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Broadly Speaking 21 November 2017

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Our Guest Speaker, Bendigo Rotary Club member Dr. Michael Pearson, presented a life talk to members.  Using beautiful photographs of places where he has lived and worked, he spoke eloquently about an extremely full and interesting life.   It was a fascinating insight. Michael and  his wife Lisa, also a member of our Club,  have provided medical aid to so many people in so many situations and we were privileged to hear some of the stories. He has also hosted Rotary Exchange Students and given them opportunities for adventures they could not have been given anywhere else except in the top end of Australia – crocodiles and all!      He finished his talk by telling us about trachoma.  As many of us knew little about this, it certainly gave us motivitation to assist in making sure that Australia eradicates this by the year 2020.   It is achievable – just as is riddding the world of Polio.  Thank you so much Michael.


Just a reminder -  our Club is helping the eradicate Australia of Trachoma project by saving stamps.   With Christmas coming on, we should all be receiving Christmas cards.   Please get your box from Kim and ask all your friends and family help you fill it.   When it is full, please give it to Lisa.      


Congratulations to Libby, Lin and all of our members who helped out at the Swap Meet last weekend.   This was a very successful event and we will hear more about it in the next few weeks.


Thank you to Adrian and the Bendigo Club who will provide a Christmas Tree for our project 'Make a Child Smile this Christmas'.   Please will everyone bring a gift to the value of $20 and leave it under the tree.   If you wrap your gift make sure that it is clearly marked for a boy or girl and  for which age it is suitable.  Kim is looking after this one and she has devised a most attractive poster.   Thanks Kim.


This is your last chance to make a booking for the Foundation Dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club next Thursday, 30th November.   Julie is still in Queensland, but if you eMail her, she will contact you with details of how to make your payment.  All moneys have to be in by this Thursday, 23rd November.


Larrie – and hopefully Bev Figg – will be organising the collation of the bags of toiletries for the 'Share the Dignity' project.   When celebrating her recent birthday, Bev most generously requested that, instead of a present for her, guests provide a handbag and a small cash donation towards the purchase of necessities.   Larrie is looking for help with this task.   If you have some time to spare on 30th November – up until 3.00  - at the BendigoClub please let Larrie know.   This is a most rewarding project. 


Word of the week was effulgent – radiant or shining brightly.  For devotees of Gilbert and Sullivan, you will find this word in the soprano solo 'The Sun whose Rays' which features in 'The Mikado'. 


We have reached the busiest time of our Rotary year – and this is an early reminder

that Frank will be collecting exercise books again.   As we all know the best time to buy these at the cheapest prices will be over the Christmas break – so please keep an eye out for bargains.    Frank will be reminding us of this in the coming weeks.


Happy birthday to Barry Ackerman for next Wednesday, 29th November.  



Calendar of events:


28th November -  NO MEETING TODAY


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.


17th December -  CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT at Rosalind Park from 6.00 pm.

We need all hands on deck for this one, please.  With Kim's assistance, Jim has printed out a roster of duties.   Please check when you are scheduled.   


19th December -  our last meeting for 2017 will be a  PARTNERS DAY Fellowship meeting with a BBQ lunch.   Please BRING YOUR PARTNERS as we welcome in the Festive Season.


26th December – CHRISTMAS DAY... and may all the blessings of Christmas - JOY,  PEACE and HOPE be yours as you celebrate this day with your families.



Our first meeting for 2018 will be on TUESDAY, 9TH JANUARY.  




Until I welcome you again on 5th December – 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.



President Valerie. 

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