Opera Australia Annual General Meeting

Today I attended the Opera Australia Annual General Meeting.

I went there with the express purpose of voting against Rowena Danziger’s re-election as a director, but I am afraid the whole thing was such a cup-of-tea-and-bikkies occasion that I piked on this and did not raise my sole hand to vote against her. It would have been futile, and she is still not a woman lightly crossed.

Mrs Danziger has been a director for 18 years, and quite apart from my opinion of her personally, I think that is more than enough for anyone to serve on this sort of board. On the other hand, she is good at rallying the funds from her big end of town mates. I suspect this is an aspect of her still-not-relinquished power at Ascham, and it is clearly part of the basis on which board members get co-opted at the Opera, and as an opera-goer, I suppose I have benefitted from this, even if the really big money still comes from the government and the board members are riding on the coat-tails of this. My, that board is a cosy club.

Perhaps I will be able to mount a more concerted campaign in 2 (or maybe it is 3) years’ time when Mrs Danziger is next up for election. 20 (or 21) years is surely more than enough.

Judging from the minutes of last year’s meeting (11 members present in person and chairman holding 14 proxies) or my observation of this year’s (a little more – I came in just when the numbers were being read out, but not more than 30 or 40 including proxies so far as I made out) this would not necessarily be difficult, though of course if the board got wind of any ambush you could expect a more healthy round-up of proxies.

So it is tempting to start asking anyone I know who is a subscriber to the opera to become a member of the company, and then to solicit their proxies. Maybe I should be canvassing amongst disgruntled former Ascham students. I am sure there are some.

13 Responses to “Opera Australia Annual General Meeting”

  1. Nicholas Pickard Says:

    That’s not the only board in this town that needs a ‘rejuvenation’, as it were.

  2. The Rabbit Says:

    Wuss.

  3. marcellous Says:

    I know. I am really ashamed of myself. But you had to be there to see how hard it was to break the treacly atmosphere of self-congratulation. I should have allowed myself to be inspired by your long ago [self-] reported interlocution of Kirby J…

  4. The Rabbit Says:

    Well, I’ll do it next year if you buy me a drink beforehand.

    In other news, I am being called a scab. How rude.

  5. marcellous Says:

    So have you subscribed?

    As for being called a scab, I’d better not comment, seeing as I may be soliciting your vote.

  6. Victor Says:

    Driving past Randwick (Girls?) High School this morning I saw they boasted on their roadside noticeboard “Year 7 Chess beat Ascham!!!” – exclamation marks and all. School chess wars?

  7. marcellous Says:

    That’s a bit sad, really. I don’t know if the Dalton plan really does anything special for the [Ascham] gels’ chess prowess…

  8. TomCat Says:

    Indeed the dark Danziger days are slowly being left behind and in terms of day to day school life Ascham is in a renaissance like period in terms of pastoral care for the girls.

    Nevertheless her influence on the School Council and their never ending round of self perpetuating appointments to the Council of Danziger acolytes is very disappointing.

  9. Kim Walker « Stumbling on melons Says:

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    […] with my criminal law lecturer from 1989, and to canvass my first proxy for next year’s Opera Australia AGM – my second-half neighbour (an expatriate Tasmanian and former teacher at Ascham who knows Rowena […]

  12. Foiled! « Stumbling on melons Says:

    […] Foiled! By marcellous As I have mentioned before , Opera Australia is a company limited by guarantee. You can become a member (akin to a shareholder) on signing the guarantee provided you are and for as long as you remain a shareholder. This entitles you to attend any general meetings and, amongst other things, to vote on the election of directors. Last year I attended the Opera Australia Annual General Meeting with the express intention of voting against Rowena Danziger’s re-election to the board. Shamefully, at the critical moment my nerve failed. […]

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