President’s Report – April 2018
It is with a great amount of pleasure that we announce our new Manager is Tony Godfrey. Tony starts work in the 0.5 role on Tuesday 3 April. He brings a breadth of previous experience, financial capability, enthusiasm about the Executive Manager role and commitment to future directions of the Institute. His previous positions have included Special Projects Manager at Ballarat Clarendon College, Executive Assistant to the CEO at North Ballarat Football & Sports Club, Director of Finance and Corporate Services at St John of God Hospital and the Business Manager at the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat. Tony’s main roles at the BMI will be to manage Institute activities and work towards its long-term sustainability. We welcome him to the BMI and wish him every success.
These talks have continued to be of a high quality and to be well attended. The last talk in the first series was on 23 March and Series Two starts on 20 April with Dr Ross McMullin. Dr Joan Hunt is completing the scheduling of the speakers extremely well and thank you to all those volunteers who have assisted with the first series of talks. Details of the forthcoming series are included in this Newsletter.
The event was a major success for the BMI – thousands of visitors flocked to the Institute to see and participate in many of the events and activities put on during the night. We had many volunteers and a general thank you has been sent to them. In particular, I wish to mention the sterling work of David Dahlenburg, Wendy Graham and Malcolm Roberts in coordinating many aspects of the evening that has proved financially profitable for us. Heritage Room Furniture Grant The Library Committee members have overseen the expenditure of a $10,000 State Government grant for signage and new furniture in the Heritage Library. Our Curator Amy Tsilemanis has been strongly involved.
Building Committee members are preparing a submission for a State Government Living Heritage Program Grant to address the water, ventilation and storage issues. We are working with Heritage Architect Wendy Jacobs, Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh and City Council staff to address the issues.