People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 05 September 2017

It was great to see so many of our travellers back with us on Tuesday, 5th September, and just as great to welcome some wives and husbands to our meeting.  I particularly like a Partners Day when we have our whole Rotary family with us.  We were privileged that District Governor, Peter Frueh, his wife Anne and Governor's Assistant, Jill Barker,  joined us and intermingled freely with our Members.   

Members of the Board met with them prior to lunch.  Peter has a very easy manner and it was a great pleasure to hear him speak about what is happening at District level and in other Clubs and to tell him of our plans for the year.    Our Committees are working very hard and already achieving some really exciting results.    Anne is also committed to Rotary and she has a special interest in 'Kids Under Cover'. We were able to make a donation to this most deserving cause in honour of her visit.

It was an extremely happy, very warm meeting and we appreciated the opportunity for us all to get to know each other better.  


Tuesday was a buffet meal – and we are almost to the end of the time when I said that we would have buffets twice a month.   This was put to Club members who voted strongly for buffets.   Please let me know if you would like the buffet meals to continue.  


A reminder – don't forget that the Foundation Dinner will be held at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club on Thursday, November 30th.  To accommodate this, we will not hold a regular Tuesday lunchtime meeting that week. 

Also – another changed meeting.   Please note that our meeting on Tuesday, October 10th will be a night meeting at the Bendigo Club.  Guest Speaker will be Mayor, Cr. Margaret O'Rourke and we will be joining The Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale to raise funds for 'The World's Greatest Meal in support of ending Polio'.  This will be a Partner's Meeting, so please mark this in your diary.

The Rotary District 9800 Conference will be held in Warrnambool next year from Friday, 16th to Sunday, 18th March.  Peter extended a welcome to all Club members to attend.   I am hoping to go.   Are you?   If so, could we make a group booking somewhere so that members of the Rotary Club of Bendigo are all together and no one is alone?   Please let me know if you would like me to organise this.

As you know we are supporting Stroke Awareness Week next Tuesday, 12th September.

From 11.00 – 12.30 our three trained nurses are offering free blood pressure tests and assessments at the Bendigo Club to assess if you are at risk of having a stroke.  Some members have already booked in, and if you or your partner would like to avail yourself of this, please contact Julie for an appointment.   I urge all members to take advantage of this most generous offer.   Everything will be done in the strictest confidence and your privacy is guaranteed.


We have had a good response to the Club Survey.   Have you completed the form yet?   If not, please ask Peter Reading or Libby Hughes how to access the website, or for a hard copy.  It will only take a few minutes of your time and the Club will greatly appreciate your input.   We would encourage all members to do this, but particularly new members.   We really value your opinion.  


And people are beginning to send me words and this week's word was supplied by Larrie -  cryptoscopophilia – the urge to look through people's windows.  In other words a 'Peeping Tom'.   No winner this week, although one member did try to cheat.......again.......  He did know how to pronounce it!!   Please continue to send in words – I enjoy receiving them.


Don't forget to save all your stamps – and ask all of your friends to save them too.   We will put them to good use in trying to eradicate Trachoma from Australia.


Next week our 16-years old exchange student, Laura Zuener will be our guest speaker.   Laura is slowly becoming accustomed to Aussie life and will need our support as she speaks to the Club about her life and her country.   Please come along to hear her speak – it is always interesting to learn about our young guests.    


Have you been rostered on duty next week?   If you are unavailable will you please find a replacement.  


Well, Spring is certainly here – or at least Spring showers are.   Enjoy your week – and to those who are involved with the  footy tipping – good luck......this round will be very interesting.   


Until next Tuesday, 'May the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back.' 






President Valerie.  






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