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‘It always starts at the top’

The success of any business is always as a direct result of the strong leadership and capable management structure at the top. The same is true of voluntary organisations like our Association. That’s why I am delighted with the appointment of four new members to our State Branch Committee as reported on page three in this edition of the Newsletter. Each of them brings a specific skill and experience and each of them will play an important role in ensuring the future growth of our Association in Victoria and nationally. Any Association member is eligible to nominate for a position on the Victoria Branch Committee at the Annual General Meeting held in November each year. Similarly, members are encouraged to seek election to the Committees of the Regional Groups in both the metropolitan and country areas. However, whilst it is an honour to be elected to the committee of an organisation such as ours, it also requires a commitment to a ‘hands on’ approach in making ideas a reality.

As I move into the final year of my three year term as Chairman and plan for the future management of the Association in Victoria I reflect with gratitude and pleasure on the capable and committed people who have supported me over this period and continue to do so. They know who they are!

Don Hyde AM Chairman


World-acclaimed theatre organist David Johnston OAM is presenting an intimate theatre organ experience at the Dendy Theatre, Church Street, Brighton for members of the South Central Suburban Regional Group and their guests at 10.30 AM on Tuesday 17th May.

David has had an association with the fabulous Dendy Theatre organ since his school days at Haileybury College. Following the recital, he will demonstrate and explain the inner workings of the historic organ and will conclude his performance by providing the musical background to a popular silent movie. Cost is $14 pp including a light luncheon and tea/coffee in the foyer afterwards. The Group is inviting all other interested members and their guests to attend but early booking is recommended as numbers are strictly limited. For full details and bookings, contact Geoff Oscar AM on 0532 9065 or at genoscar@melbpc.org.au

Thank You Lambis Special Breakfast

In the sunny late afternoon of July 19, 1916 in the first action of Australian troops on the Western Front, countless Australian and British allied soldiers lost their lives at a small village in northern France called Fromelles; the bodies of many were never recovered. But in 2009, thanks to the persistent and diligent research of Lambis Englezos, a Greek- Australian teacher and amateur historian, the remains of over 250 diggers who fell at Fromelles were eventually formally identified. Join us for a special breakfast hosted by RACV President Professor Peter Chandler to thank Lambis Englezos AM for his extraordinary efforts that changed the lives of many families and cemented his place in history.

Venue: Level 17 Date: Friday 15th July Time: 8.30am to 10.30am $45 per person includes hot full breakfast & donation to Melbourne High School Old Boys Scholarship Fund, to honour Lambis

Bookings essential. For bookings and enquiries call Special Events on 9944 8987

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