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2020 Membership Renewal is now open
Prof Andrea Hull AO
December 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
As 2019 draws to a close I reflect on our fabulous 10th Anniversary Year and hope you have found the Melbourne Forum programme as stimulating and enjoyable throughout 2019 as I have. Now it is my pleasure to invite you renew your membership for 2020 and beyond.
We have another stimulating program planned for 2020 with a growing variety of intimate events to inform, engage and delight you.
Over the past year our programme committee presented a wonderfully diverse range of speakers who have shared their perspectives and challenged us to look at our city, community and values with fresh eyes. This year we’ve held over 60 events with over 1145 attendances over our 8 platforms, endeavouring to include events at varying times and variable costs to cater for as many members as possible. Our topics ranged from crime through politics to the arts, media and sport.
Amongst many highlights, Premier Daniel Andrews and the Chair of the ABC Ita Buttrose in our Signature series; Lord Mayor Sally Capp, John Silvester, Ann Sherry, Louise Milligan and John Pesutto joined us for lunch and we welcomed the return of the R&R political debate with Nicholas Reece and Daniel Wild. Some past conversation leaders such as Terry Moran, Michael Kirby, Prof Ross Garnaut, Margaret Gardner, Rob Adams and Robert Richter returned to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Our continuing ability to secure high-caliber speakers is one of the most exciting elements of Melbourne Forum.
We continued to provide opportunities for our members to get to know each other be through chatting informally at our Imbibo events held at some of Melbourne’s quirkiest bars or through our new In-House Series where members discuss issues, explore ideas and share expertise in an informal dinner party format. The cultural and arts program smorgasbord included a visit to the Jackalope Pavilion’s Rain Room and discovering the Secrets of the Espy.
This is only a small sample of what our members were offered this year. I invite you to join us again for an exciting, unpredictable but always engaging program.
Next year also heralds two important changes that impact your membership. From January 1 individuals looking to join Melbourne Forum will be asked to pay a one-off joining fee of 50% of their first year’s membership. At the same time, we have formalised the leave of absence process which can be found on our website: So, there are additional reasons to confirm your membership for the coming year.
The online membership renewal includes one-year, two-year and three-year options. There is a small increase in the annual membership fee (the first increase in the history of the Melbourne Forum) with discounts for the multi-year membership options. B
To ensure your membership is activated ready to access the full for the 2020 program, and to avoid having to pay the membership to re-join, ensure that your membership doesn’t lapse by confirming and paying your renewal by 31 December 2019.
I often reflect that, as well as our fantastic speakers, the other critical element that makes our Forum so vibrant is our members – it wouldn’t be the same without your continued enthusiasm and passion so thank you for being part of our 10th anniversary year, all the best for the coming year and I look forward to seeing you at our 2020 events.
Professor Andrea Hull AO