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Broadly Speaking - 04 July 2017

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There was a real buzz in the room today when our Guest Speaker was our Exchange Student, Laure.    The well-attended meeting was bolstered with the addition of families who had hosted Laure, and some of her friends – in fact we had to bring in an extra table.  Laure leaves Australia in 4 days to return home but she has left an indelible mark on the lives of all with whom she came in contact.

A winning smile and happy disposition, mixed with a little cheek all added to her charm.  She spoke about her experiences in the past 12 months and the effect her year with our Club has had on her life already.   Presented with gifts frommembers and the Club, it was very emotional saying farewell.   She goes with our love and best wishes for a wonderful life and the hope that she will return some time in the future. 

So many of our members have skills, some of which are not always obvious,  and Rosalie Vanstan is a wiz with embroidery.  She always presents our Exchange Students with a beautiful quilt depicting Australiana.   Thank you so much Rosalie – I am sure those quilts are treasured mementos.  

And how very special for me to induct a new member into the Club so early in my year as President.   Introduced by Julie Sloan, it is obvious that we have a wonderful new Rotarian in Megan O'Keefe.   Megan is the 727th member of our Club.   Welcome aboard Megan!


Word of the week was 'agglomeration' – and Ted Rankins won the prize for knowing its meaning – 'a mass or collection of things:  an assemblage.  New York is an Urban agglomeration.'   Well done Ted.  

Congratulations to Joy Bruce and her Youth Committee who were advised that they had won a District Award for Youth during Glenn's year.   We have a very vital Youth Committee and this is a well deserved award:  it will be shown

on our Letterhead.   Well done Joy!


Our Guest Speaker/s next week will be Melanie Karajas from the 'Music and Memory' division of the Australian Arts Institute.   Melanie will tell us how music can change the lives of those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.   My project for next year involves introducing music programs into as many hostels as possible which are caring for clients with dementia.   We will also have Kerryn Anderson, Activities Co-Ordinator at Strath Haven – the first cab off the rank -  where there is a Pilot program, funded by our Club, currently being undertaken.    

If your life has been touched by dementia this session is not to be missed – it offers hope to families, - so please come along to hear these two ladies.   There is an open invitation to wives, partners, and any interested family members – we would love to welcome you. 

John K. will be writing a series of articles on Mindfulness which I am sure we will all find very interesting – the first one appears today.  Thank you John.   

Our Club Directory is now kicking in – and below are those Rotarians who are rostered on for duty.    

See you next week – but for now 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'. 


Yours in Rotary,

President Valerie.

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