Official dinner in the Parliament House turned into a cosy dinner with friends! |
On the 18th of August the volunteers and avid supporters of the Queensland Russian Community Centre had an honour to attend a dinner hosted by the Speaker of Queensland Parliament Hon.John Mickel and his wife Catherine. The dinner was organised by the former President of Queensland Russian Community Centre Elena Gosse.
Despite the highly respected position of Mr Mickel in the Parliament, the dinner turned out to be rather “inofficial”: due to warmth and genuine interest from Mr Mickel and his wife everyone was feeling welcomed and relaxed and the dinner was progressing in a friendly manner.
The visitors were rather curious about the interior of the Parliament House, which most of the guests never visited before. With a great surprise and satisfaction, the Russian and Australian attendees remarked on the unobscuring and rather modest interior decorations without so golden glitter and extravagance, so common inside most of the Russian Government buildings. This observation just confirmed the strong belief in rational approach to the tax-payers money and serious approach to the parliamentary responsibilities!
Moderately sized dinner room was decorated with the portraits of former politicians and the table settings were clean, stylish and branded.
At the start of the dinner Hon John Mickel gave a speech with strong emphasis on the democratic principles of Australian society, founded on freedom of speech and freedom to vote – two fundamental essentials of a successful democratic state. The speech, which was delivered in a passionate and articulate manner, was followed by a short biography of Mr Mickel himself.
The speaker has announced his upcoming plans to retire and dedicate a lot of spare time to travelling with the wife Catherine. The couple was very keen to visit Russia during one of their trips.
The speech was interesting and fascinating so much so, that one of the guests suggested for Mr Mickel to start classes on Public Speaking! This suggestion was commented as worth considering, especially after the completion of the career in politics.
The atmosphere of the whole evening was pleasant and relaxing, not to mention the superior quality of sumptuous buffet served by the very attentive staff. Smoked salmon, fresh prawns, lamb cutlets with curry sauce – these are only few dishes among the range of delicious offerings.
Worth a special mention is the fact that the members of the former and current committee of the Russian Community Centre were present and interacted in harmonious and supportive way with the older and younger generations of immigrants.
The dinner ended up on a definite promise by John and Catherine to stop by the Russian Community Centre and attend one of the upcoming events to truly understand the depth of the famous Russian hospitality! Surely, the Centre will impress the couple with variety and taste of traditional Russian dishes at the earliest opportunity.
Dear John and Catherine, our deepest gratitude for the lovely dinner and please visit us in the Russian Community Centre!
John Mickel has been the Member for Logan since 1998.
He is currently the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. John has previously been the Minister for Transport, Trade, State Development, Employment and Industrial Relations. He holds a Master of Literary Studies, a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education Studies and a Diploma of Teaching. John is a member of the Greenbank RSL, Queensland Irish Association, Logan West Meals on Wheels, is Patron of the Logan West Golden Years Club and Patron Southern Stars Baseball Club.
John and his wife Catherine have three children.
More photos from the event here http://qldruscentre.com/event_photo.php?event_id=36&photo_id=1281