FW: Online version of survey about COG's name

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Subject: FW: Online version of survey about COG's name
From: Steve Read via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:21:14 +0000

Hi all


A reminder that the COG name survey closes on Saturday 31 July. Details of this survey are below.


Two simple options for you to complete the survey are:



Steve Read

 on behalf of the COG Committee


From: Steve Read <>
Sent: Monday, 12 July 2021 10:08 PM
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Subject: Online version of survey about COG's name


Hi all


The COG Committee, with the expert assistance of David McDonald, has now arranged for there to be an online version of the COG name survey that featured in Gang-gang and was circulated through the chatline last week (see below, and attached slightly updated version).


Please go to

to complete the survey online!


With thanks


Steve Read

on behalf of the COG Committee


-----Original Message-----
From: Canberrabirds On Behalf Of Alison Mackerras
Sent: Monday, 5 July 2021 12:45 PM
Subject: Survey about COG's name


Extract from July issue of Gang-gang:


What’s in a name – the Canberra Ornithologists Group


COG Members, we would like your input!


One of the issues raised in our 2019 membership survey was that some members are not enthusiastic about the name Canberra Ornithologists Group, and so the idea of COG using a new or different name was discussed during the Strategic Planning meetings that the COG committee held in late 2020 and early 2021.


Reasons for considering a different name include:

  • the name Canberra Ornithologists Group can be unwieldy, not understood, or too hard to pronounce. This is especially the case for non-members (as members, we have likely become quite used to the abbreviation ‘COG’)
  • ornithology only addresses one of the club’s three objectives and purposes (which broadly are education, research and conservation of the birds of the Canberra region).


There are also reasons that the name Canberra Ornithologists Group remain unchanged:

  • the name has served the club for decades, is well recognised, and has a good reputation throughout the ACT.


As members we have the option of keeping the name unchanged, formally changing COG’s name, or adopting a ‘trading name’ while keeping Canberra Ornithologists Group as the legal name (for example, we already title our website and chatline ‘Canberra Birds’, and although we don’t use that name elsewhere, we could start to).


If you have any thoughts on this for the committee to consider, please consider filling out the brief survey on Page 16. The committee will review the responses, and bring a consensus view back to the membership for discussion. Any change to COG’s legal name would require a vote at the AGM.


Please return completed surveys by Saturday 31 July to:



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The Committee.



An editable copy of the survey is attached.

Attachment: What's in a Name questionnaire - form v2.docx
Description: What's in a Name questionnaire - form v2.docx

Attachment: ATT00001.txt
Description: ATT00001.txt

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