Good day everyone. It is coming up to September and the beginning of the SVIMS 2020-2021 year. This has been an Anno Horribilis so far for all of us. Unfortunately the Covid-19 continues to play havoc with all our programmes. I would like to thank the board very much for their dedicated participation and all the hours spent in management of the various activities to date. The plan was to proceed as if all the events would be taking place on schedule with some modifications and then cancel as necessity required. This has taken a lot of planning and unfortunately almost all the events have had to be cancelled.
The following have been cancelled so far this year and it appears that the cancellations are going to continue for the foreseeable future.You have already been notified on the list server of some of these. All mycological Societies have faced similar dilemmas.
Chinese Mushroom Dinner 2020
The President’s picnic in June-July 2020
All foray speakers for 2020-2021: however we are still exploring the probability of having multiple small forays with numbers limited to 10-15. We do not have to stick to the monthly forays only on the first Saturdays of the month and with the smaller groups will ask you to sign up on an events page on the website. The foray sign in and out form and the foray policy documents have been amended to comply with our legal and insurance requirements of “due diligence”. These will be added to the new website.
We do not have access to the Pacific Forestry Centre and therefore all in person meetings have been cancelled. The board has decided to waive membership fees for the 2020-2021 season and extend membership to the end of 2021. All registrations and payments for membership and events will be on the website shortly.
Shannon Berch’s Mushroom Identification Workshop.
The annual SVIMS foray at Cowichan.
The annual Mushroom Show.
The January Survivor’s Banquet and Auction.
Updates on the calendar and logo: will be provided at the General Membership meeting on September 3rd.
Speaker’s bureau: we have a full list of speakers for the season beginning with Andy MacKinnon on September 3rd
These will be held by Zoom and we will try to hold them on the first Thursday of the month as per tradition but not necessarily. Our participation contract with Zoom is limited to 100 and therefore the talks, where allowed by the speakers, will be live broadcast to our Facebook page and possibly to YouTube.
They will also be recorded and posted to the web page.
We have also been posting links to speakers, courses, myco sites and publications sponsored by other mycological Societies and as permission obtained these links will increase. All will need clearance for appropriateness.
The links to the Zoom meetings will only be sent to registered members up to 100 but others can join by the live Facebook page.
Membership: The board has agreed to all paid up members with 2020 memberships to have their memberships extended to the end of 2021.
We now have 349 members. New and renewal memberships will shortly be able to be done through the website as well as payments. details will follow from Gillian Phillips.
Website: A number of changes are pending to accommodate all the electronic activity. As you are aware, thanks to Kem Luther and Ian Gibson we have had an updated site based on Word Press since 2018 . Chris Mitchell has joined our dedicated duo as an administrator. Dylan Zintel is adding a number of the new features. More details will follow post the board’s approval.
I hope we can make the best of the circumstances. I would be obliged if you would contact any of the board members regards any suggestions for future events. best wishes,David Walde (President)