Meet & Speak

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Meetings & Speakers

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

2019 Calendar

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

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

(Don't forget: No Perfume Please)

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 see the ‘Activities and Outings’ page.)

Lachlan McLeod

February 2019

Lachlan McLeod - Life Stories

Lachlan McLeod is a documentary film maker. He is interested in the lives of older Australians, and believes it is important that lives are recorded in some way. He will give us some insights into how this can be done.

Early 20th Century Girls

March 2019

Dr Gwenda Davey - Girl Talk

Dr Gwenda Davey AM has a distinguished career in various areas of scholarship, including oral history and folklife in Australia. She will tell us about her background and her latest project, which is an investigation into the changing lives of girls in Australian history.

Queen Vic Market

April 2019

Timothy Webster - Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market

Timothy Webster loves the Queen Victoria Market and has recently written a book about it. In this talk he will share some of the highlights and surprises of his research.

Sailboat at sea

May 2019

Keith Wilshier - My Sailing Adventures

Some of us like to go north for the winter months. Keith and his wife up the ante on this and sail north for winter - not just northern Australia but also around the Pacific. Keith will entertain us with some of his sailing adventures.


June 2019

Stephen Wells - Horticultural Therapy

Stephen Wells was an ABC Gardener of the Year and has combined his nursing and horticultural background in his role as a project officer at the Austin Hospital where he runs a garden for long term patients. He will share with us the benefits of gardening, horticultural therapy and people-plant connections.


General Meetings - Location and Times

Monthly Club General Meetings of all members take place at 10.00am on the fourth Friday of each month (however always check with the grid above), February to November inclusive. Meetings usually finish about 12.15pm, except every second meeting when we have a bring-a-plate lunch which usually finishes around 1pm.

General Meetings are held at the Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre, a City of Port Phillip facility, located on Liardet St near the corner of Liardet and Bay Streets in Port Melbourne, opposite the entry to the Coles car park.

Parking in the area is not easy, but spots are usually available one or two blocks away in the direction of the tram line or city. The venue is about 8 minutes walk from the Graham St stop of the 109 tram. Route 250, 251 and 253 buses stop close by on Bay St, and the Port Phillip Community bus stops nearly outside the Liardet Centre.

The meeting format is usually as follows:
10.00-10.30: Coffee, chatting, paying treasurer for events, etc.
10.30 sharp - be seated ready for the meeting's commencement.
10.30-11.30: Guest speaker and questions/discussion.
11.30-11.40: Short break.
11.40-12.00: Meeting formalities and new member induction.
12.00-12.15: (when no plate lunch) Members Slot … a member talks about his/her life, travels, or other topic.
12.00-1.00 (every second meeting) Bring-a-plate lunch.

Members and visitors are asked to leave their mobile phone switched off during the meeting.

Annual General Meetings

AGMs occur on the fourth Friday of March (however always check with the 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 10am. The venue is at the Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre on Liardet Street. Non-Committee members of the Club are welcome to observe at these meetings.