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Nov. Executive Manager’s Report

Executive Manager Report
Well, here we are at the start of November and there is so much going on at the BMI at the moment. It is also wonderful to be around Ballarat in general with the better weather, new events, music, BOAA, and indeed the recent announcement that White Night will be back in Ballarat next year.

Board (Bored?) Matters
The Board met in mid October and covered a range of issues and planning matters, including:

  • Planning for the submission of grant funding for rectification works to the basement. This application is due early next year, and there is much to work through.
  • The November Conference, organised by the Mechanics’ Institute of Victoria, to be hosted by Ballarat (more of this in the newsletter)
  • Progression of training being undertaken by Marilyn Furness (Volunteers Coordinator) on the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.
  • The BMI Foundation
  • Continuation of priority work covering implementation of the Board’s strategic plan

I am constantly reminded of, and do acknowledge, the many hours of voluntary time that Board members undertake for the BMI, and we are fortunate to be supported by this level of commitment

Mechanics’ Institutes Australia (MIA) – 2018 Conference
As detailed last month, we at Ballarat are hosting the MIA Conference from Friday November 16th through to Sunday November 18th. This is a fantastic opportunity for our members and interested parties to explore the history of the Mechanics’ Institutes, understand the many issues we currently face, and to celebrate all that lies ahead.

All details are presented at the conference web site mivic.org.au/mia2018.html and there are hard copy brochures available in the Library. We certainly encourage you to read the program and consider your participation. I would also commend the opportunity to attend the Saturday night dinner and enjoy the combination of great discussion, wine and lovely food. There is also a special option just to attend one or more of the keynote addresses, which presents a really good option as well.

I am happy to help in any way if anyone has a query about the conference – don’t hesitate to contact me.


Library Closure – Friday November 9th
We also remind everyone that we are taking Friday November 9th as the Public Holiday for Show Day in Ballarat, and the Library will also be closed that day.

Volunteer Support
As part of our hosting of the MIA conference the BMI is also helping with some voluntary staffing for the conference, and there will be many opportunities to volunteer over the weekend.  I do know that Ross or Marilyn Furness would be very appreciative of any assistance that members could offer in this regard, so if you are interested please follow up Marilyn or Ross as per the details in the newsletter.

Friends of Minerva – 2018 Raffle
I am aware that this raffle is underway, and your support in buying some tickets or helping Marilyn Furness with sales would be greatly appreciated. This raffle is one of the major fundraisers undertaken by the Friends group and we thank them for it.

Book Launch – Phil Roberts
You will see that the Twilight Talks session on Friday 9th November is in fact the official launch of the 270 page book ‘Avenue of Memories’. Congratulations to our immediate past president and long serving Board member, Phil Roberts, on the fantastic effort in writing this book for the Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour Committee.

As well as encouraging all to attend this event, we are pleased to advise that the BMI will stock this book for sale following the launch.
Well done again, Phil.

Staff News
Just to advise that Rosemary McInerney is currently on an extended period of leave, with a planned return in early December. Of course it is business as usual in the Library and we thank Sue McRae, Rosemary Tolhurst and Sue Lloyd for their assistance whilst Rosemary is away.

I would also like to advise that David Dahlenburg, our Venue Manager, has advised myself and the Board of his plans to finish up around February 2019. Many of you would know David and his significant contribution to this role since commencing April 2016.

There will be further opportunity to acknowledge David’s efforts for, and support of, the BMI in the next couple of months, however an early and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to David. In this time we will also be working through a process to replace David, and more information regarding that will follow.