Chairman’s Message

Dear NSW Members,

Further to my last update email on 28 July, and Chairman’s Report in “The Order” August Issue, I wanted to bring you up to date on our latest news during these very different times as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel in terms of new cases in NSW, and we are all praying for some good news from Victoria.

Until Government restrictions are lifted, we continue to operate virtually. We had our Branch Committee meeting by Zoom this week, when we discussed the proposed new Constitution and By-Laws in some depth. My grateful thanks to Jim Mein AM for his hard work with the National Board on these important documents.

I hope everyone has read “The Order”, August Edition and has participated in the magazine reader survey. This is an important opportunity for all of us to give feedback about our most significant communications tool. The survey can be found on pages 9 and 10 in the Magazine. Due date for the Survey’s return is 23 September.

Do watch out for our NSW Member survey re “Member Benefits” in October. This will likely be conducted on Survey Monkey. Our Membership Officer Michael Maher OAM is leading this important work.

We have now published more than 11 “Thanks for Asking” stories from NSW Members. Two more will be included in this note, from John Howells OAM RFD, and David Parkinson OAM. We enjoy reading about how our Members are spending their time during COVID-19. If you would like to contribute, please send an email to our Communications Liaison, Louise Davis AM, at

Thanks to John and David for their “Thanks for Asking” contributions:
Peter Falk OAM
The Order of Australia Association NSW
Branch Chairman

Peter Ronald Alfred Falk OAM – CHAIRMAN

Since my last update on 26 June, we have been advised that, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, Investitures for Australia Day Honours awardees will now be held at Government House Sydney in September. Guest numbers are restricted, and we will need to wait until venue rules are relaxed before we hold a welcome reception for these new Honours Award recipients.  Queen’s Birthday Honours Awardees will hopefully have their Investitures later in the year.

The good news is, we have booked our annual Australia Day luncheon cruise Australia Day January 26, 2021. However, we will be restricted to having a maximum of 80 guests, assuming there are no further restrictions. Stay tuned for any updates.

We have so far published 9 “Thanks for Asking” stories from Members and will include 2 more in this Update.  Any members who would like to share their experiences during COVID please send an email to our Community Liaison Louise Davis AM at

As part of our review of Member Benefits we will conduct an online survey in October. We hope as many people as possible will respond so that we get a better understanding of what our Members appreciate and what we could consider in the future. Our Membership Officer, Michael Maher OAM will lead this work.

We held our regular Committee Meeting this week, by Zoom video conference due to the restrictions on face to face meetings.  Especially while we are living with restrictions in terms of meetings and events, our web coordinator Christopher Dunne OAM reminded us to keep him up to date with any news, especially from Regional Members.  Please contact Chris at if you have any local news which would be of interest to other members.

Our newly appointed Branch Director, Jim Mein AM has been appointed to the National Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.  Graham Hyde OAM from Queensland has been appointed the new National Secretary of The Order of Australia Association.

The 2021 National Conference (planned for Darwin) has been cancelled.

Thank you to Margaret Hamilton AM of Blackheath, and Margie Beck AM for their “Thanks for Asking” stories.

My best wishes and those of our Committee to all of our NSW Members as we all travel together through the Pandemic and its effects on our Communities.

Peter Falk OAM
The Order of Australia Association NSW

Branch Chairman