Walking out of the lift or from the stairs into our new dining area we can now experience the beautiful winter view of the trees through the windows. The magnificent Rupert Bunny portrait of Grace Pallotta has been hung in the extended dining space and she looks very much at home in her new, spacious surroundings. The Robert Klippel sculpture will be placed at the northern end of the Dorothee Kaiser Dining Room and should also benefit from a more prominent location. Art Advisory members are managing the return of art to the stairwells and other areas of the Club. This is a very big job and they are taking time to make thoughtful decisions on the best possible choices, bearing in mind the altered interiors with which they are working.
We will shortly see new cushions and curtains in the Club Room and new curtains in the Nina Bagot Room. A specialist art lighting expert has been advising on lighting for the Grace Pallotta portrait, major works located in the Club Room and for the Centenary Tapestry, which is to be hung in the foyer. We will also be sourcing new lamps for the Club Room and new furnishings for the Drawing Room. Our architects have provided a design for new handrails up to the stage in the Club Room and we are waiting approval from the engineers before commencing their construction. Much of this work has been funded by a very generous donation this year and a previous generous donation last year. These donations mean we can accomplish much more refurbishment this year than we had anticipated as the funding will not be taken out of our recurrent budget. As always we are very grateful for the interest and support of members in maintaining attractive surrounds and a high degree of comfort for members.
Two Club members received Honours in the Queen’s Birthday List in June. Margaret Sahhar was awarded an AM for significant service to health education, particularly through genetic counselling, and to the community through professional health organisations. Rosemary Syme was awarded an OAM for service to the community through a range of organisations. We congratulate Margaret and Rosemary for this formal
recognition of their considerable achievements and look forward to hearing them speak at our Honours Dinner in October.
Two Circles have acquired new convenors. Joan Young has kindly taken responsibility for the Religious Discussion Circle after the untimely death of Jane Price, and Sandra McComb and Gwynedd Hunter-Payne have graciously offered to step into the roles of co-convenors of the Literary Issues Circle. They anticipate that the Circle will resume on its customary day (the second Wednesday of the month) at the usual time (10.30 am) in September. Jane Morley has retired as convenor of the Man Booker Reading Circle and we thank her for her generous service.
Anne Frankenberg has graciously agreed to serve as interim Board member until the AGM, replacing Seri Renkin who has had to resign due to pressures of work. Since leaving the Board Anne has continued to make significant contributions to Club life, inter alia chairing Social Responsibilities Committee and managing the Artist-in-Residence programme. We are delighted she is able to serve on the Board until the election of new Board members at the October AGM.