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Broadly Speaking 17 April 2018

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We were down a little in numbers at our meeting on Tuesday because nearly the entire club attended the funeral of our member, Bev Figg that morning , to pay tribute to her extraordinary courage.  She was an inspiration to us all.   

We offer our support to her devoted husband, Brian, and their children Breadon

and Merryn.       


We welcomed Elspeth McKay to our meeting.  Elspeth is a retired nurse who has a special interest in Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) the topic of our guest speaker, Margaret Thompson. 


Margaret gave us an insight into a disease which is mentioned in the Bible and even predates that time.    She became interested in Leprosy in 2004 when she participated in a fundraising trek in the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal for the work of the Leprosy Mission, an international Christian organisation.    In 2005 she again trekked in Nepal and this also included time in Delhi learning and observing the work of the Mission in India.  In 2013 Margaret participated in a centenary tour of TLM work which included Delhi and visits to many regional areas where Australians had supported projects for the past 100 years.   The first 5 days of the tour were spent at the Anandaban Hospital, 16 km from Katmandu.   Anandaban is a specialist referral hospital where diagnosis, pre-operative specialist physiotherapy and occupational therapy, reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and prosthetic fitting all occurred.    She supported her talk with graphic photographs showing how the disease affects various parts of the body – even including the eyelids,which can cause blindness because the afflicted erson cannot blink.   She is currently a member of the National Council of the Leprosy Mission Australia and continues her interest in the goal of supporting local communities to be empowered to reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and in transforming lives by fostering dignity, opportunity and hope.    Leprosy is not an incurable disease.


Through Julie Sloan our Club has a very successful self-help group in Nepal, covering education in correct washing of hands to help prevent disease.


Congratulations are also in order for Julie who completed her 60 km ride around the Bellarine Peninsular last Sunday to raise funds to assist in the 'End Polio Now' campaign.   She not only completed the ride, in good condition, but raised a little over $1,600.

Well done Julie – 100km next year?


OUR MARKET – This Sunday, 22nd April, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Bendigo South East College Grounds.   The weather forecast is for a beautiful, sunny 26o and we have many and varied stalls through which you can browse.    Come and have a cuppa and scone with the Bendigo Youth Choir – buy a Rotary bar-b-que sausage – and enjoy a great family day out.   Our Club and members of the Bendigo Strathdale Club look forward to seeing you there.


We are still receiving requests to buy paintings which were exhibited in our Easter Art Show, such was the quality of the works on display.



I chose the word of the week and our inspirational saying to honour Bev Figg -

'indomitable' is the word as was Bev – and  'the true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure'.




Calendar of Events:


24th April – the day before ANZAC.   Our Guest Speaker is Past President of the RSL, Cliff Richards, who will be introduced by Chairman Rod McDonald


1st May -  Bill Oakley will tell us about a Global Grant – Timor Leste.   Bill will be introduced by Chairman, Bob Edgar.


8th May -  We have Andrew Kairns who is CEO Community Sector Banking.  Kim Lowe is Chairman for the day.


ADVANCE NOTICE -  We have an 'Italian Night' coming up on 22nd May.   Organised by Glenn Reilly this is sure to be a wonderful night, full of fun and fellowship.   Ci vediamo li.




Until I see you at either or both our Market on Sunday, or next Tuesday's meeting - 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.



Unfortunately Julie said she had a headwind on Sunday............





President Valerie.  

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