People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 23 January 2018

At a very well attended meeting on Tuesday we were addressed by Juliet Baker, who was our outgoing Exchange Student last year.   In a very well prepared presentation, Juliet spoke of her experiences which were supplemented by

many photographs.   Unlike many of our Exchange Students, Juliet only had one host family for her whole year – but what an experience they gave her.   She toured extensively and has returned home as a very independent, well-travelled young lady.   It is always a joy to see the difference the Exchange Program makes in the lives of those young people fortunate to be able to participate.   

We were joined by her very proud mother, Jen.

Our guests also included Peter and Barbara Lamping from E -Club of Melbourne and Jacob Pearson, who is a former Exchange Student.


Suzanne Zammit, Director of Youth Services, Rotary Club of Footscray, also joined us and spoke about the RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) Program.

This is a weekend camp designed for students in years 9, 10 or 11 and aged between 15 and 17 who are seen as the upcoming leaders in schools.  If you know of anyone who may be interested  please contact our Director of Youth Services, Joy Bruce, or the RYPEN Committee on for further information.


On Monday night, our Club organised a Prayer Vigil for the Shrestha family, whose beautiful little daughter, 5 years old Brishti, is battling an inoperable brain tumour.  The family has been living at RCH for the past 3 months.  Held at the 8 Sisters Nepalese Restaurant in Mitchell Street, Bendigo, it was attended by 30 people who came along to offer support to the family.  Most were members of our Rotary Club, but there was one family from Nepal whose daughter is a friend of Brishti – and several guests.    Currently we are waiting on the results of the most recent treatment – which has been the last option open to the family.   

We thank Punu Duwal for allowing us the use of the Restaurant.   16 members stayed on and enjoyed a delicious meal. 

We have received the following message from Umesh:  'Thank you and all Rotarians for praying services organised yesterday.   My family in this difficult situation needs more and more prayers and your support........could you please pass on to all Rotarians a huge thank you for the support and prayers for Brishti'.

Please continue to keep this family in your prayers.         


PE Libby announced that our President Nominee is Dr. Michael Pearson.  Michael (and Lisa) have had previous experience as President of a Rotary Club as he was President at Tennant Creek where he instituted the Youth Exchange Program.   He will bring a new perspective to the position and we are looking forward to working with him.


At this stage we have collected 5,600 exercise books with numerous pencils, erasers, etc. (uncounted) to send to Timor Leste.  This is a record and books are still being donated.   There is still time – please help us build this total to 6,000.  Frank said he is unfazed that he can hardly get into his car because the garage is full of boxes full of books.


Word of the week is 'fudgel'- and I think many of us have been guilty of 'fudgelling'.   It means 'pretending to work whilst doing nothing'.



Calendar of Events:


January 30th – Life talk from Rotarian Graeme Clark with Lin Kalms as Chairman and Tabitha Abbott as Sergeant.


February 6th – Peter Kennedy from the Bendigo Weekly.  Glen Reilly will be Chairman and Wayne Smith is Sergeant .


February 13th – This is our Lawn Bowls Night at Bendigo East .  Come along and join the fun.   Contact Daryl Watts to register for the event.  



February 20th – Jacob Pearson who will speak on RYLA – and also presentation of proceeds of the 2017 Carols by Candlelight to the Uniting Christmas Appeal.  Michael and Lisa Pearson will jointly Chair the meeting and the Sergeant is Greg Galloway.


February 27th – Our Guest Speaker is Farokh Irani – well known Eye Specialist.  This will be a night meeting and all partners are invited to attend.   Peter Hyett is Chairman and Sergeant will be Greg Galloway.


There should be something to interest everyone in this calendar and we look forward to welcoming you to our Meetings.





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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