Conference

SPEAKERS

True membership interaction

speakers at our monthly meetings cover a wide variety of topics.

 

SPEAKERS FOR OUR APRIL MEETING

A profile talk from a fairly-new member Linda Mabbott. Well done for coming forward and sharing a bit of your life story with us and hopefully it will encourage others to do the same

 

Our guest speaker will be Brian Free, the Publicity Officer for U3A who has kindly consented to tell us about what U3A is and what it offers for us to further our knowledge.

I’m really looking forward to hear both.

Kerry Morgan, speaker Co-ordinator

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FEBRUARY GUEST SPEAKER

Our local member Lucy Wicks MP spoke at our February meeting. She updated us about the tertiary medical study opportunities now available on the Coast, together with local businesses interested in waste issues She also spoke of her work with online abuse. I was delighted that Lucy found the time to come to speak at our Club.

Kerry Morgan, Junior Vice President

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JANUARY DINNER, AND GUEST SPEAKER

DR JAMES KWONG 

James was born in China during the revolution under Chairman Mao. Andrew Kwong’s story was of his early years in China, eventually escaping and finding a new life in Australia. It contained, murder, mystery, revolution, prison, re-education camps, sex; an enjoyable and interesting evening. had by all members.

Peter Mear

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OUR NOVEMBER GUEST SPEAKER

was

Kez Hanasic

 

from the Australian National Maritime Museum

Kez, a 40-year retired teacher, musician, and motoring enthusiast, has a story to tell!

 

It was a story of a heroic wartime act on 1 December 1942.

It is also the tale of the incredible time scale, almost eight decades - including nearly 20 years of on and off again efforts in the Australian Parliament beginning in 2001 - before

Ordinary Seaman Edward “Teddy” Sheean of Tasmania

was approved for our nation’s highest military honour by the Queen and recognised on

the 1st December 2020 - 78 years to the day - by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

with the

Victoria Cross of Australia.

Kez, who has had a lifelong interest in military and naval history, illustrated his talk about Sheean - who is credited with saving 49 of his shipmates as his ship, HMAS Armidale sunk.

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