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President’s Report December 2016

Official Opening of the Façade Conservation & Finishing Kitchen Works

Thank you to all BMI members who attended and those who assisted with the Opening on Wednesday 16 November. About 140 people attended the splendid occasion that marked another stage in the history of our building that is one of Ballarat’s treasures. Chaired by BMI Vice-President Professor Terry Lloyd, speakers included Sharon Knight, MLA, Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh and our Patron Dr Frank Hurley and the viewing of a film about the Institute.

Film Viewing

If any member was unable to attend the Opening, we are having a second viewing of the fascinating film produced by Erin McCusky in the Minerva Space at 5.45pm on Monday 12 December. You are welcome to bring any friends and there is no need to book.

San Francisco Visit

Board member Wendy Graham and Curator Amy Tsilemanis took part in the International Conference of Independent Libraries and Mechanics Institutes on November 3 – 6 in San Francisco, USA. They found the conference very rewarding and have met with BMI Board members to discuss possible future initiatives our Institute may undertake as a result of information about Institutes worldwide.

Twilight Talk Special Addition

We are delighted to host a further talk this year – world-renowned organist and founder of the Ballarat Organ Festival in 1996, Sergio de Pieri will discuss the history of the Festival and provide musical items on Friday 9 December at 5.30pm. This will follow the talk on 2 December by Yvon Davis about Dutchman Jan Vennik and his connection with the 1854 Eureka uprising.

Christmas

I would like to extend compliments of the season to all BMI members. Have you considered a purchase from the BMI as a Christmas gift? We have Max Harris prints and some books available.

Also encourage your friends to visit our Library and become members.

Phil Roberts

President 2016-17