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Broadly Speaking 12 December 2017

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What a wonderful Christmas Breakup Party we had on Tuesday, 12th December.  

70 Rotarians, partners and guests enjoyed the fun and frivolity organised by the Chair of our Social Committee, Glenn Reilly.   There was Christmas apparel everywhere – but special mention must be made of Glenn's hat.   It was almost a lethal weapon!

We were entained by the Rotary Revellers who, by some creative writing, assured us in song that Rotarians are hippopotamuses (hippopotamusi?);   and we had a raffle with great prizes.   A big 'thank you' to Rhonda Reilly for the gift of home made White Christmas for every attendee.   It is delicious.  We all enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas feast, including traditional plum pudding and custard, beautifully prepared and presented by the chef at the Bendigo Club.

Thank you Glenn – it was a great night.   


And there was a serious side to the night as well.   We took the opportunity to honour Ray Paulson by making him an Honorary Member of our Club.   John Cartwright

proposed Ray to Rotary and he joined in January, 1973, serving for 45 years.

He has been a very hardworking member who was President in 1982/83 and was awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire in 2005.    Together with his wife Margaret, also a Rotarian with a PHF, he has been involved at International Level with the Student Exchange Program and they served on the District Committee.

Outside of Rotary, he was a Councillor of the City of Bendigo and a member of the JC's Club, serving as our equivalent of District Governor.

Congratulations Ray and thank you.


We welcomed two members of the Uniting Care Outreach program which our Club is proud to support.  Introduced by Des Sampson, they outlined the important work they do in the community helping those who find it difficult to buy food and pay for electricity, etc..  Our Club donated money to this worthy organisation, with which they purchased necessary kitchen equipment.   As with last year, all proceeds from our Wishing Tree will be donated to the group situated in Forest Street.   The proceeds from our Carols by Candlelight this year will be donated to the Kangaroo Flat arm of the group.   I am a member of the Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church and I have seen the work done by this outreach program, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year and I can attest to its value.    Our Club was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation to acknowledge the support we give. 


Thank you to all who have placed gifts under the Wishing Tree.   They will certainly put smiles on the faces of children this year.  Love the Christmas Spirit!


There will be a short Board Meeting at 12.45 next week, 19th December.  Will all Board Members please make an effort to be there.  An urgent decision must be approved by the Board and next week is our last meeting for 2017.   Thank you. 

And – there are now only 4 sleeps until our Carols by Candlelight in Rosalind Park on 17th December.   Please note that this is a week earlier than usual due to the last Sunday before Christmas falling on Christmas Eve this year.    This is one of our largest community ventures and is always well attended.    Please check the roster to find out when you are needed.   Kim has made a video which is on fb – and the WIN TV promo is also on fb.  Please share amongst your friends and ask them to share.

There is space in Rosalind Park for 10,000 to 12,000 people and what a sight it is from the stage when everyone holds their candles above their heads and moves them in time to the music.   Magic.    Please support this wonderful community event and encourage all your family and friends to come along.  The weather forecast is looking good..........see you there.


And – Christmas Cards are arriving.   Please remember to save your stamps and give them to Lisa Pearson. 


Word of the week was 'FUN' and everyone knew the meaning of that one!


Next week, 19th December, is also a Partner's Meeting – our last for 2017.   We will wind down after the Carols by Candlelight presentation and enjoy a barbque lunch.    We enjoy the company of all members of our Rotary family – so please come and join us.






19th December -   Relax after the Carols by Candlelight – barbeque lunch.  




Our first meeting for 2018:  - 9th January – 1.00 pm Bendigo Club.



And, until next week, 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.




President Valerie.  

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