Broadly Speaking 05 December 2017
Lots of colour, a noisy buzz and many laughs were experienced at our meeting when the team which visited Samoa three weeks ago told us of their experiences. Thanks to the Bendigo Club, we enjoyed a well prepared and presented Samoan barbeque lunch.
It was a very large, happy group of people, including many visitors from Shepparton and Melbourne – Royce Abbey representatives - the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk, and partners. There were leis, lap laps, beads and flowers which added to the atmosphere. All of this fun did not detract from the very serious reason why Joy, Rhonda, Larrie, Garry, Tom and Glenn went to Samoa. The team was very much 'Rotary in Action' as they 'Made a Difference' in no small way to the lives of many people in Samoa in the village of Aala on the Island of Savi-i and Apia on the Island of Upolo. Before and after photographs showed the great work done to set up a computer training facility in a spare classroom at the primary school and to upgrade the school Library. A reunion with Norma who was hosted by our Club through a recent Royce Abbey Scholarship was very special – and the effect that Rotary has had on her life and through her on the lives of others in Samoa was noticeable and humbling. The power of Rotary is incalculable. We were privileged to be shown some stunning photographs taken on the Island of Savi-i. So very beautiful.
The Rotary Club of Bendigo has been involved in Samoa since 1993 – and I recommend that you read the history of our involvement which has been compiled by our historian Johny Krakowiak.
It was good to see so many of our Club members attend the Cluster Foundation Dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club on Thursday, 30th November. It was a great way to catch up with Rotarians from other Clubs, not only within Bendigo, but from many areas including Echuca and Melbourne. A well-organised night, run with clockwork precision, we were all given an insight into the work of the Rotary Foundation. Thank you to all the organising Committee and particularly to our representative, Julie Sloan.
The City of Greater Bendigo has requested that we leave Rosalind Park in pristine condition after our Carols by Candlelight presentation on 17th November. Please will all those Rotarians who will be attending, bring a pair of gloves and assist in cleaning up the Park. We always endeavour to leave the Park as we found it and,
to this end, there are many rubbish bins placed around the area. Thank you.
We need 'all hands on deck' for this event and Jim Mahoney has drawn up a roster for the day. Please check to see when you are required. We need a few more volunteers so if you have some time to spare on 17th “December, please contact Jim.
The signs advertising our Carols Event have been put up at all the entrances to Bendigo and we thank those members of our Club who were involved in preparing and erecting them.
Our Wishing Tree is up – please, will everyone bring a gift, to the value of $20,
and place it under the tree. Uniting Care will distribute the gifts to needy children and we will 'Make a Child Smile this Christmas'. If you wrap your gift, please clearly mark it for 'Boy' or 'Girl' and indicate for which age it would be suitable.
We have in our Club many people who contribute a great deal of time and effort, quietly and without fuss. They do not seek recognition, but I would like them to know that what they do does not go un-noticed and that it is very much appreciated. Thank you.
Remember to save the stamps from your Christmas cards and parcels. We will put them to good use to help eradicate trachoma from Australia by the year 2020.
With Christmas approaching it is time for some fun – and your social committee has organised several events – all of which will be for our whole Rotary family, so
please bring your partners. 12th December is an evening meeting – our Annual
Christmas Break-up. There will be a bar-b-que meal. Everything has been organised – all we need is you.
And, following our Carols by Candlelight presentation, our last meeting for 2017 will be Tuesday, 19th December at 1.00 pm. Again – a bar-b-que and a wonderful way to wind down after a very busy time.
Word of the week was: clausophobia – a fear of Santa Claus – and we did have people who knew the meaning – winner was Sharyn Smith.
So – our Calendar of Events now looks like this:
December 12th - Our official Christmas Breakup – A night meeting for all of our Rotary family – at the Bendigo Club. Bring your partners and join in the fun. This night is always booked out – so please advise Glenn if you will be attending.
December - 17th – Carols by Candlelight. Have you checked the roster for this one?
Please let Jim Mahoney if you have time to help.
December 19th - Last meeting for 2017 – a barbeque – at Bendigo Club – time to relax after the Carols – for our Rotarians and their partners.
It will be wonderful if we can have 'full house' for all of these events – so please come along.
26th December – Christmas Day – Noel, Noel.
We will resume at the Bendigo Club at 1.00 pm on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018.
Until next week - ' May the sun shine warm upon your face – and the wind be always at your back.