Established 1894

The Wallaby Club .Inc

Official Position Honorary Secretary (1894 - )

From
22 June 1894

Summary

The Honorary Secretary of the Wallaby Club with the exception of the year 1896 has been a leadership position critical to the successful running of the club. 'There is no doubt we have had good secretaries. We have also had some great secretaries. We have also had some secretaries. It would be a foolish historian who in 1994 would try to put recent incumbents into their appropriate catagories. Suffice to say that the combined wisdom of committees of the day, and executive officers leading us over the past hundred years, has enabled the club to survive, and at some times flourish, with no service or other objective to cement its membership together, other than man's need for friends, his insatiable desire to talk, and in some cases, God bless them, to listen.' Geoff Stevens [page 104]

Details

'In addition to the more difficult-to-describe role of proctecting the club from domination, and trying to help reflect members' wishes, printing notices, reports and cards has also been under some influence of the Honorary Secretary. Up to the late 60s, notices were printed each few months, by a printer whose premises were, in the opinion of one card editor, as like unto those of Dadson and Fogg, described Dickens in Pickwick Papers. It took John Swan to lead us into the realms of desk top publishing, with computers and word processors. One past president fumed, when computers were becoming so popular, that he would like to give a talk entitled "A Pox on Computers", but after some experience, strangely enough in early retirement from his Professorial Chair, is now trying to find their value.'

'As we approach our second century most of our reports and programs are handled by members, at mimimum cost to the club, on their own computers, word processors and laser printers. Our learning curves are showing exponential slopes once we quit our normal vocations, as À Votre Santé embraces mental as well as physical health.'

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Sources used to compile this entry: Attwood, Harold (ed.), The Centenary History of the Wallaby Club, Landscape Publications, Mont Albert, 1993. Chapter: 'The Honorary Secretary', pages 103-106.

Prepared by: Gavan McCarthy

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The Wallaby Club is a Melbourne-based walking club established in 1894 with a strong bias towards good fellowship, talking and an appreciation of both the natural and built environments. Membership is strictly limited and is by invitation only.

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