Without any fanfare, but signified by a Transition Ritual and Dinner, there was a significant change to the yourtown governance structure on Friday 25th October when the Company Membership was transferred from the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers to the Lasallian Mission Council (LMC).
The transfer of Company Membership, fully supported by the yourtown Board, was a stage in the process of engaging lay Lasallians in the governance of the six incorporated entities in the Australian Sector of the District of ANZPPNG, in conformity with a decision of the District Chapter of 2012. An emphatic expression of association.
The process of Membership transfer has been undertaken in a deliberately measured manner so as to ensure that the local Boards of the incorporated works have had the opportunity to be fully informed and involved.
It is important to note that the role of the yourtown Board Directors does not change: they remain the key governing authority of the Organisation, to whom the CEO is accountable. The change is that the yourtown Board itself will now report to LMC rather than to the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers (District Council). It is also important to note that LMC itself does not operate independently of the Brother Visitor (Br David), but is accountable to him as the ultimate civil and canonical authority in the District.
The function also paid tribute to former Chair Gerry Lambert and Br Ken Ormerod both of whom concluded their appointments as Directors.
Congratulations and best wishes to yourtown and the Lasallian Mission Council on this new partnership in "the human and Christian education of the young, especially the poor".