Meet & Speak

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Meetings & Speakers

On this page: Guest Speakers, Meeting Location and Times, Annual General Meetings, Committee Meetings

Living with COVID!

As we get on with life under "COVID-normal" conditions, members are encouraged to continue to exercise caution and follow health department guidelines with regard to social distancing and mask wearing.

Please do not attend a meeting if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID symptoms.

2023 General Meeting Calendar

No meeting
24 February 24 March (AGM)
28 April
26 May
23 June
28 July
25 August
22 September
27 October
24 November
Christmas Luncheon

Please advise our Secretary if you are unable to attend a monthly meeting.

Forthcoming Guest Speakers

Here's what's planned for guest speakers at our Club general meetings in the near future ...

(To find out about upcoming activities and outings go to the ‘Activities and Outings’ page.)

Maribyrnong River 1927

August 25th

Peter Somerville - History of the Maribyrnong River

The Maribyrnong River valley has been home for the Wurundjeri people for thousands of years. When Europeans arrived in the early 19th century, they established sheep stations along the Maribyrnong, but later that century the lower stretches of the river had become one of the main centres of industrial Melbourne.

Nowadays, much of the river front land has been returned to parkland and has become a much sought after place to live.

In his talk, Peter will tell us more about the long and colourful history of the Maribyrnong River.

Members at lunch

Post-Meeting Club Lunch
This meeting will be followed by a club lunch at The Railway Hotel, 280 Ferrars St, South Melbourne (cnr. Bank St).

To assist with booking arrangements at the hotel, you must book in advance to attend the lunch - unfortunately last minute drop-ins on the day are not allowed. An email will be sent out on the Friday before the meeting inviting you to make lunch bookings (please don't try to book before the email is sent out)

Note that you are welcome to attend the lunch even if you are not coming to the meeting.

Cells under microscope Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

September 22nd

Dr Geoffrey Crawford - Pimples and Immunology

What's the link? Come along to the September meeting and find out!


General Meetings - Location and Times

Monthly Club General Meetings take place at 10.30am on the fourth Friday of each month, February to November inclusive (however always check the calendar above). Meetings usually finish around 12.45pm

General Meetings are held at the South Melbourne Community Centre, a City of Port Phillip facility, located at 1 Ferrars Place, South Melbourne. (If you are heading east on Park Street, Ferrars Place is the first street on the right immediately after crossing over the St Kilda light rail line).

There is plenty of 2 hour parking in Ferrars Place if you come by car. The venue is also very well served by public transport with a number of tram (routes 1 and 96) and bus (236) stops within 5 to 10 minutes walk.

The meeting format is usually as follows:
10.30-10.55: Coffee and socialising
11.00 sharp - be seated ready for the meeting's commencement
11.00-12.00: Guest speaker and questions/discussion
12.00-12.10: Short break
12.10-12.45: Meeting formalities and new member induction

Members and visitors may not enter the hall until 10:30am and are asked to have their mobile phone switched to silent during the meeting. The hall must be vacated by 1pm.

Annual General Meetings

AGMs occur on the fourth Friday of March (however always check with the calendar grid above), in conjunction with the normal monthly general meeting. The AGM is quite brief, focusing mainly on the nomination/election of the Committee for the following year.

Committee Meetings

These are held on the second Friday of each month, February to November starting at 10:30am. The venue is the Liardet St Community Centre at the corner of Liardet and Nott St in Port Melbourne. Non-Committee members of the Club are welcome to observe at these meetings.