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President’s Report – May 2018

PRESIDENT’S REPORT –  May 2018

Social Media Information

The BMI Board has contracted Wordsworth communicating to undertake the Institute’s newsletter, web site updating and other social media work. We thank David Berry for his work with the recent newsletters. If any BMI member would like to have an item considered for our newsletter, they need to contact Rosemary McInerney at the Library desk at least ten days before the end of the month for the coming edition.

Twilight Talks

Once again we are receiving enjoyable presentations. Both the recent talks by Dr Ross McMullin and Glenice Wood Lake were very well received. Details about further talks are contained in this Newsletter. We have added a seventh talk to this second series – on 1 June Peter Griffiths is presenting about the Welsh people in Ballarat.

Basement Application

On 13 March we applied to the State Government’s “Living Heritage Program” for a $193,000 grant to address ventilation, damp and storage issues with our basement. We see this as the first stage of making the basement usable in a positive way. In the long term we may have a ‘showpiece’ museum for visitors’ tours.

Heritage Month

We are gearing up for Ballarat’s May Heritage Month with our library exhibition on throughout the month ‘Motoring through Time.’ The main focus will be on the weekend 26-27 May with the theme of ‘100 years of Technology and Innovation.’ We will be open in the library and a number of events will be on throughout the building (see more on pages 7 & 8). Our Volunteer Coordinator Marilyn Furness is looking for Volunteers to assist during that weekend. Contact Rosemary at the Library desk if you can help. Phil Roberts