The past months have continued to be busy and productive for the NSW Branch, with many member engagements, including our Annual Luncheon at Parliament House Sydney on 31 July when our guest of honour and keynote speaker was NSW Governor, and Patron of the Association in NSW, Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC.
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.
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 tireless management of this important program which encourages community service in High Schools across NSW.
We enjoyed a very interesting and informative lecture and Q&A session at Parliament House on 31 October, on the subject of Estate Planning. It was very well attended, and feedback from our Members was very positive. Thanks to John Gullotta for another successful member event.
I would like to thank Committee members, including Jim Mein, Gail and Chris Dunne, and Branch Director John Archer for taking the time to attend several regional group luncheons in recent weeks, demonstrating important support for Ron Sharpe and our regional members.
On 11 November, Chris and Gail Dunne, Eddie Selwyn and I will attend the Remembrance Day Service at St James Church in Sydney on behalf of our Branch.
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.
Details of all events can be found on our website: https://www.theorderofaustralia.asn.au/nsw/about-us/
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.
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.
PETER FALK OAM