It has been a tumultuous month at the Lyceum Club and I was glad to we could welcome our interim General Manager, Mr Martin Rudden, to the Club on Monday, 20 August. We are very fortunate to have such an experienced pair of hands to steady the ship and I am looking forward to a less eventful September.
I attended the AALC Conference in Sydney from 19 to 21 August and was very proud of the wonderful performance given by our Choir. The Sydney Lyceum Club members were excellent hosts and the tours, talks, opening Cocktail Party, home visits and Gala Evening were a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all the visitors. I attended the Annual General Meeting of the AALC on the final day of the Conference and enjoyed discussions with other Australian Lyceum club presidents, as well as hearing reports of the recent Cultural Days IALC event in Oulu, Finland. I would like to thank our Sydney members for their excellent hospitality.
Work continues on the defects list from our building project. The stairs will unfortunately be closed again around mid to late September when the terrazzo nosings will be replaced by safety strips. Once these are installed we should have no further stair issues.
Thanks to the magnificent generosity of a Club member and other Club friends we now have a baby grand piano on our new dining-floor. An unexpected dividend of the building project is the wonderful acoustics in Hancock Family Garden Room and we can look forward to many musical events taking place on the new floor.
We have a new Sketching Circle commencing in September which will provide members with an opportunity to sketch together and share ideas. Lyn Wheat tells me that the original Sketching Circle started in 1922 and later evolved into the Art Circle. The Sketching Circle will meet monthly. We also see Literary Issues reconvening as Literature Circle this month and I am sure many members will be glad to resume their Wednesday morning literary feasts.
As usual we have a number of exciting speakers at Club events this month, drawing in part on our pool of talented Club members. Kerry Boland is speaking at the Club lunch, and new member Miranda Sharp and long-standing member Jeanette Fry are speaking at the Ridgway Group Evening. We have a sumptuous night of literature and music promised for our Club Evening when Professor Constant Mews and Maryna Mews will ‘Imagine Heloise across the centuries’. Come along to these and our other stimulating Circle events and enjoy another wonderful month in our extraordinary Club.