Sooty and Bill accompanied John and Judy Turner to the Rotary Club of Alexandra on Wednesday 24th October where John was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Alexandra. John and Judy have a small property just outside Alexandra and John has been a regular attendee at Rotary over the past 30 years or so.
It gives me pleasure to report our Rotary Foundation Vocational Training Team (VTT) September visit, to the Baucau Hospital, Timor Leste; was extremely successful. This team was lead by Professor Jeremy Oats, Rotary Club of Melbourne. Team members were Professor Susan McDonald, Rotary Club of North Balwyn, Doctor Fiona Cullinane and Doctor Ingrid Bucens.
The Grand Camcare Concert will be held on 28th October this year at Gennazano. It promises to be an outstanding concert once again. Tony Charlton has arranged a talented and diverse group of musicians and entertainers for the event.
Saturday 27th October - Abbotsford Convent in Collingwood from 8am.
Quality and Designer second hand clothing including some vintage pieces, handbags and shoes, Bric a Brac, china, pottery, crystal and glassware, antique Japanese and Chinese bowls, jewellery, general household goods.
The sale will be in the Linen Room at the Convent. There is a gold coin admission to the Slow Food Market on the day.
While DG Dennis and Lynda are on a well-earned break, I caught up with DGE Ross and his lovely wife Annette for a bit of a Q&A chat. Ross is certainly looking forward to his year as District Governor in 2013-2014 and is quite honoured that he will be serving the 69 Clubs in our wonderful District 9800.
As October is Vocational Service month, the first three articles written in Networker on Vocational Service this month highlighted a more contemporary approach as to how Members, Clubs, Clusters and the District can innovate and reposition this Second Avenue of Service in a more meaningful way in 2012-13.
Faye and John Brown of Motto – ladies fashion manufacturers in Richmond - are wonderful supporters and friends of the Rotary Club of Richmond. Motto’s latest big-hearted act of generosity has been to donate their entire range of sample garments to the Richmond Club so it can profit from their sale.
There are numerous discussions taking place all over the world in Rotary about membership. Why can’t we find more people to join? Why do most new members leave Rotary within the first two years of membership? How do we get younger members? These are just a few among the many, many questions that are being asked day in and day out.
Melbourne South Rotary Club may be small in numbers – a few more than 20 – but it’s found a great little fund-raiser, a farmers’ market raising $4500. “A year?” I asked. “Per month,” replied Russel Barnes, director international, who is one of the key inspirers and implementers.
The Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people whose contribution to Moonee Valley deserves special recognition. The awards were recently presented at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds. by Cr Jim Cusack, Mayor, Moonee Valley City Council.
The Rotary Club of Albert Park will be holding its annual Book Fair on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st October from 10am to 4pm. The fair will be held in conjunction with Albert Park College’s Art Show, held at 83 Danks Street, Albert Park. There will be thousands of “pre-loved” books of every description for children and adults.
Last week I mentioned two expressions used by the Reverend Tim Costello that really caught my attention when he addressed the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Rotary club of Balwyn. The expression “Ethics in Action” was the subject of my comments last week and “connection with the community” is very much what I want to talk about this week.
With only 3 weeks left to City2Sea on Sunday 11th November 2012, we have:
• 200 volunteers of the 453 needed.
• 24 Clubs providing support compared to 40 Clubs last year.
• The Clubs that do participate will share in $17,800 in donations. That equates to selling over 8000 sausages!