The PTSA held its AGM on Thursday 26th August 2016, with the first of our “Distinguished Lecture Series” being presented by Dr Leanna Reid, SA Chief Scientist. The lecture provided AGM attendees with an opportunity to glimpse into the life of one of SA’s most influential STEM professionals, and was most inspiring to all.

Elections were held for the new Executive Committee, as will be done each AGM: President Sam Taylor, Vice President Wendy Maddocks, Secretary Bebe Sanders, Treasurer Ka Wu, supported by general committee members Kenton Porker, Peter Hardy, Kate Delaporte. The outgoing Acting President Kate Delaporte thanked all retiring Committee members for their excellent contributions and commitment during the first couple of years of the PTSA when so much has to be started and set up.

On Thursday 19th May 2016 the PTSA celebrated its 1st Birthday, with a cocktail reception at the National Wine Centre, made up of scholars and their guests, representatives from the Adelaide Hills Council, MPs Rachel Sanderson (Member for Adelaide) and Adrian Pederick (Member for Hammond), Andrew McLaclan (MLC), Andre Luiten from UniSA, John Zwar from TAFE, Bob Curley from Balanced Habitats, and Playford Trust Board members Dean Brown, Don Bursill, Keith Yates and Danny Watson. Kate Delaporte was there in her dual role as PTSA Acting President and Playford Trust Board member.  Guests mingled over canapés and wine, and there were short speeches by Vice President Sam Taylor, Playford Trust Chair Dean Brown and Sub-Committee Chair Don Bursill. Troy Baofo, a PT/TAFE SA award recipient from 2010, then gave an inspiring account of his career to date and how the award he received encouraged him to grow professionally, and how much he values living and working in South Australia. It was a great event and enjoyed by all.

Balanced Habitats and TAFE SA provided financial support for the PTSA for this event, and the PTSA is grateful for this.

It became apparent to the Committee that everyone is pressed for time and energy. What would suit our members in terms of the frequency of events, the style of the events, and the cost? Big decisions frame our every move! We have nominally decided to hold four events each year: the sophisticated event in May, to celebrate our birthday and to welcome the new University Scholars; the Distinguished Lecture series and AGM in August; the Casual Christmas Family Day in late November, where we can welcome the new TAFE award recipients to the PTSA. The AGM attendees found that the idea of having regular formal lectures/presentations by influential South Australians, Industry partners and past Scholars, would be interesting and beneficial, so this will also be incorporated into the mix.

The Committee seeks feedback from the members as to the nature of these events, and would be very pleased to receive comments from attendees, but also from people who do not attend, with why they aren’t. Please communicate with us through the Face book page and Group page, and the playfordtrustalumni@gmail.com account.