President's Report

REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT JASON RONALD OAM FOR AUGUST 2021

REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT JASON RONALD OAM FOR JULY 2021 NEWS BULLETIN

COVID 19 – THE PANDEMIC

We are now in our fifth lockdown and experiencing increases in the corona virus Delta strain around the country. I was notified that I had been on a train that was a tier 2 space and I needed to isolate and get tested. Fortunately, the result was negative and so I continued in lockdown along with every other person in Victoria. I have had my first Jab of AstraZeneca and will have my second one early in August. It appears the only way to defeat this virus is to get vaccinated and I hope that you have or are taking that course of action. Many events are still unable to take place but the Olympic Games has shown the way and provided encouragement for athletes and viewers alike. Let’s all keeping working towards ending this pandemic.

COMMONWEALTH DAY

One of the events that was able to take place was the Commonwealth Day Dinner at the Royal Commonwealth Society hosted with the Council of British and Commonwealth Societies at The Gables in East Malvern in March. Guest speaker was the new British Consul-General, Steph Lysaght, who spoke encouragingly about the relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom. He also talked about his previous appointments around the world including Russia and his delight in being posted to Melbourne having undergone quarantine in Sydney before coming here. RCS President Lloyd Byrne welcomed everyone and spoke about the Commonwealth and the importance of it to Australia and the other 53 members. A major raffle was conducted and many guests won prizes.

CORAL’S FUNERAL MAY 7

There was good attendance from the League at Coral Strahan’s funeral in Kew on Friday 7 May. A condensed version of the eulogy I delivered is in this News Bulletin. Deepest Sympathy was expressed to Coral’s daughter Karen and son-in-law Ben as well as granddaughter Emilia and grandson Adam.

SOLEMN CHORAL EVENSONG FOR HRH PRINCE PHILIP AT ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

The Very Reverend Dr. Andreas Loewe Dean of Melbourne organised a wonderful service on 14 April to honour and
give thanks for the long life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Her Excellency the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, read the first lesson, a reading from the Book of Proverbs and Steph Lysaght British Consul-
General read the second lesson, a reading from the first epistle General of Peter. The sermon was delivered by The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne. The choir sang magnificently Psalm 84, the Magnificat,
the Nunc Dimitis, and The Anthem by Stanford. The final hymn was Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son and
God Save the Queen was sung at the end of the service. The cathedral organist Siegfried Franke played Nimrod from Enigma Variations as the Organ Voluntary.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting was held on Monday 24 May at Anzac House and thanks to those who attended we had a quorum and various reports delivered then are in this news bulletin. Congratulations to Andrew Spierings on his election to Council and thank you to John Clark for his service over the last couple of years. At the subsequent Council meeting Ron Williamson was elected Deputy President, therefore congratulations are due to him. Thank you to Christine Chamberlain for her 10 years as Deputy President and particularly for the incredible amount of work she did on the Development Project for Selwyn College on the Solomon Islands. A computer laboratory that is serving them well and greatly assisting with the students education. Other Office-bearers continue in their positions.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE IN MY UNDERWEAR

We were finally, twelve months later, able to have Beverley Moss entertain us at the Angliss Restaurant with her talks of life around the world but particularly in London with the Royal family. The talk was most interesting and the service by the students exemplary.

ROYAL BIRTHDAYS

It has not been possible to celebrate Her Majesty’s actual or official birthday due to the Corona Virus but the special
celebration at Windsor Castle was enjoyed by many on the television.

Secretary’s Report

2021 so far at least hasn’t shaped up quite the way we anticipated early in the year due to the pandemic which has caused some havoc nailing down functions and giving ROSL members the chance to get together and enjoy a variety of events and catching up with friends. The easing of restrictions provides us with optimism for holding functions in the future. We were fortunate the William Angliss luncheon with guest speaker Beverley Moss took place as planned in March as well as our 2021 Annual General Meeting at ANZAC House, in May.

Thank you to all members who registered for the dinner to celebrate the life of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh on 10 June and which was subsequently postponed at the last minute due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. A NEW DATE WILL be advised to all, once arrangements can be confirmed. We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times.

All future events will be updated on the ROSL Victorian Branch website as dates are confirmed. As always we will be guided by health authorities advice and observe safe social distancing guidelines at all times.

Please contact the branch secretary if would like to be included in future cinema and theatre events which we sometimes arrange at short notice.

A WARM WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS!

Welcome to the following member who has joined the League in Victoria since our last Bulletin,
Mr Julian Freney-Mills

INFORMATION & VISITING THE ROSL UK WEBSITE

A great deal of information, including forthcoming London based events, activities and member reports, is contained in the ever changing ROSL London Website at www.rosl.org.uk. The London Clubhouse is open and there are any interesting and entertaining events to look forward to once travel restrictions are lifted. Members are reminded that should they, for any reason, experience difficulty logging into the ROSL London website they can also use the following contacts to:

  • Seek general information relating to London based services and activities or report issues with logging-in to the
    website: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • make reservations at Over-Seas House, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [or telephone +44 (0)20 7408 0214];
  • Request a reciprocal club ‘Letter of Introduction - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [or telephone +44 (0)20 7408 0214 ext 215]. [A list on Reciprocal Clubs is available at www.rosl.org.uk. Please make your booking with the relevant reciprocal club before requesting a Letter of Introduction to ensure that you can be accommodated and inform the reciprocal club that a Letter of Introduction will be forwarded directly from London]
  • request a replacement Membership Card: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information is of course available on the ROSL UK website www.rosl.org.uk.