About FOCIS

Why the Friends of Churchill Island Society Exists

The principal purpose of the Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc. (FOCIS) is defined in the Society’s Constitution as:

The promotion of the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.

The Society is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the unique history of Churchill Island.

First established in 1980, FOCIS is active in raising funds and providing an opportunity for people interested in the historical significance and the exquisite natural beauty of Churchill Island to get involved and to make a difference.

FOCIS works alongside the Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP) and helps to guide PINP in the preservation of all historical aspects of the Island.

In the early years, FOCIS was heavily involved in activities that included assisting with running the shop, attending the ticket box at the old bridge, assisting with the gardening, hay carting, animal and pest control along with fencing and building maintenance. Over the years, those activities have been taken over by PINP. Today, FOCIS is primarily concerned with the acquisition, preservation and restoration of the collection of moveable cultural heritage items and presenting the collection to the public.

In pursuing its objectives, the Society acts in accordance with the following principles:

  1. PINP holds the stewardship for Churchill Island.
  2. The Society will focus its efforts on the promotion of the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island by undertaking activities that include:
    1. acquisition of new items for the collection,
    2. archiving, preserving and restoring items in the collection,
    3. publishing books, newsletters, videos and web site articles about the collection,
    4. cataloguing items in the collection, and
    5. educating the public about items in the collection.
  3. The Society will draw upon the knowledge and skills of the membership of FOCIS in all activities concerned with promoting the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.
  4. The Society recognises that PINP is responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure. The Society will provide advice, where appropriate, about changes that have the potential to affect the historical significance of the infrastructure and the impact on the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.
  5. The Society will work with PINP to foster public awareness of Churchill Island as a living and public museum in order to promote the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.
  6. The Society will work with PINP to help with the maintenance, restoration and preservation of collections of historical interest at Churchill Island in order to promote the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.
  7. The Society will work with PINP on special projects for the enhancement of Churchill Island, its historic working farm and precincts in order to more effectively promote the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.
  8. The Society will work with PINP on advancing relationships with, and connections, to the wider community of Bass Coast residents, volunteers and supporters in order to more effectively promote the moveable cultural heritage of Churchill Island.

Administration

Under its Constitution, the business of the Society is managed by an Executive Committee comprising a President, Vice President, Secretary, Editor, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and three other members, all of whom are elected every year.

Information about members of the Executive Committee is available here: Committee

Copyright

  1. The Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc. is the sole owner of the information published on this web site.
  2. Duplication is not permitted without prior written consent.
  3. All information on this web site is copyright by the Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc.

Email Addresses

Email addresses for contacting the Society:

Newsletter

The Society publishes a regular newsletter,“FOCIS News” the aim of which is to serve as a source of information about the Society’s activities and to provide a forum for discussion and opinion from members.

The latest edition of the newsletter is available to members of the Society. It can be viewed here: Newsletters – Members Only

Older editions of the newsletter are available for public access. They can be viewed here: Newsletters – Public Access

Origins of the Society

First established in 1980, FOCIS is active in raising funds and providing an opportunity for people interested in the historical significance and the exquisite natural beauty of Churchill Island to get involved and to make a difference.

FOCIS works alongside the Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP) and helps to guide PINP in the preservation of all historical aspects of the Island.

In the early years, FOCIS was heavily involved in activities that included assisting with running the shop, attending the ticket box at the old bridge, assisting with the gardening, hay carting, animal and pest control along with fencing and building maintenance.  Over the years, those activities have been taken over by PINP.  Today, FOCIS is primarily concerned with the acquisition, preservation and restoration of the collection of moveable cultural heritage items and presenting the collection to the public.

Postal Address

The Society's Postal Address:
The Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc.
PO Box 852
Cowes  VIC  3922
Australia

Privacy

We only gather information we need to serve you better and will not, without your consent, sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement except in cases where in good faith we believe that the law requires us to do so, it is necessary to protect the Friends of Churchill Island Society rights and/or property, or if circumstances necessitate acting to protect the personal safety of staff or of the public.

Registration as a Charity

The Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc. is a recognised charity and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

You can view the Society’s details on the ACNC Register at the ACNC web site here: ACNC Register

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Registration as an Incorporated Association

The Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation.  It is registered with the Department of Consumer Affairs, Victoria as an Incorporated Association.

The registration number is: A0021907W

Rules

The Society’s Constitution is available here: Rules of the Society

Taxation Status

Tax Concessions

THE FRIENDS OF CHURCHILL ISLAND SOCIETY INCORPORATED is a Charitable Institution endorsed to access the following tax concessions:

GST Concession – 01 Jul 2005
FBT Rebate – 01 Jul 2005
Income Tax Exemption – 01 Mar 2001

ABN: 78 667 051 020

DGR Status

THE FRIENDS OF CHURCHILL ISLAND SOCIETY INCORPORATED operates the following funds, authorities or institutions. Gifts to these funds, authorities or institutions are tax deductible.

  • THE FOCIS CHURCHILL ISLAND HERITAGE FUND

Recognised Charity

The Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc. is a recognised charity and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

You can view the Society’s details on the ACNC Register at the ACNC web site here: ACNC Register

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