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Broadly Speaking 19 December 2017

Well – Tuesday, 19th December was our last Rotary Meeting for 2017.   It was a very relaxed luncheon with many partners in attendance.    Thank you to the Bendigo Club for a delicious buffet lunch.  Well done Glenn on changing the meeting to inside because of the extreme heat.   It was very pleasant with the air conditioning.

Laura, our lovely young exchange student, told us about how she celebrates Christmas with her family in Germany and it is always interesting to hear of the different customs in different countries celebrating the same event.  


We were all discussing the Carols by Candlelight presentation on Sunday, 17th December.   What a successful event it turned out to be.     Congratulations to the Carols Committee under the superb leadership of Colin Nankervis.   Everything ran like clockwork, possibly the result of many years of experience.  We were blessed with perfect weather and thousands of people were enjoying picnics on the lawns.  It was a truly wonderful, happy, family event with excited children everywhere – and what a picture from the stage as thousands of candles flickered through the darkness.  So very beautiful.   Some of our Rotarians have been on the Carols Committee for the entire 47 years our Club has presented the Carols to the community of Bendigo and I pay tribute to them.   Sterling effort.  But, overall, it was a great team effort with all of our members contributing – thank you everyone.  

Bruce Roberts has a natural ability to interact with the crowd and get them all involved.   He has now been with us for 9 years and is an integral part of 'The Carols Team'.    Thanks to our artists – Alawishus Jones and the Outright Lies and his entourage;   the City of Greater Bendigo Brass conducted by the extremely talented Cally Bartlett;  the AF Singers;  the Axedale PS Choir and the Bendigo Youth Choir Reserves with Michelle Caldwell and Valmai Harris;  the Bendigo Youth Performing Choir with Gail Godber and David Steed;  Grace Phillips accompanied by Cheryl Thomas;  a beautiful trio of Pamela Jackson accompanied on the flute by Cynthia Holsworth and Cheryl Thomas;  our two bagpipers, Helen Dilks and Davyd Leech and Father Christmas.   There were over 100 artists involved and all of these performers donated their talents free of charge – as did our Father Christmas.     David Wilkinson and the Wilkinson family and Anita Scott of Scotts Mascots and Costumes also contributed their services without charge and we thank them for their generosity.   Thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support.

Figures have not been crunched yet – but we will be able to give ta sizeable donation to the Uniting Christmas Appeal.

One negative comment I was given was 'that the stage was too small'.   Whilst this came from an anonymous person who did not sign their name, I have to agree with it – and it only consolidates our belief that we desperately need an outdoors Performing Arts Stage in Rosalind Park to cater for such events.   Arrangements for the Feasibility Study on our project are well advanced and will commence in the New Year. 


Des Samson has taken one load of Christmas presents up to Uniting Care, Forest Street, for our contribution to 'Make and Child Smile'  and there is now another pile to deliver.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.  

We send our love and best wishes to our Rotary Families who are not well at this time.   You are always in our thoughts – and particularly as Christmas approaches.

We wish you all the Blessings of Christmas.


Don't forget – please save all those stamps you will be receiving on your Christmas cards.   We will make good use of them.


On Wednesday evening, 20th December, I had the privilege and great pleasure of attending the Bendigo Violet Street PS Grade 6 Graduation. Our Club  provides a Rotary Community Award to a deserving student and I presented the award to Peter Moser. A delightful young man, Vice School Captain,  he won the award for his contribution to the school community.  He also displays excellent citizenship and leadership qualities.  He is a studious pupil and an excellent role model – a very worthy young awardee.  Thank you Joy for chaufeurring me. 


Word of the Week was:  Christmas''

And I asked what it meant.   There were many different comments ranging from 'Family', 'Birth of Christ' , 'Presents' – and from John Cartwright – it means my birthday.     From the answers came our Inspirational Saying:


Christmas is a time for quality family time together.  For some it will bring joy, for others it will bring sorrow as there is a face missing from the celebration this year – but, overall, it means love in all its definitions.  Family love, romantic love, - but most of all, love for our neighbour – wherever our neighbour may be.


...and we sang 'Happy Birthday' to John.......


Calendar of Events -


9th January – our first Rotary meeting for 2018.  See you then.  


And an advance notice -:


13th February – Bowls Night to be held at the Bendigo East Bowling Club -

6.30 for 7.00.  $20 covers Bowls and Supper.   If you do not have bowls they will be provided so that you can play.  

Contact Daryl Watts – 0418 517 901 or to book your place.


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


Christmas Blessings to each of you individually,



President Valerie. 

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