Updated: Jan 9

Presented by:

Heather Wilson

ADFAS Pokolbin AGM

14 November, 2018

It is a pleasure to present my report for 2018.

The year has been another very successful and prosperous one for our society. Our annual membership reached 129 and we were fortunate to have many visitors join us. We have focused on offering greater financial incentive for visitors to become full members as opposed to remaining as hcasual visitors. We have also introduced a Gift Card to  the value of $30.00 (the cost of a lecture and supper) to members who have paid their annual subscriptions prior to the November 2018 Annual General Meeting.  As of today most of our 2018 members have renewed their membership for 2019.

We have been delighted to announce that Mrs Gwen O”Brien accepted our invitation to become Patron of The Young Arts for ADFAS Pokolbin. Gwen and her husband John have over many years generously supported our Young Arts Projects. We wish to acknowledge and show our appreciation and gratitude.

Our lectures have been of a high standard, receiving excellent reviews and feedback from members and guests. These evenings continue to enrich our lives in both quality and content. We enjoyed interesting and informative lectures from two Australian and six International experts in their field.

I wish to make particular reference to one delivered by Matthew Laing.  His lecture entitled “The New Black Identity” received outstanding reviews and was the standout lecture for the year. Matthew spent his childhood growing up in the beautiful Hunter Valley and is a lecturer of international renown. We are fortunate that he has agreed to return in November 2019.

Frequent social events are very much a feature of our calendar and comprise an important component of the ongoing success of our Society. In April we held our annual “New Members Cocktail Party” catered for by the committee. Judy Wearne, our gracious hostess, welcomed us into her home. The evening is a popular and well supported event.

In July we celebrated our twentieth birthday party, enjoying the movie  “Life of Brian”. This movie was inspired by the true story of local wine baron, Brian McGuigan AM and his wife Fay. It was very special to have Brian and Fay join with us, Fay being one of our Foundation members. It was written, directed and produced by local artists familiar with his outstanding commitment and dedication to the success of our wine industry. Special thanks to Robert Lusby AM, a committee member, for his involvement.   A generous supper and fine local wines were enjoyed