On Sunday July 31, the annual history talk and cocktail party for 2016 was held. Over fifty medical alumni and their guests attended and enjoyed the entertaining and thoroughly researched presentation by Dr Lynda Campbell on the topic of “Bodies, bits, bugs and blood: A history of pathology services at St Vincent’s”. Afterwards members enjoyed catching up with friends and former colleagues at the cocktail party.
The topic, speaker and date for the 2017 event will be announced on the website shortly.
The 2016 annual golf day was held at Greenacres Golf Club in Kew on Friday April 1. A large group of Association members (with handicaps ranging from 7 to 36) enjoyed perfect weather and played on a course in wonderful condition. It proved to be an historic day as the winner of the Doyle-O’Sullivan silver cup was Dr Jill Spargo with a brilliant round of 45 stableford points. Jill is the first woman golfer to win the cup in the eighty years of the history of this event.
Other results were as follows: Individual runner-up: Kerry Breen, 40 points, closely followed by Steve Leitl 38 pts, Michael Westmore 38 pts, Andrew Wyss 36pts, Oliver Larkin 36 pts and Jamie Keck 36 pts. The best group prize went to Nick Gelber, Jamie Keck, Jill Spargo, and Justin Porrins (of our sponsor DPM Financial Services). The nearest the pin prizes went to Andrew Wyss (9th hole) and Ben Morris (11th hole) while the straightest drive prize went to Bill Rogers.
Members enjoyed a great day with ample time to socialise with old friends both over lunch and at the dinner after golf. They also benefitted from the presence of touring professional Daniel Popovic who hosted a “Beat the Pro” par 3 hole. The winners took home some very valuable prizes thanks to the generosity of our sponsors who included our major sponsor this year, DPM Financial Services Group (www.dpmfs.com.au ), the Audi Centre Melbourne and Audi Centre Brighton – part of the Zagame Automotive Group, St. Vincent’s Pathology (a long-time supporter) and Zouki Catering, who run the café at St. Vincent’s.
Many thanks also to the staff at Greenacres who looked after our group extremely well, to Sue Mabilia who handles the advertising and registrations and to our golf day convenor David Olive who makes it all happen.
Bookings for the 2016 Alumni Association Annual Golf Day at Green Acres Golf Club in Kew on the afternoon of Friday 1st April are still open and there are a number of tee slots available. The fee is only $80 for lunch, golf and dinner so come and join other members of the Association and play on a superb inner suburban golf course.
If you wish to play and have not received a registration form, these forms and more details can be obtained from Ms Susan Mabilia at St Vincent’s Hospital – tel 9288 2304 or email susan.MABILIA@svhm.org.au.
The 2016 Cocktail Party and History Talk will be held on Sunday, July 31. The 2016 talk will be on the topic of “Bodies, bits, bugs and blood: A history of pathology services at St Vincent’s”. The talk will be given by Dr Lynda Campbell, Immediate Past Director of Cytogenetics Services at SVH and a member of the Hospital Archives Committee.
Please keep the afternoon and evening free as the event will run from 4.30 pm until 8.00 pm. More information and registration details will be sent early in 2016 to all alumni for whom we have email addresses.
The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held on Monday February 22, 2016. The committee for 2016 consists of Dr Kerry Breen, President, Dr Michael Davies, Secretary/Treasurer and Drs Jill Spargo, David Olive, Jacinta Mogg and Brendan de Morton as committee members. Dr Bernadette Hickey, Chair of the St Vincent's Senior Medical Staff Association is an ex-officio member.