Rob Camm will lead VicBears for the next year following the organisation’s annual general meeting last week.

Camm, who replaces Rick Cooper, told the Star Observer he was looking forward to the role.

“It’s a great privilege to be elected to the role of president of VicBears – the club I’ve loved being a part of since it began over 15 years ago,” he said.

“VicBears has a long history of providing a great social setting for guys who identify themselves as Bears and those who like to hang out with us.

“So to now have the opportunity to lead the committee and provide more support to the club is a real buzz for me.”

Camm is no stranger to the organisation as a founding member of VicBears and active participant of fundraising events, including Southern Hibearnation.

The new committee line-up includes Craig Ingrey as vice-president; Clint Roberts as treasurer; Peter Undy as secretary; with Jack Chapman, Kevin Reader and Phil Webster sitting as general committee members.

Camm wants the club to have greater interaction with members and improve from “good to great, and great to awesome”.

“The club has achieved some amazing things over its 15-year history with the support of the hundreds of members, volunteers, venues and sponsors,” he said.

“We know we can do better in the areas of member communication, number and type of social events, and an enhanced and relaunched benefits program.

“I know we can achieve even greater successes in the months and year ahead.”

Camm wants VicBears to show greater leadership in the Victorian gay community and Australian Bear community and continue its involvement in GLBTI community events including Midsumma, ChillOut and Southern Hibearnation in June.

VicBears started in 1996 as a social group for same-sex attracted, “masculine and down-to-earth men” of all shapes, sizes and ages.


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