People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 10 April 2018

Where did Autumn go?    As I write this it is 35deg.


If you have been confused with all the changes in our Television from Channel 8  to Channel 9 – to Channel 10, our guest speaker today, Jason Priestly probably did little to help.   His industry is always changing and growing as technology advances at an almost alarming speed.

Jason who is General Manager of Central Victoria Southern Cross Austereo is a very fluent speaker who has full command of the subject and we were privileged to have him speak to us today.


He is an Echuca boy who has more than 20 years in media including television, radio, on-line and newspaper – and 15 of those years have been in sales and general management.  He is currently managing two radio stations in Bendigo – 93.5 Triple M and 91.9 HIT, along with television brands Channel 9 which which also incorporates channels Go, Gem and Life across Bendigo, Ballarat, Shepparton windows and Melbourne Direct.


Thank you Jason.


It is with deep sadness that I advise that our member, Bev Figg, passed away

early afternoon on 11th April after a long and courageous battle.    She was an extraordinary woman and an inspiration to us all.   We offer our loving sympathy to member Brian Figg and all their family. 


Congratulations to Wayne Smith, Chairman, and all the Board of Camp Getaway on the opening of the new kitchen on Saturday, 7th April.   Several Rotary Club of Bendigo Members have been involved over a long period of time and others have contributed when called upon so to do.   There have been so many clubs which have helped and the opening was a very auspicious occasion with former DG's,

current DG and DGE in attendance to pay tribute to their hard work over the past 10 years. It is an extremely well-equipped, well-designed kitchen which will be fully utilised.


On Friday, 6th April,  I had the privilege of attending the opening of the Annie North Centre for women and children who need a haven from violent situations.   It was opened by the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Julie Oberin and team who have worked for 15 years to bring this dream to reality.   It is a sad indictment on our society that we need such a facility but a great comfort to know that it is here for those who so desperately need it.  It was Bev Figg's idea that the money raised by Rotary be donated to the Annie North Centre to assist survivors of family violence transition from refuge to community.   She did placement with family violence survivors and Julie Oberin was one of her lecturers.  It has been the privilege of our Club to offer support to this



A reminder that our first Autumn Rotary Market will be held on 22nd April from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.  All proceeds from the day will be shared between the Rotary Club of Bendigo, the Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale and the Bendigo South East College and will assist with youth programs.     Please support us – come and browse -  who knows you may find something you will not be able to resist.


Joy Bruce gave us an update on our Youth program.  For the first time in many years we will be hosting a young man as our Exchange Student.  Laura, our current Exchange Student left on Sunday for her safari through Australia.


Results are in – and the new way of buying our lunch for our weekly meetings received an enthusiastic, unanimous thumbs up.   We will continue with this system.

It looks as though we have at last, 'got it right'.    Although I will probably receive credit for this, I have to say that it was the idea of Glenn Reilly.   Thank you Glenn.


Just a gentle nudge – please will you buy a copy of 'Rotary in Action'.  $1.69 through iTunes and you have contributed $1 to our club for distribution to worthy causes.




Word of the week is one which has always applied to me – and I suspect to many of you.  Impecunious – meaning having too little money.  


Inspirational saying – There is plenty of room at the top – but no room to sit down.

Zig Ziglar.   



Calendar of Events:


17th April – Margaret Thompson will speak to us on Hansen's Disease – (Leprosy)

Wayne Smith is Sergeant for the day.


24th April – ANZAC -   We are priveleged to have Cliff Richards as our guest speaker.

Cliff has a wealth of knowledge and we encourage you to come along that day to hear him speak.   Rod McDonald is Chairman for the Day. 


1st May – Bill Oakley is our Guest Speaker – speaking on a Global Grant – Timor Leste.  Chairman, Bob Edgar, will introduce him.

Until I see you next Tuesday – 'may the sun shine warm (but not too hot) upon your face and the wind be always at your back'  -    on which note – I hope that the wind will be at Julie Sloan's back as she undertakes her 60 kilometer ride in support of 'Eliminate Polio' on Sunday.   Go Julie.  



President Valerie.     

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