People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 06 March 2018

Our last meeting was a very busy, vibrant and exciting time.   Well attended, noisy with animated conversation and everyone  eagerly waiting for our new approach to providing meals. Thank you to the Bendigo Club – the experiment certainly worked on Tuesday.  Each person was able to choose from a prepared menu – and it was served promptly -which is very necessary when we have a jam packed program.

Unanimous approval was expressed and we will continue with the trial for the next three weeks.  


We acknowledged United Nations International Womens Day which is celebrated around the world on March 8th every year.  The theme for this year is 'Leave No Woman Behind' which examines the vital role that women play in humanitarian and disaster response.  In October last year we welcomed Michelle Woonacott the Vice Consul for Political and Economic Affairs at the US Consulate General in Melbourne and she spoke convincingly of the value of women and their place in the world.   We have come a long way since those brave women pioneers fought so hard and at great personal risk for the rights of women, some of whose stories were told in the 2015 film 'Suffragette',  but there is still a long way to go.    As women in Rotary, we celebrate the advances made and continue to admire those women who are leaders in their field of endeavour.   We encourage all young women who aspire to positions of leadership to take heart from the success of those who have set such a fine example. 


It was with great pleasure that I presented Wayne Smith with a Paul Harris Fellow – his third – for his continuing support of the Rotary Foundation.   Wayne is a long standing, much valued member of our Club, and we congratulate and thank him.


It was also with considerable pleasure that I inducted two new members into our Club.   Welcome to our family Richard Vandenberg, Accountant, formerly from Swan Hill and Kay Lehmann, who is an experienced Rotarian who has recently relocated to Bendigo.  Both are as enthusiastic to be joining us as we are to have them. 


Julie Sloan spoke about her forthcoming 60 km bicycle ride in support of 'Ride to Eliminate Polio' and Rotary International Geelong and District.  Our Club has donated $100 to help her in her effort to raise $500 and I would encourage you to support her.   All donations from $2 upwards will be gratefully received.   Contact Julie for more information on how you can assist.


We had five very interesting Guest Speakers.  It is the Bendigo Madison over the long weekend – one of Bendigo's premier sporting events.    They were introduced by Chairman, Des Samson, himself a cyclist, and he has provided the following report.


   'This weekend in Bendigo one of our premier sporting events will take

    place;   the Bendigo International Madison and Athletics Carnival.

   Today we were privileged to be addressed by the Committee Chairman,

   Warren Sinnott ,who told us the history of the race, changes in the format

    and sponsorship support.  Equal prize money for the Womens Madison

    will be awarded for the first time.

    Chairman Des Samson then introduced Olympic Madison Gold Medalist,

    Scott McGrory, who gave us a lively interview  with three visiting German cyclists.

    They were Achun Burkhard, Nick Steplar and Christiam Grassman

    who are leading competitors on the European Six Day Racing circuit as

    well as competing in road races.   They will be riding in Sunday's Madison

    and are enjoying staying and training in Bendigo.  

    We look forward to watchimg them compete and having a successful race'.


Members were enthralled by the presentation which was very informative.

An invitation was extended to Julie, asking if she would like to train with the young men as she prepares for her ride and it was also mentioned that our new member, Kay, and her brother were very successful cyclists.   And how very appropriate that

Warren announced that there will be equal prize money for the Womens Madison

on the day we celebrated International Womens Day.   Another step forward.


Volunteers are being called to help with our 50th Annual Easter Art Show.   What a wonderful achievement for our Club.  Over those 50 years, not only have we provided opportunities for artists to show and sell their work, but we have distributed nearly $750,000 to worthy causes.  I pay tribute to Brian Figg, current Chair of that Committee and to all of our Art Show Committee members over those years.  Thank you and congratulations.   But, of course, we could not present the Art Show without the support of all of our members and we ask that you please put your name on the rosters which are circulating.         


I presented two OBE Certificates – to new octonegarians Des Samson and Barry Penna.


Barry presented $375 to the Club – the proceeds from the 25th and last Great Penna Breakfast.   Thank you Barry and Carol. 


A reminder that our Annual Night Golf in support of Operation Cleft is on Friday, 16th March.   Have you organised a team yet?   Please contact Glenn for further information.   


Word of the week is ultracrepidarian – and we all know some – a person who gives an opinion or advice on a subject he knows nothing about.


Inspirational saying is topical having regard to our guest speakers.  'Winners are not people who never fail.  They are people who never give up'.


Calendar of Events:

13th March -  David Hyett, son of our member, Peter Hyett, will address the Club.

He has an impressive CV which has been posted to our facebook page.   Please read it and you will be inspired to attend the meeting next week to hear him speak.

Together with Joy, Garry and Libby, I will be attending the Vice Regal Reception which is being tendered to Governor Ian Riseley and Juliet at Government House.  Larrie will preside over the meeting, supported by Peter Hyett as Chairman and Glen Muhinickel as Sergeant.


16th March – Golf Night    


20th March – an interesting life talk from our member, Greg Galloway.   Chairman is Rod McDonald and Sergeant is Julie Sloan.


27th March -  Our Guest Speaker will be Doug Lougoon who will give the Club an update on the Easter Parade.  Chairman is Brian Doherty with Julie Sloan as Sergeant.


29th March – Gala Opening Night of our Annual Easter Art Show.  


3rd April is our 50th Annual Easter Art Show at the Bendigo Town Hall.  


Hugh has provided me with the following information from our history.


March 12, 1925 – First meeting of interested citizens held in the Bendigo Town Hall.  Moved Mayor, E.M. Vains and seconded by H.M. Leggo that a Rotary Club be formed in Bendigo.   Names of proposed members were read out.


Thursday, 19th March, 1925 – First meeting of the Rotary Club of Bendigo held at Favaloro's Cafe, Pall Mall, commencing at 1.00 pm.  Professor William Alexander Osborne presented the Club with the Official Mace.  Professor Osborne was at the time RI Commissioner for Victoria, South Australia , Tasmania and Western Australia and was Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University.





Enjoy your long weekend and, until Larrie welcomes you next week, ' may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.



President Valerie.     

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