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Speakers

Upcoming Speakers

2022

September Meeting:Jackson Parker from the Victorian Racing Club and hopefully bringing the Melbourne Cup

October Meeting:Penny Christie, The Modern World of Gambling.

November Meeting:Wanda Egerton,  Living with Blindness.

February 2023:Professor Kate Burridge, wordsmith and literacy expert.

Recent Past Speakers

In July we welcomed Neil Angus MP, the local member for Forest Hill.  Neil gave a revealing insight into his different responsibilities at both state and local levels.  We were most surprised at the diversity of challenges he faces when helping the members of the Forest Hill District and the use of his expertise in planning and financial roles on Government committees.  Neil proved an excellent and interesting speaker for an appreviative audience.

Chris Hodson from 1812 Drama Company entertained us with the history of the local Ferntree Gully theatre company.  He spoke about their work with different age groups, how they kept going throughout the pandemic and what the futire holds as they rehearse upcoming productions.  To conclude, Chris read a monologue he had written which focussed on the hilarious shortcomings of members of theatre audiences. 

Charlotte Sterrett, Riverkeeper of the Yarra River, spoke about her role as a caretaker f the Yarra River and the work being done to monitor and improve the water quality along its course from Warrandyte to the sea.

Heather Burge returned to continue the story of her travels through Iran, the Middle East and Europe as she cycled her way across the continent, mostly on her own to finally meet up with her daughters near the Eiffel Tower after 6 months.  Her enthusiasm was obvious as was her love and respect for the countries she visited and the wonderful hospitality of the people she met and stayed with along the way.

Sean Stanton from GAP, The Greyhound Adoption Program spoke passionately about the work being done to rehabilitate greyhounds once their racing days are over.  We enjoyed meeting his own dog, Marshall, who happily wandered around greeting members as we enjoyed Sean's talk.

Heather Burge took us on a trip with her as she spoke of the highlights of her travels when cycling the  Silk Road.  

Mandy Ginsburg from the Embroiderers' Guild shared her lifelong love of the craft, bringing along superb examples of her skills and sharing the story behind some of her favourite pieces.  We were amazed by the creativity and artistic skill behind her work.

Anne Catchpole  from Cottage by the Sea talked about the new renovations and their continued work in helping children to enjoy a holiday at the seaside. The craft ladies presented a very generous donation of knitted goods for the visiting children.