AFAS Victoria Annual General Meeting
Alliance Française in Melbourne - Friday 27 May 2005

The evening commenced with a welcome glass of champagne, followed by the presentation of the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite to the President of AFAS-Vic, Mr. John Acton by His Excellency, Mr. Patrick Hénault, Ambassadeur de France. Prof. Robert Fahri, Science and Technology Attaché spoke of the cooperation between the Embassy, AFAS-Vic, FEAST-France and the Victorian Government. In his reply, John Acton said “Although given to me personally, I consider it as a reward for AFAS-Vic, it’s members and it’s Committee of Management”.

Following this presentation, the Annual General Meeting commenced. The President gave his report of activities in 2004, highlighting the two seminars “From Home Automation to Smart Home” & “Sustainable Electricity Future” and the regular talks. The presentation of the three AFAS FEAST-France Fellowships, complementing the Victoria Fellowships, was the culmination of a period of intensive activity with the French Embassy and the Victorian Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.

Tom Rado presented his last Treasurer’s Report, as he is retiring from the Committee of Management after 36 years. Tom was one of the founders of AFAS in Victoria and has held the positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Officer. He has been a diligent Treasurer, ensuring the financial health of AFAS-Vic and his wise council at Committee Meetings has been appreciated. We hope that we will see Tom and his wife, Maria at future functions and we give him our best wishes for the future.

The two “Pierres”, Lantrin and Rodriguez did not stand for re-election. We thank them both for their contribution to the Committee over the years.

The new Committee of Management is now:

Welcome to the new committee members!

Our new committee, with it’s mixture of “new” and “old” faces, from industry and research, will be in a strong position to develop and foster relationships between France and Australia in the fields of science and technology with the encouragement of the French Embassy’s Trade Commissioner in Sydney and the Science & Technology Attaché in Canberra.

Public Officer
John Acton
David White
Peter Tolé
François Malherbe
Richard Jones
Bernard Shepherd
Committee members

George Bolz
Gary Bryant (LO RMIT University)
Yvonne Durandet (Chair Membership Subcommittee)
Yann Hamon
Kerry Hourigan (LO Monash University)
Christophe Lefévre (LO University of Melbourne)
Philippe Lesage (Chair Program of Events Subcommittee)

J. Acton, President of AFAS-Vic and P. Hénault, Ambassadeur de France
Danielle and John Acton
John Acton and his parents
Tom Rado and John Acton