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GUEST SPEAKERS

A list of the club’s recent guest speakers follows (most recent first).

November 2021

A mock trial of Goldilocks was held in lieu of a guest speaker before Judge David Gibson. Goldilocks was charged with breaking and entering the property of the Three Bears, and malicious damage and petty theft of the Three Bears' property! Following the presentation of the prosecution's case, and its rebuttal by the defence, which called Goldilocks as it's only witness, the jury (audience) found Goldilocks not guilty almost unanimously! The prosecution was played by Graham Lane (attorney), Norm Maberly-Smith (Papa Bear), Margaret Lane (Mumma Bear) and Peter Hester (Baby Bear). The defence was conducted by Allison Maberly-Smith (also producer and director).

October 2021

Bob Keenan, supported by his wife Jill, gave a spirited presentation about beekeeping, a hobby that has kept him entralled for several years. Bob services his hives from his home in Black Head, but travels further afield to assist others with their beekeeping hobbies. Bob revealed that there is historical evidence of beekeeping as early as 7,000BC in North China, that bees do not recognise the colour red, queen bees live for 2-4 years, drone bees live for approx. 55 days, and worker bees for approx. 45 days. Sworming bees are a good place to harvest queen bees (expertise required!), otherwise they have to be bought for $45 each. Bob demonstrated significant knowledge of his subject and a great passion for his chosen hobby, and after about fifteen minutes of presenting facts and figures, got the audience involved with Q&As. At the conclusion, members showed their appreciation in the usual manner.

June 2021

A performance by the local musical group, the Lions Pride, had the members present clapping their hands and tapping their feet, some were even dancing in the aisles! Following is a list of the numbers performed.

I'm a Believer, the Monkees; I Started a Joke, the Bee Gees; Try a Little Kindness, Glen Campbell; Maybe Tomorrow, Reg. Bromwich (band leader); Tequila Sunrise, the Eagles; Runaway, Del Shannon; Teach Your Children, Crosby Stills Nash & Young; Honey Don't, the Beatles; Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Johnny Cash.

May 2021

The guest speaker at the May general meeting was local 'graffiti buster', Ted Bickford OAM, who gave an interesting presentation about the control of graffiti in our region. He has achieved great success within the Midcoast Council region over the past 26 years, working with school children, corrective services and juvenile justice personnel. Ted's work has resulted in the region being one of the cleanest, with garffiti attacks being hit generally within 24 hours. Under his guidance, school children, generally Year 7 students, take ownership of the graffiti problem and responsibility for its removal.  His programs rely heavily on community support. One of the keys to his success is that he treats the kids as responsible human beings, an approach that is appreciated by the young participants.

Apr 2021

The guest speaker on our ANZAC Day commemoration was Geoff Anderson, who provided the historical and interesting facts surrounding two Australian Submarines of WW1 - the AE1, which sunk off Rabaul on its first mission following its commissioning in August 1914 with the loss of all its crew; and AE2, which was lost in the Sea of Marmara on 29th April 1915 during the time of the Gallipoli Landings. The AE2 is know as the Silent ANZAC, for its stealth in traversing the mine infested waters of the Dardanelles to eventaully reach the Sea of Marmara, where she was later attacked and sunk by a Turkish gunboat. Most of the crew were rescued and detained a POWs. 

Feb 2021

Member Ron Smith spoke about being a volunteer firefighter. Ron is the Captain of the local Diamond Beach Rural Fire Brigade. He covered the work involved in volunteer firefighting, the training requirements, his 65 years of involvement in the service, and what needs to be done to protect the home from fires. He concluded by showing graphic pictures and videos from the 2019-20 bush fires in our local area.

Dec 2020

The debate was held in lieu of the guest speaker. Go to Meetings tab to see a write-up of the debate.

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020:

Meetings cancelled due coronavirus.

Mar 2020

No guest speaker due AGM.

Feb 2020

MS Frances Breen, a retired Court Registrar, gave an overview of legal documentation relating to seniors, such as wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardian, etc, and an insight into what goes on behind the scene of Gown and Wig.

Dec 2019

Christmas meeting – no guest speaker.

Nov 2019

Meeting cancelled due bushfires.

Oct 2019

Carole and Brian Lynch, well-known locals, gave us an insight into their lives as Coffee Planters and life in New Guinea.

Sep 2019

Wendy Birrell from NSW Roads and Maritime, provided an update on driving skills and safety issuers for older road users.

Aug 2019

Kathryn Stephens and her Guide Dog Nessie gave us an overview of the role of Assistance Dogs and the work of Guide Dogs of Australia.

Jul 2019

No guest speaker due to choir performance.

Jun 2019

Megan Griffith from J.R. Richards Waste Management, gave us an update on how to handle our waste to avoid landfill and produce recyclable waste more effectively.

May 2019

Mr. Chris Jones, Manager Libraries Midcoast Council, updated us on the variety of new services and the many community activities which our local libraries now have in place, with particular emphasis on how the library service has kept pace with evolving technology affecting literature, and the future directions of the service.

Apr 2019

Taree RSL members discussed the various memorials dedicated to those who served in the Australian Defence Forces in the many conflicts since Federation.

Mar 2019

No guest speaker due to AGM.

Feb 2019

Probian David Gibson, Unit Commander, Forster-Tuncurry Marine Rescue, gave us an insight into the valuable Marine Rescue Service and the work of its volunteers.