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Broadly Speaking 01 August 2017

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What wonderful things can flow on from chance encounters and dropped words.  A few years ago two of our members, Larrie Winzar and Brian Figg, attended a Prayer Service held in Bendigo to remember victims of the terrible earthquake in Nepal.   It was there that they met Sanjeet and Umesh and Larrie invited them to join the Rotary Club of Bendigo.  They did – and what wonderful things have ensued from their membership.    Unfortunately I had to apologise for non attendance at the Reception held on Sunday at the Bendigo Club to welcome the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipetentiary of Nepal in Australia, Ms Lucky Sherpa and accompanying delegates, but Julie Sloan represented our Club and gave a brief presentation of the projects with which we have been involved.   The result has been that closer ties have been forged betweeen our Club and the Nepalese people.  I attach the letter which Julie has received from the Hon. Consul General.   Congratulations Julie – so well deserved.   And, just as exciting, we have received a letter from Sanjit advising that the Rotary Club of Chitwan is keen to develop a relationship with our Rotary Club.  Well done Sanjit.   Exciting times indeed.


And another exciting event – our new Exchange Student, Laura Zeuner, attended her first meeting -  just in time to celebrate her 16th birthday which is on 2nd August.   We had a cake cutting ceremony and were able to wish her a happy birthday in rousing Aussie fashion.  Welcome to Bendigo Laura.


Our Guest Speaker was Phil Hogan – a quietly spoken man, Phil has had an extraordinary life, some of which he touched on – including being hit by a duck!  How you might ask?  Well Phil is a Paramedic who commenced his career in 1974 with the Peninsula Ambulance Service.  He is a helicopter pilot and it was during one of his flights that a duck flew into the helicopter.  His CV is extensive and covers so many accomplishments, including 3 years as a pit crew member for a V8 touring car team, 32years with the CFA and..... he was a roadie and stage manager for a band which toured England, Ireland and the USA.  A very fluent and interesting speaker – thank you Phil. 


Word of the week was pronk – and no-one knew its meaning – a weak or ineffectual person.


Thank you for your warm welcome today – it is so good to be back.


Chairman Glenn Reilly will introduce our own member,Sei Sei Mu Thein, as our Guest Speaker next Tuesday.  I can promise you a most interesting meeting and invite you all along to enjoy good company, a great speaker and warm fellowship.


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Have a safe and happy week and 'May the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.


In Rotary,


President Valerie.  


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