Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Membership: A clearer structure

Each member  adds another colour to  Palms Australia’s palette

A few small changes to our membership processes are outlined here.

Returnee, donor, friend, member or all of the above?

Some loyal Palms’ supporters were surprised to discover recently that they were ineligible to vote at our AGM. Maybe the reasons for the formal process of signing on as a member have not been adequately explained. I hope I can clarify a little and those so inclined are able to complete the required formal application and participate fully next time.

Welcome new directors

As Palms continues its important work for our common humanity in this jubilee year, it is crucial to acknowledge the work of our amazing staff and volunteers whose determined and quiet work humbly continues. I would like to also thank Palms’ outgoing directors for their wonderful contribution in the shaping of Palms. I’d especially like […]

AGM and Jubilee dinner

The AGM and Jubilee Dinner to celebrate Palms’ fifty years of international development volunteering was attended by 140 guests. AusAID’s Dr Gemma Edgar’s gave the keynote address, “How grassroots agencies like Palms enhance Australia’s development effectiveness”.

Upcoming Events: Get involved

Directors Roger O’Halloran and Michael Douglas at Palms’ Organisational Review in 2009.

Our call for people to renew or begin their membership was the first step in trying to get active members, who participate in setting Palms’ Strategic Direction which influences all that we do.

This year offers great opportunities for participation and we hope you can take part in two more major events this year (non-members are also most welcome).

Board of Directors: Nominations needed

One very important contribution, individuals can make is as a Director on Palms’ Board.

Directors meet quarterly with the Executive Director to ensure the direction of Palms Australia reflects the desires of our members.

Membership: Sign up for 2011/2012

Members support Palms in a number of ways, such as electing the Board of Directors, attending General Meetings and strategic planning days if possible, following the work of Palms through Palms Post and Annual Reports and sharing their own expertise to further Palms’ vision and mission.

2009-2010 Membership Drive

A strong membership base provides an important reflection of Palms’ capacity to achieve its mission.


As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 202)