People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking - 15 August 2017

Our Club is a bit like a duck on a pond – serenely moving along on the surface but paddling madly beneath the surface.  Why?   Well, there is so much going on behind the scenes – Committees are working on exciting projects, some old – but some new.  Lisa Pearson and Julie Sloan told us about a project which is currently being organised.  Did you know that Australia is the only developed country in the world which has not eliminated trachoma?  It is the intention of Rotary International President, Australian Ian Riseley OAM, that clubs address this problem in his year and we will be contributing to this.   We will be calling for people to help – it will not be onerous, but the results will be well worth any effort.   More about this later as the project develops. 


The Youth Directorate under the leadership of Joy Bruce is also working well.  Our new Member, Megan O'Keefe, has thrown her support behind this

and some very satisfying results are beginning to ensue.   Again – more to follow about this.   


There have been some interesting and unexpected developments in relation to our Club's project for the year – introducing music into facilities caring for clients with dementia.  Although nothing is confirmed, discussions are taking place and I am very excited about the possibilities.   Watch this space.


A note for your diaries – Julie also confirmed that the Foundation Dinner will take place on Thursday, November, 30th.   Our usual lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, 28th, will be cancelled that week to enable members to attend.

Venue is the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club.  $28 pp.


Another night meeting will be on October 10th.  We have been invited by

the RC of Bendigo Strathdale to join with them.  Theme for the night will be Worlds Greatest Meal in Support of Ending Polio and our Guest Speaker will be Mayor, Margaret O'Rourke.   Put the date in your diaries now as this will be one of the highlights of our Rotary Year.    Again, our usual meeting will be cancelled to accommodate the change.  Thanks Glenn for organising this one. 


August is Membership Month and Peter Hyett and Peter Reading brought this to our attention as a precursor to the Survey which Libby and Peter Reading have devised.   It is a survey to determine the health of our Club and it would be appreciated if each member would take the time to fill in the form.  Libby is on holidays but you will hear more about this on her return.    

Unfortunately, our two representatives who were to attend the Seminar on Changes to the Child Welfare and Safety Act on August 20th are no longer available to attend.  Please, is there anyone in the Club who could attend on our behalf?   It is very important that all Clubs are aware of the changes and how they affect us.    Tabcorp Park from 10am – 12.30.  Please let Leanne know if you are able to help out. 


ADVANCE NOTICE – The District Governor, Peter Frueh and his wife Anne, will be visiting our Club on Tuesday, 5th September.   Would all Board Members please prepare a Report on their activities to date.  Although not confirmed yet, it is anticipated that we will meet with Peter for an hour prior to the lunch meeting that day.  


Word of the week was mellifluous – meaning sweet, smooth and pleasant to the ear.   Again – no one legitimately won the prize!


I also had a quiz – on Rotary acronyms.  Rotary has an acronym for everything and I wondered how many of us know their meaning.  It was very interesting but not conclusive because we have so many cheats in our Club. However, honestly and genuinely, John Flood came up with the most correct answers and saved us all from complete ignomy.   Well done John.


I was advised that some of our members are currently experiencing ill health to the point of being hospitalised.   We wish them a speedy recovery and are thinking of them, hoping that they will soon be well enough to join us again.


Please come along next week as, together with Gail Godber, I tell you of our adventures in the Big Apple when the Bendigo Youth Choir performed at Carnegie Hall.   It was due, in no small measure  to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Bendigo that we were able to afford to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.  We are very grateful and want to share it with you.  


Are you on duty next week?  


Although a nuisance, the rain we are currently receiving is very welcome – so enjoy the next week as we welcome in Spring – and 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back.'


President Valerie.  

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