Broadly Speaking 31 October 2017
The 163rd $300,000 Bendigo Cup was run at the Bendigo Racecourse at 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 1st November. On the day before, our Guest Speaker this week, Margot Falconer, spoke to members about this popular annual event and gave us some very interesting facts and figures. There will be 500 staff employed on the day; punters will gamble $17,359,335; and there will be 2,000 plated meals. Margot also told us about the improvements to the Jockey Club since last year – and she brought with her, the very impressive Cup which will be presented to the owners of the winner of the race.
A very fluent, knowledgeable speaker, Margot joined the Bendigo Jockey Club in 2002 as the first female Board member, rising to Chair of the Board in 2015.
She is a very competent lady and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show one week after being elected as Chair of the Bendigo Jockey Club.
A welcome visitor to our Club, Margot was with us only a few weeks ago speaking about the Sheep and Wool Show which the Rotary Club of Bendigo is very proud to support.
'Fashions on the Field' is a very important of big race meetings and, in keeping with her position, Margot was appropriately attired in an eye-catching dress featuring race horses – something noticed by and commented on by many of our Rotarians.
A reminder that you must pre-purchase tickets for the Foundation Dinner on 30th November. Please see Julie Sloan to ensure your place.
Libby Hughes has returned from the UK and she spoke to members about the forthcoming Swap Meet. We nearly have a full complement of workers over the weekend, but there are still one or two vacancies which need to be filled. Please
contact Libby if you are able to help out.
As advised, the Rotary Committee working towards a Feasibility Study to establish the need for an outdoor stage in Bendigo for performing arts, has joined with Bernie O'Sullivan and City of Greater Bendigo Council Officers, Colin Thompson of the Blues and Roots Festival and Chris Earl representing Scots Day Out to form a working party with a view to progressing this quickly. We have had two very productive meetings with another planned for 21st November. At our last VOPA
meeting it was decided to rename our group as 'Rotary Outdoor Stage'. This was passed and instead of VOPA, this Committee will now be known as ROS.
Word of the week was – Eurythmic-in harmonious proportion. Well done Leanne Oberin – the only Rotarian who knew the meaning.
Good luck to our Exchange Student, Laura, as she faces examinations in the next couple of weeks. Go well Laura.
Calendar of Events:
7th November - The Great McMahon Melbourne Cup Call and sweeps. Not to be missed.
14th November - The welcome return of Ben Murphy, CEO of the Kilmore Racing Club
21st November - Our Club Member, Michael Pearson – Life Talk and also Trachoma. As well we will hold our AGM.
28th November - NO LUNCHTIME MEETING TODAY. Replaced by......
Thursday, 30th November – Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club. Cluster event.
I hope that those who attended the Bendigo Cup had a successful and enjoyable day and until next Tuesday when it will be 'The Race that Stops the Nation' – 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.