President’s Report – March 2024

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President’s Report – March 2024

Welcome to a new year, one which promises some exciting activities for WHS members. Our major focus for the year will be to collaborate with the developer of the old Post Office site in Church St, Whittlesea. The 1926 post office building still exists in the corner of this site, and WHS is keen to see it preserved for the future, and maybe used for community purposes.

The year started early for us, with a fundraising event being held at the Rotary Tram Café at Diamond Creek on the 6th of January. Many thanks to those members who volunteered their time, and earned some great funds for WHS. Thanks also to those who visited us there and supported us.

You may have noticed some changes to the WHS website and Facebook page. Several members of the group have been working to update and reinvigorate these online platforms. If you are a Facebook enthusiast, please check out our active and informative page, which has already brought in several research enquiries, and several new members for WHS. The website now has much extra information available, including a members-only section. There are links to other history groups, research links, and information about the WHS collection. We appreciate those members who are spending much time in giving these sites a great new look.

WHS sub-committees are now being formed, and you are encouraged to share your knowledge and skills by joining one of these teams: IT/Media/Publicity, Fundraising and Events, Collections, Research, Education, Publications, and Grants. Team Leaders are listed on the website so that you can contact them personally.

While you are checking out the website, have a look for events coming up. There will be two great events in March, one organized by the Friends of Tourrourong in which we’ll be taking part, and a bus tour organized by WHS on the 17th March (already fully booked). Check for details under “Events”, and put the dates in your calendar. Planning is already under way for some excellent speakers for the May general meeting and for an event in June. Keep an eye out for our latest activities, and we hope to see you on the 24th of March at the Yan Yean Reservoir.

Barbara Miller, WHS President.