23 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: Gareth Ward, President Richmond RSL

Richmond RSL is a small traditional Sub Branch which opened in 1920. They have an approximate membership of 40. In preparation for Anzac Day Gareth will be our guest speaker tonight.

 

 

Club Celebrations

Birthdays: Ross Telfer 29th April
Partner Birthdays: Sue Roberts 23rd April (apologies incorrect date last week)
Induction Anniversaries: Sue Bolton 28th April 1997
Welcome Home Secretary Jo

 

Message from Joan & Geoff Clarke

"I would like to express my gratitude to Barry Roberts and the Rotarians who visited last Wednesday afternoon, and presented me with a framed history of my time spent with Richmond Rotary club from 1964-1988. Also for the gift of roses, wine and chocolates. (Geoff remains an honorary member)
I miss Rotary and have many happy memories of those early days.

It was great to share with Barry and the others some of these memories..

Please express my gratitude to those friends who travelled to Narre Warren North to share their afternoon with me. It was much appreciated. I shall look forward to the photos in the Bulletin.

Thank you Sue for sending me the weekly news of Richmond Rotary.

I remain, ours truly,

Geoff Clarke.

 

News from Janice

Hi Sue

Mum is now requiring full-time supervision and care. She cannot be left unattended.

Mum can no longer think of anything that is not immediately in front of her and gets extremely confused if she is confronted with anything more than a few minutes ahead of her. Her independent will won't allow her to just follow our lead and trust that we have everything under control for her. She also lacks understanding of days and times now.

Mum does not ask about anyone including Cath and me when we are not on the phone or in front of her. She has not asked about Rotary. I appreciate that all her Rotarian friends respect and look after her well whilst she is at the meetings and miss her presence. It is the anticipation and confusion before and after that is our concern.

A few weeks ago on a Wednesday evening, mum told Fran she was late for Rotary and wouldn't accept that it wasn't Monday and Rotary was not on. After calling many people who also wouldn't confirm what she had in her head, she walked to the neighbours whilst Fran was in the loo and asked the neighbour to drive her to Rotary. Fran ended up driving her to the Amora as the only way mum would believe that Rotary wasn't on. It is this stress and anxiety we are trying to minimise. She has had a few other worrying incidents like this that confirm that if we did not have Fran full-time, mum would have to go into residential care which would be awful for her whilst she is still active.

We are finding mum's state of mind much better at Sorrento and Fran is happy there with mum. It is unlikely that mum will continue to live at Kew much at all now. Many of mum's friends have been visiting her in Sorrento and you are all most welcome to come and stay.

Please make all arrangements through Fran and feel free to contact myself or Cath anytime.

We are very grateful for your support and friendship.

Annie

 

Last week's speaker Ann Baker gave an exceptional discourse on the New Galleries at the Shrine. She brilliantly brought the galleries to light and told fascinating stories for each of them. The Galleries of Remembrance are set in a cathedral-like underground chamber beneath the Shrine, with permanent and special exhibition spaces integrated between the memorial's original red brick foundation columns. The vaulted ceiling and handlaid columns create avenues and intimate display spaces, no two of which are the same. Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from the 1850s to the present day.

Although I had seen the Nottingham Lace Panel on numerous occasions when at the Victorian Jazz Club meetings held at the RAAF Club in South Yarra, Ann gave it new meaning explaining the meaning of every symbol.

Everyone was captivated by Ann's talk and wanted to rush off and immediately visit these new galleries and their exhibits.

 

District Changeover

Join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for this year's District Changeover at "The International" in Brighton.

Entertainment by the "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

BOOK AT www.trybooking.com/367423

 

Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

25th Wednesday Anzac Day
26th Thursday Board meeting
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Education
14th Monday 100 most influential people (MGC)
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
17th Thursday Board Meeting
20th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


16 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: Ann Baker, New Galleries at the Shrine.

How lucky are we to have such a talented and knowledgeable speaker in Ann Baker? Ann is a volunteer for the National Trust and her talks on the Melbourne Cemetery, Government House and the Shrine of Remembrance have been exceptional.

We are in for a treat tonight with husband Tim as projectionist; Ann explores the new galleries at the Shrine

 

100 most influential

President Chris explained at last week's meeting the rationale behind this function. It is hoped that NGOs and community leaders will be able to meet and plan for needed improvements in the delivery of much needed services to the community. The function will be held at Melbourne Girls' College on May 14th, and club members will be asked to assist on the night with catering etc. President Chris will keep us posted on progress and requirements.

President Chris then went onto present certificates of membership to Joan Kennedy and Melinda Dunkley.

 

Club Celebrations

Birthdays: Mark Dwyer 19th April
Partner Birthdays: Andréa Michaelides 22nd April, Sue Roberts 22nd
Bon Voyage to Annette Pepper and Chew Chan.

 

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

 

District Changeover

Join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for this year's District Changeover at "The International" in Brighton.

Entertainment by the "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

BOOK AT www.trybooking.com/367423

 

 

Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

22nd Sunday Star Carnivale
23rd Monday Gareth Ward, President Richmond RSL
25th Wednesday Anzac Day
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Educartaion
10th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
14th Monday 100 most influential people (MGC)
17th Thursday Board Meeting
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


9 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: We will meet in the restaurant at Amora.

 

Welcome to our new members

Due to illness President Chris deputed Vice President Jo to induct Joan Kennedy and Melinda Dunkley into our club on March 26th

 

 

Caching up with charter and honorary member Geoff Clarke (Trevor Pang)

On Wednesday 28 March 2018 a group of 6 Richmond & Melbourne Rotarians visited Charter Member GEOFF CLARKE & JOAN at Bupa Aged Care Berwick.
We spent our allocated time over afternoon Coffee/Tea & Hot Cross Buns & reminisced with our Rotary adventures, the changing face of Richmond & many personal memories over more than 50 years.

Geoff & Joan are beacons of lives being well-lived & deeply treasure the lasting friendships they have made through our Club.

Both Geoff & Joan are in good health although Geoff is restricted mostly to a wheelchair however his mind is still sharp (quickly calculating the maximum loadibility of "White Crow" tomato sauce on a pallet) with the ever-present twinkle in his eyes!

The Rotary Club of Richmond presented Geoff with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to our Club, his dinner badge confirming his current membership & a bouquet of roses for Joan.


Geoff will celebrate his 100th Birthday on the 24 August; the same date our Club was chartered in1964.

Bravo - Geoff & Joan!

Thank you to Barry Roberts for organising this get-together.

Geoff &Joan









L-R: With John Wysham,
Warren Golding, Chris
Wang Barry Roberts,
Aivars Lode, Trevor Pang

 

FORR

Hi Sue, The Salvation Army were thrilled with all the food. It was the best food, full of nutrition. The people on the street were very happy ROTARY SUPPLYSTHE BEST QUALITY ,I WANT TO THANK EVERY ONE FOR THERE GENEROUISTY.THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP Love Sally, can't thank you enough

 

District Changeover

Please join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark as we whoop it up at "The International" in Brighton.

This year the District Changeover is celebrating our District and all we have achieved together – Rotarians and Clubs, with assistance and support from the District Leadership Team.

There will be fun, special projects and Rotarians honoured.

Entertainment by our own sensational "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

In true Rotary style, there will be funding opportunities for two projects of $1,000 each. Submit a short, informal project plan, register a table of 10 before May 18th. Be ready to claim the prize and announce the project to all our District Rotary friends. Maybe you will gain support from other Clubs and possibly receive a Foundation District Grant☺

BOOK AT www.trybooking.com/367423

 

RIPR Merv

PP& PDG Merv Ericson with Jo Cowling, Judy Nettleton and Sue Bolton at Government House to welcome World RI President Ian Risely. The Governor, Linda Dessau, invited representatives from all Victorian clubs to meet with the World President at afternoon tea held on March 13th.

Merv was a ripper President at Richmond 2000-2001, then transferred to Monash where he was President again, a ripper District Governor for D9810in 2014-2015, and now a ripper Rotary International President's Representative (RIPR) currently in the Philippines.

 

Club Celebrations

Birthdays: Dawn Giltinan 28th March, Lois Peeler 31st March

Induction Anniversaries: Trevor Pang 1st April, 2000, Maria Makris 7th April 2014

The club wishes a happy holiday to our hard working secretary, Jo, and Michael, currently touring Tasmania.

 

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

 

D9800 Conference Warrnambool

Congratulations to DG Peter Frueh and Anne, along with the organising committee for a fabulous, friendly, inspiring and educational experience, where 'the Power to Make a Difference' was the key.

Warrnambool was a lovely choice for the conference. The facilities were first class and the surrounding scenery sensational.

8 Richmond attendees also enjoyed an excellent pre-conference tour. We enjoyed a delightful lunch at The Swing Bridge Café, Lorne where we were joined by past member Sandy Day. More fun was had that night at the Brew House in Apollo Bay followed by breakfast at Chris' Beacon Point Restaurant where the views were magnificent. We got some exercise climbing the Otway Fly, followed by sightseeing at the Bay of Martyrs.

We arrived in Warrnambool and our accommodation at the Quest Apartments could not have been better as it was right beside the conference centre. That night we were treated to an exceptional dinner at the Pickled Pig, walking distance from our digs.

Friday started with a magnificent breakfast at the Pavilion Café overlooking the bay and the ocean. Barry headed to Golf, and Jo, Judy and President Chris shopped for our club dinner that night.

Later that afternoon many of went to Meet the Maremmas ( the dogs that saved the penguins on Middle Island and made famous in the film 'Oddball'.

The Welcome function was held at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. The highlight was the firing of the 1880 cannon. Then it was back to the apartment where President Chris had prepared a sensational Club Dinner. President Chris really surprised us with his professional catering. We were treated to perfectly cooked lamb and beef, roast potatoes and two salads. A delicious chocolate cake and berries provided by Maureen Pang was the icing.

It was lovely way to spend an evening and to welcome those who had driven from town that afternoon. President Chris asked everyone to speak for 90 seconds about themselves and this was a very interesting and instructive session, enjoyed by all.

The conference began in earnest at 9.00am on Saturday. We were welcomed by the MC Amanda Drury after she was 'dragged' on stage by the Little Nippers Life savers.

This year the 'In Memoria' was especially poignant as we remembered those called to higher duty John Nairn, Nigel Peck and John Birch.

All the speakers were outstanding. Who would ever have thought that estuaries were so interesting as told to us by John Sherwood. The RIPR PDG Brian Hall form Louisiana was most entertaining and made me wish I could speak as well as him. When Sheree Maris regaled us with her underwater photography in Port Phillip Bay and the sexual antics of many of the creatures she photographed the RIPR was delighted to be part of her jokes.

Our own Michelle Benstead was delightful. Everyone loved the local singer Cooper Lowland, and Michael Crossland's life seemed to be unbelievable.

A pleasant St. Patrick's eve was spent at the Gala Dinner. President Chris and PP Mark added a touch of green by squashing a VB can into their jacked pockets!
Sunday sessions continued with the same high quality speakers including Chris Herman who took a senior gap year and changed his life. Amanda Wendt PP Melbourne Park pointed out the similarities between the Baby Boomers and Millennials and how they are a perfect fit for Rotary.

Time for the changeover. Next year's conference group took to the stage and DGE Bronwyn Stephens urged us to attend the multi district conference in Melbourne in 2019.

Farewells said and a great conference was over.

Some lucky Richmond attendees then travelled onto Port Fairy for a short post conference tour.

 

Motto Pop-up Shop

Our 21st Motto Pop-up shop was held on Saturday 7th March. Once again it was a tremendous success. $2700 was made from the sale of fashion items and our tea and coffee stall made $49. And the volunteers had an enjoyable day. Chew Chan even brought his Tai Chi team to shop and we even had visitors from NSW and Tasmania. The power of social media!

Thanks once again to Fay and John Browne of Motto for their wonderful sponsorship. What a wonderful gift to Richmond Rotary.

Thanks to Melbourne Girls' College for providing the venue and for Andrew Michaelides for providing the storage space

Thanks also to Jo and Maureen for their organizing skills in pulling the shop together



Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

10th Tuesday End Trachoma 2020
13th Friday Tamil Feast
16th Monday Ann Baker, New Galleries at the Shrine
19th Thursday Board Meeting
22nd Sunday Star Carnivale
23rd Monday Gareth Ward, President Richmond RSL
25th Wednesday Anzac Day
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Educartaion
10th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
14th Monday 100 most influential people (MGC)
17th Thursday Board Meeting
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


5 March 2018

Tonight's meeting: Michelle Benstead & Stephen Ngo Australian Rotary Health Scholarship recipients

 

Don't forget FORR

Tonight FoRR will be collecting non-perishable, "healthy" food items for donation to and distribution by the Salvation Army. These could include canned and packaged items e.g. tin fish, baked beans, instant noodles, Up and Go breakfast drink, etc

AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH

Supported by Rotarians Australian wide, Australian Rotary Health was soon in a position to sponsor health research in areas that did not readily attract funding. Today Australian Rotary Health is Australia's largest non-government funding body of mental illness research and provides funding for research in much health related areas as well as scholarships to support aspiring students in areas such as indigenous health.

ARH was founded by Ian Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Mornington, Victoria. In 1981, Scott was so moved by the impact of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on families that he resolved to set up a fund to support research on this and other family health problems. This resulted in the establishment of the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (later called ARH) with Royce Abbey as the inaugural chair of the board. The Fund offered its first research grants in 1985. The Fund initially supported research on sudden infant death syndrome, including a project which showed that prone sleeping position of the infant was a major risk factor. An information campaign following this research led to a rapid fall in the deaths from SIDS in Australia. Subsequently, the Fund supported a number of areas of research, including environmental health problems of the aged, adolescent health and family health. From 2000, it began to specialise in support for mental illness research in recognition of the adverse effects that mental illness had on the health and wellbeing of children, youth and adults in Australia.[3] ARH is currently the largest non-government funder of research in this area in Australia. In 2009, the name was changed from the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund to Australian Rotary Health because the organisation had broadened its scope to include community mental health awareness and education activities, in addition to support for research.

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

 

Combined Cluster Foundation Event hosted by RC Essendon

Lien Trinh
Manager of End Trachoma 2020

Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness globally. Australia remains the world's last developed country where it still persists. Blindness from recurrent trachoma infections is irreversible. But trachoma is an entirely preventable disease, and infections can be treated quickly and effectively.

PDG Dr. Murray Verso.

Murray is a retired medical practitioner. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Williamstown since 1981. He was Governor of Rotary International District 9800. He is now a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and is also a member of the End Trachoma Core Team.

David Abbey

Son of Royce and Jean Abbey, David will speak about the Royce and Jean Vocational Scholarship and the Royce Abbey Award. 2018 marks 30 years since Rotary Club of Essendon member, PP Royce Abbey, was Rotary International World President.

WHEN: Tues 10 April 2018 6:30pm for 7pm start
WHERE: Waterloo Cup Hotel, 252 Maribyrnong Rd, Moonee Ponds
COST: $45 pp 3 Course meal, Drinks at bar prices
BOOK: https://www.trybooking.com/TXPB
RSVP: Monday 26 March
For further information:
Roger Leask 0412 706 566 or Jane Carbone 0417329 005

 

Last Week's Meeting:

Our guest speaker Ludovic Grosjean, highlighted the need to keep our oceans clean, as plastic pollution threatens to overwhelm. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish. The throwaway society has gone global, and the Plastic Vortex, the swirling mass of garbage bobbing in the north Pacific Ocean is already twice the size of Texas. Doctors are warning that plastic toxins, now finding the way into our bodies, will have serious impact on human health. Already birds and fish are dying from this pollution when they see plastic as food.

One solution Ludovic proposes, is to use drones to gather refuse from the sea. He is now experimenting with drones so that they have the capacity to do this: by extending the battery life, the manner and weight of collection, and the ability to work on all conditions.

President Chris commented that question time for Ludovic had been the longest ever. He is certainly 'making a difference'.

It was a fascinating session and over all too soon.

 

Richmond will be there. President Chris, Jo, Sue, Jenny Judy, Barry & Sue, Annette, Nia, Maria, Anna, Mark, Trevor & Maureen

 





It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017- 18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

Future Events

March – Water & Sanitation Month

7th Wednesday Women in Rotary breakfast7.00am City of Yarra BBQ 5.30pm
12th Monday Labour Day holiday
16th Friday District Conference Warrnambool
17th Saturday District Conference Warrnambool
18th Sunday District Conference Warrnambool
23rd Friday Multi District President Elect Training
24th Saturday MDPETS
25th` Sunday MDPETS – Ballarat
19th Monday No meeting – post conference
22nd Thursday Mock Job Interviews MGC
26th Monday MGC Students

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

2nd Monday No meeting Easter Monday
7th Saturday Motto Popup shop
9th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
10th Tuesday End Trachoma 2020
16th Monday Social Meeting
19th Thursday Board Meeting
22nd Sunday Star Carniv-ale
23rd Monday Hugh Dolan – Gallipoli from Above
25th Wednesday Anzac Day
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday 100 most influential people

May - Youth Services Month

10th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
17th Thursday Board Meeting
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


26 February 2018

Tonight's meeting: Ludovic Grosjean, President Melbourne City Rotaract, Ocean X

Ludovic is Principal Consultant at OceanX Group, with 11 years of Ocean expertise over a large pipeline of worldwide projects. He is passionate about technologies, and designs innovative solutions to protect our Oceans. Worldwide Unmanned Vehicle expert for Robotics in the water environment, he brings sharp expertise to the Transport, Maritime, Telecommunication, Defence, Fisheries and Oil & Gas Industries working in pair with Industry leaders, Universities, Victorian Government bodies & startups.

With a large portfolio of Ocean Projects (including ROVs, AUVs, USVs, Gliders, Drones, underwater instrumentation & sensors) he brings his Consulting expertise through OceanX Groupfor IoT, AI and VR technologies applied to Unmanned Platforms.








Rotaract

Rotaract is a global organisation that empowers students and young professionals to create positive change in their local communities and around the world. Rotaract provides unique opportunities that assist its members in becoming the business and professional leaders of tomorrow. Sponsored by Rotary International, Rotaract Clubs across Australia are part of a worldwide organisation of 210,000 individuals in 9,100 clubs covering 170 countries.

More information: Page 85, District 9800 Information Directory

Pearl Day Lunch
Congratulations to PP Rob Mactier and his daughters, Lucy, Annabelle and Clemmie, for another wonderful day at Allandale. This was the 10th anniversary of Pearl Day held in memory of Rob's wife Kate, who died too soon of cancer. Kate loved pearls and we wear pearls in her honour. All proceeds go to Australian Rotary Health where Pearl Day funds have funded a research scholar. The weather forecast was dire but the day was perfect. Guests enjoyed the picture perfect setting, a sumptuous buffet and plentiful drinks. All in all, a delightful day.

Jo, Jenny, Joan, Annette, Sue and Kevin thank the Mactiers for their generous hospitality.







We have two PhD students and they are both speaking at the club on 5th March. I noticed Michelle is also speaking at the 9800 Conference and the Rotary Club of Richmond gets a mention as her sponsor.

Michelle Benstead

Michelle is currently completing her PhD at Deakin University School of Psychology. She was awarded a Youth Mental Health PhD Scholarship through Australian Rotary Health/Motto Fashions/Rotary Club of Richmond. Michelle's research interests centre on child and adolescent mental health, parenting, and family functioning. Michelle has presented her research both locally and internationally. She is currently writing up papers associated with her research, and has co-authored papers.(Thanks John Benger)










 

Club Celebrations

Partner Birthdays: Beryl Golding 27th February

Anniversaries: Evonne & Tony Grosso 26th February

Induction Anniversaries: Simon Marriott 1st March 1994

 

 

 

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

Last Week's Meeting:

Blooper!

Of course Judy Newgreen just popped by

Einman Ashak and her friends alerted us tome of the problems facing South Sudan and their determination to help with aid for education and health. 3 very inspiring people. The Club looks forward to helping them in their quest. Janice Peeler, Dawn Giltinan and John Benger offered to take them out to DIK (Donations in Kind) last Saturday. We look forward to their report.

 

 

 

 

Rotary World Conference Toronto

It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

Future Events

March - Water & Sanitation Month

5th   Monday        ARH recipients
7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast 7.00am
                                  City of Yarra BBQ 5.30pm
12th Monday        Labour Day holiday
16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool
19th Monday       Social meeting - Conference report
22nd Thursday     Mock Job Interviews MGC
26th Monday        MGC Students


April - Maternal & Child Health Month

2nd   Monday        No meeting Easter Monday
9th   Monday        James Nicholas - Mystery of Fairyland
16th Monday        Social Meeting
22nd Sunday         Star Carnivale
23rd Monday        Hugh Dolan - Gallipoli from Above
25th Wednesday  Anzac Day
30th Monday       100 most influential people

Meeting Information Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121
Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

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19 February 2018

Tonight's meeting: Eiman Ashak - Experiences at the RYLA camp

Eiman has been a regular visitor to the Club and recently attended the RYLA camp at Mt. Evelyn. Tonight she will share with us her experiences there.

MOTTO Fashions

Motto has been a wonderful supporter of the Club and its projects. Recently they promoted Rotary on their website.

Motto - Proudly Supporting the Community

At Motto, our ethos is all about family, and caring for those around us, our community. With this outlook in mind the brand's owners Faye, John & Lauren Browne are also passionate about giving back to the Australian community as a whole, from company profit donations to large charity groups like the National Breast Cancer Foundation & Rotary Victoria, and through to auction item prizes and gift vouchers donated to local schools and fundraisers. Most of Motto's donation commitments are run though Rotary, because of their strong affiliation with a multitude of charitable groups. Rotary ensures that 100% of the donation goes directly to the charity in need.

It's through the close relationship with Rotary that we are able to offer support to Australians, from providing university sponsorships to young adults, to donating funds/supplies to hospitals/health care facilities in rural and indigenous communities.

Motto also donates 100% of their seconds and samples to Rotary who sell them to raise money for their charities.

Below is a small snapshot of our donations and how we are impacting our local community.

This is just a small example of how Motto gives back, and they are committed to supporting the Australian Community, with a particular interest in women's services. A big THANK YOU to our customers who make giving back a possibility for Motto.

MOTTO FASHION NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations Laura Alsop from Deakin University!

Thank you Motto from all of us at the Rotary Club of Richmond

Trevor Pang has sent an update on another scholarship holder -Samara Rae





She got married you all know and she is expecting a baby in the next month or so (I think she has only just finished work on Weipa- as she has had a baby shower last weekend.)





Rotary District 9800 Discussion Group

    This is a Facebook group.
  • Mark Stephens posted a video of Amanda Wendt (Past President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park) presenting to the incoming District Governors 2018-2019 at San Diego. This was a thought provoking session outlining how Rotary was in the perfect position to attract millennials to our organisation and be mentored by the baby boomers before they have all retired!
  • Marjorie Gerlinger alerted us to the death of John Meehan. John was a long time member of Melbourne Central and a tireless worker on District. He was a wonderful support to the Police Mentoring Program. VALE
  • PDG Murray Verso posted The End Trachoma Facebook Live information sessions will commence on Monday 19th February and be held every evening at 5.00 pm for the following week. Each session lasts only 10 minutes and will be available for later viewing on the EndTrachoma 2020 Facebook page and website.
  • Meet our project directors, Rob McGuirk, Kerry Kornhauser OAM and Dr. Murray Verso. They are Rotarians, who have generously dedicated their time, resources and experiences to EndTrachoma by 2020. They are passionate about supporting our own Australians. They are passionate about building healthy communities. And they are passionate about uniting Rotary in Australia.

    **Star Carnivale**

    Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

    Having reached the centenary of our extraordinary Rotary Foundation we want to mark this occasion in Melbourne by organising an evening of fun and celebration on the large Ferris Wheel the Melbourne Star at Docklands. 'Star Carnivale' will commence at 5.30 pm on 22 April and we ask for your support for this unique event.

    Seats on the Melbourne Star are $35 per person and if a club buys a whole 'pod', $400 will be donated to our Foundation in that club's name. A pod holds 20 people. Hampers are available, should attendees wish to pre order online. Drinks are at $6 per glass for wine, beer and cider and $3 for soft drinks on the night. The 'light' takes around 35 minutes and the event will start from 5.30 pm. (Hampers and drinks can be taken on board the 'flight').

    The Star will be lit up in Rotary colours for the evening and we will add to the event by having International Speaker Astro Physicist Rachel Livermore update us on the 'Galaxy' - we are planning on having music and a few Star Wars characters for photo opportunities. These are provided at no extra cost.

    We are also hoping to attract media attention for our Rotary Foundation.

    Click on the invitation for full details. Further details are also available on www.rotaryalbertparkevents.org.au. Bookings can be made on the website.

    This event will not be a success without your kind support and we ask that you make a special effort to encourage your club members to be there. Let's show Melbourne our (Rotary) colours and show the wonderful work carried out by our organisation.

    Please give me a call on 0418 390 334 or email me on info@rotaryalbertparkevents.org.au should you have any questions.

    Loryn Clark
    Rotary Albert Park





    Club Celebrations
    Anniversaries: Mark Dwyer & Kirsty, 23rd February




    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

    Last Week's Meeting:

              

                                                                    Chair Jo Cowling                                President Chris
                                                                                                                         The smiles say it all!!!





    Another great speaker Dr Anthony Cuson
    emphasized that for a longer and more
    satisfying life exercise, posture and diet
    should not be neglected.










    Judy Newgreen IPP of Chadstone -East Malvern popped
    by to encourage all to attend the Women In Rotary
    Breakfast






     

    Future Events

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone
    26th Monday      Ludvic Grosjean, President Melbourne Rotaract, Ocean X

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    5th   Monday        ARH recipients
    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    12th Monday        Labour Day holiday
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool
    19th Monday       Social meeting - Conference report
    26th Monday        MGC Students

    "It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia"

    Meeting Information Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121
    Contact Us
    P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

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    12 February 2018

    What a week it will be!!

    Shrove Tuesday 13th February

    Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove comes from the old middle English word 'Shriven' meaning to go to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you've done. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, so people went to confessions on the day before. This became known as Shriven Tuesday and then Shrove Tuesday.

    The other name for this day, Pancake Day, comes from the old English custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent, so that people were ready to fast during Lent. The fattening ingredients that most people had in their houses in those days were eggs and milk.


    Valentine's Day 14th February

    Originating as a Western Christian Valentine's Day is now recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy.

     

    Lunar New Year Friday 16th February

    The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16.

    The celebrations are tipped to last for over two weeks -

    The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

    Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year's Day.

    Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day. 2018 will be the Year of the Dog.

    Oh what a week it was!!!

     

     

    Last week's chair was new member, Annette Pepper


     

     

    President Chris celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' win at the Super Bowl


    Anna Walpole presented President Chris with a banner from the Rotary Club of Narita, Japan. Anna had the club on her recent visit to Japan.

     

    Club Banners

    A long held tradition amongst Rotary Clubs has been the exchange of club banners. The designs are expected to be distinctive, appropriate and express the community of which the Club is apart.

    Richmond's banner features the following:

    PRINTED CIRCUIT – Green & Gold
    Represents technology, manufacturing & humanity's scientific endeavours on which Richmond's industries were founded.

    ABORIGINAL ART – Black, White & Red
    This acknowledges that Aborigines are the traditional owners of our land. It represents the culture, the arts, and spirituality of indigenous Australians & the acceptance that we are ALL new Australians.

    NUMBERS – Gold & Black
    Represents business, wealth & accountability.

    GUM LEAVES – Green, Black & Red
    Represent Australia's unique environment. It symbolizes life & growth.

     

    Last week's speaker, Georgie Retallick was an inspiration to us all. Her dedication in helping younger people not suited to be housed in aged care facilities is extraordinary. Her perseverance over her 8 year journey has been truly inspiring. We look forward to the day her Y care house is completed


    Club Celebrations Inductions:

    James Hamilton, Brooke Sandilands 15-02-2016

    ShelterBox

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and lifesaving supplies to displaced families.

    Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster.[1] The contents of a ShelterBox are tailored to the nature and location of the disaster.

    ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the town of Helston, Cornwall, UK. ShelterBox has tracking systems to monitor weather systems around the globe and anticipate the likely scale of hurricanes and cyclones. In addition, an earthquake alert system gives immediate notice of any seismic activity that could result in a humanitarian disaster. ShelterBox works with international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide who also relay information when they become aware of an urgent need for shelter.

    ShelterBox aims to get the first shipment of boxes dispatched to a disaster area within 2–3 days where a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) meets it.

    helterBox tries to get to the disaster as quickly as possible and aims to be one of the first organizations on the ground.

    Rotary International

    Rotary International renewed their three-year Project Partner agreement with ShelterBox in 2016 which increases their joint capacity to help families around the world displaced by disaster.

    The agreement formalizes the sixteen-year bond between the two organizations and cements the place of Rotarians around the world at the heart of ShelterBox activities. ShelterBox was the first officially recognized 'Project Partner' of Rotary International and remains the only Project Partner focused on disaster relief.

    Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland raise around £1.5 million each year for the charity and some Rotarians are ShelterBox Response Team members who go out to disaster areas and provide hands-on help during times of need. These disasters can be anything from dealing with the aftermath of tsunamis to helping refugees from war-torn countries who have fled conflict.

    It has since become one of the world's leading humanitarian aid charities providing emergency shelter and supplies to over 107,000 families worldwide following disaster.

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

     

    Future Events

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    5th   Monday        ARH recipients
    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    12th Monday        Labour Day holiday
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool

     

    "It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia"


    6 February 2018

    Tonight's Meeting: Georgia Retallick – Victorian Young Achiever 2015

    At age 18, Georgia Retallick started The Y-House Foundation in 2010 after seeing a TV interview with a young girl named Angela Barker. At 16 Angela was the victim of a violent attack from an ex-boyfriend that left her with an acquired brain injury. Due to a lack of care and rehabilitation options Angela was forced to live in aged care.

    The most concerning idea of young people being in nursing homes is the rate of deterioration that they face in such an unstimulating environment. After initial research it became clear to Georgia that there was a gap in the system. It appeared that young people suffering from traumatic brain and spinal injuries as well as early-onset degenerative diseases were not only unsupported in their rehabilitation and recovery, but forced to live in aged care facilities and nursing homes due to a lack of age appropriate care options.

    There are a number of fantastic organisations offering supported accommodation and care to young people in these situations. However, without facilities to deal with the initial stages of care and rehabilitation after injury or diagnosis these opportunities aren't able to be utilised further down the track. When it was noted that there was insufficient government funding in this area and not only a lack of options but also support, Georgia decided to start her own organisation.

    The Y-House Foundation is committed to providing accommodation, care and rehabilitation options for young people with serious brain and spinal injuries and degenerative diseases. Our focus is on providing appropriate and stimulating environments for these young people to live and recover in.

    Club Celebrations

    Anniversaries
    Anniversaries: Simon & Elissa Marriott, 8th February
    Best wishes to John Griffith who has pneumonia.
    Everyone sends their best wishes John, and get well soon.

     

    Do you know anyone who could be a Peace Scholar?

    100 fellowships for fully funded university training in peace and conflict resolution are now available

    Through application of their training, study, networking, and practice Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution.

    Many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, peace education, media, international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank, and grass roots organisations working in communities.

    Rotary International is committed to this program. Since 2002 more than 1,100 graduates have been trained.

    THE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP INCLUDES:

    • Tuition and fees
    • Room and board
    • Round-trip transportation
    • Internship/field study expenses
    • Bursary for living expenses

    TWO YEAR MASTERS DEGREE

    Up to two years of fully funded graduate study at an internationally recognised program in England (University of Bradford), Japan (International Christian University), Sweden (Uppsala University), or United States (Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

    THREE MONTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

    Designed for mid-career professionals already working in the field of peace and conflict resolution. This fully funded course at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok offers a mix of theory and practical skills in both a classroom environment and in the field.

    ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

    Applicants for Rotary Peace Fellowships must have the following:

    • A strong commitment to peacebuilding demonstrated through professional and academic achievements
    • Excellent leadership skills
    • Proficiency in English
    • For the master's program, a bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus three years of full-time relevant work experience
    • For the certificate program, a strong academic background, plus five years of full-time relevant work experience

    HOW TO APPLY

    Rotary Peace Fellows are selected through a competitive worldwide process.
    REVIEW: The entire application online at www.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowships

    SPEAK TO: A Rotarian that you know
    CONTACTS: Rob Helme at rhelme@bigpond.net.au or 0402 299 492
    Charles Allen (Peace Fellow alumni 2010) at Illoura.peace@gmail.com or 0457 504 495
    Bob Fels at robertmfels@gmail.com or (03) 5989 2455
    DISTRICT 9800
    District 9800 has recruited and mentored more successful Rotary Peace Fellow applicants than any other district, worldwide. On-line applications for study require District endorsement and close on 15th May 2018.

     

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

     

    News from Charter member Geoff Clarke

    Geoff was a charter member when the Club began in 1964and has remained a member ever since. He was President 1968-1969

    Geoff will celebrate his 100th birthday in August. As you would expect he no longer attends meetings but I post him the Bulletin every week.

    I only received this mail last week but I thought I would pass it onto you.

    Geoff writes, "Dear Rotarian Sue, Thank you for your kindness during the year. Unless you send the weekly news it is my only touch with the Rotary Club or Rotary in general. My efforts to write are tedious. The wrath of Parkinson's! I find it very interesting to follow the doings of the Club and members and it is very satisfying to hear how you continue to progress. I have asked Joan to say a few words as my efforts are running out."

    Joan writes, "Thank you for keeping in touch with Geoff – it means a great deal to him.
    He often chats about the happy times with the Richmond Rotary Club, and the close friendships he made with other Rotarians. Sadly many have passed away, but there are still a few he remembers in the club. Geoff is unable to move around very well, but takes an active interest in keeping up with your news and activities. We wish the club and its members a very happy and active New Year. From Rotarian Geoff Clarke and Rotarianne Joan Clarke."

    The Club will always be indebted to Geoff as he brought along to us, Trevor Pang.

     

    Exchange Student Genevieve Cox Returns to Club

    Genevieve made a surprise visit to the Club last week. Here she shows off her blazer that was worn on all official functions whilst an exchange student.

    Gen spoke briefly about her time away and will return to give us a more thorough presentation.

    Meanwhile Gen will be resurrecting Interact at Melbourne Girls' College. We wish her well in this as we have a great relationship with MGC and an Interact club will be the icing on the cake. Her experiences as an Exchange Student will be inspirational to her fellow students.

    Welcome Home Genevieve

    Future Events

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    5th   Monday       Georgie Retallick - Youth in Aged Care
    11th  Sunday       Early bird discount for Women in Rotary breakfast ends
    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool

    Breaking News

    There are 3 Vacancies for the D9800 exchange to Scotland, 11th - 25th August 2018, commencing and finishing at Edinburgh. See attachment.

    Barbara Woodberry's son Martin asked for information regarding the photo I used last week. I took it on our pre-conference tour to the Canberra conference in 2007. We were having a lovely boat trip near Paynesville. Here is the unedited version.


     

    29 January 2018

    Tonight's Meeting: Nick Peardon - Tree Incarnation

    Nick's idea is to turn timber that would normally be turned into mulch, or firewood, into beautiful pieces of furniture. As an arborist (tree surgeon), Nick was used to reducing gigantic trees down to stumps.

    However one thing he could never get used to was the constant waste of perfectly good timber as a by-product. "So many home owners become attached to the trees on their property and it's heart breaking for them when we have to remover them," Nick said. "By turning these trees into furniture, we're giving the owners a way to keep these trees in the household".

     

    Congratulations to Chris Wang from the Rotary Club of Melbourne on receiving an Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List for services to the community through a range of organisations. Chris is well known to Richmond as he was our Assistant Governor in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.Once again congratulations Chris.

    (A little bit of skiting as a former pupil of mine at Elwood High School, Michelle Garnaut, was also named as an (AO) for distinguished service to Australia-China relations as a restaurateur and entrepreneur, to the promotion of Australian food, film and design, as a supporter of literary and cultural programs, and as a role model.)

     

    Congratulations to Giulia Apicelo

    Our exchange student from Brazil in 2012.

    She has graduated from university as a Bachelor of Business Management. Well done Giulia we are proud of you.

     

    Welcome Home Genevieve Cox

    Genevieve has returned from a year's exchange in Germany. Gen will be at the club soon to tell us of her adventures.

     

    Vale Barbara Woodberry

    It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing of Barbara Woodberry on the 22 December 2017. Barbara was a member at Richmond from 2006- 2011 and many will recall her dedication to disadvantaged children in East Timor through her key role in our project with Boroondara Kindergarten and the KindyBox & Timor Kindergarten Projects.

    Kindy Boxes comprised 4 different resource kits made available to Kindy teachers: A. consumables folders, pens, chalk etc., B. wooden resources such as dominoes, attribute shapes etc., C. Fine motor coordination - stencils etc., D. resources for teaching handwritin., as well as supplying children's books translated into Tetum.

    Barbara then went onto to develop a teacher training program and spoke to the participants on a daily basis through Skype.

    Barbara's humanitarian work was acknowledged by our Club with a Royce Abbey Award (2007-2008) that Royce presented in person. Barbara was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition (2011-2012). Her legacy will live-on via her commitment to the future of East Timor through education.

     

    ClubAre you ready for Christmas In July?
    Stock up and support the Rotary Foundation

    1kg Traditional Steam Pudding $16.50
    1 remaining

    Traditional Baked Puddings $7.00
    5 remaining

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

    Club Celebrations

    Birthdays
    Sue Bolton 31st

    Partner Birthdays
    Helen Jackson 29th

    Anniversaries
    Ben & Kris Hosking 31st

     

    Birthday wishes to Philippine (exchange for France 2016-2017) who turned 19 on the 26th.

    Best wishes to Janice Peeler who has a hamstring injury. Hope you are back with us soon.

    Future Events

    January - Vocational Service Month
    29th  Monday       Nick Peardon - Tree Incarnation

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    5th   Monday       Georgie Retallick - Youth in Aged Care
    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool


    22 January 2018

    VALE - JOHN NAIRN (1928-2018)

     John was well known and loved throughout District 9800 but it is as a club man and a generous, genial, gracious and kindly friend that we remember him best.

    After attending meetings with his wife Judy, (President 1998-1999) she inducted John into the club at our Christmas breakup on 22nd December 1998. Until then John had gallantly been chairing the Ladies Group, later the Partners, and eventually the Friends of Richmond Rotary.

    John threw himself into club affairs and agreed to be On to Conference chair for the 2003 D9800 conference in Bendigo. I was President and Des Hosking was the DG. John organised an outstanding pre- conference tour which was inventive as Bendigo is only 2 hours from Melbourne. For this reason I was eternally grateful. It was a very busy Rotary time for John as Judy was Assistant Governor 2001-2003 for the Hobson's Bay cluster. John never missed a cluster club meeting and showed genuine enthusiasm, never forgetting names and significant details about all he met. This continued throughout the year (2004-2005) when Judy was D9800 District Governor. John visited all 74 clubs with Judy and all the other occasions required of a DG and was a marvel at setting everyone at ease during these important visits.

    Judy described her life with John as a forty year adventure.

    In 2004 just before Judy and John were to leave for San Diego for District Governors' training it became clear that Rotary International was not keeping up with modern mores. They required that only married couples be accommodated at San Diego. A quiet wedding took place and it was not long before the club became aware of this. Not to miss out, the club planned, with a great deal of secrecy, a "wedding reception". This took place at the lovely home of David & Traude Bibby at Kyneton. The "ceremony" was conducted by the "Rev" Doug Wysham and the ladies prepared a wonderful wedding breakfast. John revelled in the occasion and as always lots of wine, song and stories made for a beautiful day.

    John was an eager conference attender. His hospitality at all D9800 conferences was legendary as many a drink and a nibble took place in John and Judy's rooms. My first experience of this was at the Canberra Conference in 2001. John and I had a passion for martinis!

    John also organised a post conference tour following the Perth Conference in 2010. He was so proud that we were visiting the state of his birth.

    The pre and post conference tours organised by the club gave us a chance to spend more time with John. I never tired of his fascinating stories. Douglas Mawson, as a lecturer at the University of S.A., his part in the rebuilding of Darwin after Cyclone Tracey, his 4 year visit to Tanzania, chief engineer for the ACT, his underground visit in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his explanation as to why it was more difficult to tunnel under the Yarra than the English Channel. His knowledge was prodigious and his interests more so. Every activity was attacked with gusto.

    Some of us were lucky enough to travel through some of the outback with John. He was always enlightening about the engineering marvels that we came upon: the Old Ghan track, the copper mines at Moonta, the first stage of the Black Arrow rocket at William Creek, the huge trestle bridge outside of Coward Springs.

    He was lovely to be with. It did not matter where or when, John was always impeccably dressed whether it be for dinner at Government House, or an outback picnic. John's devotion to Rotary was highlighted by the fact that he travelled the not insignificant journey from his farm at Romsey to Richmond on a weekly basis. As Sergeant, the meetings he ran were always well organised and productive. His fine collecting was based on good humour, unfailing politeness and fun.

    John was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 2005 and this was followed with a sapphire in 2013. John's passing will be mourned by all who knew him. The members and friends of Richmond Rotary express their deepest sympathy to his wife Judy.

    ********************

    John's funeral was a fitting tribute to such a fine man. The chapel was filled to overflowing. Rotary was very well represented with many Richmond Rotarians and friends present, as were an impressive number of Past District Governors and district representatives.

    It was very clear that this was in honour of a life well lived and continued "Service above Self". RIP John

    Past President Merv Ericson will be a RIPPER RIPPR

    (Sally O'Sullivan, Barry Roberts, Sue Roberts, Michael O'Sullivan, Trevor Pang, Merv & Kay, John Benger, Sue Bolton, Maureen Pang) At an informal lunch last Tuesday, Richmond Past President Merv Ericson (2000-2001) announced that he had been selected by Rotary International as the ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE (RIPPR) at a District Conference in the Philippines in April 2018.

    Merv (Kay) is now a member of the Rotary Club of Monash & he served as the D9810 District Governor 2013-2014. Merv admitted it was only due to his Richmond Presidency that he qualified to serve as District Governor. Currently he is the President Nominee at R C Monash.

    Merv mentioned that during his time at Richmond, he developed his Rotary ideals & commitment to community which put him in good stead on his successful Rotary journey. He is grateful for everyone at Richmond & is still a fond follower of our Projects. We wished Merv & Kay all the very best wishes in his international duties as the RIPPR. Trevor Pang

     

    Motto Pop Up Shop Saturday December 16th was once again a huge success. Hundreds of items of clothing were sold and a profit of over $3000 was achieved. The efforts and support of so many assists the Rotary Club of Richmond to fund their wonderful projects and therefore benefiting those less fortunate in both the local and international community.

     

    THE RICHMOND ROTARY CHRISTMAS PARTY

    What a fabulous way to finish the year. First we were welcomed by MC Trevor Pang and President Chris.

    Sally O'Sullivan and her helpers collected the donated presents for distribution by Richmond Salvos to needy children.

    Then there were CAROLS supported by the Salvation Army Brass Band and Rotarian Warren Golding

    The Club presented Warren and the band members with a cheque towards the work of the Salvation Army.

    And everyone had lots of fun.

     

    ClubAre you ready for Christmas In July?
    Stock up and support the Rotary Foundation
    Traditional Rum & Brandy Fruit Cake $16.50
    1kg Traditional Steam Pudding $16.50
    Traditional Baked Puddings $7.00

     

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023
    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head
    Australian Rotary Health

    http://rotaryiwdbreakfast.org.au

    Club Celebrations

    Birthdays
    Aivars Lode 18th January, Kristen Widdop 18th January
    Wedding Anniversaries
    Andrea & Andrew Michaelides, 7th January
    Maria & Chris Makris, 21st January
    Stephen & Kristen Widdop, 22nd January

    Future Events

    January - Vocational Service Month
    22nd  Monday      Club remembers John Nairn
    29th  Monday       Nick Peardon - Tree Incarnation

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    5th   Monday       Georgie Retallick - Youth in Aged Care
    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool


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