Last Thursday night we held our 90th AGM, with President Miriam Bass welcoming guests and providing an overview of the year that was. A special Jubilee video presentation was also screened showing the history of the organisation and in particular founder Dr Fanny Reading MBE in action. This was followed by the Caring Mums Clip produced by Channel 9.
Miriam acknowledged that it was a privilege to be honoured with being the City of Glen Eira’s 2017 Community Group of the Year, noted the expansion of the Caring Mums program into the City of Kingston, the roll out of the Jam project, our mentor project for teenage girls and the successful engagement of a younger group of women.
“It has been a busy and productive year with many exciting happenings. We can be justifiably proud of our achievements not only this year but for the ninety years of continuous service to the community”, said Bass. “I am looking forward to the remainder of our 90th Anniversary year and powering more women and girls for a better world.”
Nine board members were re-elected together with President Miriam Bass, and Moran Dvir will be joining the Board as an observer.
Shirley Glance, Immediate Past President, stepped down to focus on her position on the National Board. Shirley was elected an Honorary Life Member.
Several awards were presented during the evening to those who made an outstanding contribution to the organisation and to the community over the year.
Ellie Smorgon and Roslyn Gunn received the President’s Award for their initiative and commitment to the organisation.
Sandra Levinson was awarded the President’s Service Award for her dedication as a previous Board member and Chair of the Events Committee.
David Southwick MP presented Mina Levy with the Glen Eira District Victoria Volunteer Award for her commitment to the organisation particularly in the capacity of Volunteer Coordinator. Mina recently stepped down from this position after 6 years of dedicated service.
The Sylvia Gelman Award for Outstanding Woman Educator in the area of Jewish Studies in Victoria was awarded to Amanda Castelan-Starr, a remarkable educator at Mount Scopus College.
The Fanny Reading Scholarship was awarded in absentia to Roni Froumine by Dr Dvir Abramovich, Director Program in Jewish Culture and Society, University of Melbourne.
It was wonderful to see so many past Presidents in attendance and have their continued support of the organisation.
The evening concluded with the cutting of a specially made cake to mark the organisation’s 90th year.