People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 06 February 2018

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'The best laid plans of mice and men......' - to quote Robbie Burns.   Our carefully planned meeting for Tuesday did not run as expected – but what a truly interesting. robust and jam packed meeting it was.  


We welcomed Richard Vandenberg, formerly from Swan Hill who also visited us last Tuesday and Lyn Comer, IPP Bendigo Strathdale – and, later, Bernie Young, President of the RC of Bendigo South also joined us.  


Our Guest Speaker was Peter Kennedy, Managing Editor of the Bendigo Weekly, introduced by Chairman, Glenn Reilly.  Peter has had much experience in media, having worked in the industry for more than 3 decades not only in newspapers, but also with ABC radio, television, public relations and advertising.

He has seen many changes - not all good -but remains positive about the future of the media – and in particular, he is passionate about the value of community newspapers.   A very interesting and inspiring address and one which elicited many questions.   We hope to have Peter back again.  


We were addressed by a very excited young man, Bailey Chappel, who had partipated in the NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) two years ago.  He spoke eloquently and glowingly about what a wonderful opportunity this program is for those who have participated – and there have been hundreds.  He said that it had changed his life. 

He left the forum having  determined his future path and is now studying at the University of Sydney.    He thanked our Club and Rotary for making this forum available.    We have been fortunate to have been visited by several wonderful young people who have attended NYSF and all have had the world opened to them – and all have thanked Rotary.   They are fine examples of the best of Australian Youth and it is a joy to hear their enthusiasm and gratitude for Rotary and what it offers to young people.


Julie Sloan gave us an update on our first joint Nepal project with the Rotary Club of Chitwan together with the Progress Self Help Group, accompanied by many photographs.  The World Leprosy Day Health Camp was a great success.   Hansens Disease or Leprosy as we know it is a tragic and isolating disease for those who are unfortunate to contract it.  There is still a stigma attached  - but it can be cured and we are thrilled that, through Rotary, we are able to reach people who need education in what to do.  Truly Rotary in Action.   Thank you Julie and Sanjit – a wonderful project.


The Rotary DIK (Donations in Kind) store in West Footscray is relocating slightly and an 'open day' will be held on 24th February.   Everyone is welcome to attend. 


 Bryan Griffiths, President of RC of Rochester gave me a bag of stamps for our 'End Trachoma' campaign – great inter-club co-operation.  Thank you Bryan.



The RC of Eaglehawk is running the Great Australian Camping Swap Meet on the weekend of 24th and 25th March at Malone Park, Marong.   An opportunity to take along all that camping gear that you no longer use – or maybe pick up a tent or sleeping bag.  For further information contact telephone no. 0491 014 049.



A note for your diaries – advance notice of Changeover Dinners:

Bendigo Strathdale - 5th June at Braidie's Tavern, Wellington Road, Strathfieldsaye.

Bendigo – Sunday, 24th June, 12.00 for 12.30 at Silks Restaurant at the Race Course, Heinz Street, White Hills. 

Bendigo South -  28th June – venue to be decided.



The word of the week is excosculate – to kiss fervently, deeply, heartily!



Calendar of Events


13th February – Come along and join in the fun of our Bowls Night.  A truly social night for all our Rotary family to be held at Bendigo East Bowling Club.   This is your last chance to book your spot.   Contact Daryl Watts.


20th February -  Our Guest Speaker is Jacob Pearson who will speak of his experience at RYLA – another of our projects for young people.   As well, we will be distributing the funds raised from the 2017 Carols by Candlelight to representatives from the Uniting Christmas Appeal.   We will also have several guests as we have invited our sponsors to join us for lunch.  Distributing funds to worthy causes is one of the great joys of Rotary.

Joint Chair will be Michael and Lisa Pearson, with Greg Galloway as Sergeant.


25th February -  the 25th and last GREAT PENNA BREAKFAST.  For all our Rotary family – don't miss this one!


27th February – A night meeting – also a Partners Night, when our Guest Speaker will be well-known Eye Specialist, Farokh Irani.    Chairman will be Peter Hyett and Sergeant is Greg Galloway.  


6th March – The Bendigo Madison – this one is the hands of Rotarian Des Sampson with Glen Muhinickel at Sergeant.




For your information – other events in March are:


March 3rd – we will be assisting on the gate at the Bull Riding Championships at the Showgrounds.  Greg Galloway is organising this one. 


March 16th – Our Annual Night Golf evening – A good fun night which supports our Operation Cleft project.   See Glenn Reilly.


March 17th – 7 people from our Club will be attending the District 9800 Conference in Warrnambool –

and Greg Galloway is organising car parking for the John Farnhan Concert at the Bendigo Jockey Club.


March 24th and 25th -  We are catering for the State Harley Rally Breakfast at the Bendigo Showgrounds – Tom Dobeli is organising this one. 


As you can see there is a great deal of activity in the next couple of months.  We are definitely ''people with a purpose' – and our purpose is serving the community, both local and internationally.   



What a truly wonderful organisation Rotary is.   If you are reading this Fossicker and would like to join us we would be pleased to welcome you to our Rotary Family.




Until next Tuesday when we gather at the Bendigo East Bowling Club, 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.






President Valerie.  

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