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A fun time was had by all at our special Christmas meeting where we celebrated with good food, lively fellowship, a trivia quiz organised by Liz Sykes, and the singing of Christmas songs led by Allanah.
President Tony welcomed several guests including Michelle Challis from the Lions Club, Ellen, a prospective member, Phoebe Knight who ably assisted Allanah, Margaret Dunlop home from Canberra, and many partners of Rotarians.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions
A highlight of the evening was the recognition by the Club of three loyal and hard-working Rotarians: Sue Dunlop, James Dunlop and David Sykes.
James received his first PHF, Sue a multiple PHF and David Sykes his second ruby pin.
David was recognised for his service above and beyond the call of duty when he took on the role of President when Bryan Humphrey departed for Brisbane midway through his term as President.
David then stepped up again for another year at the helm, for the 2018-2019 Rotary year.
During David’s 18 months term as President the club received two Citations – an incredible achievement and testament to his leadership.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Our Fifty Years Celebration – Sunday 23 February 2020
This is the date to gather with the members, past members and friends of The Rotary Club of Geelong East in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the club.
That is two days after our actual Charter Anniversary and is the date of Rotary International's birthday.
Please put aside the date and the organising committee will keep us informed of additional information over the next few months.
Rotary Friendship Exchanges coming for 2020
Rotary Friendship Exchange - is an amazing opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world and to show them around our Rotary District 9780 and also to show them around your own home town and meet your Rotary friends.
A team has just returned from District 5550 Canada .
We are now looking for clubs to agree to host in 2020.
We have 4 clubs to host down south and now we need 4 clubs up north to host one of the teams.
Don't let your Rotary club numbers hinder you offering to host as we stayed with one club of 10 members - who found beds for us all and our first stay was on the lake - you could not have gotten anything better and we didn't really want to leave.
At this stage we don't have any dates yet but it will be probably May/June/July/August 2020 and the return trip will be discussed at a later date depending on the weather as they have real winter over there.
So please speak to your International Committee and your board and offer to host an RFE team in a once in a life time opportunity. If you need any of our team members to speak at your meeting please let me know as we had team members from Charlton, Warracknabeal, Marybough, Geelong, Portland and that just about covers the Rotary District.
Hope everyone enjoys the Christmas break and I look forward to hearing from your clubs in the new year to become part of this unique adventure.
Gail Barrett (Chair)
Rotary Friendship Exchange D 9780
125 Percy Street, Portland
p: 03 5523 3822
Sue Dunlop floated a fund-raising idea whereby member could raise funds for the Club via their respective hobbies. Sue sold several of her attractive ribbons that can be attached to car keys, house keys, etc . so they can be easily found in one’s handbag.
Jenny Acopian reminded members that we are on duty at Christ Church Community Meals on Monday 30 December.
The Christ Church Meals project is currently serving around1000 breakfasts and evening meals each month!
Yannick Le Gall asked for assistance for the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle to be held at the Leopold store on 28 December. Two shifts each of five (5) people are required.
James Dunlop sought help to sell Ballarat South raffle tickets at Dan Murphy’s Geelong West store. Ross Taylor will take responsibility for the organisation when James and Robert Wheeler are away over the Christmas break.
John Birrell thanked the club for its donation to the Social Organisation for the Handicapped that was handed over by Father Christmas at their Christmas function on Saturday 7 December. The funding will be used in 2020 to provide live music for dances held every second Saturday night at the East Geelong Uniting Church and for special weekend outings during the year. John’s dedication to this organisation is a wonderful example of ‘service above self’.
Allanah Clifford reminded members attending the final meeting for the year at the Geelong Showgrounds on 17 December:
  • those bringing children provide a named gift to the value of $10.00 and hand it to Allanah on the night
  • cost of the meal will be $28 pp for adults, children free.
Geelong Showgrounds - Vintage Rally - 11 & 12 January
We will catering from our barbeque trailer under the windmill over the 2 days. Again, let Yannick know if you can assist.
Public Relations Committee Report
Gary Newton has promotional stickers which you can put on your car, caravan, boat, business or family member to advertise our Club.
The stickers are for sale at $5.00 per sheet.
Rotary Tour Offering

Cagliari, December 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

I am the President of the Rotary Club Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia, the large Italian island located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. I kindly ask you for a minute of your time to describe an initiative that I think may interest you and the members of your Rotary Club, asking if you could kindly inform them by circulating this email.

RC Cagliari has already organized 13 editions of Archeotour, a tourist itinerary that has helped Rotarians from all over Italy to understand that Sardinia has much more to offer than just beach holidays. It is a tour that combines our beautiful natural environment and local culture to create and strengthen relationships of friendship in Rotary.

The extraordinary success of the previous editions of Archeotour have led us, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of our Club, to offer the 2020 tour to Rotarians outside Italy. We are therefore organizing an International Archeotour in English from 17 to 22 June 2020.

The tour will combine a high-level cultural experience with typical Sardinian cuisine and wines, and the chance to enjoy our unique landscapes in friendship with Rotarians from different countries of the world.

It will be an opportunity to set our marvellous coast-line alongside the Giants of Monte Prama, a series of monumental sculptures that are unique in the Mediterranean region: an opportunity to pass over a kind of virtual bridge spanning 4,000 years of history, from the Nuragic to the Punic-Phoenician and Roman civilisations, from the Romanesque to the industrial archaeology of the present day.

No less an important part of the Archeotour will be an introduction to the food and wine of Sardinia, with lunches and dinners in particularly attractive settings.

We have been able to hold the cost of the tour at a very reasonable €1100.00 per person inclusive for all 5 days.

The Archeotour brochure is available here, with the complete program and all necessary information, supported by numerous interactive links. I would be grateful if you could read it and circulate it with this email to the members of your Club.

Upcoming Events Coming Up
 Christmas barbeque (Showgrounds) Tues 17 Dec
 No meeting Tues 24 Dec
 Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 30 Dec
 No meeting  Tues 31 Dec
 No meeting  Tues 7 Jan
 Committee meetings (on-site) Tues 14 Jan
 Celebration of Rotary International and our Club's 50th anniversary celebration Sunday 23 Feb
 District 9780 Conference - Swan Hill 20-22 March 
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
 17 December 24 December 31 December 7 January  14 January
Meeting Topic
 Christmas barbeque at the Showgrounds No meeting No meeting No meeting Committee Meetings - on site
Room & Hosting
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 10 December
Present: 32
Percentage: 78.05
Apologies: Bill Bailey, Michael Carroll, Harrie Farnaby, Peter Gillham, Bruce King, Maxine Leske, Gary Newton, Warren Norton and Andrew Rofe.
Honorary Members in attendance: Lyn Fleet and Judy Innes.
Make Ups: Kris Adam RYEX District Meetings at Swan Hill (30 November) and online (9 November).
Leave of Absence: Jane Bolton (28 October to 20 January), Satbir Chug (23 April to 31 December), Stan Deans (1 November to 31 January and Terry Thornton (15 October to 16 December).

Birthdays: Happy birthday to Harrie Farnaby for 1 January and Glenda Carroll for 9 January.
Wedding Anniversaries: Lyn and Graeme Fleet will celebrate their 58 years together on 6 January and Gail and Keith Dawson celebrate 17 years married on 12 January.
Rotary Anniversaries: Bill Bailey's 9 years in Rotary comes up on 1 January as does Sam Ramondetta's 13 years and Peter Funston chalks up 24 years on 9 January.