All the Glamour and News from LV's 20th Anniversary Dinner

5 November 2009


600 Guests assemble at the Crown Palladium

The Palladium at Crown was abuzz with style and chatter as close to six hundred of LV’s Alumni, sponsors, and extended family celebrated the organisation’s 20th Anniversary at an elegant black-tie affair.

LV was thrilled that Professor David de Kretser, Governor of Victoria, and Mrs de Kretser, were in attendance.

The evening was a fitting tribute to LV’s retiring founding Executive Director, Richard Bluck, who farewelled the organisation he led from 1989 to 2009.


Ten individuals, including Richard Bluck and one corporate group were welcomed as Honorary Fellows of the Williamson Community Leadership Program for outstanding service to LV throughout our history:
Richard Bluck AM, RFD
Martin Carlson OAM
Harry Carrodus
Peter Laver AM
Kevin Luscombe AM
Don Macfarlane
Sue Nattrass AO
Roberto Scenna (on behalf of ANZ Trustees)
Peter Sheldrake
Denis Tricks AM
Noel Turnbull

Honorary Fellows of the WCLP

Honorary Fellows of the WCLP

The evening welcomed the 2009 participants of the WCLP program as Fellows and Alumni of LV, who enjoyed the evening with the support of family and friends.


Guests also had the opportunity to welcome LV’s new Executive Director, Jerril Rechter (WCLP ’03) who highlighted the future direction of the organisation.

BHP Chairman, Don Argus, AO, delivered an inspiring keynote address in which he articulated the emotional intelliegence required of exemplary leaders; that leaders need to trust and to be trustworthy and that to be a first class leader, one must first know oneself.

Don Argus

BHP Chairman, Don Argus AO, On Leadership

Alumni, both in the room and around the world, had the opportunity to Tweet messages of support, which were in turn displayed at the dinner. In this way, LV helped Government House to forge protocols for the use of Twitter as this was the first event attended by a Governor that sought to make use of this new technology.

WCLP Graduate in the making

WCLP Graduate in the making