People with a purpose

Broadly Speaking 01 May 2018

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It will take $5 billion a year for the next 20 years to rid the world of Malaria, such is the complexity of the problem.    These were the figures which our guest speaker, Bill

Oakley, told us today.  Bill is a Past President of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn.  He has a long involvement in RAWCS, has had 8 trips to the Solomon Islands in relation to an Agricultural Project there, has had two Royce Abbey Scholars involved in rice growing, chickens and pigs and 5 years as District 9800 RAMS Chair.  He is a passionate and fluent speaker well qualified to speak about the subject.  Members were very interested in what he had to say as evidenced by the many questions asked at the end of his address.  Thank you Bill.   He came equipped with boxes of jams which he makes and sells, with the proceeds directed toward RAM - $1,500 in last year's North Balwyn report.   A fine effort.


Rotary Club of Bendigo is contributing to a Global Grant for Malaria control in Timor Leste.  



We were pleased to welcome Pam Luxford from the Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale to our meeting, along with Lindsay MacKay, Chair of Operation Cleft.


We were able to give Operation Cleft a donation of $10,000, the proceeds from our Night Golf project.   This is the 10th year this event has been run and, this year had a few difficulties in that it fell on an extremely busy weekend, including the District 9800 Conference in Warrnambool which took some of our members away.   Congratulations to Chairman of the Committee, Glenn Reilly, and all those

Rotarians who helped in any way to make this evening such a success.  Our donation will fund operations for 33 children and change their lives. 


Don't forget that there will be a Fellowship Day at Andrew and Heather Hampton's property in Sutton Grange this coming Sunday, 6th May.  Hope to see you there for a bar-b-que lunch.


We had a very excited Exchange Student at our meeting on Tuesday when Laura, who is sporting a new, trendy French hair-style, told us a little about her wonderful safari adventure across Australia.   She had copious notes and told us about her experience at Uluru.  Our Exchange Students see more of this vast, extraordinary country than many of us have seen.


And our word of the week:   Did you know, that along with many organisations, RC

of Bendigo has hebdomadal meetings?    No we don't discuss hebdomadals!   It means that we have weekly meetings.

And our inspirational saying – 'sometimes when things are falling apart, they may

actually be falling into place'. 


Every week we have members who are Chairmen or Sergeants for the day.

They help our meetings to run smoothly and keep us entertained.  We do not very often say 'thank you'  to them – so this is to say how much we appreciate their efforts. Last week Noel Hobley held our attention.   Thank you Noel.     



Calendar of Events:


8th May – Our Guest Speaker will be Andrew Cairns, CEO Community Sector

Banking who will be introduced by Chairman, Kim Lowe.   Wayne Smith will be Sergeant.




Please note a change to the calendar -

15th May -   Today our Guest Speaker is Donna Aranyi, Philanthropy Executive – Major Gifts, the Royal Childrens Hospital Foundation.    I know that most of our Rotarians will have a story of their own to tell about RCH,  but Donna will bring with her, Maree and Xavier Pearce who will share their inspiring story with us.

Chairman is Valerie Broad and Sergeant will be Larrie Winzar.



22nd May is our Italian night.  A night of fellowship and fun as we enjoy the cuisine of another Culture.   We will be joined by members of the Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale and DG Peter Frueh and Anne.     You will be sorry if you miss this one!

Ci vediamo li!



Until we meet at either Andrew and Heather's property on Sunday, or at our meeting next week – or, hopefully, both – 'may the sun shine warm upon your face and the wind be always at your back'.



We offer our sincere congratulations to Sei Sei Mu Thein who graduated from La Trobe University yesterday
with a Bachelor of Education.   We know how hard she has worked and are thrilled to see her achieve her goal.
She celebrated in style last night at the Eight Sisters Restaurant.    Well done from your Rotary Family Sei Sei – we are all
very proud of you.



President Valerie. 


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