People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 14 November 2017

We welcomed Ben Murphy to our meeting on Tuesday.  Ben is the CEO of the Kilmore Racing Club and he spoke to us 12 months ago, shortly after that Club acquired the Bendigo Club.   Although still a young man, with 4 little children, Ben is well experienced having worked within the Victorian Racing Industry for seven years, and he has always had a passion for racing.  Prior to the thoroughbred industry, Ben's career was within the banking sector, with stints with the NAB in Business Banking and the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank predominately working with Community Banking.  His professional career has enabled him to understand the importance of 'Community' and the role that business plays in improving and enhancing the community.

This understanding was shown clearly in his talk to our Club.   Amongst many others, including sporting groups, the Bendigo Club provided funding to help the Bendigo Youth Choir achieve their dream of performing in Carnegie Hall, New York and is also a major sponsor of our Annual Art Show which celebrates its 50th Anniversary next year.  

Ben told us of alterations which are being made to the Club to make it more 'user friendly' and also of the exciting things planned for the next 12 months.

Libby reminded us of the Swap Meet which is on 17th, 18th and 19th November.   Our Club has met its quota of hours and we thank members for their commitment.   To gain entrance you will need an Admittance Card and Libby still has quite a few.  Please ensure that you pick yours up before the weekend.  The Swap Meet Roster is included in this Fossicker.

Christmas is fast approaching and we will again have a Christmas Tree for you leave gifts for the project 'Make a Child Smile this Christmas'.   Gifts for boys and girls will be donated to the Uniting Christmas Appeal.   I can assure you that not only will you make a child smile – you will smile too.    Thanks to Kim for offering to organise this – and watch the Fossicker for further details.

November is Foundation Month and the following figures give an idea of the scope of the Rotary Foundation.  Last year the Foundation received $US304m in total contributions.  That included $130m to the Annual Fund, $28m to the Endowment Fund and $108m to Polio Plus.   The Foundation approved 494 district grants and 1,260 global grants with a total of $111m in funding,  

We welcomed home our team who visited Samoa.  They had a wonderful experience, a huge adventure, changed lives and renovated school rooms.  The team will report to the Club on 5th December and we hope you will all come along to hear of the great work done on the Islands of Upolo and Savi-i.  Our team comprised 3 men and 3 women, so the meeting on 5th December will be A PARTNERS DAY.  It will be an opportunity for our whole Rotary family.   Please mark the date in your diary.

We have received a note from the RC of Bendigo Strathdale thanking those of us who were able to support their fund-raiser 'Murder on the Orient Express'.  98 Rotarians, partners and friends attended the movie and the Club was able to donate $904 to the End Polio Now project.  Great effort.  

We welcomed Bernie Young, President of the RC of Bendigo South to our meeting.

Word of the week was juvenescent – something we would all like – Becoming or being young and youthful.  


Calendar of events:

21st November – will be our AGM and our own member, Michael Pearson will give a life talk and discuss Trachoma.


30th November -  Rotary Cluster Foundation Dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club.

5th December -  PARTNERS DAY – Come along and hear of the adventures of our team in Samoa.  Larrie, Rhonda, Joy;  Glenn, Tom and Garry.

12th December – Night Meeting – PARTNERS NIGHT – Christmas fellowship function  -fun and frivolity – not to be missed.

The end of the year is approaching fast – there are only 4 more Club meetings in 2017.

In my early choir years we sang a madrigal – 'Summer is acumin' in – loudly sing cuckoo'.   I have been reminded of this song during the past few days of 30+ heat.  Summer is certainly on its way!

Until next week when I hope to welcome you to our meeting – 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.


President Valerie. 


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