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

    Like us on Facebook


    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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