People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 20 March 2018

We had another exciting, well attended meeting on Tuesday, 20th March.

We were delighted to welcome Bronwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect, who joined us for lunch, Nadia Godfrey who was inducted into our Club and Punu Duwal who is interested in becoming a Rotarian. 


Our Exchange Student, Laura, told us about her participation in the Rotary District 9800 Conference in Warrnambool.


Together with several members of our Club I also attended the Conference which was very successful.   Our Project 'Help Bendigo Youth Choir get to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall' was selected as one of 4 audio visual presentations from all Clubs in the District and it was shown during the Youth Session.   I was very proud of Rotary's contribution to the Choir which enable 15 excited youngsters to have a life-changing experience they could never have even contemplated without such practical assistance.   There has been a sequel to that trip – in that on their return to Australia the choir participated in the World Premiere Performance of 'Peace – a Cantata for John Monash' which has been composed by Rotary Club of Melbourne's Dr. David Kram, and which was presented in Hamer Hall, Melbourne last September.   Following that performance the choir was invited to travel to Villers Bretonneux to reprise a shortened version of the work, to be sung in French, in September of this year.   Because of the educational value of such a trip, having regard to the ties that Sir John Monash had with Bendigo and knowing that we could strengthen our already strong Franco/Australian relationship,  it was felt that the invitation could not be refused – and so another fund-raising campaign has begun.......and there has been a further sequel to that........

The project was included in the March edition of Rotary Down Under and the CEO of RDU contacted the choir to ask whether 2 members choristers could go to Sydney to sing at the Rotary President's Peace Building Conference which was to be held in the Town Hall on 17th March.   This gave us an opportunity to promote 'Rotary In Action', the song which Gail Godber, Valmai Harris and I wrote for the 90th Anniversary celebrations of our Club in 2015, and which we gave to the club as a fund-raiser.

The enthusiastic way in which it was received in Sydney has encouraged us to market the song.  It has been loaded onto iTunes in the Bendigo Youth Choir Account and can be downloaded for $1.69 – of which at least $1 will come to us.   There are 1.2 million Rotarians in the world – and if even a quarter of those bought a copy, just imagine the 

funds the Rotary Club of Bendigo would have to distribute to worthy causes.   Therefore – I urge you to buy the song -  you don't have to like it -  please just buy a copy – it won't break your bank and it will mean so much to our Club.   Encourage all your friends to buy one too.  Give a little, it means a lot. 


We received the extremely sad news that little Brishti, daughter of our member Umesh and Jesmin, lost her 5 month battle for life on Friday morning – her birthday.

A Service of Blessing will be held on Sunday, 25th March, details of which are in the Fossicker today.   I would ask as many of our members and their partners, as is possible, to attend this Service to support the family.  For further information contact Julie Sloan who has been helping organise the day.  Thank you Julie.  


Our guest speaker, our own Greg Galloway, is a surprise package.    He told his life story and, as always with our life stories, it was interesting to hear.   Born in Colac, raised in Geelong until the age of 6, Greg moved to Bendigo because of a severe asthma problem.    Even at that age Greg was an outdoors man, camping with Scouts, white water kayaking in Venturers and bushwalking and cross country skiing in Rovers.    This adventurous spirit has seen him travel through Europe, Northern Morocco, Vietnam, Cambodia, South West China and Thailand.   He and his wife Jenny, sometimes accompanied by their 4 children, will still set off with a pack over their shoulders.  In between his travels he worked as a Fitter and Turner at the Bendigo Ordinance Factory, a Machinist at the Mount Isa Mines in Northern Queensland and then bought the Vatman Oil Filtering business.  For the past 12 years he has been employed as a Homecare Technician for the French Company, Air Liquide Healthcare.  His role is to liaise with hospitals, respiratory physicians and palliative care services to provide home oxygen to people who are in need of oxygen therapy.   Obviously a very caring and compassionate man, he empathises with the people he is able to help through this job.     Well done Greg – thank you so much for sharing with us.


I had the great pleasure of inducting Nadia Godfrey into our Club.   Nadia has a very vivacious personality and comes to us with an impressive CV.   Welcome Nadia – we look forward to working with you.  Already she has become involved with the Club and is offering invaluable assistance.  


The Rotary Art Show is creeping up – have you purchased your ticket for the Gala Opening on Thursday, 29th March?   Venue is Bendigo Town Hall and tickets @ $30 each are available from Peter Reading.


Bob Edgar gave us an update on our 'basketball' project.   This one has taken us up to the top of Australia to deliver basketballs to remote areas of the Country.  Well done Bob, Tom and Peter.  Wonderful effort.


***** Do you know of anyone who would like a pedal (pump) organ?*****

           In good working condition there are 2 available to good homes.

           Let me know if you are interested


Word of the week is 'Hornswoggle' – meaning to bamboozle or hoax.


And our inspirational saying is not inspirational – but I found it very interesting.


'The first computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve.   It was an Apple with a very short memory.  Just one byte.  And then everything crashed.' 

Calendar of Events:


March 27th – With Easter nearly upon us, our Guest Speaker this week will be

Doug Lougoon who is well know to many of us.   He will tell us about the Bendigo Easter Fair.    Chairman is Brian Doherty and Julie Sloan is Sergeant.  After her successful debut at our meeting on 20th March, we look forward to her Sergeant's Session.


March 29th – Gala Opening and Awards Night of the Rotary Easter Art Show.

Bendigo Town Hall – 7.30 pm.  $30 per head to enjoy over 800 paintings, delicious food and great company.  Don't miss this one.


March 30th – April 2nd – the Easter Art Show at the Bendigo Town Hall.


April 3rd – our weekly lunch meeting will be held at the Bendigo Town Hall as we wind up the Art Show. 


April 10th – Our Guest Speaker will be Jason Priestly, General Manager, Central and Western Vic Southern Cross Austereo.  Chairman is Glenn Reilly. 



Enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours until I see you next week and 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.




President Valerie. 

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