Dear Members

Welcome to Spring!

This month’s newsletter is a powerful witness to the extraordinary programme of activities and projects on offer at our Club and to the Club members who curate these activities. When the COVID pandemic first affected our activities and we moved to Zoom events approximately 10 members participated. Now some months later, it is truly wonderful to see groups of 100 members streaming into events regularly. Again, I would like to express appreciation to the team of dedicated members and staff who facilitate these Zoom events. Just as we learnt to live with the rules of etiquette surrounding the use of mobile phones, members are also learning to switch on their mute button and their video button when requested. We are a very resilient lot and we have adapted to the current challenges brilliantly.

The Notice of Meeting for the 2020 Annual General Meeting was posted to members on Friday 28 August.The 2020-21 Board Nomination Form is available on the Club website (under Governance | 2020 AGM). The meeting will be held on Wednesday 28 October and in view of the current lockdown arrangements it will be a hybrid meeting. Arrangements are being made to enable all members to participate virtually and details will be advised in due course.

The Board has resolved consistent with the Constitution to change the timing for the receipt of Election Ballots. Members are therefore advised Election Ballots must be in the hands of the General Manager by 12.00 noon on Monday 26 October 2020.

A reminder that the Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is available for members to read on the website. If you have not already attended a consultation session or submitted your suggestions and ideas it is still not too late for members to do so.

The Annual Margaret Sutherland Bursary Concert is a highlight of the Club calendar and in an effort to stage this annual tradition and support the Art during these difficult times, the Committee is aiming to present this concert in a new and different way. Details will follow shortly, and I ask members to support this important philanthropic event.

As you are aware our General Manager, Sue Blake will be leaving us at the end of this month. We thank Sue for the way she has worked to upgrade our governance and enhanced our operational procedures during the time she has been with us. Sue is now moving on to the next exciting phase of her career and we wish her every success in her new position.

With my best wishes,

Yvonne Panagacos