from the Acting President
from the Acting President, July 2017.
To commence on a sad note; our President Neil Brandie passed away on 28 June after a long illness which had
prevented him from taking an active part in the
management of the Club during the 2016/17 Council year.
I have tried my best to fill the gap during Neil’s illness with
the assistance of the Executive and Council members.
Please refer to the Tribute to Neil in this Aurora.
I attended the Melbourne Midwinter Dinner on Friday 23
June (now run by the Victorian Branch of the Club), an
enjoyable night attended by 80 members and
expeditioners. Our special thanks go to Rob Nash for his
hard work conducting and coordinating this night.
Also on Saturday 24 June I attended the Hobart
Midwinter Dinner and presented the Phil Law Medal to
Dave McCormack. An equally enjoyable evening, although
different in style to Melbourne, as is the right of every
Some members I know attended two or more dinners in
different States. I am convinced expeditioners cannot get
enough of each others’ company and will travel anywhere
to meet up with fellow explorers. I had a brief talk with
AAD Director Dr Nick Gales at the Hobart Dinner and will
arrange to have a phone link-up with him after the July
Our Annual General Meeting is not far off (on Sunday 20
August) and Council looks forward to your attendance or
proxy. Council is looking at switching over to a full postal
voting electoral system in 2018/19. This will give all
candidates maximum exposure to the voting members
who will then cast their votes prior to the AGM. This
should avoid the confusion between Ballot Papers and
Proxy Forms that currently exists.
In the near future the new Council will have some
significant activities planned with commemorations this
year of the establishment of the station on Heard Island
and the sinking of the Nella Dan, and next year, 70 years
of the opening of the Macquarie Island station, and the
50th anniversary of the beginning of the major glaciology
project on the Amery Ice Shelf.