Last Week's Program



Last Week’s Program – Speakers from our Dinner Auction Beneficiary Organisations
Graeme Ritchie is currently the Coordinator for the Royal Geelong Yacht Club Sailability program.  He is a Past Commodore of the club.
Graeme retired 3 years ago from the construction industry.
He has a little experience in yachting, having competed in 3 Sydney Hobarts and 10 Melbourne Hobarts with all coastal offshore races thrown in.
For relaxation, Graeme gets away from it all in his Couta Boat which is moored at Queenscliff. 
Graeme told us how Sailability can take a number of forms within the sailing landscape
At Royal Geelong Yacht Club the focus is on providing experiences for the disabled. During the season (typically daylight saving times) they operate 3 days per week (weather permitting) and have provided 450 experiences for 60 clients utilizing 30 volunteers.
Some years ago, our club supported Sailability in the same way we will be doing with the Dinner Auction.
It is a great cause and we look forward to assisting the program.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and River's Gift's mission is to forge a safer world for infants, by way of funding scientific research, delivering safe sleep education to target audiences and building heightened community awareness.
River's parents, our speaker Alex Hamilton and her husband Karl Waddell have an unwavering passion and drive to create a significant footprint in the world of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) scientific research and safe sleep education to key target audiences - including expectant parents, new parents, grandparents, healthcare professionals and childcare workers.
Alex told us the story behind River's Gift and the world-wide project for safe sleeping and saving infant's lives.
Our Club is proud to support this lifesaving program.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Our New Meeting Venue – St. Albans Football & Netball Club
From 5 March, this will be our meeting venue in St. Albans Road.
The cost is the same but we get 2 courses.
Parking on-site with entry from Boundary Road.
RYLA 13-18 April 2019
This is a personal development program for 18 to 25 year olds about which all attendees speak with great enthusiasm and regard.
Stan Deans informed us that we need applicants and that the program requires an enrolment of 40 to make it economic.
For more details, see Stan and/or refer to last week’s email from District Secretary Trace Smith.

Warracknabeal Trip 6 April
The Warracknabeal Trip is going to be a big event with lots of home hosting and country hospitality and a paddock to plate dinner.
More information appears in the email from President David which members received yesterday afternoon (Monday 4 March).
Working With Children ("WWC") Checks and Rotary District Insurance requirements

Janine has her WWC check list and those recaltricants need to get organized.
Fundraising – Dinner Auction
This is coming up on 13 April at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club
Yannick has circulated to each member a letter which the committee has prepared and which members can take to prospective donors and which indicates how businesses can assist and the causes which they will support through their donation of goods and services.
We have secured some great sponsors and it will be a great night.
Rotary Foundation Report
PDG Eddie advises more details of member donations just sent to The Rotary Foundation.
The amount sent to the Annual Programs Fund was $1,03.000 and $587.00 to Polio Plus making a total of $1,617.00.
When the amount sent to Polio Plus is added to the $1,184.00 sent during October's Polio Month we reached a total of $1,771.00 which when matched on a 2 for 1 basis by the Gates Foundation, means that Polio Plus benefited to the extent of $5,313.00.
Well done to those members who make regular donations to our Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Friendship Exchange Announcements
The ten Canadians on the Rotary Friendship Exchange arrive in Geelong on Thursday 7th March.
A range of activities have been scheduled for them.  Some activities are only able to cater for the visitors and hosts.
Others though, we would welcome the involvement of members.
On Thursday, they will be having lunch at the Waterfront Kitchen (Deakin University Waterfront campus) and any members are welcome to join in at that time.  Following that we will be doing a Geelong History Walk in the city and members are welcome to that.
Late that afternoon, there will be a dinner at the Anglesea Golf Club. Members are welcome to that activity.
The Harbour Tour on Friday morning is limited in numbers, so there will be only those the visitors and a couple of Hosts.
On Friday afternoon (2.30) our visitors will be going to Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to see animals, art gallery and have afternoon tea and some souvenir shopping. Members are welcome to join the visitors at that event.
Saturday morning we will be breakfasting at the Barwon Caravan & Tourist Park Café at 9.00am – or thereabouts!!  Please join us if you would like.
On Sunday, the days activities will start at 12.00 noon at a Picnic in the Park.  This will be in The Eastern Gardens just off Ryrie Street.  It is a BYO everything.  Every Rotary club in Geelong is being invited to join the visitors at this event.
At 2.30pm, the visitor will leave for the Old Fyansford Paper Mill to see the gallery’s, crafts, winery and café.  This would be a great opportunity to meet and mix with the visitors.
On Monday morning – we will be taking them to Colac and they will be handed over to Portland Rotary Club, who will be their next hosts.
We will have one final opportunity to see the visitors and that will be on 18th March when they come back to Geelong as guests of RC Drysdale.  That night there will be a joint meeting at Drysdale.  Please remember, though, that while we would like as many as possible to that night, the following night is the R. J. Vague Award night of our own club – an important night in our program.
There will be seats available on the bus at different times, so some will be able to travel with the visitors to the various events.  I have a copy of the Bus Schedule with me tonight.  If you wish to travel with the visitors, please see me following the meeting – it will be a first come, first served basis, as seats are limited.
Please contact Warren Norton for more information.
Smile for Satbir
Satbir has uploaded photos this week and a small video of the Adieu Hub poem and Satbir has added an option to give comments on photos…for those who haven’t been left speechless.

The Book Approaches….
Graeme Fleet is taking orders for The Entertainment Books (“EBs”).
They represent great value and are a source of funds for our Club in its charitable activities.
Graeme Fleet will have the EBs from 28 March.
EBs are now available for all areas in Australia & New Zealand for $30.00 for the remainder of the current EB term.
Graeme has the order forms for the new 2019 EB and see Tony Alsop for the app version.

Upcoming Events Coming Up
St. Albans Football & Netball Club speakers 5 March
Committee Meetings and Member Talk (at St. Albans) 12 March
Combined Meeting with Drysdale (Canadian Friendship Exchange) at Drysdale Mon 18 March
R.J. Vague Award (at St. Albans) 19 March
New Members Meeting (at St. Albans) 26 March
Science & Engineering Challenge Dinner - Note: Wednesday night (at St. Albans) Wed 3 April
 Warracknabeal Trip 6 April
Committee meetings - Offsite 9 April
Dinner auction at RGYC 13 April
Pride & Professionalism Award (at St. Albans) 16 April
To be advised - ANZAC speaker? 23 April
  Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) 29 April
No Meeting 30 April
Trainee of the Year Award 7 May
Committee Meetings and Member Talk 14 May
 To be advised  21 May
 To be advised  28 May
Social Evening 4 June
Committee meetings - Offsite 11 June
 To be advised  18 June
 To be advised  25 June
Change Over Dinner 2 July
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
5 March, 2019 
12 March, 2019 
 18 March, 2019
 19 March, 2019
Meeting Topic
St. Albans Football & Netball Speakers 
First night at St. Albans
 Committee Meetings & Member Talk
Joint Meeting with Drysdale Rotary Club 
 R. J. Vague Award
  Warren Norton 
 Graham Thomson
Satbir Chug 
 Adam Koch
David Beretta 
Adam Koch 
 David Beretta
John Birrell 
Liz Sykes 
 Laurent Franklin
Room & Hosting
Ross Taylor 
Warren Norton 
 Sue Beretta
Member Talk
 John Birrell
Attendance for our meeting of 26 February
Present: 26
Percentage: 61.9
Apologies: Kris Adam, Bill Bailey, Keith Dawson, Stan Deans, Harrie Farnaby, Laurent Franklin, Jonathan Hepner, Adam Koch, Maxine Leske, Eddie Loughnan, Gary Newton, warren Norton, Bill Pratt, Sam Ramondetta, Andrew Rofe and Andrew Thornton.

Birthdays: Best birthday wishes to Stan Deans for 6 March, Ron Carroll for 8 March and Jonathan and Janine for 9 March.
Wedding Anniversaries: Manu and Satbig Chug celebrate 41 years of marriage on 5 March.
Rotary Anniversaries: None this coming week.