Ignoring the minor technical hitches in optimising the speaker volume, the event was an absolute success! Over seventy ICE members, friends, partners (and parents!) indulged their taste buds with a delectable three course meal, washed down with fine wine, whilst celebrating the professional achievements of members and renewed optimism in the NSW engineering industry.
Our guest speakers were the Veloroos. Three (of the four) inspirational ladies presented their challenges, amusing anecdotes and lessons learnt from their June 2015 non-stop 4828km time trial cycling Race Across America (RAAM).
The Veloroos were the first all-female Australian team to compete in RAAM, winning their category and breaking a 19 year record in the worst conditions the race had experienced for a decade. In doing so, the Veloroos raised over $25,000 for Tour de Cure (cancer prevention) and The Amy Gillett Foundation (cycle safety).
Through the generous donations of attendees on the night, we raised more than $1000 to further help these worthwhile charities. The unplanned theme of the evening turned out to be 'dream big'- something we can all resonate with - and best summarised in our committee chairman's screensaver depicting a goldfish wearing a strap-on shark fin.
During the evening we watched a short Christmas video message from ICE President Sir John Armitt. Following this, Fellowship certificates were presented to Matthew Colton, David Cooper, Steven Davis, Jon Holiday and Steve Pascall who had all become Fellows of the Institution during the year.
In addition, retiring committee member Julia Proud was presented with a certificate for her outstanding contribution to the committee where for the past few years, amongst other things, she has run the graduates Written Assignment Group for those preparing for their Professional Reviews.
A massive thanks go to everyone that helped organised the event - in particular Julia Proud, Matthew Colton and Phil Robinson for ensuring everything on the night went swimmingly well and for chairing the event with such charisma and levity.