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Last Week's Activity – The Member "Who am I?"
Unfortunately our scheduled guest speaker was unable to attend.
Instead, Kris Adam delved into this seemingly bottomless bag of great ideas and came up with an impromptu session where members answered on a slip of paper some simple questions about themselves, those slips were drawn at random and members were asked to guest the identity of the person whose answers were read out and then that person was invited to expand.
It was noteworthy that, to the question: "I considered my greatest achievements as:...." was oft the response "Still being here" or words to that effect.
This is indicative of (a) the high average age of this Club's membership or (b) the wastrel, licentious and dissolute character of many of our members or (c) both!
We learnt a great deal about our fellow members - we have a trail blazer in the area of employment equity whose c.v. reads like an adventure novel, a world champion yachtsman, world travellers and quiet achievers.
All in all, a most enlightening and enjoyable evening getting to know better our fellow Rotarians.
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.
Snagging a spot at Bunnings
Help feed the hungry shoppers at Bunnings on 28 December. Five or six cooks and servers are required. See Yannick if you can help out.
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.
The Club's Christmas Events
On 10 December, we will have our Christmas Dinner meeting at St. Albans with partners.
Members are asked to bring along a wrapped gift or two to the value of $10.00.
On 17 December, it is our family Christmas function at the Showgrounds with Ripper Roasts and a visit from Santa and his elvis.
Bring the family and a named and gift wrapped child or grandchild’s present to be presented by Santa…just to clarify, the present, not the child/grandchild is to be wrapped, although the child/grandchildren is expected to be rapt in the present (meaning the gift as opposed to the tense) and it is presumed that the child/grandchild will already have a name.
Any child/grandchild who attends without a name will be called “Bruce” for the evening so as to avoid confusion.
The meal cost has yet to be determined.
Our wish was granted
Due to the splendid work of Jenny and Yannick in the "knowing what to write in a government funding application" department, the Club has scored a $5,000.00 grant which will fund members undertaking a first aid training course with St. John's Ambulance.
Members pay the cost in the first instance and can then be reimbursed.
Book your place early….you wouldn't want to get hurt in the rush!
Ballarat South Raffle Report
Robert Wheeler reported that we are about 10 books behind in our timeline target due to the poor weather but this can soon be rectified with sales over the good days which are ahead. 
If you can spare an hour or two to sell tickets, please contact Robert or respond to the emails from James.
Bruce King's Movember 
Bruce is getting hairy for a good cause and G-Force will match every dollar which you donate to Bruce's Pursuit of the Hirsute.
Rotary Foundation
Past President Ross Taylor advised that November is our Club's Rotary Foundation month and members are being asked to give that little bit extra to help the Foundation achieve its goal of "doing good in the world" and particularly getting to the end of End Polio so this terrible disease can be part of history rather than a present and future peril across the developing world.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
 Christmas Dinner (St. Albans) Tues 10 Dec
 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
 3 December 10 December 17 December
Meeting Topic
 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) report Christmas Dinner  Christmas barbeque at the Showgrounds
 Yannick Le Gall S.T. Nick 
 Keith Dawson S. Claus 
 Adam Koch E. Scrooge 
Room & Hosting
 Peter Cook & Katherine Sykes The Elves 
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 26 November
Present: 23
Percentage: 57.50
Apologies: Tony Alsop, Bill Bailey, Sue Beretta, James and Sue Dunlop, Harrie Farnaby, Laurent Franklin, Peter Funston, Adam Koch, Maxine Leske, Eddie Loughnan, Gary Newton, Bill Pratt and Andrew Rofe.
Honorary Members in attendance: None this week.
Make Ups: None received for this week.
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 Peter Cook for 6 December.
Wedding Anniversaries: Judy and Adrian Innes celebrate 48 years on 4 December and Stan Deans will carry Carol over the threshold again on 5 December to mark their 60th wedding anniversary!
Rotary Anniversaries: No Club anniversaries in the coming week.