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Broadly Speaking - 11 July 2017

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There was an aura of warmth and friendship in the TAB at the Bendigo Club on Tuesday when we had to relocate because of NAIDOC week.  It presented an intimate setting for our Guest Speaker, Melanie Karajas from the Arts Health Institute who spoke to us about Music and Memory - our project for this year.  We also welcomed Kerryn Anderson, Activities Co-Ordinator at Strath Haven, who thanked the Club for providing funding for a pilot project at Strath Haven – the first cab of the rank in our plan to introduce music into as many hostels which are caring for clients with dementia, as possible.   'Create', 'Connect' and 'Imagine' are three words synonymous with the Arts Health Institute and it was obvious that the Music and Memory program is able to create a connection with unresponsive people which activates the brain, enabling them to communicate with families and loved ones for a short time, providing them with a few precious memories to remember.    Both Melanie and Kerry are passionate about the program and we look forward to hearing more as the pilot program proceeds.  Thank you to all our guests who came along specially for this session – your rapt attention proved that this is a project very close to the hearts of many people.

Melanie will send through some links for those who would like to see more clips and I would encourage you to Google 'Reunited' – a short film about music and the human spirit.  It tells the story of a 93 years old man with severe dementia and the power ('magic') of music.


Our Club has received an invitation from Bendigo's Nepalese Community and AusNep Foundation Inc. supported by the Consulate General of Nepal to Victoria in Melbourne to attend a Welcome Session for the official visit to the City of Greater Bendigo of the Embassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nepal in Australia, Her Excellency Ms Lucky Sherpa and accompanying delegates.   It will be held on Sunday, 30th July, from 3.00 until approx. 5.00 at the Bendigo Club.  Thank you to Adrian McMahon for his generosity in providing the room.  Our member, Umesh, is the local AusNep Foundation Inc. representative and it is hoped that as many of our members as possible will attend this session to give our support.   A special invitation is extended to Julie Sloan and all members of our Nepal Project Committee – and we have been asked to give a brief presentation.   I will be attending.    Please advise me of your availability.


I had the privilege of attending the Bendigo Inner Wheel Changeover held at The Foundry Arms on Monday evening.   This is a Club comprised of women with a desire to help those in need and they have been, and continue to be very active in the community.  Marlene Sullivan is once again President of this group – for the third year – and her enthusiasm in leading her ladies is infectious.   We wish them well and offer them our support.  


No-one knew the meaning of 'The Word of the Week' – absquatulate – meaning to leave abruptly – although Wayne Smith did cheat!


During the month of June our Club enjoyed buffet meals for lunch and when I canvassed members, it is obvious that you would like this to continue.  We will confirm with the Bendigo Club. 


The Recognition of Excellence logo awarded to Joy Bruce and the Youth Committee is now showing on our Letterhead and it is certainly a highlight.


I hope you all read Johnnie K's contribution on 'Mindfulness' and are looking forward to the next instalment.  These articles will appear fortnightly.


Next week our Guest Speaker will be Kaine Perry whose topic will be 'Interest Rates and Australian Economy Going Forward – Donald Trump Effect??'

You will remember that Kaine spoke to us last year and was invited back.


Come along, enjoy the congenial company, a comfortable warm space and

an interesting Guest Speaker – we will welcome you with open arms.


Until then – enjoy your week and '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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