Broadly Speaking 13 March 2018
On Tuesday, March 13th, Libby Hughes, Joy Bruce, Garry Gunnell and I travelled to Government House to attend the Vice Regal reception tendered to President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley and Juliet by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AM. Ian is one of only 5 Australians to hold the position of Rotary International President, and one of 3 Victorians. It was the first visit to Government House for Libby, Joy and Garry and they were all very impressed by the grandeur of the building and the beautifully tended gardens. There were nearly 900 people gathered in the magnificent ballroom and the noise level when we entered was at an extremely high decibel level as Rotarians from throughout Victoria caught up with each other. The Governor, who is an extremely eloquent speaker, welcomed us all and was obviously very proud of the fact that Ian is a Victorian. She then handed over to Ian who spoke to us briefly. That was the official part of the proceedings and it was all over in about 5 minutes - very short, snappy and to the point. We were then free to mingle, enjoy refreshments and tour through the House which is truly beautiful. Many thanks to Garry for a safe journey to and from Bendigo. I was interested to hear, in the Governor's speech that it was Ian Riseley who advocated strongly and against strong opposition, that women be admitted to Rotary – a point which evoked a rousing cheer and loud applause.
Because I was in Melbourne, Larrie kindly acted as President for the Day and she has submitted the following report.
'Good morning Rotarians,
David Hyett works for international engineering firm AECOM where he is Industry Director – Environment. We were privileged to have David as our guest speaker on Tuesday, presenting an informative overview on “Melbourne’s Transport Infrastructure – Can We Build It?”. With 8 million people expected to be living in Melbourne by 2051, there’s a lot of strategic and political work to be done to ensure we remain one of the world’s most livable cities. The attentive audience and great questions showed our Club’s interest in David’s address.
We also welcomed guests – Marlene Hyett, Helen Edgar, Athol Frederick, Rob and Di Cook and Gary Marwood.
Thanks to Glen Muhlnickel for a great job as Sergeant and to Tom and Glen for stepping in…or sitting down…on Reception. Great job Peter Hyett as Chairman.
In President Val’s absence, I found a very contemporary word which has, in fact, just been added to our vocabulary. “Framily” – friends who are as close as family.
Again, members enjoyed the concept of “choose your own Rotary lunch” and the Bendigo Club kitchen is also delighted with how this new format is operating. It’s a win/win in this experimental month of March.
Thank you for laughing at my Rotary jokes. It was fun to be “stand-in” President this week.
Enjoy a great week Rotarians and remember to sell all those Art Show raffle tickets.
PP Larrie Winzar
President 2000/01 and 2015/16'
We congratulate our valued member Sei Sei on receiving an Award from the Zonta Club of Bendigo. It is an honour to be recognised by one's peers and Sei Sei is certainly a very worthy recipient. Well done Sei Sei.
Don't forget that Friday night is our Annual Night Golf event.
The Easter Art Show is also nearly upon us. Please put your name on the roster to help out over the weekend and come along to the Gala Opening Night on Thursday, 29th March, to be held at the Bendigo Town Hall. You will get first chance to purchase a painting of your choice whilst enjoying delicious food and great company in a beautiful venue.
Together with Libby and Mike Hughes, Joy Bruce, Garry Gunnell and Laura, I am off to the District 9800 Conference in Warrnambool this weekend. It will give me great pleasure to report back in the next Fossicker.
Next week we have planned a very interesting meeting. We will hear a life talk from our own member Greg Galloway and I will be inducting a new member into our Club. Please come along and add your support.
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, 20th March – Life Talk from Rotarian Greg Galloway – with Rod McDonald as Chairman and Julie Sloan as Sergeant.
Tuesday, 27th March – Guest Speaker is Doug Lougoon, introduced by Chairman, Brian Doherty, with Julie Sloan as Sergeant.
Thursday, 29th March – Gala Opening of the Rotary Art Show at the Bendigo Town Hall. Be sure to book your place.
Friday, March 30th, Saturday, March 31st, Sunday, April 1st and Monday, April 2nd – the 50th Annual Easter Art Show- Bendigo Town Hall. Come along and bring all your friends.
Tuesday, April 3rd - We will meet at the Bendigo Town Hall for our luncheon meeting.
Until we meet next week - ' May the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back.'