About FRAMS

 

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) is a registered charity and not-for-profit membership organization that promotes and supports the Royal Alberta Museum, one of Canada’s leading heritage institutions. FRAMS assists the Royal Alberta Museum with the collection, preservation and interpretation of Alberta’s rich heritage. FRAMS projects contribute to the museum’s ability to explore the natural and cultural history of Alberta and the world.

Who Are We?

 

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society was established in 1982 by a group of citizens dedicated to maintaining and encouraging a high level of public support for the Royal Alberta Museum. FRAMS is comprised of a volunteer board of directors and general members. FRAMS is involved in fundraising and friend-raising, public and school programs, preserving artifacts and expanding the museum’s collections. It also serves as a vital link between the museum and the community at large.

Our Mission

 

FRAMS supports and enhances the goals and activities of the Royal Alberta Museum through a mutually beneficial relationship. This relationship focuses on:

• Building support for the Royal Alberta Museum in the community by increasing FRAMS visibility and outreach;

• Financially supporting education, access and other core programs of the Royal Alberta Museum; and

• Being a confident and effective advocate of the Royal Alberta Museum’s programming through volunteerism and fund development.

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society is registered with Canada Revenue Agency.

The idea of establishing the Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society originated in 1982 so that the proceeds from the sale of a set of prints by wildlife artist Robert Bateman could go to support the museum.

In 2005, the name of the society was changed to the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) in keeping with the museum’s new designation – Royal Alberta Museum.

As a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (1983), FRAMS assists the museum with the collection, preservation and interpretation of the heritage of Alberta.

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society assists the Royal Alberta Museum to acquire historical, cultural and scientific objects of significance to Alberta, to Canada and to the world. Contributions go towards the preservation of artifacts and the operation of programmes.

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) has supported the following museum acquisitions and projects:

  • Milton and Cheadle ‘Over the Mountain’ plate
  • Sunwapta Totem Pole 
  • Pelicans Diorama 
  • Robert Bell Collection 
  • Go! Programme
  • Bug Room
  • Indigenous Museum Internship Programme

2011-2012

• FRAMS celebrates its 30th anniversary (1982-2012) – a mammoth friendship – at several events during June 2012 and with the Best Buddy Contest in partnership with the Royal Alberta Museum.
• FRAMS volunteers work its fourth fundraising casino with proceeds generated from the Alberta Lottery Fund to be allocated to charitable programs over the coming two years.
• FRAMS president was invited to participate as a member of the design review panel for the new Royal Alberta Museum and was part of the Government of Alberta’s official announcement on September 14, 2011.
• With support from the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Sunwapta Totem Pole conservation project is completed.

2010-2011

• FRAMS continued as the major sponsor of the museum’s Discovery Room educational programs.
• TELUS Edmonton Community Board provided funding support for the largest GO! Program day pass distribution through greater Edmonton social service agencies.
• With a grant from the RBC Blue Water Project, hosted a special speaker event with Robert Sandford, renowned author and water expert.
• Collaborated with the Royal Alberta Museum and former CFRN television employees to acquire the Sunwapta Totem Pole for conservation.
• Introduced a gift membership program and increased awareness of FRAMS through social media – Facebook and Twitter.
• FRAMS volunteers worked their third fundraising casino generating funds to be allocated to charitable programs over two years (including the Discovery Room).

2009-2010

• FRAMS became the major sponsor of the museum’s Discovery Room educational programs.
• FRAMS hosted the Diamonds special event Friend-raiser on November 12, 2009.
• A record 501 people attended the museum’s annual Museum Appreciation Night.

2008-09

• During the summers of 2008 and 2009, FRAMS sponsored the first ever summer camps at the Royal Alberta Museum. Funding was made possible by a Community Initiatives Program (CIP) grant.
• FRAMS was the major sponsor of Museum School for the second consecutive year.
• Introduced Inside Info: Talk and Tour, a new curator-led tour series for FRAMS members and their guests.
• FRAMS became a member of AAFRE – the Alberta Association of Fund Raising Executives.

2007-08

• Celebration of FRAMS’ 25th anniversary and Royal Alberta Museum’s 40th year.
• FRAMS accepted a $1.25 million leadership gift from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) in support of the Wild Alberta Gallery.
• In 2007, FRAMS became the major sponsor of the Museum School educational program, which opened in 2001.

2006-07

• FRAMS sponsored the exhibit opening for the museum’s new Southesk Collection.
• FRAMS hosted a FRAMS wine tasting evening friend-raiser event.
• FRAMS volunteers worked their first fundraising casino generating $75,101 in proceeds from the Alberta Lottery Fund to be allocated to charitable programs over two years.

2005-06

• FRAMS approved a new five-year strategic plan, in conjunction with the project renewal announcement for the museum as a provincial centennial (2005) legacy project.
• Name of the society was changed from Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society to Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS).
•  TD Canada Trust contributed $1,000 towards FRAMS’ GO! Program.
• Board members, friends, museum staff and relatives raised more than $1,500 with their participation in the Great Human Race.

2004-05

• Committee structure for board members and society volunteers was formalized: fundraising, membership, newsletter, nominations, and project coordination.
• Bylaws of the society were revised and the first policy manual was approved.

2003-04

• The GO! Program was initiated to enable financially challenged Albertans to visit the museum free of charge.
• Sponsorship by the society of the Pelicans Diorama in the new Wild Alberta Gallery.

2002-03

• The nature and relationship between the society and the museum changed when an expanded program for receiving money allowed the museum to collect and manage a variety of revenue generating systems.
• The society’s annual pass membership program was transferred to the museum (now called Mammoth Pass).

2001-02

• Sponsorship by the society of a fundraising raffle for two framed prints in conjunction with the highly popular SIXTIES exhibit.

2000-01

• In April 2001, the museum re-assumed responsibility for the collection and accounting of museum admission fees and the day-to-day operation of the gift shop, café, facility rentals, education programs and special events.

1997

• The society assisted with the acquisition of the Robert Bell collection in 1989 for the new Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, which opened in 1997.

1992

• The society purchased a hybrid cast of a Columbian Mammoth for $25,000 USD on the occasion of the museum’s 25th birthday.

1983

• The Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society is registered as a charity.

1982

• The Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society was established under the Societies Act.

2011-2012

• FRAMS celebrates its 30th anniversary (1982-2012) – a mammoth friendship – at several events during June 2012 and with the Best Buddy Contest in partnership with the Royal Alberta Museum.
• FRAMS volunteers work its fourth fundraising casino with proceeds generated from the Alberta Lottery Fund to be allocated to charitable programs over the coming two years.
• FRAMS president was invited to participate as a member of the design review panel for the new Royal Alberta Museum and was part of the Government of Alberta’s official announcement on September 14, 2011.
• With support from the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Sunwapta Totem Pole conservation project is completed.

2010-2011

• FRAMS continued as the major sponsor of the museum’s Discovery Room educational programs.
• TELUS Edmonton Community Board provided funding support for the largest GO! Program day pass distribution through greater Edmonton social service agencies.
• With a grant from the RBC Blue Water Project, hosted a special speaker event with Robert Sandford, renowned author and water expert.
• Collaborated with the Royal Alberta Museum and former CFRN television employees to acquire the Sunwapta Totem Pole for conservation.
• Introduced a gift membership program and increased awareness of FRAMS through social media – Facebook and Twitter.
• FRAMS volunteers worked their third fundraising casino generating funds to be allocated to charitable programs over two years (including the Discovery Room).

2009-2010

• FRAMS became the major sponsor of the museum’s Discovery Room educational programs.
• FRAMS hosted the Diamonds special event Friend-raiser on November 12, 2009.
• A record 501 people attended the museum’s annual Museum Appreciation Night.

2008-09

• During the summers of 2008 and 2009, FRAMS sponsored the first ever summer camps at the Royal Alberta Museum. Funding was made possible by a Community Initiatives Program (CIP) grant.
• FRAMS was the major sponsor of Museum School for the second consecutive year.
• Introduced Inside Info: Talk and Tour, a new curator-led tour series for FRAMS members and their guests.
• FRAMS became a member of AAFRE – the Alberta Association of Fund Raising Executives.

2007-08

• Celebration of FRAMS’ 25th anniversary and Royal Alberta Museum’s 40th year.
• FRAMS accepted a $1.25 million leadership gift from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) in support of the Wild Alberta Gallery.
• In 2007, FRAMS became the major sponsor of the Museum School educational program, which opened in 2001.

2006-07

• FRAMS sponsored the exhibit opening for the museum’s new Southesk Collection.
• FRAMS hosted a FRAMS wine tasting evening friend-raiser event.
• FRAMS volunteers worked their first fundraising casino generating $75,101 in proceeds from the Alberta Lottery Fund to be allocated to charitable programs over two years.

2005-06

• FRAMS approved a new five-year strategic plan, in conjunction with the project renewal announcement for the museum as a provincial centennial (2005) legacy project.
• Name of the society was changed from Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society to Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS).
•  TD Canada Trust contributed $1,000 towards FRAMS’ GO! Program.
• Board members, friends, museum staff and relatives raised more than $1,500 with their participation in the Great Human Race.

2004-05

• Committee structure for board members and society volunteers was formalized: fundraising, membership, newsletter, nominations, and project coordination.
• Bylaws of the society were revised and the first policy manual was approved.

2003-04

• The GO! Program was initiated to enable financially challenged Albertans to visit the museum free of charge.
• Sponsorship by the society of the Pelicans Diorama in the new Wild Alberta Gallery.

2002-03

• The nature and relationship between the society and the museum changed when an expanded program for receiving money allowed the museum to collect and manage a variety of revenue generating systems.
• The society’s annual pass membership program was transferred to the museum (now called Mammoth Pass).

2001-02

• Sponsorship by the society of a fundraising raffle for two framed prints in conjunction with the highly popular SIXTIES exhibit.

2000-01

• In April 2001, the museum re-assumed responsibility for the collection and accounting of museum admission fees and the day-to-day operation of the gift shop, café, facility rentals, education programs and special events.

1997

• The society assisted with the acquisition of the Robert Bell collection in 1989 for the new Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, which opened in 1997.

1992

• The society purchased a hybrid cast of a Columbian Mammoth for $25,000 USD on the occasion of the museum’s 25th birthday.

1983

• The Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society is registered as a charity.

1982

• The Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society was established under the Societies Act.

A volunteer board of directors oversees the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS). Each director is elected for a two-year term, for a maximum of three terms. Each director also serves on at least one FRAMS committee, with each committee being chaired by a FRAMS director. Directors are also community ambassadors, working to generate increased positive awareness of FRAMS and the Royal Alberta Museum.

All FRAMS members in good standing are invited to volunteer for FRAMS by sitting on committees, helping with fundraising events, and providing advice and assistance when needed.

The FRAMS Annual General Meeting is held in June, and FRAMS’ official birthday is celebrated on June 28.

The FRAMS office is located at the Royal Alberta Museum, and the FRAMS Administrator can be reached at: 780-453-9103 or at: frams.office@gmail.com.

2016-17 EXECUTIVE

President: Chris Radojewski
Vice-President: David Dickinson
Vice-President: Joan McCollum
Treasurer: Wendy Hiew
Secretary: Louise Charach
Immediate Past President: Peggi Ferguson-Pell

2016-17 DIRECTORS

Kelley Abercrombie
Patti Barrow
Marc Hurley
Mary Marshall
Norma McElhone
Rose Park

FRAMS is indebted to those individuals who have provided their volunteer leadership in the past, as well as to all former members of the FRAMS Board of Directors and committees for their commitment and support to the Royal Alberta Museum.

 

FRAMS Past Presidents

2012-16 Peggi Ferguson-Pell
2011-12 Marla J. Daniels
2010-11 Kim Lynch-Staunton
2009-10 Marla J. Daniels
2006-09 Godfrey Huybregts
2004-06 Jane Styles
2003 Jean Crozier and Michael Dale
2002 Michael Dale and David Cooper
2001 John Thomas and Jean Crozier
2000 Geoffrey Ho and John Thomas
1998-09 William Preshing
1997 A. Dennis Herbert
1996 Jim Steele
1995 A. Dennis Herbert
1991-94 Mike Sword
1988-90 Orville Stevenson
1986-87 Ron Whistance-Smith
1985 Meg Davidson
1984 Jennifer Head