The Annual General Meeting of the Mycological Society of Toronto will be held this year on Wednesday, September 9th.
At the Annual Meeting the financial statements from the previous year are reviewed, resolutions for the upcoming year are decided, and MST members elect the incoming Board of Directors.
Under normal circumstances the MST's Annual Meeting is held in April. However, we have been granted an extension by Corporations Canada under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (decision no. D-158/20) to delay this year's AGM.
The results from our member survey in July were strongly in favour of holding virtual meetings online due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, and so the September 9th Annual Meeting will be held online. Further details, the meeting agenda, and connection instructions will be sent to members via email in August.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Cain Foray.
We know this will be disappointing for many of our members, even though it's probably not a surprise. Most mycological clubs cancelled their yearly forays quite some time ago, including the NAMA and NEMF forays.
The MST has been a little slower to cancel in the hope that the situation would improve. We've now seen the opinions of our members since last week's survey, and most of you feel that it's still not quite safe enough.
Unfortunately, the Board isn't able to see a way forward for 2020 which will both ensure the safety of our members and volunteers and make the Cain a successful event.
At this point, we are planning to have a fall foray season which will include appropriate safety measures, and online meetings in the coming months. Please watch your email for announcements.
Please stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Cain again in 2021!
These are difficult times for the MST and organizations like it. The MST's Board of Directors will be making important decisions soon about online meetings, the fall foray season, and especially about the 2020 Cain Foray. We want to make these decisions based on what our members think is most important.
To hear from our members directly, we've put together a short survey to find out your interests and concerns about the Cain Foray, the upcoming fall forays and potential online meetings. Your answers will help us take the MST in the right direction for our members.
Knowing what experiences our members want and what membership benefits mean the most to you will also help us provide programs and events that will let you get the most out of your MST membership, and so the survey also includes general questions about your interests and level of mushroom knowledge.
MST members have been sent an email with a link to the 2020 Membership Survey. Please complete it and let us know what is important to you! We want your membership to be meaningful and hope you'll share your ideas about how we can achieve this. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
The board is attentively monitoring the re-opening of provincial and municipal amenities, including access to parks, conservation areas and other natural areas.
Although our spring foray season, meetings and events have been cancelled, we remain hopeful that the fall season will be unaffected. However, we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to the health and safety of our membership.
In recognition that our members may be facing difficulty due to the current economic situation, the board has decided to extend memberships by 6 months. We hope that this extension will ease some of the burden on our members, and help them continue to be active in the club.
Membership extensions have already been applied. Members' new expiry dates are reflected in their membership profiles, and in the Member Details section which is visible on the left side of most pages of the website when signed in.
If you received a notice in March, April or May that your membership had expired, don't worry - we've still applied the extension, and your membership is active again!
While our events are on hiatus, the website still offers lots of interest: photo galleries, recorded videos of meeting speakers, and back issues of our Mycelium newsletter. And our Facebook group is busy with identification challenges, too!
We look forward to welcoming you back at MST events as soon as we can.