Last Week's Program



Adam Koch was our chair for the evening and President David welcomed back all for the new year and the second half of our Rotary year.
Jonathan Hepner was given a beard for Christmas and Adrian Innes appears to have developed a Pavlovian response of going into a cupboard when he hears a mobile phone ring.

President David advised the Club that The Hub is not able to accommodate our meetings at a realistic meal price so we will be seeking a new meeting venue from the end of February.

The evening’s program was committee meetings.

Announcements, News and Help Required
RYLA 13-18 April 2019
This is a personal development program for 18 to 25 year olds about which all attendees speak with great enthusiasm and regard. More details available from Kris Adam.
Rotary Friendship Exchange
A team of 12 Rotarians in Canada (6 from Manitoba, four from Saskatchewan and two from NW Ontario) will be travelling to our District 9780, arriving March 7 and departing March 21, 2019.
The Rotary Club of Geelong East has the opportunity to host these Rotarians when they arrive on the 7th March for several days.  Hosting is of two kinds.  First, is accommodation. There are five couples and two singles. We require accommodation for two nights for these people.
The second form of hosting may appeal to others.  That it taking the visitors around Geelong and surrounding areas to the locations and events that they have shown an interest in. 
Please email Warren Norton, should you be able to provide either or both forms of hosting. 
Rotary Friendship Exchanges are two-way event.
An Australian team will travel to D5550 sometime during August-September 2019 
Tentative Outbound Dates: Aug. 15 – 29, 2019. The Host Rotary Clubs will be Prince Albert, Hudson Bay, Melfort, and Saskatoon - Meewasin.
You could be part of that team.  You need to advise Warren or Gail Barrett, the Chair of the Rotary Friendship Exchange in District 9780.  You should not leave it too late to register your interest. 
Please consider both the inbound and outbound experiences and in particular, hosting these visiting Rotarians.

Warracknabeal Trip 6 April
Put it in your diary. More details to follow.
Working With Children ("WWC") Checks and Rotary District Insurance requirements
Remember that in addition to members having the WWC check, the District insurance cover requires 3 referees.
Check the easy to follow step by step guide in the email from Janine.
Upcoming Events section in the Bulletin - What's When and Where?
Please give your upcoming Club events to Warren and Bulletin Editor Peter for inclusion in the Upcoming Events.
Give Warren a bio for the guest speakers you arrange for pre-promotion in the Bulletin.
Members are invited to give ideas for speakers.
Fundraising - The Ballarat South Raffle Report
James Dunlop reported that our butts, books and bucks are required by the end of this month to give enough time to have them to Ballarat for the draw.
With $3,620.00 raised so far from sales plus over $100.00 in donations, it looks like being another great fundraiser for our Club.
Special thanks to all who have sold and particularly to Robert Wheeler for his efforts

Fundraising – The Sausage Effect
Yannick reported that the Bunnings BBQ events are producing very good results which, with the Geelong Classic Truck and Machinery Show catering at the Showgrounds on 12 and 13 January, demonstrates the importance of the banger to the “not for profit” sector.

Fundraising – The Dinner Auction
We have the 13 April dinner auction coming up for which auction items are required. See Yannick or another Fundraising Committee member.
Christ Church Meals
The Club’s New Year’s Eve stint at the Christ Church Meals Program was a limited offering event and thanks go to Alannah, Jenny and Adrian for helping out.

Our Meeting of 29 January
Our meeting at the new Barwon Health Renal Dialysis facility in Swanston Street will be a "bring a prospective member" event. More details to follow.
Our Club in the Community
Graham Thomson attended the Newcomb Secondary College awards night on behalf of the Club and we look forward to hearing from the dux of the school for 2018 when they attend our Club to receive their cheque.

Suggestion Box
The Menu & Venue Committee looking for suggestions for a room with or without catering.
Give your ideas and information to Tony Alsop.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
Insects in your backyard (Lorraine Phelan) 15 January
No formal meeting (optional riverside picnic) 22 January
Renal Dialysis Centre - Vocational Tour
 29 January
Suzy D'Andrea - Improving Patient outcomes in the community 5 February
Committee meetings - Offsite 12 February
The Ghost of Paul Harris 19 February
Dinner Auction - beneficiary speakers 26 February
Working with different generations 5 March
Committee Meetings and Member Talk 12 March
R.J. Vague Award 19 March
New Members Meeting 26 March
Social Evening 2 April
Committee meetings - Offsite 9 April
Dinner auction at RGYC 13 April
Pride & Professionalism Award 16 April
To be Confirmed 23 April
No Meeting 30 April
Trainee of the Year Award 7 May
Committee Meetings and Member Talk 14 May
  21 May
  28 May
Social Evening 4 June
Committee meetings - Offsite 11 June
  18 June
  25 June
Change Over Dinner 2 July
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
8 January, 2019 
15 January, 2019 
22 January, 2019 
Meeting Topic
Committee Meetings and Member Talk 
 Lorraine Phelan -  Insects in Your Backyard
No meeting 
Adam Koch 
Ross Taylor 
Peter Funston 
Keith Dawson 
John Birrell  
Liz Sykes 
Room & Hosting
Robyn Campbell 
Laurent Franklin 
Member Talk
Sue Hill 
Attendance for our meeting of 8 January
Present: 29
Percentage: 69.05
Apologies: Kris Adam, Bill Bailey, Sue Beretta, Michael Carroll, Satbir Chug, Harrie Farnaby, Peter Funston, Sue Hill, Bruce King, Janine Koch, Maxine Leske and Andrew Rofe.
Leave of Absence: Warren Norton (to 19 February).

Birthdays: None in the coming week.
Wedding Anniversaries: Congratulations to Tony Alsop and Christine Mawson who celebrate 45 years on 19 January.
Rotary Anniversaries: We recognize the 23 years of Rotary friendship and service of Peter Funston on 9 January.