From humble beginnings Transformal has evolved over the last 9 years into an event that enjoys wide support within our community across Australia. Having devoted a lot of effort to establish and refine the event, it is now time for me to look for a more sustainable way it could be delivered in the future.
Next year I hope to transfer the responsibility of organising Transformal to an individual or team who are able to continue the great tradition we have established. What this requires is boundless enthusiasm, an interest in event management, and plenty of spare time. Organising the event starts in earnest in January and runs through to the weekend itself, when an army of volunteer helpers take over most of the work.
So if you feel you have talents that you could apply to organising the event please drop me an email. We can then explore in more detail how you could contribute to Transformal 2019 and beyond.
I feel that it is appropriate to leave any announcement about the dates for Transformal 2019 for others to make.
Thank you once again for all your encouragement and support over the past 9 years - it has been a wonderful journey together. I look forward to us meeting again in Katoomba.
I have said this to you privately Adrian but just wanted to say publicly a big thank you and to acknowledge what a fantastic event Transformal is due to your great work.
These sorts of things just don't happen - they take a lot of determination and planning and I cannot fault anything you and your team has done. Because of you and Transformal I've re-acquainted with great friends from the past, forged strong friendships with people I sort of only knew on the 'interweb', and made new life long friends which I cherish.
All power to you girlfriend you are a champion. It will be a hard gig stepping into your heels so-to-speak but whoever does it will have your guiding hand along the way I'm sure.
TRANSFORMAL 2019So if you feel you have talents that you could apply to organising the event please drop me an email.
Perhaps that request was a bit difficult if you don't know what talents are needed to organise an event like Transformal. Maybe this list I found on the web would help some identify how they could contribute. The list seems quite complete to me with the hindsight of 9 years organising. I didn't have all the skills when I started out - but I certainly learnt a few on the job. Obviously things would be a lot easier if you didn't rely just on one person to cover all bases...particularly the technical skills.
Creative Bent of Mind. ...
Technology Wizard. ...
Organizational Skills. ...
Eye for Detail. ...
Leadership Skills. ...
Enthusiasm and Passions...
Time Management... (what job spec doesn't have that?)
I like the list because it has "Eye for Detail" which isn't the same as perfectionism.
And Flexibility because events NEVER run according to plan!
Written by someone who has been down the same road I feel!
Interpersonal/People skills.... Oh I think so.
Creative Bent of Mind. ... I'm bent at least 50% of the time so that's a tick.
Technology Wizard. ... Nup. Someone gave me compact disc to listen to at
Transformal and I tried to put it in the microwave.
Flexibility. ... Modesty forbids.....
Organizational Skills. ... Not too bad.
Eye for Detail. ... Questionable.
Leadership Skills. ... I have bucketloads of that.
Enthusiasm and Passions... Again, modesty forbids...
Time Management... If it is surrounding bar opening/closing times, yes.
All that being said I am happy to help wherever I can to ensure Adrian's great work continues on unabated but living in Adelaide makes it too difficult to put together the framework of it which everything else is built around. I really don't think just one person can do all this so it is time ladies to put our hands up to pitch in (a mixed metaphor?) - many hands make light work, as the actress said to the bishop.
I have already spoken to someone who I think would be perfect as the figurehead for a TF organising group....I won't name anyone here of course but I think she would be perfect and if the whole thing becomes a disaster we have someone to blame.
It is said that a camel is a horse designed by a committee but we are lucky that the template is already in place for Transformal it just needs to be steered along. Who's in?
I've been listening for a month now and only a couple of people have joined in the conversation about Transformal 2019.
It looks increasingly unlikely that Transformal, (as we have come to know it), can be organised on a sustainable basis. The talent pool for organising such events is unfortunately pretty shallow and evaporating fast.
I hope something can come out of the legacy of TF, perhaps more smaller events round Australia, or maybe just a dinner in the Blue Mountains.
also been watching the lack of interest
its a big undertaking which you have performed
with great expertise for many years
i understand the frustrations of running such an event
i am prepared to offer my limited expertise and experience
if i can help in any way please just ask.
As another Adelaide person I'd like to express my thanks as well. Getting away for a whole weekend in difficult for me as it often falls near a significant family birthday. The one time I did make the dinner, it was a fabulous experience & I'd always hoped to be able to return one year.
Best of luck with everything beyond your efforts here.
good morning adrian
from someone who travels across the ditch to attend the Transformal
it is such a fantastic event
you do a great job of organising the event
if i can help in any way i will albiet a little difficult from here but count me in
im coming to sydney in august if you would like to catch up
and see how i can help
i know the transformal must carry on
i have such a great time
All, although I consider myself CAPABLE of all the aspects required to organise TF, I am very time poor and could not take on the co-ordination of such a major event. I am willing to take a bit part if necessary but it would have to be minor tasks under the auspices of someone doing the main co-ordination. I suspect we will start to appreciate the amazing amount of effort put in by Adrian over the years! I truly hope that we can find a way to maintain this incredible event, which culminated in this year’s great occasion.
I, like many others wish to thank Adrian for running Transformal for the last 9 years. A few of us in WA are trying to get something going in a secluded location called the Peel House Manor in Mandurah with all sections of the tg and nb community invited.
Our indebtedness to Adrian for what she has accomplished on our respective behalf should not be in any doubt. The maintenance of this website, and the administration of it, in concert with organising the World Class TransFormal event every year represents a heavy workload by anyone’s measure. And whilst recognising that Adrian has been able to draw on volunteers to support the Katoomba event none of us should be under any illusion as to the singular, conspicuous, and extraordinary contribution from Adrian that makes this gathering the success that it enjoys. And one that must continue: and will if we can put our collective minds and resources to the challenge.
I don’t profess to know Adrian to any extent that would do better justice to this narrative. Suffice it to say however that her knowledge of transgender issues and our disposition is enshrined and catalogued in hundreds if not thousands of her postings on our website over many years. That has required considerable engagement of what is clearly a fine intellect and when you add event organisation to this suite of skills then at some point one might reasonably assume ones emotional and physical energies can be depleted. Or at least in need of respite. Or simply a case of its time to devote my energies to other matters. Adrian is human like the rest of us despite a clear capacity to push the boundaries of the possibilities to their limits. And some.
The emotional and physical demands of any endeavour requires time: and that comes at a cost. Whilst admitting to not knowing Adrian beyond fleeting but no less welcome posts and interactions at Transformal, I know that she is not motivated to do what she does out of any need for an intrinsic reward or remuneration for what she does. In fact I will venture to say she would be financially underwriting TgR and TransFormal even on a simplistic analysis of her time and true costs.
Associations all around Australia, irrespective of the nature of their activities are all struggling to meet the time demands on volunteers and those selfless individuals who provide the nucleus of the energy required to sustain them. As many of us who have had businesses to run will attest, and or been in positions of senior responsible charge will acknowledge: there are no free lunches. Every activity accrues a cost. Which brings me to the crux of this posting.
As a semi retired consultant and former business executive, I no longer have the capacity to be cavalier and or frivolous with my more limited earnings. But I ask myself the question: could I pay more for the emotional and physical support that I get from TgR and my attendance at the TransFormal events? I don’t purport to speak for other members but I can tell you I would be prepared to contribute more financially to something that helps me keep my sanity. That’s not a cost: that’s an investment. In me and my well-being. An unmitigated statement of self interest.
And in so saying I am not inferring and or suggesting that we all pay more to retain Adrian’s interest. That’s not her driver by my assessment. But what I am suggesting is we should consider contributing to the cost of an events organiser to assist Adrian. And clearly one that she can direct consistent with reducing her burden.
From all accounts, I believe that the hotel at Katoomba are happy to facilitate the TransFormal event and I would like to think that they generate a reasonable operational surplus from so doing. Might they consider applying some additional resources to assist with organising it? They could manage all the room bookings and catering payments and perhaps Adrian oversee an events committee whose role will be to ensure that we have guest presenters, entertainers and special events like the bus excursion etc. And implicit in this is the events committee do the leg work, not Adrian.
As I see it, we get pretty good value for money from both our TgR membership and the TransFormal event. That’s not to trivialise the fact that some of us have to make sacrifices financially to attend the Katoomba gathering and especially so when you add flights and accomodation to the overall cost. But on the premise prior outlined I feel that if we all made a better financial contribution to the gathering then we could employ some specialist skills to assist Adrian to the degree that she was comfortable with. At the end of the day Adrian was instrumental in the provenance of that singular and standout event. And by my discussions with fellow attendees at Transformal this year, I formed the view that next years will likely be a complete sellout.
Given the lateral extents of this country and the geographic composition of the membership, it is natural that an east-centric and thus disproportionate reliance on members and volunteers from the eastern states has evolved. For logistics and other reasons that is unlikely to change any time soon. That said, I am happy to participate in the formation of an events committee under Adrian’s guidance with a recommendation that we convene a meeting, preferably on a weekend so that I can fly over east and be part of a strategy session with the objective of ensuring the good work of Adrian in respect to TransFormal is perpetuated. As perpetuate it we must.
To conclude, I am moved to post these views out of concern that the responses to Adrian’s original post may not have not met her expectations in terms of thinking about solutions to organising the TransFormal 2019 event.
I apologise in advance if I have presumed way too much in terms of what Adrian might be thinking in terms of her desires and aspirations. And what motivates her. And equally I apologise if my suggestion of raising more funds to relieve Adrian of some of the event responsibilities might result in past and or future Transformal attendees having second thoughts about the cost of it all. In this I empathise but I for one would be prepared to sacrifice the purchase of a new outfit or forgoe some other luxury to contribute more to TgR and TransFormal..
Anyhow I am confident that this, my last comment, will be fully endorsed by any participants at this year’s TransFormal when I say we would be very challenged to find an alternative venue that is so perfect, and a community so welcoming as we find at Katoomba. And to have a critical mass of those of our disposition attending made for a very special and liberating experience. Long may that continue. At the very least I hope my post will elicit some responses, countervailing or otherwise, that gets this important debate discussed consistent with ensuring we all enjoy Transformal 2019.
I am truly sorry that I have not expressed my gratitude earlier for all your hard efforts and work in organizing Katoomba over the years. I feel somewhat embarrassed that I sent an email recently asking when the next dates for transformal would be. Unfortunately I was unaware of the forum discussion re Transformal until just a couple days ago when Carolyn kindly brought it to my attention. Having been to Transformal a couple of times I would be saddened if it were not to continue. I know many like myself look forward to this fantastic weekend meeting up with old friends and making new friends. I'm sure that there are some great people who would excel helping keep your legacy alive. As a female (gigi I'm told) I would be willing to assist with a working committee for the planning of next year. Unfortunately I'm not a Xdresser or trans person but in saying that I would be willing to assist in some way. Again my warmest appreciation and thanks to you Adrian and all the others who do help in some small way. Gabby Anne
As most of you you would be aware I am a dedicated supporter of TransFormal and have attended every one since its inception. In the earlier years I volunteered to assist on the night however a health problem intervened and since that issue I have sat back and allowed other younger girls to step forward.
In an endeavor to see TransFormal continue and provide opportunities for other cross dressers and trans folk to emerge into the public arena I would most definitely be prepared to become an active member in a steering group and participate in on site discussions with Hotel staff and other businesses once I fully retire at the end of December.
As I am not a spring chicken I feel that to survive TransFormal needs some younger organisers to become involved so if there is a steering group or organising committee it needs to be made up of young and old members.
So....I'll put my hand up to assist and if I read the previous posts correctly there is probably sufficient interest and hopefully commitment to form a steering group. Perhaps we are now beholding to Adrian to arrange an initial meeting and assist in the preparation of a project plan.
I've sent an email invite to those who have indicated in this forum, or privately, that they might be interested in helping organise another Transformal. The email will allow them to explore possibilities without the inconvenience of posting to this forum. If I forgot to include you in the email invite then please let me know.
I should perhaps stress this is an invitation to those who want to devote their time to allow Transformal to be enjoyed by for others. Just wanting to attend another Transformal would not carry you through the months of helping to organise the event. BUT if you have altruistic motives and have some technical skills then I feel the group would love to hear from you!
Drop me an email if you want to be involved in their discussions.
Over the last couple of weeks I have listened to your conversations about organising another Transformal. I have also communicated in depth with those who showed an interest in taking a lead role in planning such an event.
Having organised TF essentially single handed for 9 years I was reluctant to hand the baton on to any other single individual unless they clearly would enjoy the various challenges of the task. I've failed to identify anyone with the depth of event management skills needed to put on a complex event without subjecting themselves to stress and the risk of failure.
I also looked to see if an organising team emerged from the discussions with a clear leader, a shared vision, and a willingness to collaborate. The proposals for such a team approach have been characterised by abundant enthusiasm. But the teams have all been challenged by geographical diversity, a lack of time, and inexperience. Individually these constraints could be overcome. All together, I feel the teams would be taking on their own "Mission Impossible"
So I have come to the conclusion that Transformal as I developed it is best left alone. Nominating any individual or individuals to continue the legacy in 2019 would be setting unfair expectations.
If events are to be planned in the future I would prefer delivering them to be enjoyable. This means having the freedom to organise what lies within the collective capability.
Not having Transformal 2019 will undoubtedly leave a big hole to be filled but will also release energy to be focused elsewhere. It is encouraging that there are already discussions occurring about other ideas for events. I look forward to sharing my experiences to help those ideas come to fruition.
As we look forward to an exciting future I'd like to finally thank everyone who came on the Transformal journey with me. It was a big learning experience and there were a few wrong turns on the way. But together we built something which I can now look back on with pride and affection.
Thank you Adrian for sharing your thoughts and it will be with sadness that we will not see another transformal 2019. However there will be other events I am certain that will fill that big hole as you have already mentioned. I thank you for all your achievements and accomplishments over the last 9 years. It has been lovely knowing you through Katoomba over the last few years and I know we will cross paths again at the Xmas party and next year. thank you Gabby Anne.
You have no one else to blame but yourself. It is totally your fault that there will not be a TransFormal 2019. You must accept all responsibility for the passing of TransFormal.
Your entrepreneurial skills, event management and creative ideas have left the rest of us with a void that we dare not attempt to equal. A TransFormal 2019 would have to surpass your previous 9 efforts to even get a rating and that is almost impossible. Bit like Fay trying to climb Everest in 5" heels and a corset!
You my dear have set the bar too high and anything short of this years superb effort would be an injustice to your dedication over the past years. I have been on the TF train since its inception and I am indebted to you for the help and assistance that has accompanied TF on my personal journey since 2009. Without TF I am sure that I for one would still be securely in the closet.
As you have so rightly suggested our community should now move on to a new chapter and see who and what can fill the chasm left by the passing of TransFormal.
Adrian, I wish you much happiness and joy in your "retirement" and may you bask comfortably in your bed of laurels.
Dear Adrian. Thank you so much for what you did to create and implement Transformal. I count myself incredibly lucky to of attended the 2018 event, not realising it would be the last in this form. It was as originally intended a classy inclusive life affirming experience. Hopefully the planets will align someway for something in a similar vain, without be considered, "Transformal Lite". Perhaps the "Phoenix Ball" rising from the ashes of Transformal could be a working title and who knows it may still be located in the gorgeous surrounds of the Blue Mountains in early autumn when we all shine.
The reference to Everest is indeed appropriate
Why bother going for the Summit... Again!!!
Thanks Adrian for all that amazing commitment. We enjoyed it all immensely
As we've said not too bad for an event idea that was hatched over some cheap red wine at the Taxi club so many years ago and YOU ran with it.