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from July 2021 to July 2022

2022 AGM will be on 17th July.


role person
President Patricia Georgee
Vice President Trevor Rodgers
Secretary Teresa Scheckenbach
Treasurer Frank Hennig
Editor Patricia Georgee
Librarian Patrick Gleeson
webmaster Richard Horobin
Member * Jill Sketchley
Member * Elke Rose
Member * Kate Gubesch


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Account Cactus and Succulent Society of the ACT Inc
BSB 641800
Account 200835422





Privacy of a Member’s Collection

We try to reduce the risk that someone will steal plants from a collection.

In October, 2019, a very large collection in Gilgandra was robbed. To guard against damage to collections, the Society will, as far as possible, keep the location of a member’s collection private. This means the Society will not advise the public of addresses of outdoor meetings. Secondly, only members may attend outdoor meetings or visits to member gardens. Lastly, members must not publish or tell non-members of the addresses of collections, or bring non-members to outdoor meetings.

The Society's Public Liability Insurance policy also requires that only financial members may attend Society "outdoor" meetings.

"Indoor" meetings are public.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Cactus and Succulent Society of the ACT Inc. collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the website ("Site").

Personal identification information

We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, fill out a form, respond to a survey, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, mailing address, phone number. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use "cookies" to enhance User experience. User's web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

Cactus and Succulent Society of the ACT Inc. may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:

  • To run and operate our Site
    We may need your information display content on the Site correctly.
  • To improve customer service
    Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • To run a promotion, contest, survey or other Site feature
    To send Users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them.
  • To send periodic emails
    We may use the email address to send User information and updates pertaining to their order. It may also be used to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Digital (electronic) newsletters

We use our Membership database and MailChimp to send Capital Cactus and other messages to members.

If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email or User may contact us via our Site. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

If a User decides to Unsubscribe from our mailing list, then this is tantamount to resigning from the Society.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies.

Changes to this privacy policy

Cactus and Succulent Society of the ACT Inc. has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will post a notification on the main page of our Site, revise the updated date at the bottom of this page and send you an email. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes. This privacy policy was built using the generator.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us, using our contact form.

This document was last updated on July 20, 2017

Condensed History of CSSACT

The following is an extract based on a complete article prepared by Miriam and Annette for our 50 years celebration, in 2015.

The Beginnings 1965-1970

CSSACT came about from a number of like-minded people asking the community if there were others interested in forming a group.

  • 3 June 1965 - A notice placed in the Canberra Courier invited people interested in growing cacti to a meeting at Barry's place in Lyneham.
  • 27 June 1965 – At the meeting it was agreed to establish the Canberra Cactus and Succulent Group (the Group).
  • The ‘Group’ was set up under the auspices of the Horticultural Society of Canberra (HSOC), making use of their shows and newsletter
  • 1966 – In less than a year this Group had 35 members.

The Early Years 1970-1985

The early days were characterized by a period of forming the Society, and sharing both knowledge and experience, and sharing the workload with more of the members.

  • August 1972 – The Group became the Cactus and Succulent Society of the ACT, and developed its own constitution.
  • 1970s to mid 1980 – As the workload increased CSSACT officers took a range of roles, including ordering pots and plants for members to buy, and even ordering seeds and plants from overseas.
  • 1973 – The position of newsletter editor was created, with Miriam producing the newsletter with a duplicating machine in her laundry.
  • Early 1980s – CSSACT members formed a studying group on what grows well in the Canberra Region. Steve, Frank and Miriam produced a booklet on what grows and survives in Canberra’s climate.

The Period of Consolidation 1985-2005

Over the next fifteen years CSSACT held plant sales at shopping centres, and built links around Australia, with many of the members attending interstate conventions.

  • 2000 – CSSACT prepared for hosting the National Convention - Succulenticon 2001 - in Canberra, convened by Annette and Mike.
  • 2001 – CSSACT established a meeting location at the Hughes Community Centre, and a place to store the library collection.
  • 2003 – A website was developed for CSSACT by Lindsay.

The Last Decade 2005-2015

Over the last decade CSSACT events have included soil mix days, representation at gardening events, photography and bowl arrangement competitions, and garden visits - both locally and interstate.

  • 2011 – CSSACT hosted a successful Get-Together convention, convened by Jenny. Profits from the event have assisted CSSACT build a larger presence.
  • 2013 – Website upgraded by Up-There web design, and included provision for a member page.
  • 2015 – CSSACT received a Gold Award from the Chief Minister for 50 years of service to Canberra.

Awards for long service to the Society

Awards in recognition of 30 years long service to CSSACT go to Frank, Ian, Max, Shirley, Jim & Anne, Glen, and Annette & Mike.

Awards in recognition of 50 years long service to CSSACT go to Franz and Miriam.

Post-50-year Key Events

2015 - CSSACT moved meeting location to the Weston Creek Community Centre.

2016 - National Arboretum, Canberra, (NAC) invited CSSACT to maintain and manage its Succulent Garden.

2017 - National Arboretum, Canberra, (NAC) invited CSSACT to host Succulent Day at NAC's Succulent Garden. We invited Attila Kapitany and Roger Hnatiuk to speak, and member Trevor Rodgers taught cactus grafting. Despite being very wet, many people came to the lectures. This, and the subsequent day's plant sale, made the weekend very successful.

2018 - CSSACT's increased membership meant we moved meeting location to Chifley Community Centre, 70 MacLaurin Cres, Chifley

Cactus and Succulent Society of the ACT, Inc Constitution

Link: Constitution

Imprint (or Impressum)

We have resumed meetings that comply with Australian Capital Territory's COVID-19 rules.

Ordinary Meeting Place:

Our ordinary meeting place does not enable us to comply with COVID-19 rules, so we have sought alternative rooms. This means each meeting may be in a different place.


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