NSW CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS UPDATE
In September 400 NSW Queen’s Birthday Awardees participated in Investitures at Government House, with Her Excellency and a Reception was held at Parliament House on September 5 for new recipients. Close to 200 members attended, and our Parliamentary Host was The Hon Gabrielle Upton, MP, Member for Vaucluse. Big thanks to our metropolitan coordinator and events manager, A/Prof John Gullotta AM for managing these outstanding events which were very much enjoyed by our members.
We are also looking forward to our next opportunities for member engagement; including our Christmas Dinner at Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel on Wednesday 27 November; our Australia Day Harbour Cruise, on Sunday 26 January 2020, and our AGM morning tea on Tuesday 25 February.
We are pleased to welcome our new appointee Ms Martha Jabour OAM who will take over from our current Honorary Secretary, Mrs Carolyn Lyons OAM in November. Carolyn has done an outstanding job in this role for the past 3 years, and we thank her most sincerely for her tireless devotion to our Branch.
Our 25 NSW Youth Community Service Awards winners for 2019 were announced at Government House Sydney on September 20 with Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, speaking with each of the young students from high schools across the State. Once again, we were inspired by the dedication of these young people to help their communities in so many meaningful ways. Thanks to Dr Frank Kelleher AM for his outstanding management of this important program which encourages community service in High Schools across NSW.
Special thanks to our Deputy Chairman, Jim Mein AM for taking on the role of Chairman during my recent overseas travel, and to all committee members for their ongoing hard work to keep our Branch vibrant and relevant for our more than 2000 Members.
As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to wish all of our members, families and friends a very happy Christmas, and good luck for a healthy and prosperous 2020. I look forward to welcoming members to our Annual General Meeting at The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, at 10 am on Tuesday 25 February.
Peter Falk OAM
NSW Branch Chairman
Details of all events can be found on our website: https://www.theorderofaustralia.asn.au/nsw/about-us/