People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 9 January 2018

Well Christmas and New Year are over and we are heading into 2018 with high hopes.    At our first meeting for the year we did not have a Guest Speaker but had a most enjoyable and convivial hour together.  

I had invited one guest – Ken Reither from Gisborne who is involved in the Men in Sheds Project with a Music and Memory program.

Larrie was Sergeant for the day and, after the meal, she invited everyone to change tables and sit with someone else.    This was a splendid idea and created interaction between members.  

It was my great pleasure to welcome everyone back after the break – and just to get us all in the mood I posed three questions.   Some interesting answers were received.  Here they are again – if you were not at the meeting or did not express an opinion, please think about them.  I will welcome your comments.  

i) What do you like best about Rotary? 

ii) What was your favourite event in the past 12 months? 

iii) What do you hope that we, as a Club, can achieve in the next 12 months?

Car parking is beginning again and Greg Galloway is looking for 9 people to volunteer please.   The Centre State Rodders are holding their annual Swap Meet at Lords Raceway in Junortoun on Sunday, January 21.  He needs 3 people at 6.00 am and 6 people at 6.30 am.   In the past, it has concluded at 10.30.   Please let Greg know if you are able to help out.  

The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC and Mr. Anthony Howard QC have generously offered to host a Vice Regal Reception to honour the President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet, at Government House on Tuesday, 13th March.   All Rotary Clubs in Victoria have been invited to nominate 4 Rotarians from their Club to receive an official invitation, including the Club President if available.   Larrie has kindly offered to act as President in my stead on that day and I will accept the invitation along with Joy Bruce, Garry Gunnell and Libby Hughes.    This is quite an honour for Rotary and I feel very privileged that it has fallen in my year.

Our Project 'Exercise Books for Timor Leste' received great coverage on Channel 9 on Wednesday evening.   Fittingly the interview was done at the home of Frank Lean who is passionate about this and has worked extremely hard over the past 10 years.   To date, for 2018, we have collected 3,000.   Would you like to contribute?    Please contact Frank – or leave gifts of books, pencils, erasers, etc. at Reilly's Electrical in Mitchell Street, or with Tabitha Abbott at Escape Travel in the Market Place.

Did you save your stamps at Christmas?   If so, please give them to Lisa Pearson for our project to eradicate Trachoma from Australia by the year 2020.

And – great news – we have received positive advice that the Regional Development Department is 'on board' for the Feasibility Study for our Rotary Outdoor Stage Project (ROS).   A representative will attend our next Feasibility Project Team meeting on 31st January.   After such a long time, this is a very positive way to start 2018.

So, 2018 has started off very well indeed and it is sure to be a very exciting year.

Word of the week was coddiwomple.   I feel as though I have been coddiwompling all my life – it means 'to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination'. 

And I will also mention our inspirational saying – 'It is hard to beat a person who never gives up'.   Babe Ruth.  

Calendar of Events:


January 16th – Our Guest Speaker will be John Hazeldene with Chairman, Noel Hobley.


January 23rd – Returning Exchange Student, Juliet Baker, will tell us of her experiences.  Chairman Michael Pearson


January 30th – a Life Talk from our own member, Graeme Clarke and Lin Kalms will be Chairman.


As you can see, we have a very interesting month ahead.

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


President Valerie.   

Basketball equipment

Basketball Victoria provided three pallets of surplus equipment including thongs, sports bags, basket balls and sports singlets.  These were collected today by Tom Dobeli and place in storage at Greater City Tyres courtesy of the manager Garry Marwood.  Garry will be a guest at next Tuesday’s meeting so we all should make him very welcome.

We plan to make up a number of lots for distribution.  Basketball Victoria has requested that the goods are not be distributed in Victoria or New South Wales.


  • Box of balls (contents 36)
  • Mix of singlet sizes (100?)
  • Mix of thong sizes (50?)

Possible places for distribution include:

Alice Springs via local Rotary Clubs

Timor Leste via DIK store

Samoa via Rotary Club of Bendigo

Philippines orphanages via RC Brighton North

Other suggestions most welcome


Bob Edgar

International Service Director


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