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Last Week's Program



President Tony Alsop was our chair for the evening’s meeting.
We welcomed Alan and Ellen as our guests.
We learned all about Rotary Fellowships…not to be confused with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions which aren’t Paul Harris Fellowships…..and Rotary Action Groups.
Alison Marshall provided a very entertaining overview of the Rotary Fellowships which started off in 1928 with Esperanto and now there are well over 100 groups with interests as diverse as Pre-Columbian civilizations and Total Quality Management…not to mention curling.
Graham Thomson and Tony Alsop are members of the Cruising Fellowship which, at least at the moment, is in a close relationship with the Rotarians Who Find Themselves Spending 14 Days in a Cabin with No Windows (RWFTS14DCNW) Fellowship…if there is such a thing…and if not, perhaps there is now!
Then there are the Rotary Action Groups about which Warren Norton spoke.
These are perhaps more serious in their focus with areas such as the promotion of peace, providing clean water and sanitation, supporting education and growing local communities.
Our Club has supported the Mine Action Group which provided funding to clear 700 km of the Thai-Cambodia border of landmines
We also had an Open Forum and we learnt that one doesn’t have to be wealthy to be a District Governor (DG), that Assistant Governors (AGs) are not wealthy and assist the unwealthy DG – our own Ross Taylor and David Sykes are IAGs (Impecunious Assistant Governors) and Eddie Loughnan…well, he was chosen for the quality of his tin cup!
Seriously though, getting involved in a District role is one of the most enjoyable aspects of Rotary and a great way to learn the ins and outs of the organization.
The decision to no longer toast the Queen as well as the people of Australia and to include recognition of the indigenous people on whose land we meet was taken after taking account of the views of the membership and in particular those of our younger members.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Boosting Bushfire Impacted Economies
Yannick displayed the Travel Fund Box into which members can place funds to support the Club’s proposed trip later in the year.
Iowa Friendship Visit
Rotary District 9780 Rotary Friendship Exchange is in the planning with Rotary District 5970 Iowa USA for an Outbound team to visit Iowa from 21st September to 4th October 2020 and expressions of interest are sought from Rotarians.
As a member of the team your main financial commitment is to cover the costs of your travel to and from District 5970 plus spending money for extras during the exchange. There may be costs for entries to museums, attractions, transport and meals.
Going on a Rotary Friendship Exchange is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit other countries and learn about their culture, life and spend time with Rotarians as part of their family. It is an amazing experience and one that you will never forget.
Expression of interest need to be submitted by the 30th April 2020. A team of 10 Rotarian couples or singles is requested. If you would like more info please contact Pres Tony asap.
Our Terry Thornton has recently experienced a Rotary Friendship Exchange and can fill out in on what to expect.
Membership Report
PP David Sykes reminded us that membership retention and growth are the means to a strong and active club.
We are all Rotarians because someone asked us to join.
Thing about your friends, workmates and community members who would benefit from the chance to engage in the fellowship and fun which Rotary service offers.
Our 50 Year Celebration – 23 February
This is coming up on Sunday 23 February and information regarding accessing the venue is being provided via email.
Our Club Runner
Our Club Runner home page is up to date, informative and a great public relations vehicle for our Club.
Check out the great stories including a report on the support we provide to the Newcomb Power Football Club.
Service directors are encouraged to provide information on projects to Warren, David Sykes or Kris Adam so they can be put up on Club Runner.
Our Celebration of the Centenary of Rotary – 18 February
We will recognise the centenary of Rotary on 18 February by revisiting the Leland Childs December 1945 interview with Paul Harris.
This will be a partners’ night and will be a memorable evening….one way or another.
Program – Suggestions for Speakers invited
Kris Adam advised that we have vacancies for the remainder of the Rotary year. Please pass on your ideas to Kris.
Pancake Night – 3 March
There will also be an auction so members are asked to contribute items for sale to assist our fundraising efforts.
Promote your crafts and hobbies by offering them as auction items.
Our returning Rotary Exchange student Eryian Morgan will be there to tell us of her adventures in Norway so it will be a great meeting to which you may wish to bring young people who might be interested in the Youth Exchange program.
Bring along those 14-15 year olds (grandchildren, nieces and nephews, neighbours, work experience kids and checkout kids. Kris says there will be a free extra pancake for each Rotarian with a teenager and 2 extra pancakes and a selie opportunity for the teenager!
Committee Meetings
We have off-site committee meetings on 10 March.
National Youth Science Forum and be seen in green
Our 17 March meeting will feature our National Youth Science Forum attendee and we will get green in recognition of St. Patrick.
Rotary District Grants
Club Secretary Jenny reminded us that they are there for the asking (provided the ask is accompanied by the necessary papery bits).
Our Club has achieved some excellent results in our local community with the assistance of these grants.
The deadline is 1 April.
Bangers at Bunnings – 12 April
The hungry hordes at Leopold will be scrambling over the parked cars to get their teeth into a Rotary sausage.
Let Yannick know if you can help out.
Trivia Nights – 17 July and 6 November
Mark your diaries now and start memorizing the least important facts.
These are great fun(d) and you learn stuff too.
St. Albans Football Club – home game gate
There are 9 matches to be played at St. Albans in the coming season and two people are required to mind the gate and collect the entrance fee.
Please put your name on the sheet going around if you can assist.
Club Walk About
Whether you use it as a make up to maintain your attendance level or just as a way of keeping in touch with other Rotarians and what they and their clubs are up to, getting out and about at other club meetings is the thing.
Yannick is on the trail so join up with her to learn about Rotary goings-on around about.
Upcoming Events
There is no meeting on 25 February because we will be all Rotary-ed out from the 50th anniversary the Sunday before.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
 Paul Harris  Tues 18 Feb
 Celebration of Rotary International and our Club's 50th anniversary celebration Sunday 23 Feb
 Pancake Night and Auction 3 March
 Off site Committee Meetings 10 March
 Our National Youth Science Forum delegate (Maddie) and St. Patrick's Day in The Green 17 March
 District 9780 Conference - Swan Hill 20-22 March 
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
 11 February 18 February 25 February 3 March
Meeting Topic
 Rotary Activity Groups and Open Forum Paul Harris and Leland Childs No meeting Pancake Night and Auction and Rotary Youth Exchange - My Year in Norway
   Ross Taylor  Kris Adam
 David Sykes Sue Hill  Peter Gillham
  Adam Koch Jane Bolton  Janine Koch
Room & Hosting
 Harrie Farnaby & Jonathan Hepner David Beretta & Michael Carroll  Maxine Leske and Peter Funston
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 11 February
Present: 29
Percentage: 69.05
Apologies: Bill Bailey, Allanah Clifford, Peter Cook, Stan Deans, James and Sue Dunlop, Laurent Franklin, Adam Kock, Janine Koch, Maxine Leske, Andrew Rofe and Terry Thornton.
Honorary Members in attendance: None this week.
Make Ups: None this week.
Leave of Absence: Keith Dawson (5 February to 11 March)

Birthdays: Happy birthday to Alan Backwell on 18 February, to Laurent Franklin on 22 February, to Colin McElhinney on 27 February and to Sam Ramondetta on 29 February.
Wedding Anniversaries: None this coming week. 
Rotary Anniversaries: We celebrate Robert Wheeler’s 42 years of Rotary service on 21 February and Adam Koch and Maxine Leske clock up their 2 years with us on 27 February.