People with a purpose

The life of Reilly... 15 November 2016

Well what a busy meeting we had with a full house, our AGM (thank you Ian Monotti) an induction of a new member and another amazing life talk.


After last week's International Night I thought we might have been on a bit of a low but how wrong was I.  After the AGM reporting on our successful year just finished, it is always a highlight to have someone beginning their Rotary adventure.  Chris Fordham has been a guest over the last 4-6 weeks and it was fantastic to have him receive his Rotary pin and badge today and join our club.


How many times have we said how some of the best speakers come from within our own club?  Well PE Valerie Broad certainly enhanced that view, and yes we did learn some things about Val.  We learnt at the International Night that Val's blood lines in fact go back to a convict ship coming to Australia and how she was actually kicked off her school choir in Primary School for being too loud and too pitchy.  Val worked primarily in the secretarial field after her schooling years but music was always her passion.  With a love for the piano and proving that Primary School choir teacher wrong by going on to perform in countless musicals and to this day heading up one of Australia's most successful youth choirs.


Val spoke of her time spent in support of people living with disabilities and being instrumental in establishing the Sternberg Lodge in 1987.  Val was amongst the first three female members to join our club back in 1991 and her 25 years in Rotary has proven she has not slowed down one bit.


With the Bendigo Youth Choir recently receiving an invitation to perform at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York, they have decided to take up the challenge of raising the $80,000 required to take the children for this once in a lifetime experience.  After Val's inspiring talk on the hundreds of children's lives she has changed thru her commitment to the youth choir on top of her 20 odd years supporting people with disabilities and her 25 years with Rotary it was no surprise when I asked the members it was unanimously agreed to give the children in the choir a helping hand.  To Val's great surprise we agreed to give them $10,000 to kick off their quest.  A great way to finish off another great meeting!


With Christmas looming don't forget our two Christmas projects, could every member please go out and buy a child's gift or two and bring them along to one of our meetings and leave them under the Christmas tree.  Larrie Winzar and her team are once again collecting ladies & childrens bags and they are looking for any toiletries or money to buy these items to help those out in need.  Two really simple projects that will bring a smile to lots of peoples faces this Christmas.


Remember our next Tuesday's meeting is CANCELLED due to the Wednesday night joint Rotary Meeting at Silks Restaurant, Bendigo Jockey Club in celebration of the 100 years of the Rotary Foundation.  Great chance to socialize with other Rotarians from other Bendigo clubs and all for a great cause.  Need to contact Rtn Glen Muhlnickel ASAP to book though and arrange payment.


Lastly Greg Galloway and the car parking team are in desperate need of additional help this Friday, Sat and Sunday with the Caravan & Camping Leisurefest, if you can help out please contact Greg.


Upcoming events:


Wed Nov 23rd   Joint Foundation Dinner (Silks Restaurant)

Tues Nov 29th   speaker: Ben Murphy (Bendigo Club)

Tues Dec 6th     speaker: Wes Vine

Sun  Dec 11th   club Christmas function (Andrew & Heather Hampton's, Sutton Grange)

Tues Dec 13th   speaker: Mayor Marg O'Rourke

Sun  Dec 18th    Community Carols (Rosalind Park)

Tues Dec 20th   fellowship day


Yours in Rotary



Glenn Reilly

President 2016/17

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