Broadly Speaking 24 April 2018
25th April – ANZAC Day.
'They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget
Our Guest Speaker this week was Immediate Past President of the RSL,
Cliff Richards, OAM. Cliff had intended speaking to us about ANZAC, but changed his mind at the last moment and read us a letter which his mother had received
from his Commanding Officer on his release and imminent return home after the Vietnam war. We were left us aghast that any family should receive such a letter. Whilst it was intended to prepare his mother and family that they would find him changed from the innocent young man who left Australian shores to fight, it contained a confronting account of how much his behaviour may have altered due to the experiences and cultural differences he had faced. Far from being informative, it sounded almost insulting.
He then told us about the expansion of the RSL and the Museum, scheduled to be officially opened on 15th November of this year. I was pleased to present
Cliff with a cheque for $500 as a small contribution to this wonderful asset for Bendigo. The local RSL has great plans for its iconic collection of memorabilia.
Thank you Cliff.
On Friday, 20th April, I was privileged to attend the Official Opening of the Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence at TAFE in Charleston Road, Bendigo. This is an amazing facility in which Club member, Bob Edgar has been involved. He is fully justified in his pride in the finished product. We are very lucky that Bendigo has this outstanding establishment to assist students become job ready.
We were blessed with glorious weather for our first Autumn Market held at Bendigo South East College grounds on Sunday, 22nd April. Our stall-holders were an extremely friendly and co-operative group of people and the goods on display were of excellent quality. Held in the conjunction with the Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale it was a very successful first attempt and well worthy of continuing.
It was a very busy day in Bendigo with several competing interests and we did not attract as many people as we would have liked, but there was a steady stream of people from 10.15 am until 2.15 pm. Many thanks to the organising Committee, Wayne Smith, Chair of our Special Operations Committee and all Rotarians and partners who helped, or just came to support. We showcased many of our Rotary projects from facial reconstruction through the MEC project (Bendigo Strathdale) to a renowned Rotary sausage sizzle, EndTrachoma project, Nepal Self-help project and gnome-painting (Bendigo).
In keeping with our ANZAC theme, this week's word – is Sacrifice – and we all know what that means. We thank all of our Servicemen and Women who fought in so many wars so that we could live in freedom.
Our Inspirational saying is 'The Ode' as shown at the beginning of this Report.
Calendar of Events:
1st May - Our Guest Speaker is Bill Oakley who will tell us about a Global Grant – Timor Leste. This is another of Bob Edgar's interests and, as Chairman, he will introduce Bill to the Club.
8th May - CEO Community Sector Banking, Andrew Cairn, is our Guest Speaker with Kim Lowe as Chairman.
15th May - Watch this space.
22nd May – our Italian Night. A night to experience a different culture, fellowship and frivolity. Don't miss it. Organised by Glenn Reilly. Ci vediamo li!
I look forward to welcoming you to our meeting next Tuesday and until then, 'May the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.