Dear Fellow Member,
Welcome to another Consular Corps year.
We held our Annual General Meeting on 28 February 2023 and have a new committee for the coming year. Please allow me to introduce your committee:
• Michal Horvath, Dean
• Peter Dowling, Vice Dean
• Michael Rosemann, Secretary
• Diana Lopes, Treasurer
• Daniel Gschwind, Immediate Past Dean
• Archana Singh, Committee member
• Sandra Micallef, Committee member
We are looking forward to serving you and the Corps for another year. A big thank-you to last year’s committee for their hard work and to our outgoing Dean Daniel Gschwind for his leadership and guidance. We did not let him get away. He will remain on the committee for the coming year.
You will be pleased to hear that the membership fee has been kept at last year’s rate ($250).
Those attending the AGM yesterday heard our plans. This year’s focus is on getting a better understanding of what the Corps does and what it should be doing. We welcome your input in that regard. We are going to have a planning meeting in the next couple of months to have a formal discussion about the direction of the Corps. If there is to be a theme to the year, it is the development of trade opportunities for our member countries.
We are putting out invitations to form sub-committees to address specific areas of interest, for example the Olympics. There is also an interest in collating the history of the Corps dating nearly 170 years, all the way back to the appointment of the first consul here in Brisbane in 1855. You may have other ideas.
A request has been made to find out whether office space can be made available in the city for consuls to use. We will investigate that with the Brisbane City Council.
We will also have some fun. The Dean’s function is to be a river cruise. And we have a date for our Christmas Function, so you can plan early: 13 December 2023.
We are working on making our website the first port of call for Consular Corps issues and encourage you to have a look and update your section where needed.
Most importantly, we are grateful that you have taken the time to be a member and to contribute to our great cause.