People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 08 August 2017

Our guest speaker on 8th August was Rotarian Sei Sei Mu Thein who is a member of the Karen Community in Bendigo.   As I sat there, surrounded by the warmth of central heating, replete,safe, in the company of other Rotarians, it was very difficult to imagine what life what have been like in a Refugee Camp, surrounded by gunfire – overcrowded – hot and dusty.   And yet that was how Sei Sei started life.  Her memories and experiences are beyond our comprehension and it was more from what she did not say that we could picture her as a child.   Nonetheless, because she was born into a family who loved her, she was happy.   Not one to obey without question, Sei Sei was different from most of her community and she soon established how she wanted her life to be.   She has a strong sense of gender equality  and a love of education.   It was a very stirring address and captivated her listeners.  She is one very strong young lady – a tiny pocket rocket – and we are very fortunate that she is a member of our Club.

She was supported yesterday by her friend, Muaye.


We were delighted to welcome Gabby Giggins who was an outbound Rotary Exchange Student from our Club to Denmark in 2013 – and Signe Soderlund from Denmark who was hosted with us in 2013.    Our Exchange Students are very fluent, confident speakers and it is always heartening to hear what they have been doing and their plans for the future.   Rotary Exchange is a truly worthwhile project which launches so many young people on career paths and it is a great joy to know that so many of them keep us in their lives after they have moved on.


The word of the week was ‘librocubicularist’ and there were two prizes – one for knowing what it means and the other for knowing how to pronounce it.

Neither were claimed.   I found out that I am a librocubicularist – are you?     Meaning ‘one who reads in bed’.  


We also sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Past President Glenn........

Next week is a Fellowship Day – so please come along and enjoy the company of your fellow Rotarians in a cosy, comfortable

environment.  It will be a buffet luncheon which gives everyone an opportunity to mix and mingle with everyone else.  You will be warmly welcomed.


Please check below to see if you are on duty – and, in the meantime, enjoy a happy productive week – and ‘may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back. ‘


NB.  There is another Committee to be added to the Club Directory -


Regalia Committee:


Barry Penna

Ron Rogers

Jim Mahoney

Wayne Smith

John Pemberton

Dominic Coia

Tom Dobeli

Hugh Wheeler

Rod McDonald

Brian Doherty


President Valerie.

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