Welcome to the last newsletter for 2019 and what a year it has been.

The Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 12 November was the biggest AGM in Club history with the highest level of attendance and the Board Election had the highest level of voter participation. I thank all the members for their attendance and their interest in the future of our Club. We had an excellent range of candidates in the Ballot and these members are to be thanked for their willingness to offer their services in a voluntary capacity to contribute to the life of the Club.

We are particularly grateful to the scrutineers for counting the votes received. Susie Manson, Roz Berman, Sandra Macintyre and Katrina Raymond completed the task with due diligence and we are very grateful to this team of dedicated members for undertaking this important task. Our thanks also go to the our General Manager Sue Blake and our wonderful staff for ensuring the management of the evening was conducted smoothly given that we were meeting in the Athenaeum Theatre for the first time with so many members in attendance.

The election of Ileana Guizzo as an Office Bearer has now created a vacancy on the Board which will be a matter for the new Board to discuss and determine.

The winners of the esteemed Melbourne Prize for Music 2019 were announced recently and we are delighted that our own Artist in Residence Ms. Deborah Cheetham OA was the recipient of the $60,000 Music Prize for Music 2019.

Deborah has given outstanding performances at the Club this year. Her enthusiasm and generosity has been amazing and together with her partner Toni Lalich OAM, who is also a highly talented musician, we have been treated to several wonderful concerts. Thank you also to members Anne Frankenberg and Jeanette Fry for selecting yet another talented artist for our Artist in Residence programme. The Club seems to have a talent for identifying and engaging outstanding artists to enrich the life of the Club year after year.

In response to requests from Members, we have re-established the Member’s table in the Dining Room. If you would like to be seated at the Member’s table please advise staff.

At this time of the year it is important that we recognise our staff. Their wonderful level of care and service makes a huge contribution to the ambience of the Club and we are particularly grateful to them for all that they do to make us welcome. As the year draws to a close, members are encouraged to contribute to the Staff Gratuity Fund. Contributions to the fund can be made by cheque, via the EPTPOS terminal at Reception or by adding an amount to your account payment.

Christmas is almost upon us and we have our usual wonderful programme of Christmas events and festivities and I look forward to sharing these celebrations with you.

On behalf of the new Board, I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and extend my best wishes for a safe and happy summer and a healthy and happy new year.

With my best wishes.

Contact Yvonne Panagacos – President