Upcoming Events – ACT Branch
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Sunday 26 January 2020: Australia Day Breakfast
Join us for breakfast at the Royal Canberra Golf Club at 8.00 am on 26 January 2020 to celebrate Australia Day and acknowledge the achievements of recipients in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List. Our special guest speaker will be Alex Sloan AM. Alex has been a journalist for 30 years, including over 27 years as a broadcaster with the ABC. She is highly regarded as an MC, interviewer and facilitator including: The ANU Meet The Author, The National Library, National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery. In 2017 Alex was named Canberra Citizen of the Year. At the national level, Alex is a director of The Australia Institute and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She is also member of the ACT Architects Board and works with a range of local charities. Alex was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in January 2019 for significant service to the community of Canberra, and to the broadcast media as a radio presenter
Wednesday 19 February: Annual General Meeting and Professor Jane Dahlstom OAM
On Wednesday 19 February, join us at Royal Canberra Golf Club at 5.30 pm for nibbles (and drinks at own expense), and our Annual General Meeting commencing at 6.00pm sharp. This is your chance to participate in the governance of our Branch. Come along to have your say on the Annual Report and who represents us on the Branch Committee in 2020/21. Please note that hard copies pf papers for the AGM will not be provided – members requiring a hard copy should download the papers from the links below:
Immediately after the AGM, our guest speaker will be Queen’s Birthday 2019 recipient, Professor Jane Dahlstrom OAM. Jane is Dean of the College of Health and Medicine at the Australian National University (ANU) and Professor of Pathology at ANU Medical School. She is a Senior Staff Specialist at ACT Pathology, The Canberra Hospital, where she is in charge of the immunohistochemistry laboratory. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) in Anatomical Pathology, Oral Pathology and is a founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science of her College. Jane was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to medical education, and to pathology.
Wednesday 4 March: 2020 Order of Australia Association – Australian National University Lecture: Admiral Chris Barrie AC, RAN (Retd)
The Order of Australia Association – Australian National University Lecture was established in 2010 with the aim of further recognising the contribution made by academic members of the Order of Australia to the fabric of Australian society. The Lecture brings together University and other recipients of the Order to create a closer understanding of each other’s commitment to service as recognised through the Australian Honours system.
Please join us for the 2020 Lecture, which will be held in Manning Clark Hall, ANU, on Wednesday 4 March, commencing at 5.30pm. The Lecturer will be Admiral Chris Barrie AC, RAN (Retd), who will speak on “It’s an Honour – Reflections”. Admiral Barrie will be introduced by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC. Light refreshments will be served after the Lecture.
Please Note: Bookings for the Lecture will be made via the University’s events website. Details will be made available via the Branch newsletter and The Order.
Admiral Barrie was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in 1994 in recognition of service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly as Deputy Maritime Commander and Chief of Staff, Maritime Headquarters. He was appointed an Officer in the Order in 1998 for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Defence Force. He was appointed a Companion in the Order in 2001 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force as Chief of the Defence Force.
Student Awards. In a departure from our usual arrangements, 2019 Student Awards were presented in school communities rather than at a central Association function. This enable us to say something about the Order of Australia, the Association and the Awards to a wider audience of students, parents and teachers. The selection panel once again considered a field of high-quality nominations. The winners were:
- Sarah Davis, Daramalan College. Awarded a School Plaque for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement.
- Samual Freeman, Canberra Grammar School. Awarded a Medallion for Outstanding Community Service and Citizenship and School Plaque.
- Aidan Gunning, Daramalan College. Awarded a School Plaque for Outstanding Community Service and Citizenship.
- Caleb Hodgson, UC Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra. Awarded a Medallion for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement and School Plaque.
- Isaac Martin, Gunghalin College. Awarded a Medallion for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement and School Plaque.
- The LEADAS (Leadership, Engagement, Academia, Development, Athleticism and Service) boys program and the PEARLS (Promoting, Empowerment, Achievement, Resilience, Legacy and Support) girls program, Amaroo School. Awarded A School Plaque.
Tuesday 24 September: Reception for New Recipients. The Branch celebrated the achievements of 19 new recipients from the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday 2019 lists and welcomed new members at a reception at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla. The ACT Branch is grateful to the ACT Government for its support to this event. (Photos: OAA)
Sunday 18 August: 2019 Multi-Faith Observance. Our 2019 Multi-Faith Observance was held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. It was moderated by the Executive Director of the Centre, Rt Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, and featured inspirational speakers from a number of faiths. Our theme for this year was Together in Friendship. You can find the program here. This was the final MFO convened by Sam Wong AM, who announced that he will stand down from the Branch Committee at the end of this year. We thank Sam for his service over many years, particularly in convening the MFO. (Photo: OAA; bio: ACCC)
Wednesday 24 July: Morning tea with Glenys Patulny OAM. Glenys spoke about how her interest in supporting the environment drew her into broader community work. Glenys was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 list for service to the community of Tuggeranong.
(Photo: Conservation Council)
Tuesday 25 June: 2019 Order of Australia Association – Australian Defence Force Oration. Our annual Australian Defence Force Oration was established in 2011 with the aim of further recognising the contribution made by military members of the Order of Australia to the fabric of Australian society. The 2019 Oration was delivered by the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, who spoke about security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region in the next 20 years. You can find a transcript of the Oration here. General Campbell was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2003 for exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Group during operational service in East Timor. He was appointed an Officer in the Order in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday list for distinguished service as Head Military Strategic Commitments, Deputy Chief of Army, and Chief of Army. (Photo: OAA; Bio: Defence)
Tuesday 11 June: Queen’s Birthday Luncheon. Members and guests were treated to an address by Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove at the Royal Canberra Golf Club while commemorating Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, and celebrating the achievements of ACT-based recipients of honours and awards in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday list. Lady Cosgrove was accompanied by His Excellency the Governor-General. She reflected on her experiences at Yarralumla, including: hosting several members of the Royal Family and other eminent international visitors; meeting recipients of honours and awards in the Order of Australia and thousands of other everyday Australians; and representing Australia at significant events both in Australia and overseas.
(Bio: Govt House; Photos: OAA)
Thursday 2 May: Reception for New Recipients. The Branch celebrated the achievements of 14 new recipients from the Australia Day 2019 List and welcomed new members at a reception at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla. The ACT Branch is grateful to the ACT Government for its support to this event. (Photos: OAA)
4 April: Morning Tea with Jenny Bowker AO. More than 30 members and guests gathered at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, Yarralumla, to share fellowship and hear about the experiences of Jenny Bowker AO as diplomat’s wife-turned-textile artist. Jenny gave a lighthearted but thought-provoking account of her journey, describing how she turned to drawing and quilting on finding herself without a job in a foreign country and in the shadows as a diplomat’s wife. She brought along several of her beautiful quilts, including the award winning After the Last Sky. Jenny was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2018 for distinguished service to Australia-Middle East cultural relations through the preservation of traditional creative and visual arts, and as a textile artist and educator.
13 February: Annual General Meeting & Evening with Sue Packer AM. Members and guests gathered at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, Yarralumla, to participate in our governance and hear 2019 Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Sue Packer AM, speak about her Australian of the Year experience.
- The AGM saw the 2018 Annual Report accepted and a new Branch Committee elected. Our experiment with providing papers in electronic format only was very successful and this approach will be retained, saving considerably on postage costs and volunteer time.
- Sue began by describing the ‘surreal’ experience of the months and weeks leading up to the announcement of her award, the realities of the presentation night, and the whirlwind of Australia Day in Sydney. She spoke of her delight at being able to share a day with all 34 Australian of the Year finalists and the wonder of a ride around Sydney Harbour with the other winners aboard the ferry Victor Chang. She went on to explain that she has always been passionate about children, even while growing up, and that this had led to her becoming a paediatrician and eventually to her work in the child abuse sector. She shared a range of insights from her experience and exhorted all adults to be more interested in children, more curious them. In response to a question, she even gave advice on successful grand parenting! We are very proud to have Sue as a member of the ACT Branch and wish her every success during her tenure as Senior Australian of the Year.
(Photo: The Canberra Times)
26 January: 2019 Australia Day Breakfast. Almost 100 members and guests gathered to celebrate Australia Day and the achievements of recipients in the 2019 Australia Day honours list, and hear our guest speaker, Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC. Sir Angus spoke about two significant anniversaries occurring in 2019: he first described the 1919 Great Air Race, won by two Australian pilots, Ross and Keith Smith, and the subsequent development of a commercial air route between London and Australia, before observing that 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of no flying fatalities in the Royal Australian Air Force. While praising the extraordinary achievements of early aviators, he contrasted their approach to risk with the modern culture that has transformed the Air Force’s safety record. (Photos: OAA)
22 November: 2018 Student Awards. Members and guests were joined by families, principals and teachers for the presentation of annual Student Awards by our Patron, General Peter Gration OBE, AC. Student Awards recognise meritorious community service and citizenship by ACT school students. A full report on the presentation and award winners is on our Student Awards page.
17 October: Morning Tea with Diane Johnstone AM. Members and their guests enjoyed morning tea at the Royal Canberra Golf Club with Di Johnstone AM, who spoke about Diplomacy, Art and Community Engagement. Di related her experiences as a diplomat in South Africa and later in Australia collecting and promoting the work of South African artists. She went on to talk about her community work in Canberra after her diplomatic career. Di was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in January 2015 for significant service to international relations through support for creative arts in South Africa, and to the community of Canberra. (Photo: OAA)
3 October: 2018 Order of Australia Association – Australian National University Lecture. Professor Ann McGrath AM presented the annual OAA-ANU Lecture on the subject Time Immemorial? Dates, history and the deep human past, opening members and guests to a fascinating alternative view about history and how we think about it. We hope to have more photos and a recording of the Lecture shortly. Ann was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to education, particularly in the fields of indigenous history, as a teacher, researcher and author, and through leadership roles with a range of history-related organisations. She was appointed a Member in the Order in 2017 for significant service to the social sciences as an academic and researcher in the field of indigenous history, and to tertiary education.” (Photo: ANU)
19 September: Reception for new recipients. The Branch celebrated the achievements of 6 new recipients from the Queen’s Birthday 2018 List (at right) and welcomed new members at a reception at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla. (Photos: OAA)
19 August: 2018 Multi-Faith Observance. About 40 members and guests attended our 2018 Multi-Faith Observance at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture to hear a variety of inspirational speakers on the theme “Wisdom for the Common Good” and enjoy fellowship during a light afternoon tea. The Observance was moderated by the Executive Director of the Centre, Rt Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, and featured Mr Harry Opperman (Jewish Tradition), Mr Muhammed Asku (Muslim tradition), Dr Willie Senanayake (Buddhist Tradition), Mr Kanti Jinna OAM (Hindu Tradition) and Dr Shahnaz Kouhbor (Baha’i Tradition). This event continues to underscore the importance of a focus on the things that bind our community together rather than the things on which we might disagree. (Pickard bio: CSU; Photos: OAA)
12 June: 2018 Queen’s Birthday Luncheon. More than 50 members and guests gathered for luncheon at the Royal Canberra Golf Club to mark the Queen’s Birthday and celebrate the achievements of ACT and regional recipients in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Our speaker was Mr Glenn Keys AO, co-founder and co-Executive Director of global health provider, Aspen Medical. Glenn spoke frankly about his early career in the Australian Army and the difficult decision he and his wife made to leave all that when their son, Ehran, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. He described the events that then led to the formation of Aspen, some of the extraordinary things that Aspen has done, and the culture of giving that is built into the company. He closed by introducing the audience to Project Independence, a new model for provision of social housing for people with an intellectual disability. Glenn was appointed an Officer of The Order of Australia in June 2017 for distinguished service to the community of the Australian Capital Territory through contributions to disability support programs, and to business and commerce as an advocate for corporate social responsibility. (Bio: Aspen)
24 May: 2018 Order of Australia Association – Australian Defence Force Oration. The annual Order of Australia Association – Australian Defence Force Oration was established in 2011 with the aim of further recognising the contribution made by military members of the Order of Australia to the fabric of Australian society. The 2018 Oration was delivered by the Chief of Joint Capabilities, Air Vice Marshal Warren McDonald AM, CSC. You can find an edited transcript of the Oration here. Air Vice-Marshal McDonald was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia in June 2015 for exceptional performance of duty as Officer Commanding Number 92 Wing, Director General Capability Planning – Air Force, and Commander of Air Mobility Group. (Bio: Defence; Photo OAA)
L-R: Bill Henman AM; AVM Warren McDonald AM, CSC; Ian Gollings AM
17 May: Reception for New Recipients. The ACT Branch welcomed 11 new members to the Association at a reception held at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla. (Photo: OAA)
L-R: Jan Paula OAM; Peter Ashworth OAM; Alpha Gregory OAM; Jim Quick OAM; Michael Crane DSC & Bar, AM (ACT Chair); David Cossart OAM; Ian Sayers OAM, ED; Robin Eckermann AM; Ingrid Moses AO; Alan Morrison AM; Michael Coper AO; Gordon Gregory OAM
17 April: Morning Tea at the National Arboretum. Members and guests enjoyed morning tea with Ian Sayers OAM, ED, who spoke about his working life and his experiences as a volunteer. Ian was awarded the Medal of the Order in the 2018 Australia Day list for services to veterans and their families, and to the community. (Photo: OAA)
14 March: Tour of NGA Art of War Exhibition. In a rare treat, Dr Anna Gray AM, Emeritus Curator, kindly hosted a tour of the Arthur Streeton: the art of war exhibition for OAA members and guests. The exhibition brought together key works from collections around Australia and overseas. Anna was honoured in 2017 for significant service to the visual arts as a curator, scholar and historian, to Australian artists, and to the promotion of cultural heritage. (Bio: The Canberra Times)
1 March: Memories as National Treasures. Following our AGM, Bill Stephens OAM regaled members and guests with stories about his experiences in recording more than 200 interviews for the National Library’s Oral History Collection, principally with performing artists. Bill was awarded the Medal of the Order in 2017 for service to the performing arts through a range of roles. (Photo: Stephens)
26 January: 2018 Australia Day Breakfast. Guest speaker Penelope Thwaites AM, Chair of the Order of Australia Association UK/Europe, gave a very personal address to members and guests on her topic Canberra Connections. You can download the text of her address here. Penelope was honoured in 2001 for service to music through the performance and promotion of Australian compositions in the United Kingdom and internationally. (Bio: Wikipedia; Photo: OAA)
26 October: 2017 Order of Australia Association – Australian National University Lecture. Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC presented the annual OAA – ANU lecture on the subject Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges, providing members and guest with fascinating insight into nanotechnology and its increasing impact on our daily lives. You can watch the lecture here. Professor Jagadish was honoured in the Australia Day 2016 list for eminent service to physics and engineering, particularly in the field of nanotechnology, to education as a leading academic, researcher, author and mentor, and through executive roles with national and international scientific advisory institutions. (Photo, bio & video: ANU)
25 May: 2017 Order of Australia Association – Australian Defence Force Oration. Our 2017 OAA – ADF Orator was the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN, who spoke on For Society and of Society: Where the ADF sits in modern Australia. You can read the text of the Oration here. Vice Admiral Griggs was honoured in 2012 for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force as Deputy Head Strategic Reform and Governance, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, and Chief of the Royal Australian Navy. (Photo & bio: Defence)
26 January: 2017 Australia Day Breakfast. Our Australia Day guest speaker was National President of the Order of Australia Association, Philip Flood AO. Philip spoke about the challenges for Australia associated with Islam in Indonesia and a divided America. You can read the text of his address here. Philip was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1992 in recognition of service to international relations. (Photo & bio: Wikipedia)