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Last Week's Program
Last week’s meeting was our first via the miracle of video conferencing (known by those in the know as “VC”).
Our 21 participants came together on Zoom…with our images in a series of separate screens within the main screen (remember the opening of the Brady Bunch episodes?).
Kris Adam seemed to be coming to us from deep within his wardrobe; President Tony equipped with headset looked like he was at Houston mission control; we heard but could not see David Sykes, the Grey Eminence who could withdrew one’s power of speech (or at least the power to be heard) at will; we heard the voices of Liz and Katherine Sykes but the image showed a kitchen cupboard so we must assume that they were dwelling within to maintain adequate SD (social distance) from DS and Michael Carroll who divided his attention between an ice-cream and the proceedings…the ice-cream prevailed.
The Bulletin Editor suffered from intermittent “low band width” which may have accounted for his state of dress and/or was caused by poor and limited musical taste.
It was great fun and we look forward to tonight’s show when we will induct our new member, Alan, in the Zoom Room.
When members rise to applaud and welcome Alan to membership of the Club, it may reveal those for whom pyjamas is the choice of outfit for attending Rotary in cyberspace.


Announcements, News and Help Required
Watch'a Doin'?
No doubt many Rotarians have had their social, work and travel plans "impacted by the corona virus.
And those Rotarians, being creative and thinkers of a lateral persuasion, have developed new and innovative ways to work and deal with the disruptions.
Maybe you have a new hobby or have picked up a book or a musical instrument and taken up where you left off a month, a year or a decade ago?
The Bulletin Editor invites you to share your ideas, your news, your plans with fellow members and friends.
Rotary District Grants
Our Club has achieved some excellent results in our local community with the assistance of these grants.
Our Club Secretary Jenny knows all there is to know about the process and what information and supporting information is required to Get Granted.
Rotary's service, skills and funding is more important than ever so take the time to consider the guidelines and think how a District Grant might improve the lives of so many of those around us in great need.
Trivia Nights – 17 July and 6 November
All being well, these events will take place so we have plenty of Socially Distanced time available to brush up on our knowledge of all the things we knew back then and nearly don't need to know now. 
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Nomination forms are available for members to nominate any member deserving of a Paul Harris Fellowship recognition or multiple recognition this Rotary year. 
You need only fill in one section of the form and the work recognized should have taken place in the last 3 years.
Nominations will be open until the end of April and should be handed to the President.
The Club’s Recognition Committee will consider all nominations.
Clubs and districts can apply for Rotary disaster response grants to support COVID-19 relief efforts. These grants can be used to provide supplies and medical care and to support rebuilding efforts. 

The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved placing $1 million in our Disaster Response Fund to make these grants immediately available for applications related to COVID-19.
To make sure these grants can remain available, the Rotary Foundation is asking for personal contributions to the Disaster Response Fund.
These contributions will support the work Rotarians do as they help care for and protect people in their local communities and around the world.
Supporting The Rotary Foundation
In the current climate of social distancing where we are not meeting as usual, we are all – in one sense – saving around $28.00 per week; indeed its $30.00 per week for those of us who “round up” our payment to the cashier with the extra $2.00 to The Rotary Foundation.
That being said, for many however this “saving” is illusory.
If one’s business has had to close or one’s job has evaporated or one’s retirement income has been reduced by the stock market fall, not having to spend $28.00 per week is not much of a plus.
But perhaps we could all spare something – maybe increase the usual $2.00 to $5.00…..or make it $10.00 or $15.00?
Put it aside until we recommence our meetings.
Alternatively, once it has reached a reasonable total, you can deposit it direct into the Club’s Bendigo Bank account (details appear in PP Ross Taylor’s recent email) and don’t forget to include your name and “TRF” in the reference.
Question: What is “a reasonable total”?
Answer: Imagine that you are the Club Treasurer….that’s all!
Riddle for Seniors Only
Here is the situation:
 You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed.
 On your right side is a sharp drop-off.
On your left side is an elephant travelling at the same speed as you.
 Directly in front of you is a galloping kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it.
 Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the kangaroo.
 What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
see answer below   
Get off the merry-go-round and go home;
 You've had enough excitement for one day...!
From Keith
During last week’s Rotary meeting in the Zoom Room, there was discussion about the prompt removal of graffiti from a couple of the Club’s Barwon River Safety Marker.
Keith, having a keen interest in that project in particular and the maintenance of the condition of public signage in general, brings us the following extract from the Geelong Council website – Keith reminds us that the Council has taken responsibilities for the markers.
Request graffiti removal from Council properties
We are responsible for graffiti removal on all Council owned properties and assets. 
When you report graffiti that needs to be removed from council buildings and Assets, you will need to:
  • describe the graffiti issue

  • provide the location of the graffiti - you may prefer to select the address by dragging the map marker (Quote the Marker Number COGG has the locations)

  • attach images if available and

if you would like feedback tell us:
  • your name

  • your contact email or phone number.

  Contact City of Greater Geelong Graffiti Line on 5272 4319 or  (there is a link on their website)
And for those for whom the only likely excursion into the Isles will be the local supermarket…Keith brings us this summary of an email from Woolworths with some interesting figures:
As we head into the Easter long weekend, it’s now Week 7 since we experienced our first surge in demand.
Demand for toilet paper finally appears to be tapering, with this week’s sales expected to be around 15-16 million rolls. That’s still 45% up on last year, but with supply up 70% on last year.

We do still have some issues on paper towels and tissues, with sales up 60-80%. That’s a staggering 2.75 million rolls of paper towels and more than 1.6 million boxes of tissues a week. 

We’re also working hard to secure large volumes of hand sanitiser. Just this week we brought in 700,000 units, which is what we’d normally sell in 40 weeks. 

Pasta sauce is still in short supply, despite an extra 850,000 units this week, while pasta itself has been improving. This week we’ve secured an additional 1,000 pallets – that’s another 500,000 packs.

And now….Keith’s Movie Review
I was channel surfing the other night and came across this movie about a young person with polio. It was a great eye opener to me about the life and struggle of Polio sufferers and how WE need to stop this disease NOW.
You should be able to find this on SBS on demand (for the next 174 days)
Synopsis (From SBS)
“Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa in 1957. Against all advice, Robin’s Wife Diana brings him home to Hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering: dazzling others with their humour, courage and lust for life. A heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility, a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last”   
From an unnamed review online
“After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to bed and given only months to live. But with the help of his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the ground breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled”.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
Our Club meetings have been cancelled until further notice and District events have been cancelled or postponed.
Updates will be supplied as the situation becomes clearer.
The Next 3 Weeks
Meeting Roster
Meetings have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Members will be advised when meetings are to resume.
Members can now attend Club meetings via Zoom and members are doing make ups on EClub One (Satbir is a regular) and attending District meetings via video-conferencing and the like.
There are lots of ways to do Rotary and still maintain social distance.

Birthdays: No birthdays in the coming week.
Wedding Anniversaries: David and Liz Sykes celebrate 45 years on 19 April.
Rotary Anniversaries: None this coming week.