People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 10 October 2017

WHAT A NIGHT!    Tuesday's meeting was a Twilight Meeting held at the

Bendigo Club to support The Worlds Greatest Meal in support of Rotary's

EndPolio Now Campaign.    Our Club joined with the Rotary Club of Bendigo

Strathdale and the room was filled with Presidents, Past Presidents, a former

Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, the current Mayor of the City of Greater

Bendigo, members and partners.    There was a wonderful ambience in the room, a noisy buzz of convivial conversation and a worthy project which we were supporting.

Our two Clubs welcomed the Presidents of the Rotary Club of Bendigo South and

the Rotary Club of Sandhurst, making this a great inter-club event.  We were shown a short video of the success of the vaccination program and told that we are …...................... this far away from complete eradication of polio.   There

were only 11 cases reported in the world in the past year.   

We enjoyed a sumptuous two-course meal and a stimulating address from

our Guest Speaker, Councillor Margaret O'Rourke who told us of the future

plans for Bendigo.   And what positive, exciting plans they are.

There was a raffle which was generously supported, raising $517.   With a contribution from the Bill Gates Foundation this grew to $1,551 – which means

we will be providing 10,340 vaccines in the effort to rid the world of polio.

There will be a further contribution from the evening which will add to that number.   But wait.....there's more!    On Thursday, 9th February,  the Rotary

Club of Bendigo Strathdale is hosting a film night to raise further funds and we ask that you support this.  The film is 'Murder on the Orient Express'

(See attached flyer) and all proceeds will be added to the funds raised at

our Dinner.    How many innoculations?    Watch this space.

Many thanks to Glenn and Pam who organised the night and ran a very tight

and happy ship – and thanks to all those who attended.

It was so successful that we will look towards more joint Club events.


Our member, Tilaka deZilva is holding a Sri Lankan Garden Party at her home,

28 Holmes Road, Bendigo on Sunday 29th October, from 1.00 – 4.00 pm and

a warm invitation is extended to all members to come and enjoy her beautiful

cooking.   Tickets are $30 adults and $10 children and must be purchased before the event to assist with catering.    Tilaka is a keen supporter

of the Bendigo Youth Choir – and all proceeds will be donated to the choir.

Please contact Tilaka or President Valerie if you would like to purchase a ticket.


Calendar of Events:


17th October -  Michele Woonacott, US Consulate/Melbourne will be our Guest

Speaker and we will be welcoming several guests who are coming to hear her speak.    This is a Partners' Meeting and we hope to see as many of our Club Members and their partners, as possible.


24th October -  Emma Grant will talk to us about Women's football.


31st October – We will welcome back Margot Falconer, Chair of the Board of the Jockey Club, who will speak to us about the Bendigo Cup


7th November  - Don't miss this one!  Bryan McMahon will do his famous Melbourne Cup Call – come along and hear his prediction of which horse will take out this year's Melbourne Cup.   Bring spare change as we will have our usual sweeps – and maybe you will win one.


Please check to see if you are rostered on duty next week. 



I am writing this to the welcome sound of heavy rain on the roof.  


Until next Tuesday at 12.30 for 1.00 – 'may the sun shine warm upon your face

and the wind be always at your back..(and the rains fall soft upon your fields'). 



President Valerie.  

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