. Her teaching is influenced by Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada as well as Dzogchen and contemplative practices. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to people with chronic pain and illness. She recently retired from working as a family physician to devote more time to personal practice and teaching retreats in Canada and the U.S. Adrianne is passionate about being awake in all areas of life, facing the challenges of diversity, equality and climate change though dharma eyes, and living the dharma as fully as possible.

2019/01/23 Heather Martin Retreat Audio

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on 23 and 24 January 2019 during a retreat presented by Heather Martin.