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President’s Report – October 2016

with BMI President Phil Roberts

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Twilight Talks

We have a very interesting series of talks planned from Friday 7 October until Friday 2 December, and the program is advertised here. Members are urged to ‘spread the word’ about the guest speakers and to advertise the talks with any other organisations to which they belong. Most talks will be held in the Humffray Room although due to bookings of the Humffray Room for South Street clients, the talks on 7 and 21 October will be held in the Hooper Room.

Official Opening of the Façade works and the Finishing Kitchen

All BMI members are welcome to attend the Opening that is to be held in the Minerva Space on Wednesday 16 November at 2.30pm. The program will include a new Erin McCuskey film about the Institute and will be followed by afternoon tea in the Humffray Room. If you are able to attend please inform us by phoning 5331 3042 or letting Rosemary McInerney at the library desk know – this will assist us in catering for the afternoon tea.     

Max Harris Prints and Haymes Books

With Christmas around the corner, prints for gifts or home decoration are available from the BMI library. The cost ranges from $30 for a 20 x 25 cm print to $100 for a 50 x 70cm print. Books are available for sale including, as a Christmas special, the Haymes book Paint Flowing Through the Veins for $40 when the recommended retail price is $50. There is a Nina Valentine review about this book in the October Newsletter – in particular, chapter ten has a fascinating story.

Heritage Weekend 2017

We have received a letter from the City of Ballarat stating that a change has been made to the timing of the Heritage Weekend. Instead of the usual Mother’s Day second weekend of May it has been shifted to the final weekend of May (in 2017 it is on the 27-28 May). As usual the BMI will have a full program over the Heritage Weekend.

Phil Roberts

President 2016-17