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Last Week's Program
Our meeting of 12 May 2020
Kris Adam was our chair and it was quite an event with Rotarians from across the globe and friends joining together via Zoom for our meeting.
Peter and Yannick’s friends from the Rotary Club of Wylde Green, District 1060 in the heart of England lobbed in and we had our past Rotary Exchange students Frederick Jespersen and Luca Stromann across the time zones.
Closer to home, we had Rotarians from Nhill and Bayside plus DGE Phil Beasley and AG Judy and PDG Jessie Harman.
Frederick was with our Club on Youth Exchange in 2010-2011 and on his return home to Denmark and after finishing school he worked in various jobs and undertook his degree in international business and marketing.
Frederick credits his Youth Exchange experience with inspiring his love of travel, his spontaneity and his sense of curiosity.
He is currently working in Copenhagen as associate consultant with Obsidian Digital which provides digital strategies for companies.
There is no doubt that Youth Exchange benefits are many and accrue not only to the individual student and their family but also to the host families and both the hosting clubs and the club which sponsors the outgoing student.
It was great to see and hear Luca and Frederick from the other side of the world and to share fellowship and good humour with our friends in the UK and in our own District.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Donations to The Rotary Foundation
You can make your donation via EFTPOS to the Club's account directly.
The Club’s account is at Bendigo Bank and the details are below if you would like to make a donation.
NAME:  Rotary Club of Geelong East
BSB:  633 000
Account number:146 425 996
Remember to include in the reference or “sender” section, your surname and initial and “TRF”.
Rotary Foundation Committee chair Ross Taylor advises that we have to Friday 22 May, 2020, to make a donation so the Club can prepare the documentation to forward the total amount the Foundation and enable receipts to be issued in due course.
Zooming in with other Clubs. Please invite yourself as you see opportunities. Stay in contact with other Clubs.
Stay in Contact. Zooming is fun, but phone calls may be easier, please stay in contact with those who are on the sick list or cannot join us at our virtual meetings.
Imagine you were born in 1900......
On your 14th birthday, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday.
Twenty-two million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. Fifty million people die from it in those two years…yes, 50 million!
On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the world GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.
When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in WW2.
Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40’s, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime. 
At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die. 
At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday, you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.
Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? When you were a kid in 1985 and didn’t think your 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. Let’s try and keep things in perspective.
Your parents and/or grandparents were called to endure all of the above – you are called to stay home and sit on your couch!!!
Program – Speakers Wanted
Kris Adam is on the look out for guest speakers. Please pass on names and topics to Kris.
Zoom Meetings – all are welcome
Invite friends to our online meetings.
They can experience Rotary friendship and see Rotary service at no cost and without obligation from the comfort of their home.
Send them the email with the link and password but don’t forget to introduce them when the meeting opens.
New Club polo shirts
Gary has the first lot of 10 of our Club’s new polo shirts and are available for a sizing check. Contact Gary to get sized up.
Collect art and support Rotary
Kris Adam has generously offered to contribute $25.00 from the $175.00 sale price of his wonderful and mystical drawings of Geelong.

Branch Out - 2 August
If you can't make Trieste this year, try trees closer to home.
If the restrictions have eased sufficiently, Peter Funston (who calls a spade a spade) is calling all those with spades to join in the annual tree planting day at Eumarella Scout Camp, Anglesea.
Please call Peter on 0422 309 074 or email if you can help out.


Upcoming Events Coming Up
Our Club meetings and District events are happening via video conferencing during the COVID-19 restrictions.
See "The Next Three Weeks" for....the next 3 weeks.
The date of our return to meeting at St. Albans Football Club awaits confirmation and the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions etc.
The Next 3 Weeks
DateActivityCoursesVenueChair SergeantRoom (Hosting)CashierMeeting
Tues 19 MayVicki Linnell (Foster Care, Barwon Health) ZoomJenny Acopian    
Tues 26 MayDavid Boyle, Virus Expert (ex CSIRO) ZoomJanine Koch    
Tues 2 JuneItalian Republic Day Zoom     
Tues 9 JuneCommittee Budget Meetings       
Tues 16 JuneRCGEs Got Talent  Kris AdamRob Wheeler   
Tues 23 June    Keith Dawson   
Mon 29 JuneChristchurch Meals Program       
Tues 30 JuneCommittee Meetings       
Tues 7 JulyChange Over       
We had a 71.74% attendance at our Zoom meeting last week!
We're Zooming again on Tuesday 19 May.
To join, click on the link in the email which has been sent to you from President Tony.
It's easy. Enjoy Rotary friendship from the comfort of your own home. See how others eat and drink across the world!

Birthdays: None in the coming week.
Wedding Anniversaries: None this coming week.
Rotary Anniversaries: Sue Dunlop celebrates 11 years membership on 19 May and Sue Hill has her 12th anniversary of membership of our Club coming up on 20 May.