Storytellers – Goes to the Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace!!

The March Storytellers was something rather unusual. We went to the Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace!! This was new territory (literally) and we had a full-house of 120 people, a record for the Storytellers!

Activities such as the Storytellers are wonderful opportunities to naturally to listen to some of the great things that our BBC members have been doing and supporting the Children’s Cancer Institute is one such event and with the annual Swim for Cancer coming up in nearly a week’s time – Sunday 7th April, this evening’s ‘storytelling’ was even more appropriate. Continue reading

Storytellers – Hope Happens from Timbuktu to Kathmandu – and places in between

Catherine DeVrye

Catherine has addressed audiences in 31 countries and travelled to over 130 countries. Catherine was an executive with IBM for a decade where she held numerous leadership roles. Despite being expelled from English in high school, she’s written 9 books including 3 best-sellers, translated into over a dozen languages that include: Hope Happens and ‘Hot Lemon and Honey’. The late Sir Edmund Hillary said … “information in this book can lead you on the road to success”.

It must work because Catherine is a past winner of the Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award … She’s an active surf lifesaver and has completed marathons, bungee jumped, swam with sharks, cycled over the Andes. And trekked to Timbuktu and beyond Everest Base Camp … quite crazy! Yet… she believes the BIGGEST challenge she’s ever faced is coping with change daily basis.

More on: www.greatmotivation.com

Catherine’s theme for the evening was “Hope Happens from Timbuktu to Kathmandu – and places in between” and accompanied her story with a wonderful selection of her own photographs and motivational quotes. Catherine is certainly a seasoned storyteller and began by giving us some of her early background. Though born in Canada she is a dinky-di Aussie now! She told us all that in fact this was the second time that she had spoken to the BBC, however, previously it was with the British Broadcasting Corporation!! Tonight, she shared with our BBC some of her personal stories and some new material on travel. She used, appropriately for the BBC, the ocean as an analogy for ‘change’. It sometimes ripples and then again, it’s sometimes like a tsunami. Continue reading

STORYTELLERS TUESDAY 16TH APRIL 7:30pm

The next meeting of the Storytellers which will be on Tuesday 16th April commencing at 7:30pm.

In keeping with previous years the April meeting will have an ANZAC DAY theme.
Sandy Longworth will be our ‘Storyteller’ and will talk about:

  • the Turkey and Ottoman Empire leading up to the Gallipoli Campaign
  • the Gallipoli Campaign, mostly narrative slides
  • Sandy’s ‘hero’, his father Roley, and some of his stories (he did not speak about it much, as it was very tough, but wrote a few very informative letters which were not subject to censors when he was in hospital in Cairo)
  • briefly tracing his father’s life connected with Military and medicine.  Roley’s life in a sense was made by WWI . He remained a devoted ‘Digger’ and was the ‘Diggers’ doctor for both WWI and WWII diggers.

The BBC’s one and only A Cappella choir will join in the evening’s fun with a number of songs familiar to everyone.

No tickets required this time!!

If the weather is good then come for a byo drink, feed and chat beforehand, usually starting at 6pm. All members and friends are welcome.

Enquiries to email me

BBC MEN’S CHANGE-ROOM RENOVATION

Drum roll. Yes we have set a date for the start of the renovation to the Men’s Change-room. Work will commence in earnest on 1st of May, 2019. Installation of temporary facilities will commence in the week of 15th April.

Ross Boakes and his team will be coordinating and overseeing the renovation. We are using the same builders as we used for the Women’s Change room. We all agreed that they did a fantastic job of the women’s area and the plans for the men’s look just as impressive. Follow the link to see floor plans and some finishes, for those who are interested. There will also be material in the Top Room display cabinet for you to view. Ross and the team have put lot of work and thought into these plans and they are now finalised and signed off.

This extensive renovation is necessary and overdue. The timber floors, showers and other fittings and fixtures are all very much in need of replacement.

The footprint of the change room will basically stay the same and most importantly THE OPENING IN THE ROOF WILL REMAIN! There will be more lockers and hooks available for use and we will do all we can to give the same lockers back to the individuals that are using them at present.

At some point before the start date we will ask all locker owners to remove the contents of their lockers. Please do this as promptly as possible.

So, with such a large scope of works there will obviously be disruptions. The most obvious one being the back courtyard being taken over by a temporary shower shed for the men to use. There will be showers in the shed and we will be making use of the undercover area for changing. Ross has it all planned!! Please note we have opted for no temporary toilets as we believe they will be smelly (think Port-a-loo smell). The 2 toilets near the top room will be available for use. We figured that if the women survived without temporary toilets when their change room was being renovated, then surely the men can survive this small inconvenience too!

We are looking at approximately 4 months for the job but you never know what we will find once work commences.

It’s going to be fantastic when it is completed and I hope you will all be flexible, positive and patient.

Best Regards

Cathy Mackay

BBC Mens Change Room Drawings