Circles

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ART

ART

4th Thursday 2.00pm

The Art Circle meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2.00 pm. Members and guests are welcome to join us for lunch in the dining room before the talk at 12.30 pm. Our guest speakers include gallery directors and curators, art professionals, scholars and artists. We attempt to cover a broad range of subjects and have talks on major exhibitions showing in Melbourne and the regions. All members are welcome to attend. It is not necessary to book unless you are coming to lunch. The well attended lectures are lively and informative. Afternoon tea is served at the conclusion providing a friendly atmosphere to meet and chat with fellow club members.

CHRISTINE COLLINGWOOD, VIVIENNE REED, Convenors

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES

1st Wednesday 2.00pm

Antiques and Collectables meet on the first Wednesday of the month.

All Members and guests are welcome.

VENETIA PATCHETT, ELIZABETH DOUGLAS, Convenors

BODY & MOVEMENT SESSIONS

BODY & MOVEMENT SESSIONS

Margot Islip, body and movement expert,will conduct four interactive classes this year. Each class is self-contained but complementary. The workshops are intended to make us think differently about how we stand and how we move.

MARGARET BATTER, Convenor

BRIDGE

BRIDGE

Friday 10.00am

Results are available – click here

Online Bookings will be available in the coming months.

To contact the Friday Bridge group or to make a booking – email: fridaybridge@lyceumclubmelb.org.au

CLARE BUCKLEY, ANN HYAMS, CATHERINE LITTLEJOHN, Convenors

CHESS/SCRABBLE

CHESS/SCRABBLE

4th Thursday 5.15pm

A most convivial group of Lyceum and Savage Club members meet on the 4th Thursday of the
month. We share refreshments and play from 5.15 pm onwards, then most players stay for dinner which is from about 7.15 pm. Members of varied expertise and those who are only able to come occasionally are most welcome. Cryptic crosswords may also be added to our games.

ANNIE JAMES, Convenor

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

The Classics Circle aims to consider the literature, laws, philosophy, history, art, archaeology and other material of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome; especially during Classical Antiquity (ca. 600 BC – AD 600) and how these resources influenced the history of Western civilisation.

One of the founding members of the Lyceum Club in 1912 was Jessie Webb, M.A. a classist who became a senior lecturer and acting professor in the history department of the University of Melbourne and was known for her “wit and guiding wisdom”.
The Athenian owl, symbol of wisdom, links the legacy of Jessie Webb with the history of the Club past, present and future.

YVONNE PANAGACOS, ROBYN RIDDETT, ANITA SIMON, CHRISTINE SWEENEY, Convenors

CREATIVE & CLASSY COUTURE

CREATIVE & CLASSY COUTURE

3rd Monday 9.30am

We are a small circle of ‘closet hobby dressmakers’ who meet each 3rd Monday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and have lots of fun helping each other on our various projects.

It it is a very enjoyable group, and we welcome all newcomers.

NORMA SULLIVAN, PAM CRAIG, Convenors

CREATIVE TEXTILES

CREATIVE TEXTILES

4th Tuesday 10.30am

We have a busy, productive and welcoming Circle.

Sometimes members work on their own projects, but usually there is a group activity going on if they wish to join. Together we have made appliqués cushions

and mice in all shapes and sizes! Every year we make a Christmas decoration. Several members are expert knitters and have been able to help others.

It seems that even the most intellectual among us enjoy producing an object that is truly original made with our own hands.

PRUE WOODRUFF, JACQUIE KNELL Convenors

DISCUSSING AUTHORS

DISCUSSING AUTHORS

1st Thursday 11.30am

The Discussing Authors Circle meets on the first Thursday in the month to enjoy a pleasant meal and to discuss authors. The format for our meeting is informal and is as follows. A Circle member presents a talk about the life and som e of the works of a chosen author and then leads the discussion afterwards. We meet at 11.30 am for drinks followed by lunch and the talk at 12.00 noon. We welcome new members. If you have any questions about the circle please contact one of the convenors.

ELAINE CORNWELL,  GILLIAN NOONAN, CARMELLE CANT Convenors

DRAWING

DRAWING

Under the expert guidance of our teacher and mentor, Dena Kahan, two groups of dedicated members meet fortnightly in the Nina Bagot Room.

A variety of styles and techniques using various media have been explored, with some sessions focusing on life-drawing with both male and female models.

LYNETTE WHEAT, Convenor

ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT

3rd Tuesday 6.30pm

The Environment Circle invites external speakers on a wide range of environment-related topics, including climate change, living sustainably in urban and rural landscapes and natural history.

Examples of past speakers and topics include:
•  Professor Rob Adams, Director City Design, City of Melbourne: Transforming Melbourne to meet a future of rapid growth and climate change
•  Michelle Adler, Lecturer at Burnley College: Restoration of significant wetlands and travels in the Galapagos Islands
•  Professor David Karoly, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne: Climate change: where are we now and where are we heading?
•  Dr Golo Maurer: BirdLife Australia: The miracle of Melbourne’s shorebird migration

We meet five times per year, at 6.30 pm on the third Tuesday in March, May, July, September and November.

PENNY JOHNS, ANNE CUNNINGHAM, ELIZABETH BARRACLOUGH, GILLIAN TRAHAIR, Convenors

EPICUREAN

EPICUREAN

2nd Thursday 6.30pm

Each month Epicurean Circle showcases a theme, a country’s cuisine, or a particular wine or winemaker. The regular time is 6.30 pm on the second Thursday of the month for dinner, but in March (Women in Wine) and October ( Seafood and Riesling) we have a lunch.

Sometimes we join in a Club function for special events such as the ever popular Bastille Day dinner. Our Duck and Pinot is always a highlight.

JANE PECK, JEANETTE FRY, Convenors

EVENING BRIDGE

EVENING BRIDGE

3rd Thursday 6.00pm

This Circle meets on the third Thursday of the month beginning in February and finishing in November.

Dinner beforehand at 6.30 pm is optional. Bridge begins at 7.30 pm

Numbers for 2014 have been low but the committee is optimistic that this will improve in 2015. Guests are warmly welcomed.

Nanette Home convenes the Circle but all committee members make a significant contribution by directing one or more of the monthly games each year

KATE STRASSER Convenor & monthly co-convenors

FILM

FILM

Last Wednesday 5.30pm

The Circle meets at the Club once each month for dinner and film reviews and analyses. Twice a month outings are arranged to selected films. Our Circle is a dynamic and inclusive one. Its success is attributable to the contributions and participation of its members.

SUSAN PORTER, KAY BODNA, SUSAN LIEPA, Convenors

FINANCE & INVESTMENT

FINANCE & INVESTMENT

3rd Monday 6.00pm

Our Circle welcomes all members and is designed to educate and empower us about financial matters. No prior knowledge is required.
We meet on the third Monday of the month between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm when guest speakers provide ideas and guidance on a range of topics such as domestic and international investment, funding for retirement, superannuation and estate planning. Members suggest topics, or speakers they wish to hear.
Dinner follows the session for those who wish to continue chatting or asking questions of the speaker.

DEBORAH JOHNSON, DIANNE VALE, Convenors

FRENCH

FRENCH

Advance: 1st and 3rd Mondays Intermediate: 2nd and 4th Mondays 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm

Our group of Francophiles continues to grow. This year our reading of modern French literature has ranged from Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Concerto à la mémoire d’un ange, a story of rivalry and revenge, and Amélie Nothomb’s experiences working in Japan,
Stupeurs et Tremblements to the amusing and poignant short stories of Philippe Claudel. We have discussed many topical issues, including: Francois Hollande’s political woes, wind turbines, whistleblowers, the decline of newspapers and religion in a modern secular country. Alain Rey’s Le Voyage des Mots provided an interesting insight into the derivation of French words and how their use has changed over time.
We also welcomed a French guest who talked about the importance of culture when translating – an interesting perspective.

FRANCES BEVINGTON, Convenor

GARDEN

GARDEN

1st Thursday 2.00pm

The Garden Circles welcomes all members to their talks on the first Thursday afternoon of the month. We invite Club members or others to give illustrated talks relating to gardens. We have had demonstrations related to a genus or plant artistry. There is an annual day long bus tour in November generally seeing private gardens within easy reach of Melbourne.
CATHERINE DREW, ROSEMARY IRVING, Convenors

GERMAN

GERMAN

The German circle meets every second week for advancement in both beginners/intermediate, and advanced/fluent German classes. We have a native German teacher who keeps the class interesting and lively. Classes go for one and a half hours, with morning tea/ coffee provided.

Beginners/ intermediate start at 9.30am, while the advanced/fluent class starts at 11.30am.

This is followed at 1 pm for German conversation over lunch for any club members who wish to attend. We often have other native born German ladies joining the lunch group, as well as our teacher, which is always very enjoyable and helps those learning German.
ROSWITHA HORGAN, Convenor

ITALIAN

ITALIAN

Every Tuesday 12.30pm

We continue to meet every Tuesday at 12.30 pm over a sandwich lunch. We read and discuss in Italian current newspaper articles, short stories by famous Italian authors and do some occasional grammar. New members are most welcome.

JUDITH SHAW, Convenor

LITERATURE

LITERATURE

2nd Wednesday 11.00am

Following the closure of the Literary Issues Circle in June 2018, the Literature Circle will continue to investigate the state of literature, in all its forms, both in Melbourne and the wider Australian context.  Each month an invited speaker will raise a topic for discussion based on the skills of our creative readers, publishers, teachers, producers, booksellers and others.

All members are invited to attend the Circle which meets at 11.00 am on the second Wednesday of each month in the Nina Bagot Room, with the opportunity to join the speaker for lunch afterwards.

SANDRA McCOMB & GWYNEDD HUNTER-PAYNE, Convenors

LYCEUM CHOIR

LYCEUM CHOIR

Every Thursday 4.30pm

THURSDAYS 4.30 PM – 6.30 PM

The Choir meet every Thursday and we warmly welcome all members to come along and experience the joy of singing with fun and friendship. New members are most welcome.

DIANNE VALE, ALISON KELLY Convenors

MAH-JONG

MAH-JONG

2nd & 4th Monday 10.30am

The ancient Chinese game of Mah Jong was reinvented in the 1920’s and maintains its intrigue with an enthusiastic group playing every 2nd and 4th Monday. We warmly welcome and enjoy teaching new members.

ROSLYN STOKES, LYN WALDRON Convenors

MUSIC

MUSIC

3rd Tuesday 2.00pm

The Music Circle was established in the 1920s by Nora Church, a concert violinist. It is one of the Club’s oldest circles and was reconvened by Barbara Hewitt and Penelope Alexander in 1999. Concerts take place on the third Tuesday of the month, usually at 2 pm, except for February (an evening soireé) and September when the Margaret Sutherland Bursary is held on the first Tuesday evening. The convenors have worked across all areas of Melbourne’s classical music scene, and draw on an extensive network of professional musicians to provide high calibre concerts.

SUSAN PIEROTTI, ANNE FINDLAY, SHARON LIERSE, ROSIA PASTEUR, Convenors

 

OCCASIONAL SINGERS

OCCASIONAL SINGERS

3rd Tuesday 4.30pm

If you enjoy the pleasure of singing around the piano, please join us on the third Tuesday of each month. New members are most welcome.

ANNE VARLEY, JOANNE FENTON, Convenors

POETRY

POETRY

3rd Monday 10.30am & 1.30pm

The Poetry Circles are specialised Reading Circles where members meet to share and discuss the works of individual poets or poetry relating to selected themes. The two groups meet on the third Monday of the month at 10:30 and 1.30 pm. The aim of the groups is to explore and enjoy poetry in its many forms.

MAREE BOWMAN (morning), MARGOT CHALK (afternoon), Convenors

PHILOSOPHY

PHILOSOPHY

1st Monday 6.00pm

The Philosophy Circle have examined, reflected and engaged in thoughtful discussions with our scholars who in the best tradition guide our enquiry. We are very grateful to our philosophers whom we warmly welcome, and we are also very grateful to our Club for ensuring the philosophy tradition continues to flourish in its achievement of the seeking of the state of eudemonia, the state of having a good guardian spirit, the supreme human condition.

ZITA MARKS, Convenor

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

1st Thursday 10.00am

We are a group of enthusiastic photographers with a wide range of levels of experience and photographic sophistication.Our aim is to learn and improve; our focus is on Art Photography; we exhibit our work each year in the Lyceum. We have speakers and workshops to challenge and extend the way we approach our work. We show our work to each other each month for analysis and supportive criticism. We are never competitive but always supportive of each other’s efforts to experiment and advance in the technical and artistic aspects of photography. New members are always welcome.

FRAN VALENTINE, Convenor

PLAY READING

PLAY READING

3rd Friday 11.00am

The Circle reads plays by both Australian and non-Australian authors.

The range of plays has been wide, Neil Simon’s Rumours and Alan Aykbourne’s Absent Friends and Tudor Gates’ Ladies Who Lunch. For a study on social relationships, mystery and thrillers were represented by Emlyn Williams’ A Murder Has Been Arranged and Elizabeth Addyman’s Green Shutters and comedy by Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice together with other plays.

PAT TASKER, IRENE KEARSEY, Convenors

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN

1st Tuesday 6.00pm

The Professional Women’s Circle welcomes all members that are interested in exchanging ideas and learning about different career experiences, challenges and opportunities. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, usually a discussion followed by optional dinner.
Past speakers include Karen Stocks, Managing Director of Twitter Australia; Katie Lahey, CEO of Korn Ferry and Ramp Up editor, comedian and disability advocate Stella Young.
ANNE FRANKENBERG, HANNAH PITERMAN, AMY POYNTON, Convenors

PSYCHOLOGY CIRCLE

PSYCHOLOGY CIRCLE

1st Wednesday 6.00 pm

Lyn Littlefield, Trang Thomas, Erica Frydenberg, CONVENORS

RAMBLERS

RAMBLERS

Monthly

ANNE BOTTOMLEY, BEVERLEY GORR, Convenors

READING GROUPS

READING GROUPS

Our 15 reading Circles have enjoyed a wide variety of literature during the past year.  All groups report lively, interesting and informative discussions covering genres ranging from Proust through general fiction, Booker Prize winners, biography, classics and contemporary works to all sub-genres of crime fiction.

CO-ORDINATOR, Annita Robson

RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION

RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION

2nd &4th Friday 10.30am

The Religious Discussion Circle meets every second and fourth Friday of each month form 10.30 am until noon.

We try to have an interesting speaker at each meeting. Over the years speakers have included people from different faiths and discussions on such topics as prayer, Christian poetry, asylum seekers, climate change and international and local aid work.

JOAN YOUNG, Convenor

RIDGWAY

RIDGWAY

This Circle is open to all members but particularly focused on those who are new to the Club or are infrequent users. The aim is to provide interesting, convivial meetings and to facilitate the involvement and enjoyment of what the Club has to offer.

ANNIE JAMES, Convenor

ROUND TABLE

ROUND TABLE

3rd Tuesday 11.00am

Round Table is one of the oldest circles in the Club, and our speakers cover a wide variety of issues and topics that are attractive to today’s members. We look forward to welcoming you to our morning sessions held at 11.00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

KATHY SANDERS, HELEN MURRAY, MARGO HONEYMAN, Convenors

SCIENCE & MEDICINE

SCIENCE & MEDICINE

4th Monday 6.30pm

We are living through an unprecedented scientific revolution affecting many areas of every day life: the food we eat, the medical procedures we use and the drugs we take, our daily communication, social relations and transportation. Our Circle attempts to inform on the latest developments in science and medicine and their history.

The disciplines we cover include biological, physical and social sciences, which apply accepted scientific methods and technologies.   Our speakers are leaders in their field who are also good communicators. This is an all inclusive, open and friendly group where members and guests are welcome.

EMANUELA HANDMAN, NORMA SULLIVAN, CHRISTINE SWEENEY, Convenors

SERENDIPITY

SERENDIPITY

1st Monday 12.30pm

As a direct result of discussions with ‘Savage’ John Marshall during the collaborative Lyceum Club/Savage Club Cabarets 2002 and 2003, Serendipity came to existence on 4th March 2004. The intention was and still is to provide a forum for the working or busy Club member who has a tight time schedule.

The intrinsic idea is for members and guests to be invited to participate in and enjoy Serendipity, “The faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident”. Meeting the first Monday of each month between 1230 – 1330, over a one course lunch, including wine and coffee, those present are addressed by a “mystery” speaker.

This Circle is wonderfully exciting and I invite you all to partake.

VIRGINIA CABLE, Convenor

SKETCHING

SKETCHING

4th Thursday 12.00 pm

The format of the Circle is to discuss and determine and may include production of work inspired by an artist, talks about artists, instruction in techniques by other members or outings to draw en plein air and to visit galleries and studios. All abilities most welcome.

GWEN CARRUTHERS, LYN WHEAT, ConvenorS

SOLO

SOLO

Each Monday10.30am

The Solo Circle meet each Monday to enjoy playing this interesting and quite challenging game of cards.  We commence mid morning after coffee, lunch in the Dining Room, and play until about 3.00 pm.

JOSEPHINE PRICE, Convenor

SPEAKERS CORNER

SPEAKERS CORNER

1st Monday 6.00pm

KERRY CUE, Convenor

TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY

The Technology Circle discuss topics of interest in the technology area from knowledgeable speakers. We also have a combination of hands-on-how-to-do technology i.e. Ipad/Iphone workshops conducted by Paula Johnson.

HOLLY REID, VICKY PAPACHRISTOS, Convenors

TRAVEL

TRAVEL

3rd Thursday 2.00pm

The Travel Circle is indebted to our wonderful and adventurous travelling membership for their delightful presentations.  Our talks are enriched by the information we’ve received and the pictorial visits we’ve made.

ROSEMARY DOWLING, LINDY CLARK, ROSEMARY CONDRON Convenors

WINE APPRECIATION

WINE APPRECIATION

These evenings will consist of four blind tastings of wines sharing a theme e.g. age/region/country/grape. A speaker will guide discussions and cheese/bibbles will be provided. The cost for this part of the evening will be $30 and participants will be limited to 20. Dinner will follow around 7.30 pm / 7.45 pm. We will also have members of the Savage Club joining us.
LORRAINE GODFREY, Convenor

WRITERS

WRITERS

1st & 4th Mondays 1.15pm

The Writer’s Circle meets on the first and fourth Mondays of the month. Members are encouraged to present their original writing, but it is not essential. Enjoyment of the written word in all genres, the creative process of writing and discussion of presented pieces are our main activities at meetings. The Circle sometimes has special events such as guest speakers. All writers, from basic to published authors, are very welcome. Feedback on work, if requested, is offered in a positive environment and there are distinct advantages in being able to read one’s work aloud to an audience.

ANNE VINES, TASMA WISCHER, Convenors